Alien: Isolation

    Like all the best horror tools, the motion detector is kind of useful but also massively ratchets up the tension.

    Crikey, but this trailer makes Alien: Isolation look like Outlast in space. Which seems like one of the best ways to do an Alien game, if you ask me.

    The newest Alien: Isolation trailer focuses on the game’s horror more than anything, with plenty of emphasis on running and hiding from both the xenomorph stalking the corridors, and some nasty humans. There are little snippets of things that I warily call “cinematic” and “game-y”, like using a flamer and coming face-to-pharyngeal-jaws with the xenomorph only for an explosion to knock it away, but for the most part the trailer is all about being very scared, hiding in cupboards, and sprinting down corridors. Which, as I said above, seems right to me.

    I’m also pleased with the authenticity of the gadgets, insofar as this really does look and feel quite Alien. If there really is more of a focus on atmosphere than there is on gunplay, then Sega might be onto a genuinely scary winner.

    Alien: Isolation is due out on 7 October.

    Tim McDonald
    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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