Alien: Isolation Review Round-Up

Next up on the round-up block is The Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation which is releasing on the 7th of October for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The title looks to do justice to the iconic film series by returning to the atmosphere and tension of the original film, rather than the later entry’s action focus.

Our very own Peter clearly loved it awarding it a fantastic 9/10 praising its gripping atmosphere “The alien is the one big, insurmountable threat. It’s the centrepiece but it isn’t the only thing – or even the primary thing – that causes Isolation’s persistent feeling of dread. The alien is troubling enough but that idea that there could always be something else is a much more powerful force. Knowing that no matter how close an eye you keep on the motion tracker, how well you avoid the alien, you’re always only one locked door away from some other kind of surprise means that you never allow yourself to settle into the mechanics of a video game.”

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It looks like the community has enjoyed it on the whole as well, with mostly positive reviews, all particularly mentioning the way the game draws players into the game’s world.

Eurogamer – 8/10

“Unlike the creature it so lavishly recreates, Alien: Isolation isn’t quite a perfect specimen – but the things it does get right, it gets so brilliantly right that it will give you some of your best gaming memories of the year. There are a few too many repetitive lows in between those dizzying highs, and some teeth-grinding moments of unfair instant death, but as maddening as they are in the moment, those will be forgotten in time.”

IGN – 5.9/10

“It may seem strange to complain that a game’s too long, but when the genuine scares of being hunted by an unstoppable predator are so diluted by repetition and padding, Isolation’s epic length really does work against it. Someday, someone is going to make an incredible Alien video game that checks every box. But, sadly, Isolation is not it.”

Gamespot – 6/10

“The ending brings with it a sense of relief. Some of this relief stems from the lingering fear of the alien’s presence. You have left the game and its creature behind, never to smell the alien’s putrid breath, never to witness its syrupy saliva, never to seek refuge in a claustrophobic locker and wish the beast away. More relieving is that you won’t have to trudge through the same duct-lined corridors for another however-many hours, or have to repeat ten minutes of switch-pulling and keycard-searching after firing a bullet into a friendly’s head because you presumed she might attack you, as so many dwellers do. Alien: Isolation provides us a glimpse into a future that holds the Alien game you’ve always wanted. It is not, however, the vessel that carries you there.”

Destructoid – 8.5/10

“Halfway into playing Alien: Isolation, I stopped to watch the first four Alien movies again. It wasn’t just for research purposes, but mostly because the game had me yearning for more of the universe. Isolation has some flaws, but it’s faithful to the film series, and I’d love to see a follow-up with a few extra alien evolutions.”

Kotaku – Yes

“To say that Isolation is superior to Colonial Marines is really just to affirm that, no, it is not one of the worst games I’ve ever played. Good news, though! Even considered without the Alien brand, Isolation is a very good time. It’s equal parts Worst-Case Situation Simulator 2014 and “Fuck Everything!”: The Game. It does have some significant flaws, but on the whole, it works.”

Polygon – 6.5/10

“In the process of contriving story twists and turns to support this spectacle, Alien: Isolation ruins the unique focus of its premise and moves away from the inspiration of the first film. It becomes something depressingly predictable for fans of the property who have been hurt again and again by underwhelming video game representations. Alien: Isolation isn’t the worst Alien game, but thanks to its unrealized potential, it just might be the most disappointing.”

Joystiq – 4/5

“In the same way that Ash respected the alien for its brutality in the original film, though, maybe I also respect Alien: Isolation just for how long, grueling and relentless it ends up being. Instead of completing the game, it feels more like I’ve escaped it and the nightmare it put me through. I no longer have to hear the sickening slump of the alien being spewed out of a vent.”

Videogamer – 9/10

“There are issues: it has about 17 endings, the first Alien encounter is clumsy and irritating, and the hostile human/android element doesn’t add much other than frustration. On Hard, the recommended difficulty, you’ll be hiding so much it might as well be called Lord Lucan Simulator 2014. These are minor quibbles however, in the face of an Alien game that asks you to think, rather than fight, one that recognises that the haunted house itself is as scary as what’s in it.”

Games Radar – 4.5/5

“Deep, intelligent, intense, and utterly unlike any experience before it, Alien: Isolation presents all that’s truly great about AAA, and also its evolution.”

CVG – 8/10

“Before Creative Assembly honoured sci-fi’s seminal horror film, there were dozens of Aliens games (I’m blaming you for Colonial Marines, Cameron). Now, there’s precisely one Alien game. Could it do with a little trimming and better optimisation? Absolutely. But lock yourself in a dark room with a good pair of headphones, and Isolation’s thrilling chills mean this is one ET you’ll never want to go home.”

 

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11 Comments

  1. Not great, not terrible overall then. Given my love for the franchise and the genre I will pick up a copy at some point, it just sounds like waiting for the inevitable price drop might be the better plan though. Will be curious to see how The Evil Within fares by comparison.

    • I don’t know – bar the Polygon and Gamespot reviews they’re all very positive giving it 8’s or 9’s – that’s a pretty high recommendation!

      • This is a bit vague, but…

        According to Metacritic, Gamespot gives review scores of, on average, 5.4% lower than everyone else. Polygon gives scores 2.3% lower than the average.

        The overall score for Alien: Isolation so far is 79%, although that doesn’t include Polygon so far (but that doesn’t make any difference to the score, really).

        BUT… there’s only 12 reviews there (13 with Polygon). If picking 2 low scores is a sensible plan, the overall average needs to come down a lot. To the high 60s.

        Which could well happen once a whole bunch more reviews appear.

        I’m predicting low 70s.

  2. Almost 80 on Metacritic at the moment, with only IGN and Gamespot giving bad ratings, who I don’t rely on anyway. Sounds promising, given it got about the same score as Outlast, which was one of the best games I’ve played for years.

    • I agree on outlast, it was absolutely amazing and utteryl terrifying

      So glad this is getting decent reviews, pre order justified!. If it plays anything like outlast i’ll be very happy. Cant wait for release day! Ps i hope the pre order dlc is good too

    • IGN wouldn’t know how to review a game if they took a course in it. They’re purely click bait articles and nonsense. Waits for COD Advanced Warfare to get 9.9/10…

  3. ‘Utterly’

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  5. definitely a game that i think you probably already know if it’s for you or not. the reviews tell me that it’s not terrible and that’s enough.

    i’m certainly gonna put down for it soon.

  6. I’m on the fence for this one, I love the look of it. It looks like it plays quite nice and i’m quite happy to explore looking for security cards and levers etc to progress, yes it will probably be repetitive. But don’t all games have some sort of repetitiveness to it? On the other hand though, if it gets to the point where I am constantly being killed and having to restart how ever long ago it was I saved. 30 minutes? an hour? I will lose interest in playing. Seems like its a similar play to outlast which I enjoyed. What ever happened to demos? It was great to be able to play a demo to decide for myself if I liked it. Rather than depending on reviews, or forking out £40 to see if i like it or not.

  7. Was reading somewhere that apparently the game only keeps your last 2 saves & takes a while to reload, which I can see becoming frustrating if you are more of a run & gunner.

    Had confirmation that my copy is in the post though – can’t wait!

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