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Alien: Isolation “Lo-fi Sci-fi” – Technology Won’t Save You

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm by Justin Cavender

Alien: Isolation

Here’s a interesting look at how Alien: Isolation plans to recreate Ridley Scott’s vision of the future from the late 1970’s. This video was released last week, but we thought it would be a good idea to share it with our readers in case you missed it. We all know Sega has their hands full trying to re-establish gamer’s trust as well as the Alien brand after the Colonial Marines debacle. Sure Gearbox had their name on it as well, but Sega published the game and knew full well it was garbage.

Game footage from Alien: Isolation shows a lot of promise, but again, we’ve all been duped in the past. In this video (pre-alpha footage), we’re told the developers made a rule preventing them from creating anything they couldn’t have built on the original set in 1979. This sounds like a step in the right direction for capturing the magic Alien brought to our lives so many years ago.

Today when we watch a sci-fi movie it’s loaded with amazing technology we can’t wait to get our hands on. I remember freaking out watching Tony Stark render an Iron Man suit with a sweet 3D interface. Here we are in 2014, where communication devices are thin with beautiful bright screens, a la iPads with Retina display. Look back to 1979 where technology was big, bulky, and I daresay ugly. Revisiting the set you’ll see the relics where all this futuristic crap started. Things CRT monitors (which I still owned until 2004), VHS tapes, and other various analog technology.

In the game players take on the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, as she hopes to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. Unfortunately for you, a dynamic and reactive alien uses its senses to hunt you down and track your movement. It turns out all the crappy looking equipment looks authentic, but won’t be able to save you.

Alien: Isolation is due out later this year on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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