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- Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger.
- Fifteen years after the events of Alien, Ellen Ripley's daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother's disappearance.
- As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien.
- Overcome an ever-present deadly threat - Experience persistent fear as a truly dynamic and reactive Alien uses its senses to hunt you down and respond to your every move.
- Improvise to survive - Hack systems, scavenge for vital resources and craft items to deal with each situation. Will you evade your enemies, distract them or face them head on?
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ALIEN: ISOLATION IS AN UPCOMING FIRST-PERSON SURVIVAL HORROR STEALTH GAME DEVELOPED BY THE CREATIVE ASSEMBLY AND PUBLISHED BY SEGA, AND A VIDEO GAME ADDITION TO THE ALIEN FRANCHISE. THE GAME IS SET IN 2137, 15 YEARS AFTER THE EVENTS OF ALIE
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It's the best Alien game to date. It's better in every way than all it's predecessors because it works. It writes an interim story between the original Alien movie and Aliens, where you get to play Ripley's daughter. It does so in such a way that you do feel like you're playing inside the original movie. A lot of reviews of games tend to fall back on that old chestnut but this time I think it's true to say - this is the closest you could get to being in the universe that Alien created.
The storyline is simple enough - travel to an outpost for The Company (Weyland Yutani) to recover the Nostromo flight data recorded. But being set in the Alien universe, you know the story isn't really that simple. There's no point in ruining all the surprises in a review, so you'll have to play it to find all the brilliant set pieces.
Where this game really shines is in the audio design, the graphics design and the AI.
The audio design is hands-down one of the best pieces of videogame work I've ever heard. Truly cinematic, properly engaging, and best listened to on a 5.1 surround system (or more - if you have a full DTS system, go for it!). Because a vast part of the game involves not being found or attacked, there's a lot of sneaking and hiding that goes on, so sound becomes a key component that you'll use to locate other entities in the game. Eventually you'll become completely paranoid about every last creak and groan, and towards the end of the game when the inevitable 5-alarm disaster is unfolding, the audio design will induce a proper state of panic in you.
The graphic design is similarly brilliant, from all the different steam and gas vents, to the lighting, to the level design - you can be forgiven for thinking that the Alien universe is real and that the game designers just went out and digitised all the relevant space ships. The Alien itself is equal parts bloody scary and very impressive. Best not to stand around looking at it though. That always ends badly.
Which brings me on to the AI. A lot of games talk about how fantastic their AI is, how next-gen and cutting-edge it is, and other corporate buzzwords. You can normally fool the AI in most games though - it really isn't that clever. Alien Isolation is different. The Alien does seem to learn. It figures out your tactics - where you like to hide, how you like to move around, how you like to cause distractions. Each time it learns, your game becomes a little bit more difficult. What's really neat is that, if you enable it, the Kinect will listen to your environment and transmit the sound into the game. Novelty? Sure. But if you're properly into the game, you'll get the shock of your life if you sneeze in the real world whilst hiding. I did - I sneezed, or coughed, or somehow made some noise and instantly the Alien spun around and looked right at where I was hiding. If you have your cellphone with you when playing, I suggest silent mode.....
Alien Isolation is best experienced in a dark or light-controlled room, on a big TV or a projector system, with a good 5.1 or greater sound system. That's when it becomes properly immersive, and if you're a fan of the Alien movies, that's when it starts to properly blur the lines between game and movie.
Really - I can't lavish enough praise on this game - I love it. I'm starting to play it again on hard mode once finished with this review. Then there's all the survival sub-games, and the Crew Expendable add-on where you can play as one of the original characters on the Nostromo too. $60 (when new) for a triple-A game is pretty steep nowadays, but this is the first game I've bought in a long time where I thought it was properly worth the money I paid for it.
Full thumbs-up. Just don't cheer to loudly and pray you don't have squeaky floorboards or noisy pets, kids or spouses - they'll all accelerate your demise when playing :)
I bought this for my little sister for Christmas, but luckily, we live together so I've been able to watch her play it. She's still relatively early in the game, but so far it has been pretty spooky. It started slow... (I may have fallen asleep during the initial few minutes of the game) but once our main character Amanda (which also happens to be my little sister's name, so that was a pretty neat turn of events) got to the ship where her mother mysteriously vanished 15 years before, it started getting spookier.
There have been some weirdly difficult moments so far (we're both veteran gamers, but she got lost trying to find a vent on the floor to crawl through) but the atmosphere is pretty awesome. For example, right before she came upon some body bags, there was a creepy sound (like a pterodactyl stretching, which is obviously the sound that aliens make, right?) and a shadowy figure running by in the distance.
I bought this game for my sister because we are both giant babies who don't like horror games, and I thought it would be really hilarious to watch her play. My sister watches people Steam games and her friends had played this game. They said that there were moments when a creepy sound happens and they literally hid because they were scared. I'm looking forward to watching my sister continue with this game and it scaring the crap out of her.
-I really enjoyed the dark and creepy atmosphere. If you are playing this game at night, you'll probably be listening so carefully that you'll be able to hear your own heartbeats.
-The graphics and audio quality are terrific.
-The attention to detail coupled with the nostalgic soundtrack from the 1979 masterpiece really made me feel immersed in the game. If you are not a fan of the Alien series, you'll still enjoy this game, but you may not understand the subtle hints related to the movies.
-Please play this game on Easy or Normal. Playing on Hard mode will leave you super frustrated.
-The campaign is long: ~12hr.
I try not to give games a 5 star rating, but I can't find many flaws with this game.
-There is no multiplayer option in this game. It seems like some kind of multiplayer survival mode would have been a welcomed addition, but it's not critical to enjoying the game. I can't dock points for every feature that isn't in the game.
-Some oddities with the items in the game. Example: Why do my flashlight batteries only last about 2 minutes? Would unlimited flashlight time really make the game too easy? Why can't I kill the alien with the in game guns? Vasquez killed one with a 9mm in the 1985 movie.
This is not the type of game that you play to relax after work. You have to be focused and prepare to be stressed. You can't play this game with half a brain like you're playing Call of Duty.
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En cuanto al producto para los que somos seguidores de la zaga de Alien es 100% fan-service, realmente es un juego muy inmersivo te hace sentir que estas en la pelicula de Ritley Scott de los años 70s, y para los que aun estén pensando en comprarlo les comparto algunas características que no se mencionan en la descripción de Amazon:
- Efectivamente se trata de la Nostromo Edition.
- Incluye un código para descargar el DLC Crew Expendable.
-- Es un survival horror en primera persona y sigilo.
- Las opciones de idioma son Inglés y español Ibérico, no se puede poner idioma en inglés con subtítulos en español o es todo en español ibérico o todo en inglés cambiando la configuración de la consola.