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.
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Release Date: Oct 6, 2014

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"The game the Alien series has always deserved. A deep, fun stealth game set in an evocatively realised sci-fi world."
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October 28

Corporate Lockdown DLC Available!

Welcome to Corporate Lockdown, the first expansion pack for Alien: Isolation. This pack features three all-new maps:for Survivor Mode, a time-based challenge to test your skills.

Can you evade the Alien for long enough to survive or will you try to take the Alien head-on?

- Three new maps, stretching from the Corporate Penthouse to the Medlabs.
- New playable character Ransome gives you the firepower to take the fight to your enemies.
- Upload your best times to the Alien: Isolation leaderboards and challenge the world.

Please note that Corporate Lockdown is part of the Alien: Isolation Season Pass. If you have purchased the Season Pass, please access Corporate Lockdown through the in-game store

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October 14

Last Survivor DLC Available for Purchase

As Ellen Ripley, it is down to you to complete the last mission on board the Nostromo. The rest of the crew are dead. In a desperate bid to survive you must set the ship’s self-destruct and attempt to reach the escape shuttle.

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“The game the Alien series has always deserved”
93% – PCGAMER

“Terrifying”
5/5 – The Guardian

“An absolute triumph in every department”
9/10 – Games TM

New DLC Available



Welcome to Corporate Lockdown, the first expansion pack for Alien: Isolation. This pack features three all-new maps:for Survivor Mode, a time-based challenge to test your skills.

Can you evade the Alien for long enough to survive or will you try to take the Alien head-on?

- Three new maps, stretching from the Corporate Penthouse to the Medlabs.
- New playable character Ransome gives you the firepower to take the fight to your enemies.
- Upload your best times to the Alien: Isolation leaderboards and challenge the world.

Please note that Corporate Lockdown is part of the Alien: Isolation Season Pass. If you have purchased the Season Pass, please access Corporate Lockdown through the in-game store.

About This Game

HOW WILL YOU SURVIVE?

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.

Overcome an ever-present deadly threat – Experience persistent fear as a truly dynamic and reactive Alien uses its senses to hunt you down and respond to your every move.

Improvise to survive – Hack systems, scavenge for vital resources and craft items to deal with each situation. Will you evade your enemies, distract them or face them head on?

Explore a world of mystery and betrayal – Immerse yourself in the detailed setting of Sevastopol, a decommissioned trading station on the fringes of space. Encounter a rich cast of inhabitants in a world scarred by fear and mistrust.

When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter Amanda she would return home for her 11th birthday. Amanda never saw her again.

Fifteen years later, Amanda, now a Weyland-Yutani employee, hears that the flight recorder of her mother’s ship, the Nostromo, has been recovered at the remote trading station Sevastopol. The temptation for her to finally understand what happened is too much to resist. When the crew arrive at Sevastopol, they find something is desperately wrong. It all seems to be connected to an unknown menace, stalking and killing deep in the shadows.

