If survival horror games have taught us anything, it’s that there are few worse places to be stuck when things go wrong than on a vessel out in space. Since there’s a limit to how far you can run before hitting a hull, so the only real options are to keep out of sight or kill your enemies before they kill you.
Poor Amanda Ripley, the protagonist of Alien: Isolation, doesn’t even have high-tech weapons like Isaac Clarke’s plasma cutter (Dead Space) to deal with the eponymous alien. Armed only with a clunky 2D motion tracker (and occasionally a flamethrower), Amanda must make her way through Sevastopol, a remote trading facility, searching for clues about what happened onboard the Nostromo and why her mother, Ellen Ripley, disappeared twenty years previously.
Alien: Isolation impressed a lot of critics at E3 2014 – Game Rant included – and a new accolades trailer for the game boasts over 40 E3 awards from various sites, as well as quotes testifying to just how scary the game can get. The alien AI is designed to be “almost sentient,” so that it’s nearly impossible to predict how it will behave or where it will come from next, and it’s actually possible to progress through the game faster using stealth, since the encounters with the alien are so dangerous and time-consuming.
There’s a lot of pressure on Alien: Isolation to stand out from the crowd, since Aliens: Colonial Marines significantly tarnished the name of the franchise for gamers. From what we’ve seen so far, however, this could be a sci-fi survival horror experience to rival even the classics like System Shock 2.
It’s not just the alien that players have to be worried about. Sevastopol is still populated by some human characters who might turn aggressive, and as this trailer shows there are also some very creepy androids patrolling the corridors. Amanda does have occasional access to weapons, such as the aforementioned flamethrower and what appears to be a hurriedly-assembled bomb, but for the most part Creative Assembly promises that players will be “underpowered and underprepared” for most of the game.
Did this trailer for Alien: Isolation make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Tell us in the comments if the E3 demo reactions have convinced you to buy the game this fall.
Alien: Isolation releases October 7, 2014 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.