Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation
  • Platform PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Release Oct 07, 2014
  • Developer The Creative Assembly
  • Publisher Sega
Official Site: www.alienisolation.com

Alien: Isolation allows players to experience the horror of the Aliens series first-hand as Amanda Ripley—the daughter of Ellen Ripley—while she investigates the disappearance of her mother. As she explores the space station Sevastopol, alone and cut off from her crew, she finds that the small pockets of surviving crew members have been isolated by a monster—one of the Aliens that terrorized Ellen Ripley in the original film.

Plot progression requires stealth on the part of the player, as the Alien is invulnerable for the majority of the game. Alien: Isolation uses unique AI for its villain—the Alien can track Ripley by sound, sight, and smell, and a series of unlocked behaviors make it feel as though it learns from every encounter, heightening the player’s sense of fear. The game allows the player to complete the entire story non-lethally, adding a significant challenge to some of the encounters.

Alien: Isolation was well-received by critics, who praised the game’s atmospheric horror and engrossing stealth mechanics. While some people found the story and voice acting lackluster, it won several “Game of the Year” awards and was highly praised overall.

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Alien: Isolation allows players to experience the horror of the Aliens series first-hand as Amanda Ripley—the daughter of Ellen Ripley—while she investigates the disappearance of her mother. As she explores the space station Sevastopol, alone and cut off from her crew, she finds that the small pockets of surviving crew members have been isolated by a monster—one of the Aliens that terrorized Ellen Ripley in the original film.

Plot progression requires stealth on the part of the player, as the Alien is invulnerable for the majority of the game. Alien: Isolation uses unique AI for its villain—the Alien can track Ripley by sound, sight, and smell, and a series of unlocked behaviors make it feel as though it learns from every encounter, heightening the player’s sense of fear. The game allows the player to complete the entire story non-lethally, adding a significant challenge to some of the encounters.

Alien: Isolation was well-received by critics, who praised the game’s atmospheric horror and engrossing stealth mechanics. While some people found the story and voice acting lackluster, it won several “Game of the Year” awards and was highly praised overall.

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