Dodging an Alien while in Isolation
Alien Isolation's floor demo really lived up to its name: there was an Alien, I was in isolation, and I was the only one being hunted by said alien. While I didn't get far and died constantly, I enjoyed what I played, and what was shown is very different from other survival horror titles that come out these days.
The demo featured a small environment and gives the player very little time before they have get it together and hide from the Xenomorph. While there was a huge flame-thrower available, I was told that stealth and the lockers available would be my main weapon throughout the game. Even while hidden, the Xenomorph can rip the locker open if you don't control your character's breathing while it’s around you. Needless to say, being an action gamer, I died plenty of times
While Isolation is challenging, what really caught my eye (or ear) was the sound direction. This game requires an excellent sound setup, because there are very subtle auditive clues given when the Xenomorph is simply wandering around or is after you. This makes all the difference, because you're unable to kill the Xenomorph and will one-hit-kill you if discovered.
The story of Alien Isolation is quite interesting to boot. Taking place 15 years after the first Alien movie, you play as Amanda, who is looking for her mother, Ellen Ripley, at a space station that has been infested by a Xenomorph. There are also human enemies and factions Amanda will encounter during her escape from the station, some of which are hostile, such as soldiers, while others are neutral, such as scavengers.
Although Alien Isolation will be released in October, the game has actually been complete for some time now, and the team is constantly refining the game for its launch.
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