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E3 2014 Wrap Up: Alien: Isolation is Scary and Difficult

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 1:08 am by Justin Cavender

Alien: Isolation E3 2014

Last week at E3 2014 we had the opportunity to get some real hands-on time with Alien: Isolation, and it’s not only scary, it’s also incredibly difficult. There were times when I would spend up to three minutes moving along as stealthy as possible, only to meet an early demise at the hands, or rather the mouth, of a giant Xenomorph. Make no mistake, this creature is hunting you down and it’s only a matter of time before you’re shredded to bits. In my case, it only took a few minutes, but I’m OK with that.

The game takes place 15 years after the events of the first film. Players take on the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, as she hopes to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. Alien: Isolation features a dynamic and reactive alien that is impossible to predict. Basically, trial and error is out the window in this game. Let’s pretend the alien came at you from a corridor on your left and you died. On your next attempt, the alien might come at you from the ceiling, floor, or possibly not even make an appearance. This way the game will keep you guessing and you must rely on your in-game tools, like the motion detector, to stay one-step ahead of the alien at all times.

The alien can sense your presence so it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings. Luckily for us, players are able to hide in, around, or under just about any object in the game. Hiding isn’t enough to keep you safe, though. In fact, there are times when you’ll need to hold your breath in order to prevent the Xenomorph from detecting you. I can’t describe the wave of fear that overtook me as I waited for the alien to give up on its search as it stalked me throughout the station.

Alien: Isolation has got the goods and we can’t wait to get more time in space with this beast. From what I’ve played, I get the sense this is the Alien game we’ve been waiting for our entire lives. Let’s just hope it doesn’t let us down like Colonial Marines...

Look for Alien: Isolation for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 7, 2014.

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