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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!!
Exceeded expectations, worth the buy!
This is nothing like that mess colonial marines. I have to say though, it is not a shoot em up. It delivers on its promise: a solid scifi survival horror game and does not disappoint. Anyone who has played this game and criticizes it on not delivering REALLY needs to examine their criticism. This is definitely worth the buy if you are looking for a good horror or survival game.
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
A spectacular, but flawed game.
To start off I would like to say that I'm not a hardcore Alien fan, so this review won't be biased towards loving it. I would also like to say that I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this game after the massive disappointment that was Colonial Marines. Now, Isolation is a survival horror game, which already makes it different from CM. In Isolation, you'll be hiding, running, and fighting for survival in the space station the Sevastopol as Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley. This game will get your heart racing and forcing you to use new strategies each time you play thanks to the adaptive Alien AI which I must say is very impressive. So I'll start with the gameplay.
GAMEPLAY: The gameplay in Isolation is simple. As mentioned, you'll be hiding, running, and fighting for survival against the Alien, synthetics, and other human survivors. You're equipped with various gadgets such as noisemakers, molotov cocktails, security hacking tools, and more. You're given guns, but it's mostly wise to not use them, as they attract lots of unwanted attention. The Alien has an adaptive AI meaning that he will adapt to your tactics, and will find you, and well, kill you if you use the same tactic repeatedly. Which is impressive, but can be frustrating and stressful in certain situations. Throughout Isolation you'll mostly be relying on stealth to slip by your enemies and the stealth is done very well. You can hide under beds, in lockers, lean, peek, and stay as quiet as possible to avoid detection. Stealth is most definitely the way to go. But I must say, in order to be stealthy, you have to be patient. This game requires patience, which I view as a positive, but some may disagree. The game also features a crafting system. Which I am pleased to say is done well. You find components to craft various items (noisemakers, medkits, etc) among the station and off of dead bodies. The only complaint I have with the crafting system is the UI, which quite frankly, is terrible. The game also has a lot of backtracking, which some may see as a positive, and some may see as a negative. Positive because it adds to the immersion, it highlights how big the station really is, and gives you the opportunity to explore. Negative because it can become quite tedious, and rather boring at times. I would also like to bring up the games saving mechanics. To save your game, you must approach a save console, and save manually. There are no auto-saves. Which as you may imagine, can become very frustrating and tedious. Especially when you can be killed as you're saving. I feel like there should be more save consoles, or an auto-saving mechanic should be implicated, because nobody likes playing the same part over and over again after a death. The combat is a bit clunky at times, but it does the job. I should mention that it's also very smooth, the game runs well with minimal problems.
GRAPHICS: Oh... my... God. The graphics in this game are incredible! The amount of detail that's put into this game is unreal. The lighting, the character models, the Alien, the smoke, everything looks amazing. The only thing I thought was a little off with the graphics was the lip-syncing on the humans. to be honest, it's awful. Also the animations are a bit stiff on the humans. But that can be overlooked, and it's forgiven with the rest of the game. The game just immerses you in the Sevastopol. That immersion is almost never broken, and that's really something I admire.
SOUND: The sound in Isolation is once again, incredible. From the heart stopping sound of the Aliens footsteps and growls, to the sound of the Sevastopol falling apart, everything is beautiful. Now I will say that Amanda's voice acting sounds a bit weird sometimes, but once again I can overlook it and forgive it. I do highly recommend a good pair of headphones while playing this game.
OVERALL: Overall Isolation is a great game, even with it's flaws. I'd say for a hardcore Alien fan, this game is easily a 9 or a 10. But for just a casual horror fan, it's an 8. If the game had a better save mechanic, a little more attention to the animations, and less backtracking, this game would be an easy 10 across. Maybe some of that can be corrected in future patches and the mechanics that are already there may be improved upon. But the game is great, and it is a good horror game. Alien fan or not, you will enjoy this game.
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.