In order to uncover the truth about her mother, Amanda is forced to confront the same terrifying thing that separated them.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 (32bit)
    • Processor: 3.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB (AMD Radeon HD 5550 or Nvidia GeForce GT 430)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64bit)
    • Processor: AMD: Phenom II X4 955 - 4 Core, 3.2 GHz or Intel: Core 2 Quad Q9650 - 4 Core, 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB (AMD GPU: AMD Radeon R9 200 Series or Nvidia GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX660)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
226 of 254 people (89%) found this review helpful
41.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I played this game on hardest difficulty first time through and died 103 times completing it :)
Important first rule: If the Xeno finds you and contact is made it has already won
I know a lot of people hate this game because there is no jarhead uber-cocky overpowered weapon wielding aspect to the gameplay to be had in this game. Only really remembering the original Aliens movie well (the rest that came afterwards were crap really but entertaining in their own rights) but having watched all of them, they all to some degree had the common storyline thread that these Xeno's are extremely hard to kill creatures evolved to survive almost anything hence the need to nuke them from orbit etc or send in a stupidly arrogant cannon fodder strike team deliberately using them to lure the creatures onto another vessel for the company for profitable reasons.
This game is an updated version of Ellen Ripley's experience in the original movie lived through her daughter in every way quite literally. Also it's a straight PS4 and Xbone port there is 0% difference graphics wise in the PC version but here's to the hope that a hi-res texture pack is made available, I won't cry if it isn't it would be nice though. The tension in the gameplay design and atmosphere generated throughout the 18 levels was immense and has made more than a few players 'go emo' and or curl up in foetal position after having died repeatedly perhaps because they have forgotten just what the nature of the Xeno is.
If you remember the original movie this creature is near perfection in it's evolution from it's parasitic to adult form only being easily vulnerable in it's pod and parasite (face sucker) forms. The immediate priority once Ellen Ripley has this realisation is to never allow the situation for contact between her and the Xeno to occur and it's the same scenario for her daughter Amanda. I can't or don't think it fair to anyone thinking to pick this game up to go into game detail storyline wise so I'll try to provide some kind of useful insight to what to expect from this game.
  • Extreme difficulty factor in surviving due to zero overpowered weapons available on the station.
  • Relentless searches for raw materials to craft items to aid in survival only device crafting.
  • You can't run around like a total no stealth noob firing weapons and not draw attention to yourself.
  • The only opponents you can kill are feral human survivors and rogue security forces on the station that if are armed will shoot you almost on site (not all survivors have gone feral either) and cheap and nasty psychotic Weyland Yutani knock-offs even harder to kill than the feral humans called 'Working Joe's'
  • Next-gen console only level graphics with 0% improvement through the in-game options. (I'm yet to test using NVidia control panel settings to tweak for any visual gains will try though and edit accordingly)
  • A lot of calm collected thinking required in avoiding but also preparation to be hunted down and killed by the Xeno if you don't. You need plan 'B's' or it's restart from the last checkpoint time.
I'm going to play through on easy setting next play through(s) lol to see if I can
  • Find all 10 Nostromo logs.
  • Contact my team and escape Comms without being attacked by an android.
  • Complete "The Quarantine" without being killed by the Alien.
  • Navigate Reactor Maintenance without dying.
  • Complete the game without killing any humans.
  • Complete the game without dying.
All the 'without dying' achievements are do-able by hitting pause and restarting from the last checkpoint save. 'Complete the game without killing any humans' is easy as you can always draw attention cleverly to an area with armed people either letting them stupidly shoot at you taking cover of course or tossing a noise maker into their area for similar effect then waiting the required time for Xeno to show up and dispatch them for you always 'admiring it's purity' while it does so lol.
To round out, from a coding/port and hardware perspective I didn't have one crash during my 41hrs to complete this game. As mentioned it is a straight out PS4/XBone port with 0% visual gain on the PC version so far, so you could buy it on console if you had a next-gen one and trade/sell it when done. I also had zero lag or noticeable frame drops on my bucket PC which I can provide more detail if you are hesitant due to system considerations of your own.
I haven't played any of the available DLC yet but definitely will do so when time permits and update the review accordingly. I can see myself purchasing the season pass for sure and can say if you are simply holding back on buying due to price vs perceived value then hold for Xmas sale.
Late edit
Oculus Rift DK2 is now usable!
Thanks due to some community fans discovering how to unlock the apparently awesome VR integration revealed at a GDC show then oddly stripped from final release (go figure). Article on this here http://www.roadtovr.com/alien-isolation-dk2-beautiful-terrifying/ and the instructions on how to re-enable here http://www.roadtovr.com/alien-isolation-hidden-oculus-rift-mode-hack-how-to/.
For people not keen on messing with files you can try this VR game manager written by Bilago to help support/provide SDK hotfixes for many games (now with an update feature) https://forums.oculus.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=12754
Special thanks to serigoosh for putting it out there in comments DK2 does work now leading me to discover those helpful links to add for anyone that needs them. Also thanks to all the positive feedback people and even the lurker in comments that hopefully sought help or at least changed medication. Enjoy the game, and try to be kind to each other.
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136 of 143 people (95%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
In my 60 years of life and 347 viewings of the Alien movies collectively,owning every Aliens game released for PC,(the ones not in my Steam library are on disk)I have in my over 30 years of gaming rarely had as much fun playing a Stealth\Action game....period!Very well done,true to the films in almost every way.Genuinely thrilled that the devs worked that hard on the backstory and the characters.Subtle reminders from the films are all over the game if a little difficult to come upon.I absolutely and overwhelmingly recommend this to ANY Stealth\Horror\Action fan or Aliens nut.I am also Autistic which means (for me) I remember a LOT of details from the movies.The dialog,look of the Nostromo,gags,weapons,etc.If you need a Braingasm here's your fix.
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143 of 165 people (87%) found this review helpful
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
The spookiest game of hide n seek I ever played.
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69 of 75 people (92%) found this review helpful
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This is a solid experience. I'd recommend it to anyone chasing a bit of a scare or intense gameplay.The game is roughly 12-20 hours long (took me 16), depending how long you hide, how many times you die etc.

