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.
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!!
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.
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.
The right thumb-stick bothered me at first, because it was not smooth to the start, but I realize this is perfect for the horror genre. If you wear a surround sound headset with bass boost, it doesn't get better than that. I found myself checking my shoulder from sounds that were right next to me. The graphics feel so 1980s, which makes me so happy, because I am a huge fan of the Alien franchise, which was made in the '80s. Even though it takes place in 2137. I am currently playing it on HARD mode. I will definitely be playing it again on Easy/Normal soon after completing it on Hard. On Hard mode, the alien is constantly all over your general area (except for when it's not supposed to). I am curious as-to how the alien will act on easy or medium. -10/10 Thanks for reading ;)
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.
Scary and intense game.
What a great game, graphics and sound are insane, this is the game they should have put out before all those other alien games. Very involved game and can be tough at some points. Trying to avoid the alien who can be anywhere is fun and terrifying at the same time. Shut the lights off, put on a good headset and be ready to jump!
Play in the dark and you will jump.
First off, pay no attention to JocDoc. He should have known what he was getting into. He wanted a FPS and didnt get it. Thats NOT what this game is about and he shouldn't grade in on that. Anyway, this game has been a blast from beginning to end. It is survival horror cat and mouse game. You cant kill the alien and thats the best part. I played in the dark with a surround sound headset and I jumped more times than I care to admit. Thin Outlast but far better. The motion tracker sound was spot on and the vibrations it gave on alone made me jump. The story was excellent and well acted. You will die alot but thats because YOU did something stupid. Every death I had was preventable. Pay no attention to IGN, that review was poor.
BROKEN GAME: Mission 16 is Broken
After completing Mission 15, Mission 16 is broken. In Mission 15, you leave the ship using ambulance, then you arrive in a transport in Mission 16, and it doesn't have any objective. When I ventured to finally find the start of Mission 16, the "R" stick stops working.
Unlike the previous Aliens games, This one is Actually made by SEGA, AVP was Developed by Rebellion and Published by SEGA.. Aliens: Colonial Marines was Developed by Gearbox and Published by SEGA.. This game is a return to True Survival Horror.. I will definitely pick this up Day One!!!