Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. PC PowerPlay
    Nov 1, 2014
    100
    Quite possibly as good as it gets when it comes to sci-fi horror. [Nov 2014, p.48]
  2. Oct 3, 2014
    93
    Isolation is a taut, confident, and electrifying horror game that perfectly captures the essence of Ridley Scott's legendary film. I just wish they'd been braver with the story.
  3. Oct 3, 2014
    92
    There’s something beautiful about Alien: Isolation’s intensity, about the way it ebbs and flows, about how you learn when you’re a modicum safer than you were just a minute ago, and you can and should move a little faster, or risk waiting too long. It’s amazing how much it looks and feels like a film, translated into another medium, using that medium to make something similar and yet differently powerful.
  4. CD-Action
    Dec 13, 2014
    90
    This game makes you crawl like a goddamn worm, in constant fear of being squashed. I was scared to leave the closet I was hiding in, because the monster was somewhere out there. [Dec 2014, p.68]
  5. Oct 21, 2014
    90
    It’s laden with tense moments and it’s a gorgeous visual journey, with a pretty good narrative and a lot of pleasant surprises for fans of the Alien franchise.
  6. Oct 14, 2014
    90
    A stealth game that is not a disgrace to the Alien movie, and both its fan and a gamer who has not been kissed by its teeth will enjoy this, if they do wink at the game's story.
  7. Oct 7, 2014
    90
    This is an unusually brave blockbuster, not prepared to compromise its vision in favour of chasing a larger audience; a credit to both developer and publisher. And while it may not be for everybody, those that are looking for a convincing interpretation of sci-fi's most terrifying monster will be well-served.
  8. Oct 3, 2014
    90
    It's the best Alien experience you could have asked for, and even more than that. Ambience design is above the average, the Alien's AI almost revolutionary, and the survival experience one that will stick with you even when you switch the screen off.
  9. Oct 3, 2014
    90
    Alien isolation is simply the best title on the Alien saga, a tribute to the first, unforgettable film by Ridley Scott, and a wonderful survival horror game that will captivate you thanks to the incredible emotions and moods that can give. Long-lived, funny, scary and full of quotations, it is a mandatory purchase for fans.
  10. Oct 3, 2014
    90
    Alien: Isolation can be frustrating, but it's mostly terrifying in a near-perfect way. The Alien is scarier than it's been since Ridley Scott first showed it to the world, and the atmosphere is thick enough to cut.
  11. Oct 3, 2014
    90
    Inspired by the first movie of the Alien saga, this FPS survival horror is simply the best homage to Ridley Scott's movie. It will haunt you, it will scare you and it will make you jump... and you'll like it.
  12. Pelit (Finland)
    Nov 15, 2014
    87
    Alien Isolation can be frustratingly difficult at times, but nevertheless it’s easily the best game in the Alien franchise since the original Aliens vs Predator. The fact that the game mimics perfectly the 1970s look and sci fi stylings of Ridley Scott’s Alien film makes the experience even more endearing. By featuring absurd number of “surprise” twists, Alien Isolation’s final act could’ve used some trimming. [Nov 2014]
  13. Oct 13, 2014
    87
    A sublime, wonderfully scary horror/stealth game with beautiful graphics and fun gameplay. The eponymous alien is a constant threat, forcing the player to stay on his toes and brave the shadows in order to survive his trek inside the Sevastopol space station. The game's only major misstep is that it slightly outstays its welcome as the campaign drags on longer than it should have. Other than that, Alien: Isolation is one of the best horror games of the last few years.
  14. Oct 18, 2014
    85
    Ignore the defects of the AI or the small problems related to animations, and get carried away in one of the most terrifying adventures of the latest years. Undoubtedly the best game based on Alien and the only one who has ever really been able to perfectly represent the original idea by ​​Ridley Scott.
  15. Oct 15, 2014
    85
    Alien Isolation is a nerve-wrecking, stomach-twisting, bowel-moving, edge-of-your-seat experience and is unlike every other game out there.
  16. Oct 6, 2014
    85
    Despite its shortcomings, including its simplicity and lack of variety, Alien: Isolation is what the franchise needed: a simple and well-executed experience that conveys the horror of deep space while respecting the vision of its source.