The environment and atmopshere are amazing in this game. It really takes you back to the universe Ripley was a part of from the Alien movies. The fog/smoke effects are astounding and just add to the depth of everything going on around you. The Alien is scary and a masterpiece.
The humans could've done with a little more work in my opinion, but I think it's all in the design/art.

The sound effects are fantastic, hearing the Xeno thud around the local area, move through vents after you all add to the experience.

The story was good, but I wouldn't say it was great at all. It just does a good job of helping you move forward.

It doesn't have many dull moments as there's always something or someone around to spice things up should you make a mistake or a loud enough noise.

It's also a very stable game. I had only 2 crashes after my 15th hour playing the game, no frame rate problems, controls are great and using the combination of keys/mouse to activate certain things gives it an extra nice touch I thought.
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54 of 57 people (95%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
How To Play This Game

1. Know what to expect. The trailers for this game suggested to me that you would be stuck on a ship with the alien and have to play smart and stealthily and it'd be around 8 hours long. I do not like to spoil myself by reading reviews and previews so I didn't know that most of this game is spent on an enormous space-station and I took 25 hours to beat this game. It's not built like an indie survival-horror title like I thought it would be, but instead like a triple-A title, for better and for worse. I would have liked a more well-paced game with a satisfying intro, climax, and conclusion, and not the drawn-out marathon we got instead, but that said, this game can be enjoyed as long as you know that and adjust accordingly.

2. Soak in the game's atmosphere. Read everything, look at everything, and loot everything you can. The sound and music work is astounding and adds to the tension and fear rather than takes away from it like in Resident Evil 4. In RE4, whenever an enemy or enemies spawned somewhere in the vicinity, the same music would play until it or they all died. Thus, when there was no music playing, you knew you were safe. However, in A:I, the same effect kind of happens, but the Alien can pop up at any time with no warning, and only then the music will slowly ramp up and get louder the closer it gets to you. The same philosophy from RE4 is kind of there but it is far more subtle and dynamic. Great job Creative Assembly.

3. Take your time. One of the reasons why IGN and Gamespot found this game frustrating is because reviewers only have a limited time-window in which they can complete and review a game.

Your goal while playing this game should not be to 'beat it' but to enjoy it. If the game is frustrating you, stop playing it, and come back to it later. You will try new ways to get past an area, and be more level-headed. 'Professional' reviewers don't necessarily have this luxury because they're on a time-crunch; give them some slack.

If you make 'beating' the game your goal, you will not enjoy it because it's very long for the type of game it is, and the game keeps pulling the carrot-on-a-stick further back each time you think you can bite it.

4. Temper your expectations. Although this game looks very realistic and as believable as future space can be, it's still a videogame. The AI is still handled in a traditional way with set paths, with the twist of randomization thrown in. The Alien won't exactly behave like the Alien in the movie(s). It may throw you off and break you out of your immersive bubble when you see the Alien patrolling on its hind legs like a human, and run around desks when it should be jumping on top of the desk and coming straight for you. Just realize that is hard to program and give the developers some slack.

5. Don't be too conservative when crafting. The game is fairly generous with crafting materials. Save before you go to a difficult area, try a different strategy, and if it doesn't work, reload your save and try something else. Be patient, and have fun coming up with new strategies.

As a summation, enjoy the game, soak it all in, take your time, and embrace the challenge. This game was designed to be challenging, even on Easy. Instead of getting frustrated, open your mind, think differently, and use the tools the developers have given you to achieve your goal.

Thank you for reading, and have a great day.
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I watched all movies, played whole story and I think this game what I dreamed for an alien game. Alien fans and horror game lovers should buy.

