Alien: Isolation Looks Like The Game Fans Have Been Dying To Play
Aliens: Colonial Marines was one of the biggest lies ever told to consumers last year. Releasing as a broken, boring mess that only served to make people wonder what could have been following the impressive E3 showing, Colonial Marines left a really bad taste in our mouths and certainly made everyone more cautious when it comes to an Alien title.
So sure, Alien: Isolation has a lot to prove. But hell, it has certainly done a lot of that just from its very first showing,
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In Alien: Isolation you take control of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of the film’s main protagonist, as she and a crew investigate what really happened to the Nostromo after the events of the first film. It sounds a lot like Dead Space in a sense, with an abandoned ship floating around in space being investigated by a small crew, only to have things go horribly wrong.
And that’s where things get really interesting, because Isolation isn’t a shooter. In fact, the title gives the entire premise away, what with it being “Alien” and not “Aliens”. Isolation will only feature one Xenomorph as opposed to the infinite nest that seemed to exist in Colonial Marines. It makes perfect sense too, because these are one of the greatest hunters in the universe, so it only makes sense that you’d be hoping you weren’t up against even just two of them. Isolation wants to make players feel fearful of these creatures again, channelling some of the tension in the cult classic films.
That’s why SEGA and Creative Assembly have designed Isolation as a survival horror title, and not a shooter. Alistair Hope, creative lead at Creative Assembly, had this to say about the new title.
“In Alien: Isolation, we have taken the series back to the roots of Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, the original survival horror. Our Alien is a truly terrifying creature, as intelligent as he is hostile, relentless, brutal and unstoppable. This is the Alien game fans of the series have always wanted.”
And judging from the short gameplay glimpses in the video below and some of the hands-on impression, he’s right. Isolation seems to have a tense and terrifying atmosphere, which is exactly what players want to feel when being stalked by a Xenomorph. Not mowing endless waves down with a Pulse Rifle. How this type of atmosphere translates into a full campaign is what has me interested at the moment, but there’s still quite a bit of time between now and the release date, which currently sits at the end of the year.
Alien: Isolation will release on Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Check out some gameplay below.