Set as a sequel of sorts to Ridley Scott’s original tale of deep-space terror, Alien: Isolation tells the story of Amanda Ripley, daughter of series heroine Ellen Ripley, as she tries to find out what’s happened to her mother. When clues lead her to the space station Sevastopol, she soon finds more than she bargained for.
Why We’re Hyped
While the Alien franchise has seen some missteps in the past when it’s come to attempts to make a really good, satisfying game based on the property, what we’ve seen and played of Alien: Isolation so far has us more than hopeful this one’s going to be a hit.
One of the primary reasons? Like the original Alien, there’s one—and only one—xenomorph serving as the game’s source of otherworldly fear. Amanda’s a scientist, not a soldier, so whenever the Alien shows up, it’s a force to be respected, feared, and avoided at all costs.
It’d be easy for this concept to quickly get boring if not pulled off properly, but the 45-minute chunk of the game we tried out was anything but. There’s a real sense of tension and dread in the air aboard the Sevastopol, since not only must you avoid the hulking menace lurking in the shadows, but also the human scavengers who don’t take kindly to anyone getting in their way.
So far, the team at Sega and The Creative Assembly have done a fantastic job at capturing the spirit and atmosphere of the first Alien movie—and even if you’ve never seen Ridley Scott’s classic masterpiece, this is one trip to space we think you’re going to want to take.
Developer: The Creative Assembly
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
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