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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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  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Hyper Magazine
    Dec 2, 2014
    90
    Thrilling from start to finish, Alien: Isolation is the game fans of the franchise have long been waiting for. [Issue#255, p.57]
  2. Oct 3, 2014
    90
    The highest compliment that you can pay Creative Assembly’s uncompromising, nerve-plucking and lengthy entry in the Alien canon is that even without any prior knowledge of its source material, Alien: Isolation is superb.
  3. Feb 25, 2015
    88
    Though it's not flawless, Isolation is certainly one of the best games in the franchise, and I'm damn impressed with what The Creative Assembly has managed to pull off.
  4. Oct 3, 2014
    80
    Alien: Isolation is an incredibly beautiful game whose regular boring patches are almost always countered with bloodcurdling tension or mind-blowing spectacle. But you should only try it out if you’re a big sci-fi fan and if you have nothing against doing engineering tasks, like in Dead Space. And of course, if you don’t want to miss all of the references, you should at least check out Alien the movie first, if not the entire quadrilogy. ​
  5. Oct 21, 2014
    80
    For fans of the Alien series, the films, books, comics, and every other form of entertainment imaginable, Alien: Isolation is simply a must-play, given that it fits so well into the storyline that it nearly seems to be a chapter in it's own right.
  6. Oct 4, 2014
    74
    Alien: Isolation is worth experiencing, but at the same time feels like lost potential.
  7. Oct 3, 2014
    59
    Someday, someone is going to make an incredible Alien video game that checks every box. But, sadly, Isolation is not it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 103
  2. Negative: 7 out of 103
  1. Oct 5, 2016
    10
    I like this game because you have to survive while doing a campaign so you are always on your feet trying to avoid danger and death there areI like this game because you have to survive while doing a campaign so you are always on your feet trying to avoid danger and death there are multiple enemy’s so you can’t trust anyone whatever they do, even the vent is not safe so you can’t stop moving. Expand
  2. Oct 10, 2014
    10
    Best Alien game EVER! The level of detail is amazing! Everything resembles the atmosphere from Ridley Scott´s ALIEN. Gameplay is challenging,Best Alien game EVER! The level of detail is amazing! Everything resembles the atmosphere from Ridley Scott´s ALIEN. Gameplay is challenging, this is not a shooter this is a true survival horror game, its kind of mix between the originals Dead Space and Resident Evil games. Can´t wait for this studio to produce a game based on James Cameron´s Aliens. Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    Astounding game - it's like living in the first Alien movie. The atmosphere is dense, the sound design, sfx and music is not only absolutelyAstounding game - it's like living in the first Alien movie. The atmosphere is dense, the sound design, sfx and music is not only absolutely perfect for the environment and overall feel, it sits tightly with what we're used to from the movies. Graphics are overall pretty good on the XB1. Lovely grain and warming fx, mostly good textures and it's possible to investigate or read many of little details on the Sevastopol to your hearts content. The alien AI works great and the danger of it lurking arund somewhere makes me feel like I'm 15 years old again, playing Resident Evil 1 for the first time. It's a scary game without being too relient on jump scares. It's what's possible, that's scary, not what is actually happening. Well, that too, actually. It's a fantastic game - not only because we finally got the Alien game we always wanted (and deserved), but also because the game itself is just so good. It combines joy and terror so magnificently. Well done, CA and Sega. A certain Randy Pitchford must be weeping into his moneybags right now. :-P Expand
  4. Mar 11, 2015
    9
    I think a 78 is low, but a lot more accurate than the IGN review, This is a great game and worth buying. This and dead space are the best inI think a 78 is low, but a lot more accurate than the IGN review, This is a great game and worth buying. This and dead space are the best in survival horror in my opinion. not even close to my favorite genre of gaming: so the fact that i like them so much is a compliment toward both. Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    8
    I was very surprised how this game got made in today's day and age of hand holding and overly simplified gameplay, but I am sure glad it did.I was very surprised how this game got made in today's day and age of hand holding and overly simplified gameplay, but I am sure glad it did.

    Gameplay

    What you have here is a scary as hell survival game heavily influenced by the original Alien movie. It is very slow paced and rewards you for playing stealthily, although I wish the Alien would leave you alone sometimes if you were playing the game well enough to convince it that you aren't even there.

    I love the feel of the game in that it takes me back to the style of Super Metroid or even the newer Shadow Complex games in that you start off very weak and work your way up by finding new tools and being able to access areas that you previously couldn't by using them.

    It is quite possibly the best Alien game that has been made so far and even though it has it's flaws, such as a not so great and somewhat android/human combat heavy 2nd third of the game which I can't really talk about without spoiling the story, and a somewhat disappointing ending, it's the first step towards more great Alien games. (Hopefully).

