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Alien: Isolation Survival horror at its best

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First Impression

Have you ever fought to save your life from an extraterrestrial organism for long hours? If not, then Alien: Isolation is here to bring that experience in your life. Part of the Alien series, the game is set in 2137, 15 years after the events of Alien and 42 years prior to Aliens. The game follows Amanda, who is investigating the disappearance of her mother Ellen Ripley. Amanda is transferred to the space station Sevastopol to find the flight recorder of the Nostromo only to discover an Alien has terrorized the station and killed the vast majority of the crew.

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Review

As I mentioned earlier, you play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of Sigourney Weaver\’s Ellen.Nostromo\’s black box turns up on Sevastopol, an outer rim space station built by Seegson at the peak of a deep-space exploration bubble. Seegson is the budget competitor to Weyland-Yutani, building cheap imitations of the richer companies\’ wares. Naturally Sevastopol has failed, and is on the brink of shutdown even before the alien turns up. 

The narration of the game is brilliant, just like the movie. You start off with a tutorial where you wake up from sleep and wander around to dress up and talk to the other characters in the game. Once that\’s done, you are thrown in the deep sea. Something you don\’t really mind. The UI is simple, the onscreen text is small, something that embeds well with the game. Creative Assembly deserve credit for portraying the game in a cinematic way.

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It doesn\’t take long to cross paths with the predator. Though you don\’t see the whole of it, you see enough to figure out that you are dealing with something powerful. From that moment onwards, you have to be wide-eyed and careful with every step. Because if you aren\’t, it could easily be your last. There are no ˜jump off your seat with fear\’ moments. However, the terror is slowly built to last. Stealth is the key in the game. Patience is a virtue, and it is more than a virtue in Alien: Isolation. While the alien is wandering in the vents, you can sneak through a section without letting it know about your whereabouts. However, the AI is highly unpredictable and you can be caught off guard. You cannot really outmuscle the creature, so you have tactically outsmart it. Sound is another important aspect of Alien: Isolation. It adds to the impressive portrayal of Sevastopol. You hear machines all the time.

Other than the alien, humans with weapons can also be your enemies. Not everyone on that space station is your friend. Combat with other humans can be dangerous, as a few bullets can end your life. The commotion can also attract unwanted attention. You start with a few weapons and more can be picked as you move on. Motion Tracker is your most important ally and is more valuable than any other firearm. You also have a flamethrower which can help you to keep the alien at bay whenever you run into it.

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Isolation\’s main campaign will give you more than 15 hours of gameplay. The length of the game feels just right, and you won\’t get bored of the hide n seek game. The graphics of the game remind you of the movie, and other aspects put you right in it. The game\’s save feature is very frustrating. The space station\’s Emergency Phone booths trigger to save your progress. That consumes time, enough to fall prey to the alien.

 

Verdict

Alien: Isolation is undoubtedly the best survival game I have played. The game is designed for consoles of all survival horror fans, and if you are one, then you will probably regret not buying the game. Hats off to Creative Assembly for making something as good as Alien Isolation.

 

Rating 4.5/5

Price ₹ 999 for PC, ₹ 3499 for PS4 and Xbox One, ₹ 2999 for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Platforms PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360

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