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Alien Isolation Review: PlayStation 4

Alien Isolation is aimed at fans who love the tense and dark atmosphere that the films provided. It envisions the universe that Ridley Scott created. The space station Sevastopol will be hosting this particular nightmare. It’s home to one nasty Xenomorph whose sole purpose is to hunt you down by sight, sound and even smell.

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Plot

 

Many years ago, Ellen Ripley broke a promise to her daughter Amanda. She was supposed to come back home in time for her 11th birthday. Unfortunately, they were never reunited. Alien Isolation picks up some 15 years later after Ellen Ripley disappeared. As you can imagine, this still haunts Amanda. Even without the presence of her mother, she has grown up to be much like her in personality and even her occupation.

She is a well-schooled engineer and soon learns of a mission to recover the flight recorder from Nostromo. An entire team is sent out for this mission but it soon turns disastrous, leaving only Amanda to complete the objective. Little does she know about the ancient evil that awaits her and lurks within the darkness of Sevastopol.

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Gameplay

 

Gamers take the role of Ripley’s daughter Amanda as she searches for answers on her mother’s disappearance. She is on her own to search the vast empty space station known as Sevastopol. However, there is one thing that constantly tries to keep her company and it’s neither warm nor fuzzy. It’s a crafty Xenomorph with nothing but ill intent. It methodically stalks her and is relentless in its search.

The AI in Alien Isolation is really impressive. The programming contains specific behavioral features that allows the Alien to investigate rooms, lockers and wherever else you might be hiding. Its strategy constantly evolves, keeping gamers on their toes.  You can also learn to read the Alien by its specific actions. The sounds it emits can help in letting you know whether you have been spotted or if its still actively searching. Players will have to scavenge for supplies and use stealth to survive not only the alien threat but human and android enemies as well.

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Game over man…game over

 

You’ll die a lot in this game.  It makes you pay if you are the least bit careless in your exploration of Sevastopol.  I found myself forgetting to blink and afraid to give anything else a moments attention while the game was on.  You aren’t given much time to relax other than the very first part of the game.  Once the Xenomorph starts hunting you, it’s game on. Players will quickly discover that running is equivalent to ringing the dinner bell. If you make a sound or are spotted by the alien, you will be eaten.  Fighting back against other enemies can be an option but your best weapon for the alien is stealth and lots of it.  Expect to be extremely paranoid and feel greatly underpowered.  Some way wish for more firepower but this is what creates fantastic horror games.  This helps in continually building tension.  There is nothing more terrifying than an evil monster that cannot be defeated.  To beat this game, you’ll have to become a pro at four things.  This includes stealth, scavenging, distracting and patience.  Use your motion tracker and don’t rush it.  Explore with caution and never, ever run.  Learn to read the alien as much as possible and avoid fighting it outright at all costs.

Presentation

 

Alien Isolation is terrifying, yet beautiful to look at. The attention to detail is outstanding and makes the venture that much more real and horrific.  It performs beautifully on the PlayStation 4.  The cut scenes seemed a bit stiff at times but overall, it’s a very satisfying visual experience.

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Key Features:

 

  • 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?

 

Alien Isolation is aimed at fans who love the tense and dark atmosphere that the films provided. It envisions the universe that Ridley Scott created. The space station Sevastopol will be hosting this particular nightmare. It’s home to one nasty Xenomorph whose sole purpose is to hunt you down by sight, sound and even smell. Plot   Many years ago, Ellen Ripley broke a promise to her daughter Amanda. She was supposed to come back home in time for her 11th birthday. Unfortunately, they were never reunited. Alien Isolation picks up some 15 years later after Ellen Ripley disappeared. As…
There are several things that have to be executed correctly to make an excellent horror game and Creative Assembly has done their homework with Alien Isolation.  It is a dark and atmospheric thrill ride where no one room is safe and the chilling threat on board is always present. It has the look and feel that the first film is famous for, making this pretty special for long time fans of the franchise.  Skip the haunted houses this Halloween and play Alien Isolation.

Alien Isolation Review (PS4)

Graphics - 90%
Gameplay - 96%
Sound - 100%
Presentation - 94%

95%

Survival Horror is back!

There are several things that have to be executed correctly to make an excellent horror game and Creative Assembly has done their homework with Alien Isolation.  It is a dark and atmospheric thrill ride where no one room is safe and the chilling threat on board is always present. It has the look and feel that the first film is famous for, making this pretty special for long time fans of the franchise.  Skip the haunted houses this Halloween and play Alien Isolation.

User Rating: 4.35 ( 1 votes)

Avid gamer who enjoys the older nostalgic titles as much as the newest AAA releases. Remakes from the classic 8 and 16 bit era are some of my absolute favorite titles. I also enjoy experiencing new IP’s on each and every platform, especially when the developers give the game an artistic look and unique presentation never seen before. I’ve been lucky enough to start out gaming on the NES. Since this rebirth of the industry, I have witnessed the evolution of gaming, both in its incredible growth in overall popularity and as an entertainment medium juggernaut. With the next generation of gaming upon us with the likes of the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 Pro, PSVR and Xbox One X, there simply hasn’t been a better time to be a gamer.

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