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Alien: Isolation

07 October 2014
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A Game Made By Those Who Really Care
Unlike most horror games which rely on cheap jumpscares and played out methods to "scare" you (really they only work the first few times, then get annoying) Alien Isolation uses a beautifully terrifying environment, brilliant alien A.I., and an interesting story to keep you attached.

Here's a thing about me: I hate randomness in games. I want to be able to do something with certainty, every time. If a game has even slight issues with controls or A.I. it may ruin my experience completely. Alien Isolation's controls are perfect. The game runs perfectly. The game looks perfect. Though there is randomness in how the Alien reacts (which isn't entirely random - its interactions with you are largely based on your playstyle) you quickly learn methods to outsmart it.

You can beat this entire game on nightmare mode without ever using a single item. You just have to learn. For me, the learning was extremely fun. This is just up to personal preference, some games are very fun to learn, others not so much.
Alien Isolation is set up in a perfect way where - even though you may die a lot and become slightly discouraged - you will push on as it never gets you quite to the limit of giving up.

The weakest part about this game is the story, which is still alright. It actually works quite well in the canon Alien universe.

You can tell how much work the developers really put into this. It is amazing. Never has a videogame adaptation of a movie looked so close in resemblance to the original (it actually looks even better).
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Os primeiros sete capítulos são de um jogo brilhantemente aterrorizante. Marca todas as lacunas que uma obra do gênero precisa pra ser grande: design sonoro impecável, sensação de vulnerabilidade, ameaça pulsante e recursos escassos.

O segundo terço parte para um frenesi que ainda funciona, com alguns momentos ocasionalmente frustrantes.

Já os últimos capítulos são só gordura, uma infinidade de problemas chatos pra resolver, walking simulator no espaço e ambientes repetidos. Não gosto da decisão de multiplicar o Alien, pois o transforma em um inimigo comum e a conexão com o jogador se perde.

Somando tudo, ainda é um jogo muito bom, mas poderia ser excelente com umas quatro horas a menos
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the game shows you all it has to offer in the first 4 or so hours out of the 12 hour campaign. being:

- Move around dark enviorment looking enviorment for panels, computers, buttons, switches. Press them.
- Look at your tracker and follow the objective to next button/switch.
- Crawl from savepoint to savepoint, in between enemy encounters.
- You have 4 enemy types: Alien, human, robot, and facehugger

- For anything except Alien its a minor annoyance.
The humans you crawl past,
the robots you can sprint past.
Neither of these one hit you, which brings me to the next point:

- Alien: this guy one hits you. Instant death every time. If he sees you, unless you have a flamethrower, you're toast. you cant escape. Now this is pretty amazing the first 10,20, maybe 30 times. But when you do the same cat and mouse chase, and death animation for the 50th time? It starts to lose its wonder and turns into a bad trial & error loony toon. To make it even more annoying, there is tiny little globs of spit dripping from the ceiling and if you happen to walk under them in the pich blackness, its instant death.
Reload checkpoint, sometimes for the 10th time in a row. Trial and error this time, learn where to crawl, learn where the buttons are you need to press while crawling past the alien. Proceed to next save point. Repeat.

You have limited defense options against this guy, the only viable one being the flamethrower, but its always a guessing game how far away you can be while you desperately tap the mouse button hoping he'll piss off. Because you cant kill him. He just will tempoarily go away.
Other than that, you hide in lockers and wait and wait for him to go away. Its pretty tense the first few times, but after that it becomes a novelty and tedious.

There are other weapons, but none of them do anything against him. And they're hardly worth using against the other enemies as well. Easier to just go past them.

- Facehugger: Same as alien, just about the size of your foot and even more annoying. You have to flamethrower them. And they can appear in multiples. Most of the time you dont even see them before they instantly one shot you.

So whats left after you've seen all these mechanics? well, not really honestly. you repeat this same cycle for the other 75% of the campaign, finding switches, computers, terminals, hitting E on things, watching an animation, crawling to the next save point avoiding the alien, or if you're lucky sometimes you'll get Alien+Human combo, or Alien+Robot combo.

The vast majority of the game is just crawling around in the dark and looking for buttons. No combat, no mechanics, just crawling and pressing switches. And looking for saves. Lots of saving.

It's not like its really bad or anything, it just lacks mechanics that keep the gameplay fresh. Everything else about the game is pretty stellar, the graphics, sound design, enviorments are top notch and very immersive and make you feel stranded on this hostile lonely ship in the middle of space. So for that alone the game is worth crawling through and experiencing. The story is enthralling to, true to its name which is all I will say without spoiling anything.

And lastly, since you see everything the game has to offer in the first 25% of the campaign, it starts to drag a bit towards the end. After doing the same encounter for the 100th time, in a slightly different enviorment, it doesn't quite hold the same edge it use to. There is a lot of 'walking simulator' space suit outside in space sections, and they don't really add much. Sometimes they can last 40+ minutes with zero threat, just sliding along at a snail pace, pressing E on random buttons and objects. So you can see why the campaign drags on.

