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AvPGalaxy Reviews Alien: Isolation

I know we’re a little late to the party with Alien Isolation reviews but we were unable to secure an advanced copy of the game to review so I’ve taken my time with it. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed myself; if being left a shivering mess whilst the adrenaline levels in my body re-adjust can be called enjoyment, which in this case it definitely did:

“To me the Alien franchise has always been fascinating because of its ability to induce fear and nightmares. It is for that reason that I have had a near life-long fascination with the acid-blooded xenomorph. All my favourite memories revolve around the fear that I suffered at the hands of H.R Giger’s monster.

Whether it was my inability to pick up and play Alien Trilogy as a child, or Rebellion’s Aliens vs. Predator Classic keeping me trapped inside of APC. However, the 20 hours of heart-pumping, adrenaline infused terror of Alien Isolation pushed all these buttons. I did not want the game to end. In some sadistic fashion, Creative Assembly had convinced me that I was enjoying the torment and anguish they had inflicted upon me.”

I think Alien Isolation is easily the best Alien game released. Whilst the game is not without minor flaws, I can whole heartedly recommend that any Alien fan should pick this game up, turn the lights off, turn the gamma down and pop a good pair of headphones on and enjoy – also have the paramedics on standby incase of heart failure. Be sure to check out my review in its entirety and let us know what you think.



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Comments: 13
  1. Rudd
    Hmmm. I kinda agree with you in the main. Overall I did enjoy playing through the game.  A life long Ridley fan,  it really was a treat to enter into this universe in tone,  design amd content.  Easily the best Alien game there has been.  But,  and its a big but the last quarter of the game felt very padded and was running out of ideas,  pacing was also a real issue towards the end and the story should really have been wound up long before the final curtain.  Overall I would say a 7/10 is probably closer to the mark it deserves.  Fans will love it. 
  2. skull-splitter
    I must admit, while I've found the original movie visually stunning and impressive, it's pacing always was a 50/50 with me: one view I loved it, the other I found it downright boring.

    This game however succesfully induces fear and terror, even though not much is happening.
    Some of the saves are a little too far from important points in the game IMO, making it frustrating to have to replay about 3/4ths of the section you just died on.

    Visually impressive (IMO on par with many a modern engine) and overal look of the thing is beautifully coherent throughout, from main menu to in-game interfaces.
  3. LOVED IT!!!
    LOVED everything about this game, the tension created was just unreal...scared sh*tless to leave the lockers for fear of having my head ripped apart!

    *SPOILER*

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    !!

    This was everything I was hoping the game to be...and I think it fits in with the alien world perfectly! 
  4. Corporal Hicks
    I think that CA made their Alien in the same vein we always think of the original.  It is artificial,  of course, but they put us in a similar situation (equipment-wise) as the crew of the Nostromo were in.

    Ive not done the dlc yet but will do soon. I kind of don't want to rush it.
  5. Fujimaster
    Yep ~ agree with this review completely. I am probably an hour or two, maybe 3 (depending on how long I want to stay in that locker) from the end. From the start I played on HARD 3-4 hours a night (this game can only be played at night or in the dark) and each time it never felt repetitive at all. A few moments of frustration due to the Alien turning me into a shish-kabab over and over ~ but making it to the save point was so relieving and satifying, something very rare in games these days.


    + looking forward to sinking my teeth into the Nostromo missions after the main campain.
  6. Xhan
    It fits with their intention.

    The Alien was an unkillable juggernaut by circumstance, and those circumstances still hold, just like the first movie.

    It's tough as hell naturally, impervious to the environment, it regenerates at a phenomenal rate, the weapons available aren't up to snuff, and if you do somehow kill it you risk killing yourself.

    Pretty much fits all the original criteria.
  7. Anonymous
    True from the heart review. I just finished yesterday. The very end was a bit dissapointed, but aside some flaws, this game is a BEAST.

    What did you think of the alien being invincible? even if it breaks Ridley Scott and Dan O'Bannon's intention?
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