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Alien: Isolation

Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother's disappearance. As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Very spooky, Alien made me horny.

Review from Steam

First time after I bought this game, I played this at midnight alone. Not gonna lie, that's one of the worse decision I ever made. I underestimate the spooky, creepy and scary atmosphere this game has. One year later i revisit this game thinking to finish it. First thing I did setting music volume all the way down to 0 thinking it will decrease the suspense of the game, but nope. It make this game even more immersive. I hate love this game.
Pros :
+ Alien AI will become smarter over time throughout your entire gameplay. Yes they can't see you, but they can hear you and your surrounding. Basically, the AI will learn how you play this game over time. Not even hiding inside the same locker will save your lives twice!
+ Interesting Story
+ Dark, Scary, Creepy, Spooky atmosphere.
+ Basically you need to be Stealthily as much as you can for the entire gameplay.
Cons:
- Several chapter in this game have this kind of chore gameplay : From point A > to D > to B > to C > back again to D > to complete the mission you need to go back all the way to point A. 1 or 2 times is ok for me. But Imagine with how scarce the save game checkpoint are and smarter Alien AI would do to you, some people would be frustrated because if you died, you need to reload and doing an entire sequence from the last checkpoint again, again and again.
Informational :
- People with heart health issues need to proceed with caution if you want to play this game, your heart rate probably will go up and down throughout your entire gameplay
8 / 10

Review from Steam

▶️Introduction
Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival game. Stealth is usually the best way to approach this game and use all of the gadgets as self-defence. It is a survival horror game that takes place 15 years after the events of the original movie from 1979. You play as a young engineer, Amanda Ripley, who is the daughter of the legendary Ellen Ripley, the protagonist of the said film.

👍Positive aspects
👎Negative aspects


Legendary AI.
Lots of back-tracking.


Impressive visuals despite being seven years old.



Scare factor and atmosphere are flawless.


Runs on low-end devices.


This review contains no spoilers.

🎮Gameplay
Survival elements
Lots of players firmly believe that this is a pure horror game. That is simply wrong, as your goal for most of the game is to survive. Most gadgets are purposefully handed to you to survive an attack and not to kill the Xenomorph. Another impactful addition would be the crafting system. You will find various materials throughout the Sevastopol space station. All of the assets collected can be used for crafting functional items, and for ammunition or medkits. The inventory makes things a little more challenging: You will have to make decisions about what to keep and what to craft later on in the game. Finally, the AI of the Xenomorph is simply fantastic: It adapts to your every move and tries to predict your movement, which is simply impressive. Anxiety will be a constant feeling while playing this game. Always being on the run and hiding after hearing the slightest sound will be the norm. Some players consider this a drawback because this makes the game extremely challenging, even on lower difficulties. Fortunately, I’m not one of them.
Scare factor
The atmosphere helps a lot to spread the spooky feeling. The Xenomorph is the main obstacle in this game, but this isn’t the only issue you will have to avoid. There is a plethora of hostile humans that you have to either evade or kill. Even the synthetic humanoids called “Working Joe” are militant. Let me tell you, androids are creepy while watching them through the vents. Now comes the clear-cut part, the Aliens AI is godlike. It is the perfect solution to avoid the overuse of scripted scenes. The jumpscares you get are frightening and left me with anxiety disorders due to playing this game on the max difficulty once.
🎭Story
The game executes the Alien plot perfectly. All of the characters that play a somewhat important role are memorable and interesting. The game starts slowly but the more you progress, the more action and drama you will get. The ending is stunning, as well as the entire pacing up to the climax. You can find even more lore hidden in audio and text logs scattered within Sevastopol.
🌇Graphics / Audio
Alien Isolation uses a unique engine called Cathode.
Graphics
The game looked astonishing back in 2014. It still holds up like a champ in 2021. The face scans and animations are top-notch. The dynamic lighting beats most of today’s games. The detail of some models is incredible. Looking at the Xenomorph left me speechless a lot of times. There is one minor issue I have with this game and its visuals. That is the lack of Temporal AA, leaving a lot of objects with jagged edges. Other than that, the game still looks modern. Keep in mind that there is a mod that fixes the issues I mentioned above.
Audio / Soundtrack
This game is a masterpiece. Both the audio and the soundtrack are just blockbuster-movie quality. The sound in this game is highly detailed, and with a good set of headphones, you will start looking around you because you heard a footstep behind you.
The soundtrack is so good that it deserves its own retail version.
⚙️Performance
In Game
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, 32GB Ram, Nvidia RTX 2070S:
I was running the game on Maxed out settings at 1080p at around 144 fps.
In detail
Average framerate: 142.8 FPS
Minimum framerate: 91.7 FPS (loading)
Maximum framerate: 144.1 FPS
Bugs / Glitches / Crashes
In about 20 hours of hiding for my life, I experienced no bugs or game-breaking glitches at all. I had one crash which was actually due to some faulty drivers.
⚖️Conclusion
Alien Isolation is a must-play masterpiece. There are barely any negative aspects to the game. You can only gain from playing this game. Everything, from visuals to game workings, is legendary. Buy this game, play this game, you won’t regret it.
📉Overall rating: Excellent
The rating system I use.