Pro Tip : Watch the Alien movies or at least watch the first movie to learn origin story.
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This review was written after finishing the game on Hard difficulty:

There's a part at the very early stages of the game, just after my first "encounter" with the Alien (through a cinematic) where I was waiting for a transit to take me to another section of the station. I was sitting next to the transit gate, all crouched up, just like the pre-release videos and inteviews taught me to do, waiting in a big dark room for my transit to arrive.

I knew that there's no way the Alien will suddenly drop down and attack me there. "It's too soon", I told myeself, but then the music kicks in, the transit takes its sweet time and Ripley starts whispering "Come on", so I started feeling doubt; Maybe the Alien will come anyway? Maybe I'm not as safe as I thought? The transit did eventually come, the Alien didn't appear and I moved on to ♥♥♥♥ting my pants in a whole new section of the game.

This is where Alien Isolation truly shines: it makes you feel like you're being hunted even when you aren't.

This game was all that was promised - and more. It is the most fun (in quite the terrifying sense) I had with an Alien related game since Rebellion's AvP from back in 1999, and the best survival horror experience since System Shock 2 (we'll get back to that game later). This game is so good in so many ways it made me forgive it for not having any type of multiplayer.

So what makes this game earn this much praise out of me right off the bat?

Let's start with the visuals: The game is gorgeous. I'm not a big graphics guy and usually the aesthetic aspect of games takes a back seat for me, but the effort that was put into the environments is part of what makes this game amazing. It plays very well with light and darkness and makes great use of the low tech Sci-Fi feel of the original Alien from 1979.
Add to that the amazing sound effects of the game, and you get a sense of total immersion: The station looks very believable with trash, magazinges and games laying around the place, completely selling the notion that people lived here not too long ago. The random pipes that can be frequently found around the station resemble the Alien's dome head in dark areas, while the ventilation shaft and air leak sounds resembe its hisses, adding even more to the scare factor.

The design of the Working Joes is also good and fits into a horror game perfectly. Them being an inferior synthetic design by a failing corporation sells their looks quite well.

As for the gameplay itself: It seems as though the developers of Creative Assemby took everything that was great in System Shock 2 and implemented it in the Alien universe. You arrive on a station where something has gone horribly wrong and are now trying to figure out what is going on. You learn about the characters and the events that took place on the Sevastopol through notes and Audio Logs, which add a lot of depth to the storyline. Creative Assemby invested a lot of effort in creating the Seegson corporation and making it fit as a part of the Alien universe alongside Weyland-Yutani, and it shows. To the point where by the end of the game you can't even remember what the Alien universe was like without Seegson.

The progression of the game is quite linear, but the game does give you many options for exploration (not an easy thing to do with a homicidal Alien on your tail). It even features backtracking elements that were prominent in in System Shock 2, making you feel like you're truly running around on a space station and not just moving from one scene to the next.

You have three main enemies to watch out for during the game: Humans, Working Joes and the Alien itself. There's a fourth enemy as well that reveals itself to you in the late game, which I will not discuss due to spoilers. Humans and Working Joes are quite dumb and are usually easy to deal with. Some of them will attack you, while others will leave you be. It will be up to you to discover their intentions, which adds to the sense of fear during the game.

The Alien, being the main star of the game, is quite fearsome. Once it finally reveals itself to you, it does not disappoint. It is big, fast, clever and can spot you from a good distance if you cross its line of sight. If the Alien sees (and sometimes hears) you - you're dead. No way to outrun it. While being extra big and extra loud in this game compared to its past incarnations, do not understimate the Alien's ability to sneak up on you. It has killed me from behind, dragged me into vents and even flat out dropped down right on my face more times than I could count. This makes the Alien a menace even when you finally get a Flamethrower.

The hacking ability - another element that seems as if it was taken right out of System Shock 2 - is a rather simple test of mental and reactionary challenges. The trick is that you're never safe while performing them. You'll be surprised how hard (and dangerous) it becomes to complete something as simple as a shape matching challenge while hearing the Alien's footsteps thumping in the background.

The save system of the game is quite nice as well. You can only save the game in special checkpoints that look like payphones. Those checkpoints take time to save and also warn you when hostiles are nearby. The game will have you praying to reach an area with one of those payphones around and to be able to save safely. Yes, you can die while saving. Yes, the Alien managed to get me this way as well.

