Alien: Isolation

XB360, PS4, XBOX ONE, PC, PS3 / Action / Release: Late 2014 / ESRB: M

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Alien: Isolation video shows off 1970s tech, reveals importance of VHS

Alien: Isolation video shows off 1970s tech, reveals importance of VHS

The folks at the Creative Assembly are doing their darndest to make sure that Alien: Isolation look, sound, and feel like the original Alien from 1979. So, it’s critical that the game doesn’t employ any tech that would have been impossible while creating the original film.

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"Please don't suck! I had no idea it would be this authentic; it looks and sounds great."
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Alien: Isolation begins its hunt October 7

Alien: Isolation begins its hunt October 7

The hunt is about to begin. Taking the stage at this year's EGX Rezzed event, The Creative Assembly has revealed that Alien: Isolation will hit on October 7.

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DualShock turns into motion tracker in PS4 version of Alien: Isolation

DualShock turns into motion tracker in PS4 version of Alien: Isolation

Love it or hate it, the light bar on the DualShock 4 controller is one of the more unique aspects of Sony's PS4 controller. Developers are thinking of new ways of using it to give players additional information. For Alien: Isolation, developer The Creative Assembly are turning it into the series' iconic motion tracker.

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Alien: Isolation preview: extra terrifying

Alien: Isolation preview: extra terrifying

There's a sense of dread looming around every corner. With every step you take, you hear a clanging sound overhead, along with a haunting screech. You think you can stand still and simply hope it just wanders by, but your heavy breathing gives your location away. There's nothing you can do to stop it. It can hear you. It can sense you. It can practically taste you. And before you can let out a blood-curdling scream, the Xenomorph leaps out from the shadows and pierces you right through the chest, as it howls in victory.

That's the atmosphere that persists through Alien: Isolation, the latest take on the populat sci-fi franchise from Sega and The Creative Assembly. But unlike certain other attempts at the franchise, this game appears to know what a Xenomorph should be. It should be powerful, swift, brutal, and above all else, it should be frightening. And there was no shortage of fear when Shacknews went hands-on with the game at GDC 2014.

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Alien: Isolation trailer extols unscripted AI

Alien: Isolation trailer extols unscripted AI

"As soon as the player can predict a pattern in the Alien, it stops being scary," Alien: Isolation designer Gary Napper says in a new video developer diary. "Depending on how cautious players are, we've seen encounters ... last well over 30 minutes in some cases, and this just can't be done with scripted behavior." Gosh. The video also touches on how the creature looks, moves, and hunts dear young Amanda Ripley.

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Most Anticipated 2014: Alice's Picks

Most Anticipated 2014: Alice's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in the new year, like y'know--VIDEO GAMES. The Shacknews staff pick their most anticipated games of 2014. Next up is senior editor Alice O'Connor.


Alien: Isolation

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Alien: Isolation will never be as good as we're imagining it right now. If we close our eyes, we can picture ourselves trying not to breath too loudly as we skitter through the corridors of a dirty great spaceship, jumping at every hiss of steam, too terrified to turn around in case it is there. It won't be that good. However, it's certainly the most interesting Alien/Aliens game we've heard of in years.

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How Alien: Isolation invokes more horror from one alien

How Alien: Isolation invokes more horror from one alien

The next Aliens game from Sega takes a decidely different approach than last year's Colonial Marines. Whereas you had to engage hordes of aliens, The Creative Assembly pits players against a lone xenomorph in Alien: Isolation. According to lead designer Gary Napper, the intelligent behavior of the creature should be more than enough to keep players terrified.

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Alien: Isolation coming from The Creative Assembly and Sega, stars Ripley's daughter

Alien: Isolation coming from The Creative Assembly and Sega, stars Ripley's daughter

UPDATE - Sega has confirmed that Alien: Isolation will come to PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in late 2014. The Creative Assembly calls it "survival horror," and it's going back to its roots by only presenting one of the titular aliens to avoid.

ORIGINAL STORY - Microsoft appears to have now confirmed long-standing rumors about the next game set in the Aliens universe. Titled Alien: Isolation, the game is said to star the daughter of series protagonist Ellen Ripley as she attempts to investigate her mother's disappearance.

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