Review from Steam

"It is an animal and animals are afraid of fire"
Story
You play as Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley, from the movies.
You've been offered a position aboard the Torrens ship for a mission to retrieve a flight recorder from your mother's ship i.e. the Nostromo, by Christopher Samuels. You soon begin to discover the truth about the station & it's past, their members, it's politics, the betrayals, the fact that you're on board with survivors ready to kill & an Alien species on your tail.
Every tragedy struck on Amanda made me sad, when she was disappointed I was too, one of the few games where I really connected with the protagonist. It also provides satisfactory lore & easter eggs for the fans. Everything is well crafted & equally interesting to learn at any point.
Gameplay
It took me 25 hours to finish it on Hard difficulty with that included lots of exploration. (Lengthy single-player games are a rare gems)
It is not only limited to being a survival horror but also contains some action elements to help you get out of certain situations without ducking around. Anyways for majority, stealth is your only option as you cannot kill the Xenomorph & resources required to face other enemies are limited & hard to find.
Resources include ammo for weapons like: Revolver, Shotgun, Bolt Gun, Flamethrower, Stun Baton, Maintenance Jack & a range of useful craft-able & upgradable items: Smoke Bomb, Flashbang, EMP Mine, Pipe Bomb, Noisemaker, Medkit & a Flare that you can use to your advantage. You are also equipped with a motion tracker that shows on a horizontal plane the position of another living entity nearby in a quarter of a circle. Whenever such entity gets closer, device beeps at a higher rate & pitch.
Graphics are phenomenal. Sevastopol is huge to explore & very well designed. Space looks great, the open world-ish feature only makes exploration or navigation immersive.
AI
You encounter 3 types of enemies. Here's a list describing them in an ascending order of frequency of encounter:
Humans: These are super dumb & very annoying. You can shoot, burn & fool them quiet easily (like IRL). They patrol a specified area & shoot you on sight. You can direct other enemy types at them or vice-versa, so you don't have to directly deal with them.
Androids: Smarter than humans but still dumb. You can still shoot, burn & fool them but it is a tad difficult. Killing them requires adequate resources. Avoiding them is an acute option in most cases as it will save resources.
The Alien: That thing, that terrifying thing is smarter than everyone. You cannot kill it or fool it, in-fact it will fool you & kill you. You can only hide in lockers, vents or under the table but it will eventually trail your smell & find you. The slightest of sound will notify it of your exact position, you can hear loud thuds getting louder & in no time, it kills you. It's behaviour is totally random, there is no way to script your way around it. Not to mention that it adapts to your playstyle, it learns as you progress.
Everytime I enter a new area my first objective is to search for a hiding place. Any time for the story when I have to perform a task that generates sound, I run to a hiding spot & wait for it to show up if it is bound to. The only upper hand you have is to challenge it with fire. Whenever pointed at the alien it won't rush but still approach you slowly & carefully, starring into your eyes unless you pull the trigger, it will then retreat for a short time, only to comeback & make you sweat again.
Any instance where it is mentioned or if even there's a possibility of it being around, I feel terrified & slowly crouch all the way to a save point where I feel highly rewarded. The AI does not cheat, there is no 50-50, if you're hiding & it knows, it will directly approach you or play with you to bait you out. Every death means you took the wrong steps.
Audio
Not only the beeps on your motion tracker but the heavy footsteps of alien when it is around creates immediate tension & when you hear it's terrifying shriek, the only thing you can do is say "oh s#it" & accept your fate.
SFX are done well. Though I was a bit disappointed by the frequency at which android keeps repeating it's dialogues.
Fear inducing horror score was on point, everything on my screen & on my headphones matched to perfection producing nothing but a racing heart.
Andrea Deck's voice of Amanda Ripley was remarkable.
Verdict
It is a really good game, sure there are many things it could've done better, there are exploits that can be taken advantage of to make this journey less difficult but I'd be lying if I said the cons matter underneath everything this title offers.
Score:
100/100
A side quest: goto youtube > search for IGN's Alien Isolation review > Leave a dislike or the Alien will haunt you.

Review from Steam

The original Alien movie, released back in 1979 is arguably one of the greatest sci-fi/horror films of all time. It was critically acclaimed for its script, as well as breaking the standard rule by having an intelligent crew and a perfect organism adaptable to their tricks. Alien: Isolation takes place 15 years later, capturing the same aesthetics and building upon the story that would rival the best Alien media to come out in decades.
Engineered to perfection, Alien: Isolation pretty much gets a perfect rating from me, so if you like sci-fi and horror, just buy it and play it. Period…… Oh, still here? Ok, let's play along then. Visually, the game is beautiful, some of the best I've seen. Story wise, it's coherent, deep in terms of lore and includes compelling characters. AI is top notch; behavior of the Alien is not scripted and changes depending on players' action. In terms of scare factor, it's off the chart without reliance on jump scares. The random behavior is unnerving, especially when combined with genius sound design, forcing you to listen closely so that you don't miss any subtlety; quickly enough however, you realize the Alien is listening to you too and if you run, shoot or make any loud noise, the hunt begins.
When it comes to the hide and seek formula, Alien: Isolation does it better. Very few big budget stealth games let the protagonist be this vulnerable. This is easily one of the most tense, atmospheric horror games around and a must buy for fans of the genre.

Review from Steam

that alien kinda hot tho

Review from Steam

This alien makes me shit my pants.
The AI it uses is masterful work and makes you feel like the alien is real.
The graphics are beautiful and it recreates the alien environment of the 80s movies very well.
If you are an Alien fan, probably is the best game of this franchise.