Every other action you take - opening doors; cutting through barriers; accessing terminals; activating generators - are all designed to slow you down and make you feel vulnerable. Instead of just interacting with a door by pressing E, for example, you'll be required to hit a series of key combinations. Different doors and levers require different key combinations.
In short, the gameplay goes through a lot of trouble to convey that every action you take, even as trivial as opening a door, comes with a cost.

As good as this game is, it does have a few issues that, while minor, can't be ignored:

The first is the Human/Working Joe AI. While their AI is not horrible, the huge difference between their AI and the Alien's impressive AI breaks immersion at times.

The second is the Working Joes during the late game. Missions 11-13 in particular. The Working Joes are scary and interesting in the early game, when you're low on weapons and supplies, but in the late game they become nothing more than a hassle. During missions 11-13 the Alien threat is temporarily removed and the game lets you know it, so the missions turn into Joe hunting missions where you can just go to town on them with the strongest guns in your arsenal.

The third is the lip sync in this game. While the voice acting is, at the most part, impressive, it doesn't seem to sync very well with the lip movements of the characters.

The fourth is the controls option in the menu. For some reason, it shows gamepad keys to me while I use keyboard/mouse.

Overall though, this game is a must in any Alien fan's game library. If you're looking for a game that brings back honor (and horror) to the Alien franchise; if you're looking for a survival horror experience that's based more on atmosphere, immersion and a sense of helplessnes than on jump-scares and scripted events; if the idea of playing a game of cat and mouse with an unkillable foe equipped with an impressive AI speaks to you - you will love Alien: Isolation.
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51 of 70 people (73%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Never get caught in this games. Every time the Alien see me, I just quit.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Alien: Isolation is a First Person Stealth Action Survival Horror Adventure game developed by Creative Assembly who previously only made Strategy games. Of course everyone was going to doubt that the game could be successful especially with SEGA as publisher, but OH BOY I NEVER HAD SUCH A IMMERSION TENSION JOYRIDE OF UNBELIEVABLE STEALTH SURVIVAL FUN. To put it simply: The best Alien game ever made to date. We are going in depth about the weaknessess and strengths of this game.


Story:

Quite simple: You play as Amanda Ripley, a Weyland Yutani Engineer/Technician who got contacted by Samuels, a Weyland Yutani Android, for helping him retrieving a black box from the Nostromo, the ship of Amandas Mum, the infamous Ellen Ripley. Amanda of course desperately searching for her since years, agrees and both head together with a crew and ship called Torrens, towards the destination: Sevastopol Station. Where not everything seems to be as it seems... Alien of course. The story develops further on and everything else would be a small spoiler, so we stay with just the summary.


Humans & Androids, Gameplay Basics, etc:

Of course as a heavily stealth focused survival horror game the AI of the alien, androids and humans (three main enemy types you will encounter) is important. Let´s begin with the humans and androids. Humans and androids have good hearing senses and can spot you quite fast from far if not hiding behind some object. Be careful. Their field of view is limited to a small front angle but within that angle they spot moving targets very quickly. Humans mostly carry weapons and use them with quite an accuracy, so be careful if starting a shootout. It´s more wise to distract them with flares or other gadgets. Androids are tricked or killed or stealthed the same way. They simply respond slower and react different. You craft gadgets by your own like noisemaker, flashbangs, etc. You find scrap and components on your way through the station which you use for crafting. Easy way to take care of androids: Later on you get even on medium difficulty enough shotgun ammo to just go face to face with an android and shoot the ♥♥♥♥ out of it, one hit kill in the face, as long as no alien is in the proximity it´s the best method. Androids don´t use weapons.


The Alien AI:

It´s blind, hears better though, overall unpredictable of course. The behavior of the alien AI is adopting meaning it learns. You drag your attention across the whole room twice, it´s definitely going to be waiting for you the third time if it knows you use that route often. Strangely it often sees worse than humans and androids..... yup. It really does, thankfully because its routing behavior compared to androids or humans is very aggressive and never set, so be thankful if it doesn´t see you quickly hiding somewhere even if you were uncovered for a sec. The game never is unfair, meaning, the alien crawls in the vents most of the time, if it comes down it never looks your way and if it does, due to it´s temporarily blindness let´s you often give enough time to hide. It works like this: You enter a new area, you can explore a bit, make sure you memorize hiding spots, it comes down, you hide. You wait till it goes back into the vents and you can continue, but be careful it´s unpredictable, it can come down anytime or sometimes, depending on its mood it can come down immediately after climbing up. You can hide in lockers, small shifting units, under tables, everything really works, even simply cowering behind crates.


