With 2012’s Prometheus rebooting the Alien movie franchise for a new generation, a video game recalling the roots of the film seems like a no-brainer. But Sega released Aliens: Colonial Marines in 2013 to poor reviews and fans feared a second round of disappointment with Alien: Isolation, Sega’s survival horror game based on the original Alien film of 1979. But a spectacular set of trailers and play tests at this summer’s E3 games show in Los Angeles have put all doubts aside.
Playing as Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s four-film leading-lady Ellen Ripley, you find yourself on a giant spaceship, searching for the reasons behind your mother’s disappearance. Very quickly, those reasons become apparent, and they’ve got acid for blood and teeth within teeth. What the game’s British developer, The Creative Assembly, has done brilliantly is create a ‘low-fi sci-fi’ feel – like you’re in a space movie 35 years ago.
Musicians who soundtracked Alien the film worked on the score of the game. But this is no exercise in retro gaming, it’s a work of atmospheric adventure with a permanent pulse of heart-pumping dread. Out on October 7 for both PlayStations, PC and both Xboxes.
UP NEXT - A few games to look out for on the consoles of your choice over the next few months.
Ideal Holmes: You are the world’s greatest detective
It may come as a surprise to learn that the new Sherlock Holmes game, subtitled Crimes and Punishments, is the 10th in a series that began in 2002. This offers more of the same – brain-puzzling detection in 19th-century London – and something new: it’s inspired by the new BBC TV show, Sherlock. Out September 4 for consoles and PC.
Hack job: Link and Zelda make a sword point in Hyrule Warriors
The Legend of Zelda series is deep. Dynasty Warriors games are the opposite: flashy gameplay that pits your guy against multiple enemies, and the one-man attack usually wins. Combine them and you get the best-of-both worlds Hyrule Warriors (out on September 19), a blast of a battle game and the best new title on Wii U.