Alien: Isolation adds Nightmare and Novice difficulties

New difficulties modes for Alien: Isolation are available now and they're both naughty and nice.

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There are just a few of you out there that feel that Alien: Isolation might be too easy. Yes, there are actually folks that not only have survived the Xenomorph's hunt, but also think it's too easy. It sounds like crazy talk, but they exist. So Sega and The Creative Assembly are about to fix those people good with a free update that amps up the difficulty to masochistic levels.

The new Nightmare Mode ups the Alien AI to outrageous levels, but it'll also handicap the player in several ways. The motion tracker will be broken, resources will be limited, and the map will be completely offline. Worse yet, the other hostiles on-board will be even harder to deal with. Not so easy now, is it, Mr. Too Easy Guy?

Oh, now it's too hard, you say? Well, for those looking to take it a little easier, there's also a new Novice mode. Players will be granted more resources, on-board hostiles will be a little easier to address, and the Xenomorph's AI will be dumbed down to Colonial Marines levels. (Ok, maybe not that harsh, but it'll be more forgiving.)

The new difficulties levels are available now on all platforms as part of today's free update.

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    December 10, 2014 10:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Alien: Isolation adds Nightmare and Novice difficulties

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      December 10, 2014 10:21 AM

      I will check out the Novice mode. i suck so bad at this game.

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        December 10, 2014 10:38 AM

        Same. I'm on medium and I've been stuck at the comm center hiding from synthetics so far this week.

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      December 10, 2014 10:22 AM

      i cant wait to give nightmare a few million tries

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      December 10, 2014 10:34 AM

      ugh i want this game i think, no weapons though? :(

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        December 10, 2014 10:35 AM

        You get weapon-type items like flares and such, but they're only used for distractions. You cannot kill the Alien.

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          December 10, 2014 10:37 AM

          but I want to take arms against my sea of troubles, and by opposing end them!

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          December 10, 2014 10:37 AM

          You can't kill the Alien but there are quite a few other things to kill

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        December 10, 2014 10:36 AM

        Huh? No, there are certainly weapons.

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        December 10, 2014 10:37 AM

        You get to use the ultimate weapon: your mind!!!

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      December 10, 2014 12:15 PM

      Nightmare mode must be near impossible. I'm playing on hard and there's already no room for mistakes.

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        December 10, 2014 12:29 PM

        it's just a constant flood of aliens, through the doors, skylights, picture windows, doggy doors, plumbing, electrical grind, etc

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      December 10, 2014 12:44 PM

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        December 10, 2014 1:19 PM

        Only once on hard here, but want more also. I spent much of that playthrough crouched, and imagine nightmare will require near constant crouch

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          December 10, 2014 1:36 PM

          i feel like the Alien would get really frustrated after a while like WTF I KNOW SOMEONE IS HERE WHY CAN'T I FIND THEM and just start running the map at full-speed, screaming constantly, just ripping locker doors apart on basic principle, I CAN SMELL YOU, MOTHERFUCKER

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            December 10, 2014 3:02 PM

            now I want to see the xenomorph recreate Bender's running down the hall scene from breakfast club

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      December 10, 2014 2:04 PM

      Needs antialiasing

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        December 10, 2014 5:50 PM

        Yeah, the built AA method is pretty ugly most of the time. Especially with glass objects.

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