Saving Points aka Checkpoints:

There are no autosaves. You can only save at save stations which take some time so the alien can still attack you while saving, it actually never happened for me, you really have to be a loud dork in order to make it attack you during saving. There are always enough save points so don´t worry about dark souls like progress loss. Save points are often designed to be reused during backtracking for new objectives.


Backtracking, Level Design, Balancing, Objectives:

Your objectives are always new and fresh, they never sound familiar except for maybe a few times. The only problem of repetitiveness this game has is lots of backtracking. It´s good backtracking though, the old area is often either quiet and peaceful or looks different, feels different. It´s not like if there once was a fight you are going to experience the same fight again. It´s just for stretching game length a bit. The reason I didn´t found the backtracking annoying was because you are always send to new areas and objectives, you only backtrack through once played areas because they are on the way for the elevator or ladder which you need to use in order to get to the new area. Except for one or two times backtracking really isn´t annoying or worth mentioning except you are a really cynical petty person. LEVEL DESIGN IS FANTASTIC! It looks 1:1 like in the movies and the layouts are always challenging against enemies. Stealth works on it and the game simply works. Level Design was done in a excellent job. Always alternative ways or hiding spots and tables and just a very good amount of levels designed simply to work for stealth or action. Balancing simply works too, you always find enough stuff for crafting, you always find the stuff you want in order to craft something special. You always find enough ammo in areas where you are able to shoot or fight and you always have enough hiding spots for 100% stealthing also called ghosting if you should run out of ammo against androids or humans once. Still be careful with ammo and especially gadgets and mines/bombs/molotovs. They are simply too useful in order to waste em on humans or the alien. Androids can really be ♥♥♥♥♥es in this game.


Atmosphere, Variety of Levels, Game Length, Graphics, Port Report (Optimization), etc.:

Like mentioned earlier you always go into new areas, later on in the game you will go to the reactor and other really incredible awesome places, walks outside the station and a nostalgia dripping derelict mission. I really loved how every new level felt unqiue and satisfying and they really pulled it off to drag the player into a 100% immersion tube. Just sucking away at the atmosphere and incredible lighting. The graphics overall are beautiful and fantastic! Only a few low res textures here and there but you don´t notice them anyway. It´s a really great port! I checked it and my R9 280X always was 60fps+ sometimes rampaging at 180fps! It had a usage of 99% all the time, my Xeon E3 1230 v3´s cores were all from 25 to 50% and the RAM was about 3,7GB high. Incredible low usage of VRAM! Only about 700MB at the beginning to max 1GB at huge scenes. This game is playable with cards like a 9800gtx or maybe even older, of course a 9800gtx only has 512MB VRAM so it depends on your settings. The game looks fantastic even on lowest settings! Only shadows should stay at medium if possible and lighting should be turned on, or else you might experience a major atmopshere loss. There´s a typical lack of anti aliasing options, so you will always have to fight with edges, it´s endurable with FXAA or any forced edge detected filter but, I wished they would have implemented good old MSAA. Downsampling, yup... seems like many have problems with it, but who knows... I personally don´t try that out. The game is about 20 to 24 Hrs long easily. Maybe 18. Last of Us length to Thief 2014 length. You really get a lot for your money. Occulus Rift supported by rewriting a file.


Conclusion:

Except for the AI misbehaviors here and there, the backtracking and the often use of pull this or that lever, everything works, everything is fun and it gave me a really great time onboard the Sevastopol. Easily 9/10 if played by core gamers with brains. Some stealth like bakas and wonder why they die.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Woah, what an unforgettable trip!
After more than 40 hours of constant thrills and dozens of (admittedly, at some point pretty annoying) in-game deaths (had to adjust the difficulty from hard to medium halfway through), I've finally seen the credits on my screen.
First of all: Alien: Isolation is a really hot contender for the GOTY! It is my personal game of the year, at least.

