I can't believe that there has never been a proper alien game in over 30 years of gaming span. There has never been any! Wow, it's hard to believe that amidst the growing popularity of supernatural creatures like zombies, ghosts, werewolves, vampires and witches, people have forgotten about aliens. Granted, there have been great movies made upon this very concept, but video game are lacking in this department. There have been several attempts to make an alien game, but none of them is even worth mentioning. Perhaps, you have heard about the most recent one named Aliens: Colonial Marines. It seemed like it would be the next big thing. But we were fooled by them. The game was nothing what we were promised.
But the sequel might as well prove us wrong as there are no cliche shooting involved in it this time around. It's proper survival horror game. Yes, they have finally listened to us and are developing a horror alien game for the very first time. What would mankind do if they came in contact with other inhabitants from some other planet? Most likely, we will be wary and afraid of them, especially if they are bulky hideous demon-like creatures. This game promised to do just that. Alien: Isolation is a game about survival. You have to stay alive in any condition if you want to get rid if these pesky creatures having no mercy or remorse for us human beings whatsoever. Here are 5 reasons why you should be excited for Aliens: Isolation:
Based on the movie
Granted, games based on movies don't make a very memorable experience, but this game begs to differ as it's based on the very first alien movie. Remember how it gave us chills all over our body? So yeah, get ready for the same experience to play yourself as it's being morphed into a game now. So, you have an opportunity to do more than just watching it passively. Now you are responsible for the fate of this world. Unlike the movie, where the end is predictable, there are different endings in the game. So, the path you will choose, will lead you to either a horrible ending or a good one. Your choice either way!
Aliens can prove to be the real pain
Imagine what the earth would look like if aliens swooped on our planet. We don't even know anything about them yet. Yeah, I know there are more dangerous creatures out there like vampires, werewolves and ghosts, but they only exist in our folklore. That's not reality. It would be stupid to even think for a second that they are really. But we all know aliens are real.
So it's only fitting that a game or a movie based upon aliens would struck a chord with our hearts as we know somewhere down the line that they exist. That's why I don't loathe the idea of alien based horror game. It's going to be one of the most exciting projects to keep an eye on.
Pure survival horror
Pure survival horror's days are gone now. Remember when we used to get games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill to play. The recent installments of these franchises have been nothing but disappointing by showing their penchant for action based route instead of survival horror. If you are looking for something good to play, there is nothing to see here as far as survival horror genre is concerned, Except for a few Indies, no one is interested in making them. But thanks to Sega, we are going to see a true survival horror game in form of Aliens: Isolation.
There is no firm release date announced yet, but we know that it's going to launch sometime in 2014. So, we just got to wait and hope that they deliver on their promises. The only difference being, I am not taking their word for it this time around. I only believed the fact when I saw some real gameplay footage from the game which reinstalled my faith upon this game. There is still some hope left for the rejuvenation of the horror genre after all. If they are successful with this game, it goes without saying that we will see a lot more of these games in future. But if they are not, than I am afraid that this might be the last game of its own kind. That would be like a seal in the coffin.
The atmosphere of this game is what is the most striking thing about this game. It's spooky as hell to put it simply. You just can't go in and play the game without having your heart in your mouth even if it is for just a second. That's bound to happen. The guy who was given the chance to get his hands on this game descried as the most vivid experience of his live ever. So you can imagine what it would be like when the final version is ready to launch. When he played the game, it was still in early alpha. So it's only fitting that the game would scarier as it neighs launch.
A good sensible story
Well, considering that it's a horror game, it would only be fitting is there is a good enough intriguing story to support the genre. Horror genre and the story overlap each other. If both elements are not at the same place, you can't expect a horror game to be good. Only a game setting is not enough to scare people off these days. They would scoff at you if you attempt to do something like this. There needs to be a reason to be afraid. And the developers know it better than we do. So, they have a reason to place you in the space. They will tell you why is it that you are here in space and gradually make you care about the characters. Once you do start to care about them, they will start killing them off one by one in the cruelest way possible. That's what they do to make us shudder in fear. They will keep you alive throughout the game but will kill off characters you care about the most. Granted, it's sadistic, but it's also the most effective way to keep you invested in story.
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