Best Xbox One Games #36 – Alien: Isolation
Developer: Creative Assembly
Synopsis: Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, is looking for her mother fifteen years after the original incident. Onboard the Sevastopol is the flight recorder of the Nostromo, notable for mysteriously disappearing ever since the first Alien film up until now. This leads Amanda to board the Nostromo in search for clues of her mother’s whereabouts. Things go awry quickly as both aliens and androids take over the ship. Amanda must use her wits, guile, and an occasional flamethrower to come out the other side alive.
Why it’s one of the 50 best Xbox One games: Unlike Aliens, which focuses more on the action-oriented lens that a lot of movies take today, Alien: Isolation tries to stay faithful to the 70’s movie. Instead of a run-and-gun, team-based shooter that Randy Pitchford will hear about for the rest of his life, here you will see a focus on suspense. Horror and comedy are both genres that require the most precise timing, and the time you spend hiding in vents and crawling away from an intelligent alien changes up the flow of narrative engagement. You will get stressed out in your helpless state, as you must always be keeping on your toes.
Developed as a classic sci-fi experience made for a contemporary audience, Alien: Isolation plays like no other in the horror genre today.
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