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Author Topic: Alien: Isolation - The Novelization  (Read 24826 times)


Darkness
Oct 15, 2019, 07:58:49 PM
Reply #451 on: Oct 15, 2019, 07:58:49 PM
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How did you know he didn't play the game?

Refresh my memory. What happens in San Cristobal and Gemini Lab?



Corporal Hicks
Oct 16, 2019, 02:32:35 PM
Reply #453 on: Oct 16, 2019, 02:32:35 PM
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How did you know he didn't play the game?

He said he didn't. I'd mentioned earlier it felt like he hadn't played it, which was confirmed in this interview.

paulsemel.com/exclusive-interview-alien-isolation-author-keith-r-a-decandido/

Turns out Keith didn't actually play the game:

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When they first approached you about writing this book, had you already played Alien: Isolation?

Nope. I’m not much of a gamer mainly due to lack of time.

But did you play it after you agreed to write Alien: Isolation?

I didn’t, but I did have access to all the gaming materials, and, best of all, Gamer’s Little Playground put up a video on YouTube that functions as a movie of the game, basically editing together the entirety of the game action into a single two-hour “movie.” That was hugely helpful as it combined with the script to give me a ton of material to work with. The cutscenes YouTube video in particular gave me a good feel for the visuals of Sevastopol.

Also of assistance was the Alien: Isolation comic book that Dark Horse put out as a companion to the game. All of it was mined for the novel.

Refresh my memory. What happens in San Cristobal and Gemini Lab?

 :o San Cristobal was your second run-in with the Alien. It was the hospital, where you see it slither out of the vents for the first time. That whole sequence.

Gemini Lab's was the sequence that was shown off at all the press demos and etc, when you finally catch Stompy and get ejected along with the module from the station.


Voodoo Magic
Oct 16, 2019, 02:55:28 PM
Reply #454 on: Oct 16, 2019, 02:55:28 PM
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Yeah, I can see not playing it having an impact.

Btw - nice review Hicks


Darkness
Oct 16, 2019, 06:36:40 PM
Reply #455 on: Oct 16, 2019, 06:36:40 PM
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Indeed, it would have made a bigger difference had he played it but I can understand him just watching a summary video on youtube to get the best bits of what happens. A lot of what happens in the game can be condensed.

:o San Cristobal was your second run-in with the Alien. It was the hospital, where you see it slither out of the vents for the first time. That whole sequence.

Gemini Lab's was the sequence that was shown off at all the press demos and etc, when you finally catch Stompy and get ejected along with the module from the station.

You're a fountain of knowledge. I didn't even remember the names of those places.

Yeah, they were pretty important for the story. Maybe the book just wasn't aimed at you but just casual fans who didn't play the game.



Xiggz456
Oct 18, 2019, 02:10:40 PM
Reply #457 on: Oct 18, 2019, 02:10:40 PM
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I just gave this a re-read in anticipation of “Prototype”. While still not near tense enough to be a successful adaptation I do like that the flashbacks foster a bigger payoff when Amanda finally hears her mom’s message on the Anesidora. Obviously a lot of the game is abridged but I noticed this time that Amanda never gets pulled through the vents and cocooned (towards the end of the game). Also this time it bugged me how many times she runs away when one of her first sightings described a man trying to run and the alien catching him in two quick strides (so apparently Amanda is a track star lol). Overall I like Keith’s writing but he really should of experienced the game before he took on the job. Hicks’ score of 5/10 is a fair score as Keith just veered too far from the source material.

Next week we’ll be getting issue 4 of Rescue and Prototype the week after that which will conclude the Amanda Ripley Read/Play/Watch campaign. It’s been an interesting ride but I’m grateful for it nonetheless.


Fiendishly Inventive
Oct 20, 2019, 12:51:16 PM
Reply #458 on: Oct 20, 2019, 12:51:16 PM
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Yeah, I think I agree- but honestly I think the message still pays off within the original source material because of Alien, Aliens and Alien³ it's a nice bookend.


Xiggz456
Oct 20, 2019, 11:28:36 PM
Reply #459 on: Oct 20, 2019, 11:28:36 PM
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Indeed. The flashbacks just add a little extra emotion on Amanda’s end. Just realized that Amanda now has her own quadrilogy with Isolation, Blackout, Resistance and Rescue. Fitting.



Xiggz456
Nov 04, 2019, 04:32:22 PM
Reply #461 on: Nov 04, 2019, 04:32:22 PM
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Another solid podcast fellas! I too would like to see Keith take a crack at an original novel for the franchise as the writing wasn’t an issue.



HuDaFuK
Nov 05, 2019, 08:41:32 PM
Reply #463 on: Nov 05, 2019, 08:41:32 PM
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Something I neglected to mention, but which also bugged me:

Given how cool it was that they went to the effort of making sure Ripley's backstory matched up with her original character notes (right down to the names of the captains of the ships she served on), it's a shame they didn't put the same care and effort into ensuring consistency with the characters from the game the novel is actually adapting - virtually every full name the book comes up with doesn't match with the name or initial you can find out from rooting around in the game. You'd think at least someone might have had a list of those things lying around.



 

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