    The Graphics and Atmosphere

    One thing that I can't get over is that it's by all means not the greatest looking game out there, but the attention to detail, the lighting and the atmosphere is masterfully executed and feels so true to the first Alien movie.

    For the first section of the game I was so terrified just by the atmosphere that I was struggling to play through the game at an average pace and this was before the game even became dangerous. Once the alien came in (which is stunningly detailed and looks incredible) I was often too terrified to even move.

    Unfortunately the game does have some technical hiccups though, and this is mainly in regards to framerate. The game does a decent job of feeling smooth most of the time but sometimes during cutscenes and when you cause fire or explosions, it does cause the game to drop a little, but not enough to break immersion. I think the game could have used a little more optimization and dropped the Kinect features which just make the game even harder to play in favor of making the game run smoother and a little antialiasing couldn't have hurt either.

    Final Thoughts

    As I said before, I see this as a great first step into the future of Alien games, which hopefully remain scary but at least let you defend yourself against Aliens (by that I mean being able to kill them with enough effort) but this is a very good game in it's own right. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves the Alien franchise and wants to play a game that is clearly made by people who also love it too.

    I am giving this game an 8 out of 10.
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  6. Jan 5, 2015
    8
    This is a great reboot of the franchise. This has a good story that is a little tough to follow at times. The sound is great and the visualsThis is a great reboot of the franchise. This has a good story that is a little tough to follow at times. The sound is great and the visuals are good for a console. Overall the the game is a struggle to plow through. This is a very frustrating game. You will die a lot. I was also very surprised at how long the game is. This is a game worth a buy. Expand
  7. May 22, 2022
    0
    Bien des ingrédients sont réunis ici pour faire de la licence Alien un grand jeu... hélas, mille fois hélas, The Creative Assembly rate leBien des ingrédients sont réunis ici pour faire de la licence Alien un grand jeu... hélas, mille fois hélas, The Creative Assembly rate le coche. Mais commençons par le positif, car il y en a : la réalisation de très bon aloi, l'excellente VF, la musique glaçante et l'ambiance générale qui constitue un hommage remarquable au premier film.

    Mais le jeu est bien trop abusé sur sa difficulté et l’IA pernicieuse du xénomorphe est sans pitié : j’étais dans le placard, j’ai pété. L’alien a entendu et m’a bouffé. C’était les fayots du mess. L’autre fois, j’ai trop retenu mon souffle et j’ai mouru. J’ai oublié de respirer. Et puis là, je n’ai pas vérifié le plafond et la bête m’a alpagué.

    Quand l’alien n’est pas là, les synthétiques vous font danser (avec de misérables QTE au corps à corps !) et résistent à plusieurs balles dans le caberlot. On passe les 3/4 du temps dans le noir vu que la lampe de poche ramène à toute blinde tous les crevards de la station et après être revenu au poste de sauvegarde pour la énième fois, on avance accroupi à deux à l’heure un brin énervé, alors qu’on se rend compte que l’infiltration -inexploitable et risible- a été zappée du cahier des charges (pour cause d’incompétence du développeur) .

    Le problème ici rédhibitoire réside donc dans le système de sauvegarde, des postes fixes uniques et sans aucun point supplémentaire intérmédiaire, fût-il temporaire. Non seulement la progression se fait par l’échec mais elle dérive assez vite vers le « par coeur » et la répétiton très répétitive : au bout d’un certain nombre de fois, on connaît très bien le niveau, certes, mais on commence à se faire bien chier.

    La progression est très lente, le jeu est long, trop long pour le genre à dire vrai. Une sauvegarde manuelle aurait pu pallier au problème dans une certaine mesure sans remédier toutefois à la répétitivité des tâches qui nous incombent : avancer dans des couloirs, avancer dans des conduits d’aération, prendre des ascenseurs, déverrouiller des portes (et des ascenseurs) et se taper des allers et retours avec encore des portes et des couloirs.

    Tout cela est en conclusion fort décevant mais pourra intéresser nombre de joueurs masochistes habitués aux jeux qui soûlent. Personnellement je n’en fais pas partie. Il est d’ailleurs étonnant de voir Alien Isolation se taper quelques mauvaises notes par les mêmes sites qui encensaient les soûleries japoniaises utilisant pourtant le même principe de la jouabilité punitive et bancale.

    De mon point de vue, c’est à ranger dans le même panier de crabes, Alien Isolation ayant au moins le mérite d’une belle réalisation… mais c’est tout !… car en définitive, sa lourdeur et sa pénibilité sont vraiment… rédhibitoires !
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