Creative Assembly's take on the Alien franchise sets the player against a single Xenomorph in a chilling, tense environment.
Even disregarding the much-discussed Aliens: Colonial Marines debacle of last year, attempts to adapt Ridley Scott’s classic horror flick into video games have been generally underwhelming. This is largely due to developers skipping over the atmospheric, haunting setting of the first film and seeking inspiration from the more action-focused sequels, effectively turning one of horror’s most iconic villains into waves of generic enemies. Finally, however, it looks like the new developer handling the rights are bringing the franchise back to its roots.
In Alien: Isolation, the player takes the role of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, as she fights to survive in an abandoned space station that has been infiltrated by a Xenomorph. In true survival-horror form, access to weapons is limited, with the focus set on avoiding and running from the alien at all costs. IGN recently walked through a seven minute demo of Alien: Isolation and offered their take on the game so far:
As the IGN commentators mention throughout the footage, one of the first things of note is that Alien: Isolation looks gorgeous. The combination of lighting and the Sevastopol’s cold, sinister corridors make skulking through the game look terrifying. According to the narration there are a handful of scenarios in the game that should mix up the gameplay, including at least some minor interaction with human NPCs, but the looming threat of an alien attack seems to hang on every action in the story.
It’s nice to see an Alien game that aims to recreate what made the Xenomorph a scary concept in the first place. Creative Assembly are the fourth developer in four years to tackle the film franchise in one way or another, and despite some major hiccups in the past, the future of Alien games is looking bright.
Alien: Isolation launches Fall 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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