Quick check, are you a fan of the Alien franchise?
Good, you’re in for a treat.
Brought to you by the team behind the Total War series, The Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation takes place between the first and third Alien movies, where you play as Amanda Ripley, a daughter hellbent on finding out what happened to her mother’s ship, the Nostromo (which you will remember from the movies).
That’s right, you’re going out into the vastness of space looking for mom, heading directly towards one of the genre’s best and most frightening movie monsters. Something heavy is definitely gonna go down, in a bad way.
Thankfully, what doesn’t go in a bad way, is the design for this game. Fans have more than enough reason to be wary when it comes to their franchise being brought to the gaming medium, especially when movie related games have a penchant for being terrible. But put your mind at ease; instead of the classic gun totin’, alien shooting adventure you might expect, The Creative Assembly opted to take the franchise in a different direction. Players are forced to use stealth a lot in this game, and if you catch yourself in a dark room with the volume up, holding your breath trying to pinpoint enemies, like I did, you’ll know you’re doing it right. Just remember, there’s usually a ventilation shaft somewhere nearby to hide in while you go change your pants. This game is scary as hell, so be sure to have a cuddle buddy or a Pixar film as a buffer between this game and bed time.
Luckily, Creative Assembly was kind enough to give us a flashlight at our disposal, or else I would have quit this game fifteen minutes in. A guy can only handle so much tension, am I right?
Isolation features a wide array of other interesting gadgets at your disposal, although you shouldn’t expect an abundance of items at any given time. You’ll find yourself scavenging for what materials you can get your hands on in order to craft health kits and various other tools of survival that you’ll need to survive.
Expect a play though to take about 10-20 hours, unless you want to spend extra time exploring the impressively crafted environments. (Which I highly encourage you do.)
Do yourself a favor and check this game out, you’ll not regret it.
Alien: Isolation released on October 7th, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS5, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.