This is a formal Alien: Isolation review which is available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Our intention is to provide a detailed review of the game.
|Type of game:||First Person Survival Horror|
|Total Play Time:||20.5 hours|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.16Ghz or better
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5550 or Nvidia GeForce GT 430
RAM: 4 GB
OS: Windows 7 or Newer
HDD Space: 35 GB
Console: Xbox One Ps4
The World of Alien: Isolation
I am going to assess and present to you the following features of Alien: Isolation including: Atmosphere & Location, Main Character, Storyline, DLC & Expansion Packs. Alien: Isolation has received a community rating on IGN of 9.0 and a User Score on Metacritic of 8.4.
Atmosphere & Location
The game allows you to explore a desolate and abandoned space vessel, uncovering its mysteries while you hurdle malfunctions and avoid a lurking enemy within. Much of the game is linear in nature, requiring you to complete tasks to progress in the game with many objects that you can interact within the game to help you survive. The developers designed the Alien in the game to have very intelligent AI, being very unpredictable and able to hunt you down if you are not quiet. There are several makeshift items you can craft within the game after collecting enough parts to help you survive as well.
From spine-tingling to downright terrifying, each track has a way of creating a real feeling of imminent danger and fear of the unknown within you. You can expect to feel stalked at various points of the game solely from the music playing in the background. Different levels within the game will play different ambient music to match the tone and feeling of each level.
As you traverse a dark and deserted spaceship, you will be able to hear different electronic noises or beeps, doors opening, rattling vents, footsteps and various objects that move. The lights are often enough to only light up small areas, giving off their own special glowing effect. Each of the effects adds up to make it feel like a realistic experience in an abandoned spaceship.
The game is based on the first Alien film, set 15 years after the events that took place. Most of the game strongly resembles the feel of the first Alien movie, especially within the ambient music and sounds used, although it uses some gameplay ideas from other survival horror games.
You will play a character named Amanda Ripley, who is on a personal mission to discover the truth behind what happened during the disappearance of her mother 15 years ago on the Nostromo spaceship. When an opportunity to join a team traveling that way comes about, Amanda agrees solely due to the fact that she wants closure on what happened to her mother. What she doesn’t expect is for the mission to go all wrong, separating her from the team and forcing her to carry the mission out on her own. She undergoes many terrifying experiences while completely by herself and relying only on her survival instincts.
Set in the year 2137, a space engineer by the name of Amanda Ripley is set out to find out what happened to her mother who was on board of the Nostromo spaceship when it disappeared 15 years ago. Amanda is asked to join a team on a space mission to retrieve a lost flight recorder within a ship called the Anesidora as an opportunity to gain closure. As they arrive at the station, they find that it is badly damaged with their communications offline, so they must manually attempt to board the ship.
During their attempt, their EVA line is ripped apart by debris from the damaged spacecraft, causing Amanda to become separated from the rest of the team. From there on she must find her way on her own within the ship and complete their mission using her engineering knowledge to gain ground.
When she enters the damaged ship she attempts to find help within, eventually meeting one survivor by the name of Axel. By Amanda agreeing to help him, Axel offers a ride back to her team’s ship. As Amanda is helping Axel, he gets killed by an alien which from there on leaves Amanda on her own to evade threats and survive.
DLC & Expansion Packs
There are 7 different DLC available for Alien: Isolation which gives you a couple missions to let you experience the game in different scenarios. Some special packs also provide various different survival challenges. Each cost around $4 – $8 and total out to be $47.93 if you buy them all. Below are all of the listed DLC:
The Trigger: You’re given a box of explosives and the locations to set them. Set the explosives and survive long enough to pull the trigger.
Lost Contact: Evade your enemies while surviving ten waves of challenges and objectives. Provides Salvage Mode maps and playable characters.
Safe Haven: You find the only safe room on the ship but supplies are limited. Venture outside of the safe room for supplies while evading enemies and surviving.
Last Survivor: Play as Ellen Ripley (Amanda Ripley’s mother) and complete the last mission aboard the Nostromo.
Crew Expendable: Ellen Ripley, Dallas, and Parker are alive on the Nostromo and must work together to isolate the alien and survive.
Corporate Lockdown: Evade the alien long enough to survive and complete time-based challenges. Provides 3 different maps for Survivor Mode as well as playable characters.
Trauma: Evade enemies in 3 different medical bay maps and complete time-based challenges. Provides 3 maps and some playable characters.
If you didn’t get enough of the base game you may love some of these DLC that challenge your ability to use stealth and items to evade enemies in the Survivor Modes. There are leaderboards that you can upload your scores and compete against others around the world. The two story-based DLC that you can get will allow fans of the original film to experience the first events that happened 15 years before the base game. If you have not seen the movie or are a fan of it, we would recommend the story DLC and if you like challenges go for the Survivor Mode DLC.
This game is worth a try for any survivor horror game or Alien film fans. It seems to do a great job capturing the feel of the first Alien movie and may leave you on the edge of your seat more times than you can count on your hands. The AI in this game is incredibly unpredictable which can make your experience very terrifying as you’re trying to help Amanda Ripley survive on her own.
If this sounds like a game you’d enjoy, try it for yourself. Please feel free to leave us a comment if you have any thoughts, questions or experiences to share with us.