  17. Oct 6, 2014
    85
    Alien Isolation is the best game adapted from the Ridley Scott masterpiece so far. The Creative Assembly have chosen the right way to use this IP in making it a tremendous survival, with both great artistic direction and atmosphere. The game takes the gamble to transform the player from hunter to prey, but it pays off as this setting gives birth to fear and stress. Exactly what you need to enjoy the terrific AI of the Alien which will be a real challenge for every experienced gamer.
  18. Oct 3, 2014
    85
    Being stalked by a seemingly invincible solitary foe whose cunning is unlike anything experienced before is absolutely satisfying.
  19. Oct 3, 2014
    85
    Creative Assembly has created a survival horror game which is apt for both fans of the movie, and also for those who never heard of Alien. Isolation is a finely crafted videogame full of pressure and with a superb atmosphere.
  20. Oct 3, 2014
    85
    Isolation has some flaws, but it's faithful to the film series, and I'd love to see a follow-up with a few extra alien evolutions.
  21. Oct 21, 2014
    83
    Players get frustrated, scared and upset, and it all feels very convincing because they also get outsmarted by an AI and there are few games that can make such a claim these days. Creative Assembly gets a huge plus for enhancing the fear factor in this one.
  22. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Oct 25, 2014
    82
    Alien: Isolation can serve as an example of a solid adaptation of movie features to the game format: Creative Assembly have managed to recreate the atmosphere of the original film. They did not try to squeeze Alien within the frames of existing genres, but took the events of the original picture as a basis while not limiting themselves to them. [Nov 2014, p.68]
  23. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Nov 12, 2014
    80
    The pacing might not be everyone's cup of tea but for fans of the original movie, this is a must. [Issue#246]
  24. Oct 29, 2014
    80
    A stealth-horror game designed, with precision, to make pretty much every single activity and objective as uncomfortable and tense as possible.
  25. If you're an Alien fan, it's definitely worth playing. People who like the stealth and survival-horror genres are gonna love Alien: Isolation. There are some flaws and bugs, but none of them affect the game atmosphere negatively.
  26. Oct 3, 2014
    80
    Unlike every other Alien game to date, the alien in Alien: Isolation is an unpredictable enemy. It's off-rails, unscripted and behaves pretty much however it pleases. Like a mad Tamagotchi, the alien is powered by some clever AI routines that allow it to hunt and kill using a bunch of different senses.
  27. Oct 3, 2014
    80
    In the same way that Ash respected the alien for its brutality in the original film, though, maybe I also respect Alien: Isolation just for how long, grueling and relentless it ends up being. Instead of completing the game, it feels more like I've escaped it and the nightmare it put me through. I no longer have to hear the sickening slump of the alien being spewed out of a vent.
  28. Oct 3, 2014
    80
    Alien Isolation is for people who can withstand a heightened emotional state for a prolonged period of time. Patience, observation, and fast action are paramount.
  29. Oct 3, 2014
    80
    A game that finds the balance between the new and the classic survival horror. If you like being scared with an infiltration-based gameplay, it's a great option, but if you like Alien as well, it is a game you cannot miss.
  30. Oct 3, 2014
    80
    Alien: Isolation is scary and mixes shooting, stealth and exploration in a unique way. A dream finally come true for any Alien fan in terms of settings and details, although it lasts too long and it's very repetitive.
  31. Oct 15, 2014
    78
    The details of the visual and ludic design, then, do more than keep the terror fresh—they create within the player a demand for more.
  32. Oct 13, 2014
    75
    Make no mistake, Alien: Isolation is several steps in the right direction for both the Alien franchise, and horror games in general.
  33. Oct 3, 2014
    73
    At its core, this is a fantastic port oft he Alien franchise into gaming. However, the almost too-strong Alien can be frustrating at times.
  34. Oct 19, 2014
    72
    Alien: Isolation's story will take you around 15-20 hours to complete. But, to spare yourself the bitter aftertaste of the second part of the campaign, do this – after completing Mission 10, quit the game and pretend that you’ve just seen a happy ending.
