Great but you will be stressed
Wow what a game. I have to admit i would of never bought this game after not caring much about Outlast but im a huge ALIEN fan. Im old enough to remember the original ALIEN movie and how terrified i was at 8 years old. For some reason my parents took me to all the great ones: JAWS, THE SHINNING, FRIDAY THE 13th, HALLOWEEN, etc. etc. Anyhow i couldnt pass and thank goodnes. They have captured the feel and atmosphere of the original movie perfectly. The sounds are great and the effectiveness, which is most important, are wonderful. Without this the supurb graphics are worthless. The sound allows you to feel the depression and angst you're living while safetly sitting in your couch..plus being able to hide and sneak effectively. I was so worried this was going to be hours of hiding and meaningless tasks but it felt as if i always had a good purpose for doing my present mission. I still cant believe what a great job the developers did. Theres very few times in the game i was able to "unclinch". During gameplay i would suddenly come back to my couch and realize what the game has been doing to me for the past couple hours. I would be tense all over, sittin on the edge of my chair jaws and teeth clinched. I'd take a few minutes to stretch, pop my knuckles and shake it off. So the graphics are great and nostalgic, sound superb, the AI is sharp and difficult to predict, enemies....sometimes it was difficult to tell if an android or human was going to attack or help. The NPCs change up their outfits which makes things difficut also (dont want to spoil anything). The game is LONG in a good way. I feel like i got my moneys worth. Im very happy with this game and highly reccomend it to anyone especialky ALIEN(S) fans. No real complaints except occasional glitches here and there but nothing major yet. Sorry for spelling, did this on my ipad.
I Expected FAR Better
This game got old really quick. As a fan of Alien, I was prepared for something blockbuster - this is lackluster. It delivers on nostalgia, but that can't carry a game. The cutscene animation is HORRIBLE! I've seen animatronics do a better job of mouthing their lines. The voice acting is weak & dry in the emotion department. Ambient effects were fantastic though. Crafting components provided are rarely what's needed to make anything. (And you have to make almost EVERYTHING.) You eventually get weapons... which is pointless since nothing you can attack is capable of even being incapacitated with the exception of maybe 4 opponents. It's all just run, hide, avoid detection, and hope The Alien doesn't randomly pop up in front of you (even when the motion tracker shows it leave the area.) It was fun for a lark the first few hours, but became irritating and old. (Imagine playing Hide & Seek for several hours, to really grasp it.) I might try this again when PSN gets around to offering it for free. I wouldn't pay for this.
The best Alien game, but still flawed.
Alien: Isolation does many things right. There is no doubt that the developers at The Creative Assembly are huge fans of the film, and set out with an absolute respect for the source material. The problem is that the game just isn't fun to play, and is extremely difficult. Survival horror is one thing, but an unbalanced game is something else entirely. If they wanted to go with this level of difficulty, they should have made it a third-person game--that would have gone a long way to helping the player achieve the stealth necessary to play the game. In first person, it quickly becomes tedious and frustrating. I also found the game has a few bugs, even with the day-one patch installed. In short, if you're a casual gamer, consider yourself warned. If you're a die-hard Alien fan, and want to play the game, I'd advise renting it first.
You need this game.
By far the best looking, sounding, and all around best horror game I have played in years. No this cant be compared to outlast because this game needs its own scale. From the starting screen all the way to the ending cinematic this game pulls you in and keeps you tight with out ever losing its grip. There is no set path so this game can be played through as many time as you want. GET THIS GAME!!
Expect the Unexpected!
To all the people who like horror movies, Alien 1 or 2, and want a game that will not get repetitive, challenge you and give a few unexpected twists along with the best graphics in a horror game, this is it! I don't normally do reviews, but beating the game on hard and looking online for other reviews I discovered this game is hated on probably because of companies not getting paid to give a good review. The Alien AI is the smartest and most dynamic in any game available and If that isn't enough, the survival tactics lead you to search for components, build them and that is what gives you options throughout the game. Amazing space walking and the end will keep you wanting more. For all the haters I would enjoy to watch you play as you probably got murdered 1000's of times by Alien. HeHe.
It was okay, but could have been better.
I was expecting an absolutely amazing game. This game is really slow paced and boring. There are a lot better games out there that have this survival concept.
Responding to Sarge's "buzz"...
Sarge is incorrect, despite his enthusiasm. This game is NOT developed by Sega. It's developed by Creative Assembly & published by Sega. Aliens: Colonial Marines was NOT developed by Gearbox. It was SUPPOSED to have been, but they were busy with Borderlands 2 & handed the project over to Timegate. Timegate did the terrible work on that title. Gearbox funneled money from Aliens: CM over to Borderlands 2 & once ACM came out & Sega found out what had happened, they sued Gearbox.
As for Alien: Isolation, I've waited 35 years for a game like this. A TRUE Alien game...based on my favorite movie of all time. I saw the first trailer & it took me back to my childhood, sitting in the theater the summer of 1979 when I saw Alien for the first time. I can't wait to play it!!
So Creepy Its Awesome
This game definitely had the feel of the original movie just like the game developers were going for. The entire time I was playing it I kept constantly checking my radar for movement because even in the late game you have this sense of "helplessness" constantly hovering over your shoulders. Sure there were plenty of helpful things to get you through situations but there were plenty of times where I wanted to be anywhere in the game but where I was. I'd be a little less vague but I hate spoilers :P
From the moment you first encounter the Alien, the entire game gets a creepy feeling to it due to the fact that it's constantly hunting you and there's nothing you can do to stop it (or is there?). I jumped at my own shadow more than once while playing this, and as a true Alien fan, I was very satisfied.
The only thing i didn't really care for with this game was the fact that some of the lighting wasn't quite accurate in the sense that there were no shadows. I tested this by standing in front of a large lamp that had fallen on the floor, and my character did not cast a shadow on the opposing walls. This killed the experience a little bit as it detracted from the scare factor, but overall the game still pulled it off beautifully. I will definitely be playing this game again in the future :D
Ok definitely a fan of the original movie, but having said that, the game exceeded my expectations. I figured nothing could come close to the movie and the fear level, I was wrong. The graphics are superb, gameplay is fun (frustratingly hard at times, but I liked that it wasn't easy). Also can see replaying this several times. The main story lasts a long time also, which is nice for a change.
Fun. Scary. Worth it.
Alien: Isolation could have easily been called Alien: Hunted. I have never been hunted before, however, this game has to come close to what it feels like. Excellent use of sound, lighting, and jump-scares create a tense atmosphere that will linger in your mind for days. The game developers cut no corners with Alien: Isolation. The sheer amount of detail aboard the Sevastopol create an immersion that few games achieve. Even backtracking through corridors felt new as there was much to see around every corner. Excellent graphics, responsive controls, and haunting sounds portray the horror that is Amanda's visit to the Sevastopol.