Metacritic (Xbox): 78/100
Metacritic (PS): 79/100
Release: Oct 2014
Reviewed on: PC
(User scores are recalculated daily)
Alien: Isolation brings the Alien series where it belongs, to the first person survival horror game genre. With an emphasis on stealth you’ll need patience as you evade the alien as you complete your objectives.
Set in between the Alien and Aliens movie the game explores Amanda Ripley’s hunt for her mother (Ellen Ripley) that leads her to also confront the Alien species. This confrontation takes place on the space station Sevastopol where the flight recorder of the Nostromo has been brought aboard. When Amanda arrives to get closure over her mother’s fate she finds that station in ruin and herself trapped on board.
Alien: Isolation does a great job of bringing the movie and game together through small bits of information that really take the game to a whole new level for Alien fans although these won’t add much for those that don’t follow the Alien series.
Gameplay centres around a single Alien for most of your playthrough which cannot be killed (although it can be forced to retreat once you acquire the flamethrower late in the game). This forces players to take the stealth route during the game which is supported with a range of gadgets that let you track, distract and hide from the Alien. With a dynamic AI system controlling the Alien this isn’t a game where you can simply memorise it’s movement path.
Weapons are present in Alien: Isolation but these are reserved mostly for the malfunctioning androids spread across the station which will attempt to kill the player. While they can be fairly easy to dispatch this often brings the unwanted attention of the Alien requiring players to constantly know the exit and entry points of the current room.
The atmosphere of Alien: Isolation ensures that despite some bugs and frustrating moments it’s a must purchase for any Alien fan.
- Brings the movies to life with an impressive game.
- Stealth and scavenge through the station.
- Battle against the Working Joe androids and hide from the Alien.
- At atmosphere worthy of the movies.
- For all major platforms.