Even just for the environment and story experience its worth a play through and wont be forgettable anytime soon


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*Alien goes thunk in the vents*
I just finished Alien Isolation and absolutely adored it. I played it on hard and had a total blast.

Having read about that game for years, and made inches of progress into the first few chapters before stopping due to stress, I think I have come to some conclusions about people not giving that game a fair deal. People love it no doubt, but you hear a lot about how it is too long, too hard and too stressful. I think this is because the illusion of it being such a good Alien facsimile intimidates people to never try and experiment. Once you learn what you can get away with, how dumb the AI can be, it becomes gamey in a way I think is fun because it's often not vague about what rules you violate when you get killed. If you learn the AI and how the items interact with them, you can have a lot of fun trying to juke the Xeno or herding the Joes. But it's still affective at being terrifying, because sometimes you go to far and you CAN'T get away lmao (ayyy...)

Although, it is sort of a point worth mentioning that the xeno in this game is a big noisy motherfucker who lunks around halls, seemingly rolls around in the vents all the time, instead of playing like a true and clever predator like in the first film. I understand that a game where it was all about not dying to blindsiding insta-kills would be boring, but it is a different representation of the xeno for sure. I love the bully puppy xeno in this game though.

Oh- and the game is obviously insanely beautiful and the Riddley Scott world is fully realized unlike in any other adaptation I have ever seen.
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Probably the best Alien game out there
To be honest, I didn't expect much of this game, I had heard about it but didn't do much research on it, and after the bomb that was known as Alien Colonial Marines that came out the previous year, I was skeptical of any game with Alien in the title. So I rented this from the library a few months after this came out, it was around April of 2015, I had actually just beaten Evil Within a few weeks earlier. Well, a few hours into this and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a horror game that actually did justice to the genre. The Alien actually stalks you and hunts you down, plus the one shot death makes many tense moments, the androids are creepy, the music and atmosphere is well-down, and the game doesn't give you any guns or over powered items. Its very much a traditional survival game where you are going from different points while hiding and avoiding enemies and trying to avoid combat situations. The first half of the game is mostly dealing with the alien, while the second half deals with androids and plot exposition. The AI of the Alien is generally great, but sometimes can act stupid on a rare occasion, but the fact that it will stalk you and follow you around and check by lockers is cool and something I've rarely seen done in these kinds of games.

Now to be honest, as much as I love the way this game handled the franchise and horror genre, there are some complaints. The game does slow down after you deal with the main alien, the next few chapters are slow and have you dealing with android enemies, plus near the end of the game after things pick up again, there are tons of slow paced plot exposition moments. And once you get the flamethrower the game does lose a bit of tension, especially in the final chapters where the Alien gets way too aggressive so stealthing perfectly is near impossible, so its necessary to ward it back for a few seconds with the flamethrower and rush to the next point. And the story itself, while decent, isn't great and does raise a couple of questions. But at the end of the day, it is a very solid First Person Horror game that does most things right and with some polish and better pacing could have been way better. I have no doubt if a sequel were done for this, it will be one of the best games of the genre.
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Maybe the best horror game I've ever played, Isolation is a riveting experience with the best iteration on RE3's Nemesis, an idea in survival horror that never seems to get its due. Hampered only by the bad Working Joe enemies and occasional spots of drag, it is a magical, cracking game, that does so easily what many horror games struggle to do.
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  • nxchos 2021-07-07 10:15:28.719232+00
    this game is so fucking beautiful
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  • BoneMarrowBro 2021-07-07 17:33:04.323918+00
    Wonderful game but too long for its own good.
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  • butterflydlxe 2021-08-06 00:18:34.363943+00
    great game but i wish there was more variety in tasks and scenery
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  • nephilim93 2021-10-28 21:20:23.53362+00
    Replaying this after six years and this is still amazing. Ambitious game made by talented developers dedicated to making the best game they possibily could. Yeah it is too long but in the end i dont care, fantastic stuff like this happens way to rarely to complain about that.
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    • A_Latin_Guy 2022-05-12 16:45:32.284917+00
      Honestly, I rather have too much of something good than not having enough of it.
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  • Heretyk 2021-11-07 22:24:41.825187+00
    Would be a great game if it was shorter and you didn't have to CONSTANTLY hide from the xenomorph almost all the time.

    The atmosphere and overall visual design is absolutely god-tier though. It really feels like playing inside the 1979 film.
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  • Banana_PD 2021-12-01 21:24:52.569317+00
    I think Gamestop sold me the basic version in a box for the Nostromo Edition, and it's five years too late for me to ask for a refund lol
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  • alonelyreesespuff 2022-02-07 16:08:05.434106+00
    Good i like
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  • altertide0 2022-06-21 20:42:40.342527+00
    Gotta agree with most people here, it is way too long for its own good. In the last few missions the alien is no longer that terrifying, we get used to it and it becomes a bit... tedious, even. Still, a great game, just not the masterpiece it would have been if it was shorter.
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