Alien: Isolation Xbox One Review

Lurking Lawyer

Distinguished Member
You're not the person to review this game based on your username, Guns! :D

For the duration of this review, you shall henceforth be known as Guns_VeryFewGuns ;)
 

PC1975

Well-known Member
Shouldn't that be 'low-fi version of a 70s future'?
 

Guns_LotsOfGuns

Moderator/Games Reviewer

mainaman

Well-known Member
It is the scariest game i have played since Dead Space,although i havent played Amnesia and few other renown chillers.The tension is simply unbearable at times and you are totally helpless and exposed.The Dead Space games give you weapons and corridor shooter gameplay,this gives you motion tracker and undestructible stalker.And there are hordes of hostile androids,which are almost invincible to your weapons.

In regards to the graphics i would give it 8 out of ten,because of the jaggies and the baked shadows.

The dynamic sound engine and the music cant be faulted and are integral to the gameplay.The sound design is terrific,creative,totally immersive.And full bandwith!The subterranean LFE is underpinning the music and the sound effects as well,the film analogy would be a high dynamic range soundtrack like "Captain Phillips",where there is not much action,but the lows are contributing to the atmosphere of some scenes.
 

Nostromo71

Well-known Member
I would love to buy this game, but the difficulty level will stop me from doing so. I love video games, but I'm pretty rubbish at them, and don't have the patience to replay sections time and time again, so I'm not looking for a challenge. Tis a shame, as it looks great.

As for Colonial Marines, it wasn't a terrible game, it was just a very formulaic and basic shooter with rubbish graphics compared to the initial trailer. It was playable enough, but I am glad I only rented it.
 

TheyCallMeTJ

Distinguished Member
Nostromo71, its not really as difficult as reviewers make it out to be. Its challenging yes but once you suss out the strategies and patterns of the alien and enemies (which you will!), it becomes easier. Its not a frustrating exeperience when you die, its kind of exhilerating when you do! But you will succeed in the level. The save points are actually plentiful, I dont know why some reviewers say they are ruthlessly far apart...they're not, they are place just right, far enough for the challenge but close enough to avoid frustration! Also, if you still feel intimitated, there is always the easy level of playthrough to fall back on but trust me, you dont need to play on easy level to enjoy the game. Guns_lotsofguns (great review btw) says he spent 20 hours hiding in lockers etc but there are other more dynamic methods to succeed in the level...such as moving around, listening very carefully to the surround sounds and creating diversions etc.

I played it on the PC btw but I do believe its close to the Xbox experience, I even use the Xbox controller to play it. My thoughts on it were of an 8/10 rating, its a brilliantly faithful and terrifyingly atmospheric game but my biggest gripe was a bland narrative and characterisation. Otherwise its a must play especially for Ridley Alien fans.

And one more thing, your username demands that you play the game! :)
 

Lurking Lawyer

Distinguished Member
I finally remembered to try the game with my old MixAmp and headphones set up I used to use on 360 and, man, what a difference compared with sound being routed through TV speakers. All sorts of noises I hasn't even noticed before became immediately apparent.

For anyone who hasn't tried it yet, you really ought to try it with a decent set of cans. Excellent work by the devs on the audio side.
 
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Indiana Jones

Moderator
Surround sound really adds to the experience, tried to make a run for the exit last night and I could hear the thumping sounds of the Alien running behind me getting louder and louder :eek:
 

Valen

Well-known Member
Its a great game! (I think)

I often wonder if sneaking and hiding in lockers and about to have a heart attack is actually enjoyment. I guess it is.
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
If you are that caught up in it then its doing its job ;)
 

PAUL7331

Well-known Member
Is there various difficulty levels on this game?
 

King Tones

Distinguished Member
Thanks. Easy setting for me I guess then!
I am on Normal and still pretty hard.
Easy is supposed to be easier but there will be bits that are still very hard and require patience and a lot of stealth.
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
I would recommend Normal, sure I have come across a few sections where I died multiple times but it's very rewarding when you manage to finally get through :)
 

kav

Distinguished Member
I finally remembered to try the game with my old MixAmp and headphones set up I used to use on 360 and, man, what a difference compared with sound being routed through TV speakers. All sorts of noises I hasn't even noticed before became immediately apparent.

For anyone who hasn't tried it yet, you really ought to try it with a decent set of cans. Excellent work by the devs on the audio side.
Very much agree - George Lucas said audio is 50% of a film and this applies here too - you are missing out a huge chunk of the game if you don't immerse yourself in the audio. Every tick and clank builds up tension.
 

Nostromo71

Well-known Member
And one more thing, your username demands that you play the game! :)
Ha, indeed it does, but I don't want to waste money on a game that I won't be able to complete. I already have too many of those. Hopefully someone I know buys a copy and I can give it a go before stumping up any cash.
 

vaktmestern

Banned
Great game really enjoy the sound usage on this game .... Best alien game i played
 

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