In Space no one can hear you scream, but they will hear you loud and clear the first time Alien: Isolation scares the pants off you! This new survival horror entry to the Alien franchise has been developed by Creative Assembly, who are looking to recreate terrifying cinematic atmosphere of Ridley Scott’s original film Alien. To this end the game only features one of the terrifying xenemorphs, and worst of all it can’t be killed!
Set 15 years after the original movie (and 42 years before the second) the game follows Amanda Ripley as she investigates the disappearance of her mother and searches for the flight recorder of Nostromo. The game is set aboard the space station Sevastopol, a decommissioned trading station on the very fringes of human controlled space. When players arrive on board the Sevastopol, they will quickly discover they are not alone. The station inhabitants are all but helpless against the creature and it falls to the player to make their way through the station relying on their own wits and instincts to survive.
Alien Isolation is all about survival and forces the player to act accordingly. The Alien has been designed to be a reactive hunter meaning that it will attempt to find the player based on sight, sound, and even smell. It will even learn from each encounter as it notices smaller details such as open lockers or airlocks that indicate its prey is near. Al Hope the Creative Lead on this project has said that while the player can run quickly through the game, but doing so will increase the risks, while the stealthier option could see players stuck in lockers and under tables forced to wait for the heart wrenching minutes to pass by before the creature abandons the hunts.
The game however does offer a few items that can be used to help the player including flares, flare guns, flame throwers, and of course the iconic motion tracker. However each item comes with disadvantages as well. For instance the motion tracker will have a depth of field effect meaning player won’t be able to focus on the tracker and what’s in front of them at the same time.
The game itself also looks really great with the character models and lighting effects all contributing to an amazing and immersive experience that is sure to send chills down your spine. However best of all is the inclusion of the ‘Last Survivor’ and ‘Crew Expendable’ which features the original cast of Alien and with the original actors lending their voices to the game and allows players to take control of none other than Ellen Ripley herself as she tangles with the Alien on board the Nostromo. Alien Isolation is set for release on the 7th of October on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.