The atmosphere soaks you up right from the start to the end. The graphics are REALLY outstanding..like one of the best your average nerd eyes were ever flattered with . Those lightning effects especially. Alien Isolation's AI is, aside from a few minor bugs, the best I've ever came across. You don't need to be a diehard ALIEN-fan to enjoy this experience.

We all remember the comparatively mediocre Colonial Marines. This game is what all Alien-fans waited for so long and makes up for everything the predecessor messed up. The optimization is sensational (almost constant +60 fps with my MSI GTX 760 OC Twinz Frozr everything MAXED OUT).

I don't like the Season-Pass-Policy, which most AAA-devs/publishers follow these days. Creative Assembly/Sega makes no exception is this case, but damn .. this time, they deserve the money and I am looking forward to even more countless hours of this outstanding survival horror game.

9/10 - highly recommended!
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I highly recommend this game it's Scary, Fun, & Challenging: a very good game. Superb graphics, sound, music & gameplay. It's an artistic masterpiece that would be enjoyable to just walk around in even if there had been no gameplay. The hiding is reminiscent of Outlast which is a plus, but this game adds onto the gameplay of that genre in other ways like fighting back or creating distractions at least enough just to buy you more time. If you liked Outlast you should definitely try this game by the way. The Artificial Intelligence of NPCs is extremely well done in Alien Isolation, in fact it's some of the best AI I have ever seen in a game, and it will never feel cheesy, it kept amazing me how realistically the NPCs kept reacting in different situations or how dynamic they were, I had been expecting them to have dumb AI like most games, but this game has gone above and beyond and it really adds to the atmosphere and gameplay. The NPCs will react realistically to you and seek you out appropriately. You can be found in a locker, cabinet, under a table or desk or even in a vent, there is truly no safe place to hide for to long. The hiding aspect never gets to old or boring either. The game even allows NPCs to find and attack you while trying to open doors, use computers or do just about anything including saving the game, which by the way purposely takes around 15-30 seconds to do so and adds an even bigger challenge. Do not expect to be able to run everywhere, in fact running may be one of the last things you ever do in this game, it's the quickest way to get you killed. This game is extremely long about 19+ hours when playing on the hardest mode, which is good as you will likely be enjoying every second of it. There's some slight bugs here and there where things happen that you will feel shouldn't be possible, but overall it's pretty minor. Even though there are guns and weapons in this game, do not expect a first person shooter, the main threats of this game can not be killed by any means and that's another reason that makes it so scary, lesser threats can be taken care of but are still a challenge. I'm really happy with this game and it's one of the best games of 2014 & of the past 5 years. You don't even have to be a fan of the movies or even have seen them to enjoy this game, in fact I think this game is better than the movies it's based on. For anyone who is upset about the fact that the original Alien cast member characters were made as DLC instead of the main game, it's because this game is a reboot and they want to improve on its foundations, its easier to do that if they make less connections to the original source material, it gives them more room to do new things and lets them retain certain things that they liked. It's a bit sad it took this long to make a good Alien game, but the future of the IP looks great with this reboot and I'm definitely looking forward to a sequal.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Aliens of The Year(AOTY) - 100/10 xD

This is a game that all Ridley scott Alien fans are waiting for! This game is totally about Space,Xenomorph,Ripley,and Flamethrower! b>v<d

There are so many Positive Things in this game rather than the Negative Things likes xD :
  • The AI is very smart,tricky,and Punishing(Fair) xP
  • The Stealth core gameplay is Realistic and Hard but it was feels so great when you make it out alive! b>v<d
  • The graphics are really really superb! Since the lighting,dust,lens flare,fire,and Explosion all looks Real xD
  • The story is really amazing since its pick up from where Alien movie left :)
  • Sigourney Weaver! XD
However xP
There are a few Negative Things in this game as well such as >< :
  • Sometimes there is an object glitchy around a few parts of the game x0
  • The ending isnt satisfying even when the story really interesting and well written since the start ><
  • There is Xenomorph Eggs(of course since this is alien games ><;)but there isn't any Xenomorph Queen around T.T

Despite a little problems in this game xP
This game is still very creepy,scary,and a heartpounding Classic Horror Theme games b>v<d


