Alien: Isolation Releases Today, Brings Survival Horror Back To The Franchise [Launch Trailer]

By Connor Sears , Updated Oct 07, 2014 03:12 PM EDT
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Alien: Isolation launches today for console and PC, and it's changing the way people think about the Alien video game franchise by reintroducing survival horror into the series.

More Than Just The Xenomorph Can Kill You In Alien: Isolation

The launch of the game brings with it two new launch trailers. One, which you can check out below, sets up the story of the game and introduces players to the protagonist Amanda Ripley. The other basically does the same thing while inserting all of the nice things that several game reviewers have said about the game.

Atmospherically, Alien: Isolation tries to connect more with Ridley Scott's original film instead of the Cameron/Fincher films that succeeded it. Instead of focusing on gun-toting marines that are out to kill the Xenomorphs, the player controls Amanda Ripley – daughter of Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley – who is making her way through the Sevastopol space station trying to avoid the creature.

Alien: Isolation's 'Distress' Trailer Reminds You That, In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream

Developed by The Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation features an advanced set of AI mechanics for its Xenomorph enemy. In addition to being able to sense the player by seeing or hearing her, the Alien can also be clued in to the player's presence by seeing an open door that wasn't open before. The player's stealth skills will have to evolve alongside the Xenomorph's hunting ability if they hope to survive the game. The game also includes a crafting mechanic and a complete lack of any heads-up display, adding to the realistic – in terms of science fiction, anyway – feel of the game.

Alien: Isolation is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC systems.

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