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Alien: Isolation Review


Posted: 12 weeks ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Thom Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Rich Adams.


Alien: Isolation is an adventure horror game set in space, remastered in 2019 from the 2014 game due to its popularity. You play Amanda who is trying to find out the truth behind her mothers disappearance. You explore Sevastopol, a decommissioned trading station where your mother was last seen, but upon arrival you and the crew discover an Alien.

Unlike other space alien games that throw masses of enemies at you, Alien Isolation creates constant tension through being hunted by a single intelligent alien. You have to scavenge for resources, hack systems and craft items but all the time watch your back for the creature closing in. Do well and you gain the items you need to progress. But still it's your choice whether to avoid, distract or fight the persistent Alien.

The strong narrative and dark atmosphere of Sevastopol creates an unnerving environment where the alien could be around any corner. The base slowly tells its story as you discover the remains and discard lives that went before. Each room has a past life with furniture, beds, tape recordings and even broken cups making clear that something went very wrong here.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 06/10/2014, updated in 2019

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @FeralGames


Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 1 player online.


Alien: Isolation usually costs £15.99 to £49.99. 

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation: The Collection

Xbox One £49.99
PS4 £47.99
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online. Additional conten (the Nintendo switch game includes all additional content) :
  • Season Pass - Includes new maps and challenges to take on the Survivor Mode, as well as 25% off the 5 add-ons listed below.
  • The Trigger - Play as Ricardo - learn about explosives and get three new Survivor-Mode maps.
  • Lost Contact - Play the Salvage Mode map, with the Lorenz Private Wards and the Emergency Power Plant, play as Axel and equip yourself with the Revolver and Bolt gun.
  • Safe Haven - Salvage mode - Venture out of the safe room, complete objectives and return safely. Play as Hughes, and get faster access to the Bolt Gun, Shotgun and EMP Mine. Can explore the Gemini Systems and the Bacchus Apartments.
  • Last Survivor - The rest of the crew are dead, you must set the ship’s self-destruct and attempt to reach the escape shuttle in time to survive.
  • Crew Expandable - With the original crew reunited, it's down to you as Dallas, Parker or Ellen Ripley, to find a way to isolate the Alien and overcome the terror that confronts them with.
  • Corporate Lockdown - three new maps: for Survivor Mode and a time-based challenge to test your skills.
  • Trauma - three new maps for Survivor Mode, a time-based challenge to test your skills.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

PEGI 18 for Extreme Violence and Strong Language.

ESRB MATURE 17 for Blood, Strong Violence and Violence. From a first-person perspective, players explore the station's rooms and corridors and use shotguns, pistols, bombs, and flamethrowers to kill alien creatures; androids can be dispatched by being shot, set on fire, or blown up. When Ripley is spotted by an alien, a short cutscene depicts her getting knocked down and bitten in the face, or stabbed through the chest with a spike. Blood is depicted when players are impaled; several corpses can be seen lying in pools of blood during the course of the game. The words “f**k,” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:


How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Adjustable Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing.

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.


How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Some spoken content has subtitles: Some spoken content has subtitles.


How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.


Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Aiming: Can use small movements of gamepad to fine-tune aiming, or as main aiming mechanism. This is sometimes known as Gyro-Aiming.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Select Preset Controller Mappings: Select preset button layouts.

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.


How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Motion sickness friendly: Option to reduce motion sickness (motion blur, depth of field, field of vision).


How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer and @cbGameDev

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