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Alien: Isolation Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 9 days ago.

Author: Thom Robertson, @GeekDadGamer, Rich Adams and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @FeralGames

CommitmentCommitment

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.

CostsCosts

Alien: Isolation usually costs £15.99 to £49.99. 

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation: The Collection

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £47.99
 
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

Content Rating

PEGI 18 for Extreme Violence and Strong Language.
 
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.
In the US, ESRB state: 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.

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