Alien Isolation Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Alien Isolation by The Creative Assembly and SEGA. I received a copy of the game for review purposes in 2014. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences. This review is one of my old reviews from UGR. The review has been updated with better grammar and easier readability.
Alien: Isolation is a survival horror game set in the Alien franchise. it puts you in the role of Amanda Ripley, daughter to Ellen Ripley, who’s set out on a journey to unravel the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance. The game takes place 15 years after the events of the first Alien movie. The game is modeled after the first Alien movie with the tech and aesthetics matching the 1979 classic. Many of the actor’s from the original movie reprise their roles in voice recordings and the characters themselves. Sigourney Weaver reprises her role as Ellen Ripley, Tom Skerrit as Arthur Dallas, Yaphet Kotto as Dennis Parker and Veronica Cartwright as Joan Lambert to name a couple.
The game begins with Amanda’s mission aboard the Torrens. She is recruited to retrieve a data recording left by her mother. The game really picks up when the team boards the Servastopol station where the voice recording is located. After the mission to land goes awry Amanda is separated from her team mates. Alone, she must make her way through the space station with something stalking her through the halls. It isn’t until she encounters the alien that she realizes that she is in grave danger. She must fight just to survive aboard the station with the alien actively hunting her. The alien isn’t the only enemy that she’ll encounter. There are a group of looters on the station actively killing any outsiders and civilians they come across.
Throughout the game there are weapons and tools that you’ll acquire. These allow you to gain access to many new areas or help combat enemies. One of the first items that you’ll acquire is a giant wrench that doubles as both a weapon and tool to unlock doors. It’s also worth noting that ammunition is limited so its best to save it for situations that really call for it. You’ll also acquire a hacking tool early on that allows you to override door locks or access locked computers. Other tools and weapons include a flamethrower, plasma torch, gas torch and the shotgun.
Stealth plays a very large role in Alien Isolation. Sneaking around is the best way to keep Amanda alive. The faster you move, the more noise you’ll make, causing the alien to follow your movements and ultimately kill you in the process. The AI that governs the alien is quite impressive and hunts you based on 3 areas, sight, sound and smell. You’ll often need to use the motion tracker to keep track of enemy movements. Doing so creates sound by which the alien will be able to find you.
There are areas that you can use to hide, such as, under desks or inside lockers and cabinets. While hiding in a locker/cabinet there will be times where you’ll need to hold your breath to avoid detection. Failure to do so will cause the alien to detect you and you will die. If you encounter the alien in the open, you’re as good as dead. It will one-hit kill you if it catches you so it’s definitely best to avoid it.
The game also features a crafting system where you can create items using materials you find. Many items will require you to find the blueprint before you’ll be able to craft the item. There are different types of items that you can craft including healing items, flashbangs, molotov cocktails, flares and an emp mine to name a couple of items.
All of the missions and areas that you explore are open-ended in nature, featuring multiple access points and ways to combat enemies. There are different approaches to each situation and adapting to each one will keep you alive. One way you could approach a situation where there are multiple enemies is use a flashbang on human targets to make the alien attack them. This can give you an opening to reach the next area.
Overall, Alien: Isolation is a lovingly crafted survival horror game that’s been one crazy experience. It’s also been the most authentic game in the Alien franchise that I’ve ever played and it really captures the feel of the series perfectly. It’s been an amazing journey that I can’t recommend high enough. It’s highly enjoyable, features an excellent AI, It’s genuinely freaky, and it’s authentic to the alien franchise. If you’ve never played it before I definitely recommend doing so.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll have a new review for you all soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!