For Aliens fans out there,this is really a game for you! \\(^v^)// <3

Thank you for reading this ;)
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
73.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Alien Isolation is an epicly awesome game!
Takes me back to when I first saw Alien and Aliens movies as a kid.
Even creates the same nightmarish tension I experienced first reading Alien the book!
Excellent adrinalinistic survival fight or flight experience!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
41.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
True Survival Horror game. Great graphic and optimization. Good voice acting. 30 hours played to complete this game because you can't run :D Hiding and slow moving is the best choice to avoid alien and android.
Hope developer will have Alien Isolation 2 project in the future!
9.5/10, -0.5 for some problem when loading save!
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Just buy it.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This is my first stealth/survival horror game where you cannot kill the creature. It is fun, it is a different experience from loading the shotgun and blasting creatures apart *BUT* after awhile it does get a little tiresome constantly creeping, hiding, and repeating. So, my word of advice is experiment. You are gonna die no ifs ands or buts about it so don't obsess over making it through unscathed cause it ain't happenin'! So, to spice it up, try things you are unsure about. I tried sneaking up on the Alien, which can be done, although sometimes he pulls a crazy Ivan and turns right into your face and then it's game over, man... game over. Another time I saw the Alien crawling over some tanks and I shot the tanks and they exploded blowing him accross the room and he jumped up and flew up a vent a stayed away for probably 30 seconds or so, which in this game is an eternity. And lastly, take the game in small bites. I found that after playing for a few hours one day that I was tiring of the game and its paces so it's best to play maybe a level a day or so, and come back to it later to avoid fatigue. I have invested 14 hours so far and am on level 5! But, I die alot and play around in the environment a lot too, looking for hidden knick knacks and what not. I wonder now that this type of game has been successfully made how long will it be before we see a similar game with a Jason or Michael or Freddy filling the role of the Alien and hunting down accross wooded levels, and dark houses on city streets and abandoned schools? Toodles...
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
game is turely awesome i would give it 100/10 the gameplay , visuals , tools . weapons and ofcoz the xenos i havnt seen any of the alien movies yeat after playing this i dnt have too it seems . anyways the total experience was more than satisfactory i was wont every penny and you people should try it too . enjoy :)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
GOTY...
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I would recommend this game to anyone. Even if you aren't a big fan of the Alien movies. Myself, I loved the first Alien movie but I can't really say the same about when James Cameron took over it. Totally blew that story for me, so I'd like to think only the first was created.
Either way, let's get back on track. This is most definitely, without a doubt, one of the best games I have ever played.
It has it all. I wish I was better with words and I could feel like putting more effort into this, but I am no exaggerating a bit when I say that this is most likely my favourite game. The story follows the first Alien movie like Ridley Scott directed the game himself, and the environment is outstanding and beautiful! Every single moment of the game is cinematic. Graphics are absolutely incredible and the story is capturing and delicious. Please buy this game. It's long, rich all the way through and will not disappoint.

I never planned to making another review here on steam, but I love this game so damn much that I just have to promote it. Great work to all of the creators of this game! Without a doubt the best Alien game out there. Thank you for reading. Now stop wasting your time reading and buy the game!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
What an absolute gem, Creative Assembly really knocked it out of the park and right into 70's themed deep space. This is a gorgeous looking game with very well considered gameplay, environment, character design, sound design and such. I have to give particular praise to the lighting engine, it's absolutely perfect. I'll admit I wasn't blown away by the voice acting or the facial animations but at this point the rest of the game outshines those petty flaws so incandescently as to render them null. This is an extremely tense game, I often found myself terrified at the androids, never mind the alien. I've not really noticed this "adaptive AI" that people talk about but the Alien is quite tricky. Extremely perceptive and always seems to notice the slightest sight or sound, it makes for one terrifying experience every time you encounter it. The story was also praiseworthy, it really captures what a survival horror is about, never too grandiose. The attention to detail here is beyond staggering. The gameplay elements like saving, crafting, minigames, the scattered computers, even the UI capture the 70's feel CA were going for in respect for the original Alien. It's as faithful as any diehard fan (of which I am not) could ever hope for (I imagine). It's a hell of a ride which will leave you with a considerably elevated heart rate, shakes and satisfaction when you finally evade that pesky Alien. Fan or not of the original movie, this is one game you absolutely must get, since I took the time to get out of my locker, hold my breath and write this review. It is worth every iota of praise it gets and more.
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