Well slap me silly and call me Aunt Bertha, an Alien game I actually want to play?!
Okay, that’s not really fair. I think you gotta look at Alien: Isolation as a completely different and separate game than Colonial Marines, and not just because Isolation is in the hands of an entirely different developer, Creative Assembly. Isolation looks to be a true HOLY FUCKING SHIT survival horror where you are nothing more than prey. Like, seriously. It looks like we ain’t getting weapons in this one, and in every preview I’ve come across the demoer raves about the constant sense of impending doom, mostly stemming from always being stalked by a 9-foot tall Xenomorph. No biggie. (It has actually been alluded by the developers that it’s essentially impossible to, um, NOT die.)
The game takes place in the same vein as Ridley Scott’s 1979 awesomeness and players will assume the role of Amanda Ripley. You see, Amanda wants her mama ‘cuz she disappeared when she was just a child. So, Miss Amanda decides to explore a space station that has been taken over my a Xenomorph. Y’know, that old chestnut.
I’m not at CES, but if you’re interested you should check out this hands-on preview from Brett Makedonski. Isolation truly looks terrifying and although I hate to put myself through that kind of pain and suffering, there’s something awesome about not being able to kill stuff with weapons. I’ve yet to experience a game like that, so maybe Isolation will be my cherry-popper when it launches later this year. Look for it on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC!