Alien Isolation

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  1. Xbat

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    This games giving me big Iron Helix vibes, it was the first game I played that came on a cd.
     
  2. DieH@rd

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    From EGX presentation, short look at their representation of Nostromo
    http://a.pomf.se/pukrhf.webm

    Lightning and smoke effects are phenomenal.
     
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    I've downloaded the EGX keynote for later viewing but from the first several minutes of the talk...it was very impressive background info about the assets, concepts and design....truly amazing stuff from the UI director. The expanded space station is massive compared to the Nostromo section. :shock:
     
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    OK that's impressive as hell, this Alien game could potentially be the great redeemer of the brand franchise. Pre ordered the Nostromo today so I don't miss out on the original crew dlc, playing as Ripley would be so awesome and nostalgic.
     
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    Reviews are in, and they are sparated in two camps - those where reviewers liked hard and unforgiving survival horror atmosphere [which was promised by Creative Assembly all the time] and those who did not like difficulty and length of the game [15+hrs on Hard, which is recommended difficulty].


    The Guardian 5/5
    PC Gamer 93/10
    Escapist [Sterling] 4.5/5
    Videogamer 9/10
    Destructoid 8.5/10
    Joystiq 4/5
    Eurogamer 8/10
    CVG 8/10
    Game Informer 7.75/10

    Polygon 6.5/10
    Gamespot 6/10
    IGN 5.9/10 [one of their gripes is "alien is too smart" :D]


    Reviews without score:

    http://www.gamesradar.com/alien-isolation-review/



    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/10/03/alien-isolation-review-pc/




    http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/3/6897307/alien-isolation-review

    Kotaku - YES
     
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    I read comments but not reviews, be careful as there is spoilers to be had in those reviews
     
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    wow ign isn't pulling any punches.
     
  8. DSoup

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    This was my fear. A clever premise, well executed, but stretched out for far too long with no change of pace or respite.

    As a big Alien franchise fan (yes, even Alien 3, Resurrection and Prometheus!) I am still so drawn to this just because I want to feel immersed in the atmosphere that all of these reviews not as being fantastic. But this sounds like a game I'll probably never finish so I'll need to wait until it drops in price.

    I really, really hope that do a sequel with some more of the same, but perhaps with a change in pace, perhaps even some legitimate combat.
     
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    Play it on easy?
     
  10. DSoup

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    I think it'll be the lack of pacing that will grind me down. Poor/no pacing is probably the gaming biggest put off for me. Some campaign games do it well (Uncharted, The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, GTA, WATCH_DOGS) some games do not. Too much of one type of gameplay in too long stretches. E.g. Uncharted never bombards you with 30 minutes of endless enemies. The Last of Us never 20 minutes of infected.

    Even survival horror, arguably especially survival horror, I think you need a ebb to the tension and fear. You want the player to relax so that the tense moments are more pronounced, or so you can scare the crap out of them :twisted:

    I think this is why of late I've been more drawn to open world games because they generally give you the freedom to create the ebb and flow to suit your preference.

    But I will check out the easier modes. I really want to play this game for the atmosphere :yep2:
     
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    Yes, the IGN review will really make you not want to buy this game :razz:

    Basically the guy says it starts off with an amazing intro, and the first 6 hours are great...and then it gets incredibly repetitive, difficult, and tedious over the 15-20 hour length of the game.

    I also didn't realize you cant even kill the alien, just "scare him off temporarily" by hitting him enough with certain weapons. Seems lame. I dont want game with invincible foe.

    I have to respect IGN a little lately, their reviews are often pretty stringent, when you see most sites giving out high scores often IGN will be handing out a tougher one. For a supposedly big corporate-paid off site and all.
     
  12. Malo

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    Have you even seen Alien the original movie?
     
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    Ars pretty much hates it too:

     
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    Because in Alien, Ripley kills the xeno in the first hour, and then we watch her doing some cleaning after the killings, making food, reading a book and in general trying to wind down after a stressful day :)
     
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    I didn't read the reviews to avoid spoilers, but how is the save system?
    And i am in your boat, I would play this just to enjoy the scenery.
     
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    review on ars concluded:

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/10/alien-isolation-review-cold-harsh-and-unforgivable/

    EDIT:
    just read Eurogamer's review.
    "another the use of audio recognition to allow the Alien to 'hear' any noises you make in real life."

    maybe Arstechnica reviewer was yelling-scared most of the time, thus alerting the alien LOL. Thats why he said the alien always found him, wherever he hides.
     
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    Wait. You mean if I have the mic connected on my DS4 it can pick out the sounds I make?
     
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    If you have kinect it will use its built-in mic...:wink:
     
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    lol now im pretty sure the reviewer on Arstechnica cant stop screaming :p
     
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    This is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant! :yes:
     
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