Wow, this game blew me out the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ airlock.Why is Isolation so good, you ask? An answer, I have.
I don’t like doing technical reviews. If you are looking for a technical one, there’s more in-depth and professional reviews on the web and here on Steam. Consider this a recommendation or a “personal evaluation”, if you'd like.
Also, I’m a big fan of Alien and Aliens, possibly one of the first films I ever watched as a child (bad parenting, I guess). Therefore, I maybe a little biased in my views. I pre-ordered the god-awful Aliens: Derp Marines on a whim just because I love the classic so much. Same story for Alien: Isolation, except this time I literally had no expectations. I had no expectations because Derp Marines was so bad it made me delete the “expectation” process from my brain. Yes, I had no expectations for Isolation, but I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed.
With that being said, here’s why I
think Isolation is so good and disappoint-proof:
Authenticity… (Did I spell that right?). Isolation is authentic. I repeated that word a 100 times over by now to everyone who’s ever asked me what I think of Alien: Isolation. The devs have put a lot of visible effort into this game to make it feel, look and sound
just like the brilliant 1979 sci-fi film. Hell, they even brought the old crew to do some VA for Isolation, including Sigourney Weaver. Damn it was good hearing her do Ripley again…
drools some more.
Everything is so lovingly crafted to maintain that authenticity throughout the entire game. So much so that at times you will get nostalgic, as if you’ve “been there, done that”. Nothing has been left out, no corners were cut. The Alien, environments, lighting, effects, ultra-realistic futuristic DOS and CRT monitors – all of it. A fantastic recreation of the classic that captures the very essence of Ridley Scots gem to the point where you’d think he directed it.
It’s picture-perfect.Why did they bother, you ask? Good question. Here’s a cookie.
Devs know their audience. They’re not making CoD or Battlefield. They’re not making another Slenderman clone. They’re making the game many of us have wanted for decades. What we all knew could be done but no one was brave enough to do. CA took up the challenge, and boy, did they do a bang up job. By doing so they managed to keep the game terrifying, engaging, immersive, and what I would like to call “personal”. You are hunted by a nigh indestructible enemy, and you will die. Many times.
It’s about survival. It’s about instinct. Yea, but like why?
Already answered that question. Pay attention. IGNorant rated this 5.9 so it must suck! Right?
No, it’s just one opinion. Those who have negative views on Isolation make some good points. However, it’s nothing that I personally see as a major flaw or anything that could distract you from what the game does very well.
Sigh… some technicality follows: There’s a good level of suspense early on in the game. You will meet your demise, but it will take time. It might feel sluggish a bit -you’re left wondering when the Alien’s showing up? I found myself lost quite a few times looking for that switch yada yada. Game doesn’t really hold your hand and tell you everything you need to know. And you aren’t really exactly always totally alone. Honestly, I can understand why some wouldn’t like how the game starts off. To top it off, the A.I does some pretty dumb and idiotic things. Gives me the creeps. All of this can lead to frustration, unfortunately.
Finally, the devs added a really nice twist to saving your game. Needless to say I’ve never been this afraid of having to save my game (damn you CA. Damn you!!!). Important Q: Can you make babies with the Alien?
No, you cannot. Why would you want to anyway, you freak.Tl;dr I think Alein is a pretty cool guy. Eh kills people and doesn’t afraid of anything.
Doesn't afraid of anything indeed.