Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1815 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
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  3. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    So far this is the best looking game i own aside from battlefield 4, the lighting,ambient sounds and music really work well and give the gameSo far this is the best looking game i own aside from battlefield 4, the lighting,ambient sounds and music really work well and give the game it's true character as well as a story that most may not get but will reveal in time with season pass.
    Aliens Colonial marines got a bad rap but as a real Alien fan it worked fine, just wasn't happy with gear box lies with E3 footage. This game has redeemed SEGA with the respect they deserve.
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