  35. Oct 13, 2014
    70
    It feels like the work of developers who've have been thinking about the perfect Alien video game since they were daydreaming in homeroom.
  36. Oct 10, 2014
    70
    There is a lot of good to be found in Alien Isolation. In the end, this one is just one good writer and five levels less away from being a true classic.
  37. Oct 3, 2014
    70
    Alien Isolation brings back the survival horror style. It's an indispensable game for ALIEN fans, with Ripley's daughter in a new, enormous and dangerous space station. Not for any player, the stealth style is hardcore, slow and a little bit old.
  38. Oct 3, 2014
    65
    On one hand Alien: Isolation has great levels and some excellent sequences, but on the other it's too predictable, has technical issues and a disappointing Alien. In the beginning you'll be amazed, then you'll get bored, just to be excited at the very end. Isolation is much better than Colonial Marines but not as good as other survival horrors out there. It could (and should!) have been great.
  39. Nov 25, 2014
    60
    The Creative Assembly’s game, however, is cooked; left to boil so long it loses all flavor and texture. For 10 hours, Isolation is one of the best horror games ever made, until a second, poorly made game bursts out of its heart.
  40. Oct 3, 2014
    60
    It's the endless meandering in between that proves troublesome, much of it intended to build tension, but most of it falling victim to a neverending sameness. I say neverending, but in reality, Alien: Isolation limps to its frustrating ending after many hours more than it can support.
  41. Oct 3, 2014
    59
    It may seem strange to complain that a game’s too long, but when the genuine scares of being hunted by an unstoppable predator are so diluted by repetition and padding, Isolation’s epic length really does work against it.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1929 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    Visually beautiful, creates a sense of actually being in the Nostromo due to all the fine detail. I would recommend this game to any alienVisually beautiful, creates a sense of actually being in the Nostromo due to all the fine detail. I would recommend this game to any alien fan. Player beware can be very hard! Full Review »
  2. Oct 8, 2014
    3
    Ok, let's put it straight. Alien Isolation IS an aesthetically nice game. Nice graphics, lots of atmosphere, made in the true spirit of theOk, let's put it straight. Alien Isolation IS an aesthetically nice game. Nice graphics, lots of atmosphere, made in the true spirit of the movie it draws inspiration from.

    BUT... it's just a long, boring, sluggish, pedantic exercise in stealth movement and "trial and error" approach. It's DAMN HARD! While the Alien AI is as rigid as a plank (it's totally scripted), it takes MANY tries to overcome a single section.

    And, above all, you have to walk, and walk, and walk, through a neverending obscurity, along winding tunnels, winding paths, winding corridors that takes you to another corridor, another path, another door, with NOTHING that happens in between.

    You can actually spend hours (I mean it!) under a table, or in closet, just to be instantly killed and have to start it again from the last save point. And, yes, the poor saving system doesn't help to get out from this quagmire of frustration. FRUSTRATION and STRESS at its best.
    To the point that, at a certain moment, while you are playing, it's impossibile not to ask to yourself what's the point of all this wandering around, opening doors "Zelda style" (once you need crowbar, then you need a decoder, then some sort of lance...), repeating the same section again and again and again until you get it right.

    Alien Isolation is a very good simulator of an hell of a life. It simulates very well how stressfull can be being chased by an invulnerable alien, and some other guys you don't have the slightest chance to overcome in combat. As such simulator, the game is tense. But one should accept this level of frustration and stress ONLY if he were actually try to escape from an Alien unbeatable creture! Got my point?
    A lot (a lot!) of wasted potential
    Full Review »
  3. Oct 9, 2014
    3
    They got the Alien's movement wrong. This ruined the game completely for me. The alien isn't authentic to the movies where it was a STEALTHYThey got the Alien's movement wrong. This ruined the game completely for me. The alien isn't authentic to the movies where it was a STEALTHY predator that slithered around the walls/ceiling/vents to kill its prey - mainly by ambushing. Instead it walks/runs upright and never on all fours. The alien emits LOUD stomping noises when it moves (think elephant stampeding). You can hear it coming a mile away.. it completely breaks the immersion of the game. Full Review »