The game I’m looking at this week comes from a sci-fi series that everyone is familiar with…not unless you’ve lived in a cave on a remote island for the last four decades with bees in your ears.
Anyway enough about bees. The game I’m looking at this week is Alien Isolation. I still haven’t finished this yet so I’m going to be giving a rare first impressions review of it instead.
Basically the story is set 15 years after the events of the original film. You play Amanda Ripley (Ripley’s grown-up daughter) who is sent to a distant space station to collect the flight recorder of her mother’s missing ship, the Nostromo. However, when you arrive it quickly becomes apparent that something is very wrong on the station. The game then becomes a race to retrieve the flight recorded and escape with your life before the alien gets you.
Alien Isolation is genuinely terrifying. You cannot kill the alien, regardless of whatever new goodies you find as your progress. You must be quiet and you must be sneaky at all times while trying to work your way around a predominantly dark environment and also get by rogue androids - the Working Joes - and jumpy, armed survivors. The sounds are well timed, the jump scares are spot on and the randomness of the alien’s appearance will keep you on edge.
Tune in soon to get my full review of the game.