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Alien Isolation Review Roundup

isolation Alien Isolation Review RoundupThe review embargo for Alien Isolation has officially lifted! So far, the reviews are mostly positive though the big sites like IGN and Gamespot have given mixed reviews. Alien Isolation currently has a metacritic score of 80, with 16 positive reviews and 5 mixed reviews. The positive points include the tense eerie atmosphere, and the music/sound. The complaints are aimed at the lengthy campaign that features a so-so story and the hard difficulty.

Positive
Joystiq (4/5)
Eurogamer (8/10)
PC Gamer (93/100)
The Guardian (5/5)
OXM (9/10)
Kotaku (YES)
The Verge (Positive)
Escapist Magazine (4.5/5)
Rock Paper Shogun (Positive)
Empire (5/5)
Destructoid (8.5/10)
DigitalSpy (4/5)
GameFront (92/100)
ShackNews (8/10)
GamesRadar (4.5/5)
TrustedReviews (9/10)
Metro (7/10)
TotalXbox (9/10)
VideoGamer (9/10)
BBC Click
The Sixth Axis (9/10)
GamesTM (9/10)
Giant Bomb (4/5)
Push Square (7/10)
Playstation Lifestyle (8/10)
PS3Trophies (90%)
Mixed
IGN (5.9/10)
Gamespot (6/10)
Polygon (6.5/10)

Negative
arstechnica (Negative)

We’ll have our review up in a week or so as we weren’t given a review copy in time.



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  1. stroggificated
    I'm a little baffled at the reviews of two big magazines in my country. While i was sure it would be a safe 80%, one of them even gave it only 69%.

    The Alien would be too unfair, bullets can't hurt it and so on. I don't know, maybe it's because i'm a fan, only played it on medium or they just suck at stealth games, but my frustration always stayed at minimum.
    Also there were complaints about androids noticing you, though they turned their backs on you. Never happened to me. Either their test version was flawed yet, or they didn't even notice that they have to sneak - and not to walk. 
    Oh well...  ???

    edit:
    Oh, the other one turned it from 73% to 80% now.
    The reviewer admitted that he took a wrong approach on the game, after listening to reader comments and his workmates.
    I kinda thought as much. Good for him that he noticed it's not CoD and it's suddenly more fun lol
  2. Hudson
    Indeed. Lots to look forward to. I'm enjoying Survivor atm. Dying alot. But enjoying it.

    On the constant dying: The first time I put the game in I played Crew Expendable and died 2 or 3 times in 10 minutes or so. Then I realized there weren't any save points. I loved every second of it.

    The whole section in the vents when Lambert starts saying "It's coming towards you" I was so on edge. Really good fun.

    The gameplay during that part is actually really well thought out and tense. The vents are a little basic looking, but it works. When you hear that thing in there, and Lambert's voice. They did a good job on that part. Maybe not so much the beginning or the ending.
  3. Taxemic
    Indeed. Lots to look forward to. I'm enjoying Survivor atm. Dying alot. But enjoying it.

    On the constant dying: The first time I put the game in I played Crew Expendable and died 2 or 3 times in 10 minutes or so. Then I realized there weren't any save points. I loved every second of it.

    The whole section in the vents when Lambert starts saying "It's coming towards you" I was so on edge. Really good fun.
  4. Hudson
    I have not had the chance to play it much honestly, being a student and working part time. All I've done so far is beat both of the DLCs and then played up to the point in the story where you first have to deal with the androids, the end of which I spent trying to sprint by them to get to a save point.

    It's a tense game and I enjoy the gameplay based off of what I've experienced so far, but I don't really feel like I'm in the meat of the story yet.
  5. hfeldhaus
    They give call of duty high scores everytime. Wouldn't take much notice of them, they're known as the joke site and the only reason they get recognition is because of how big they are
  6. Hudson
    Yeah, disappointed with that IGN video. I thought the other editors would defend the game but they're all agreeing.

    Well it's clear they all had to appear and support the dude who reviewed the game. It doesn't appear that anyone is as passionate as him. The others are all pretty non-commital and have barely played the game, which makes the video even more asinine.
  7. hiddensynapse
    When is Metacritic going to add in some more reviews? It's still sitting at 22. Given the fact that I've found hardly any negative or mixed reviews, I'm guessing that it's average will raise if they tack on a few more publications.
  8. Hennex Forest
    It's like McCaffrey has be feel he is "right", so he only has discussions about the game with people who won't disagree with him.  The vast majority of the comments section on the IGN website, Facebook and YouTube pages are against him. People are not buying into his or IGN's BS, which I am glad to see.
  9. Sinister
    I think the nature of the game is such that those who like to be more in control and have straight up action will probably not take to the game very well. I think it's just one of those games that may get less positive/average reviews from those who are not into this type of pure survival horror where your character is constantly on the back foot every inch of the way trying to (barely) survive - not to mention lots of dying and re-trying particular stretches of the game.

    I think if the game averages out on a nice fat 80/100 (or 8/10 whichever you prefer) they can give themselves a pretty hearty thumbs up. If it averages anything close to or around 85/100...i'd say job very well accomplished.
  10. Jarac
    Looks like I can happily eat crow. Reviews look good, especially the ones from thw Escapist and Eurogamer. PC Gamer and thesixthaxis also lookin' good. The Guardian, too! IGN and GameSpot... lol. Congrats, CA, you've earned my money. You'll have my $60 come Tuesday.
  11. St_Eddie
    Yikes didn't mean to completely derail everything, sorry! I just felt that there were a higher percentage of fans that were from the UK. It seems that the reviewers that have understood the game have not been American. Both Rebellion and Creative Assembly hail from the UK. The question was meant as a curiosity rather than anything. Was it more of a cultural phenomenon? Did it have a higher ticket sale per capita? That kind of stuff. It was not intended to be demeaning. Sorry if you interpreted it as such.

    What a polite person you are, Ferazel ;D

    No worries, it was just a strange question is all.  I know no offense was meant and so none was taken, on my front at least.  It's all good  :)
  12. Ferazel
    Yikes didn't mean to completely derail everything, sorry! I just felt that there were a higher percentage of fans that were from the UK. It seems that the reviewers that have understood the game have not been American. Both Rebellion and Creative Assembly hail from the UK. The question was meant as a curiosity rather than anything. Was it more of a cultural phenomenon? Did it have a higher ticket sale per capita? That kind of stuff. It was not intended to be demeaning. Sorry if you interpreted it as such.
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