Review by: Rob Caprilozzi
Through the years, Alien games have been hit or miss…mostly miss. When Alien: Isolation was announced, the fanbase was cautious but had hopes that the game would surpass the gameplay of “Aliens: Colonial Marines”. We were lucky enough to get our horrific hands on Alien: Isolation and can say that “survival horror” is without a doubt the best way to describe this game.
Don’t expect this game to be easy by any means. Don’t expect to run around firing weapons, and don’t expect to live. Seriously… don’t expect to live. You will want to be quiet as a mouse as you scamper through this game. The tone of the game is very tense, as you crouch and duck and pray you aren’t seen. The key is to dodge almost everything, plan out your move and make your way to the next place where you can’t be seen.
The game takes place in between “Alien” and “Aliens” as you assume the role of Ripley’s daughter Amanda, who is investigating the disappearance of her mother. The atmosphere of the game is very similar to that of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece from 1979. This aspect undoubtedly helps the game as it gives you some point in time to draw from.
Alien: Isolation is the type of horror game that we need more of. The game invokes fear and makes you NOT want to fight the monsters BUT simply survive the monsters.