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  • Summary: Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game which captures the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in theAlien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game which captures the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive. Expand

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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
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 437
  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! Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2019
    10
    Playing this through for the first time now ... and I'm mighty impressed. The game looks stunning and faithfully captures the unmistakablePlaying this through for the first time now ... and I'm mighty impressed. The game looks stunning and faithfully captures the unmistakable look and style of Ridely Scott's seminal movie. The gameplay mechanics are simple but very thoughtfully designed and implemented. It's super slick! I can't recommend this enough to fans of sci-fi, horror and just damn good games. Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    First of all - BRAVO Creative Assembly! BRAVO! This is the TRUE Alien game that fans have been waiting since AVP games era. Absolutely geniusFirst of all - BRAVO Creative Assembly! BRAVO! This is the TRUE Alien game that fans have been waiting since AVP games era. Absolutely genius work... The Atmosphere, Visuals and Music are so top notch, it just screams Ridley Scott's ALIEN! Gameplay is just as good, you feel like you are really being stalked by a perfect killing machine, insead of beying Rambo dude. All in all this game is the BEST Alien game to date. Can't wait to see what CA will do next with this amazing franchise. Expand
  4. Mar 15, 2015
    9
    Pros:

    - Visually stunning (authentic to the Alien movies) - Excellent sound and music (again, authentic to the movies) - Interesting and
    Pros:

    - Visually stunning (authentic to the Alien movies)
    - Excellent sound and music (again, authentic to the movies)
    - Interesting and engaging story
    - Long game... a lot of gameplay

    Cons:

    - Alien isn't as scary to me as it's probably intended to be
    - Too many Alien encounters make it less frightening
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  5. Dec 22, 2014
    9
    This is an excellent Alien game and a tribute to Ridley Scott's masterpiece. Being relentlessly hunted by the alien in Sebastopol is reallyThis is an excellent Alien game and a tribute to Ridley Scott's masterpiece. Being relentlessly hunted by the alien in Sebastopol is really scary and takes its toll. Saving system is great. Sound effects and really good actor voices add to the atmosphere. So, I would say that the game mechanics is close to perfect. Now, the writers really did not do a good job of following through the narrative in the spirit of Alien. As mentioned by other reviewers a lot of the build up breaks down in the last few hours of the game, like the producers threw out the windows "Alien" and brought back the awful "Aliens" with multiple monster bashing and repetitive blue-collar work where the exhausted player has to turn on and off switches across the stations long after the climax of the game has been reached. Other than that, the first 80% of the game are so great that its worth it. Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2014
    8
    Alien Isolation presents itself as a stealth horror, taking some of the best aspects from games like amnesia and building upon it.Alien Isolation presents itself as a stealth horror, taking some of the best aspects from games like amnesia and building upon it.

    Aesthetically the game is fantastic. I'm playing on SLI 780Ti and visuals are up there with what you'd expect from an AAA game.

    In relation to the atmosphere, it's fantastic. It builds up using great audio and lighting to present a real feeling of terror and tense.

    the fact that you're unable to kill the alien really enforces the play style. The creature is agile and incredibly fast. If you're seen, you know there's probably only a 1 in 10 chance you're going to survive. Despite this, you always try!

    The only slight minor I would give the game is the Aliens navmesh... on a lot of occasions it felt like even though I hadn't been detected the Alien was simply 'hanging around'. However, this is a very minor concern.

    Overall, fantastic experience and at 20hours+ was a great game.
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  7. Nov 8, 2015
    0
    Bugs and more bugs. 1st day 3 times crashed.
    Another console port that burn your GPU.
    The graphics are good for an indie game, but cann't
    Bugs and more bugs. 1st day 3 times crashed.
    Another console port that burn your GPU.
    The graphics are good for an indie game, but cann't compare it with an AAA.
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