When Androids Attack: Alien – Isolation

By Adam Smith on June 10th, 2014 at 3:40 pm.

Edit: Oculus Rift support confirmed for maximum trouser-spoiling.

Cat’s out of the bag (sorry Jones) – there are synthetic and human enemies in Alien: Isolation! We knew but we hadn’t seen them until now. That Sega and Creative Assembly would finally show this to be the case was one of Alice’s hopes/predictions for E3 so she’s currently gloating in the chatroom. It’ll all come to pass soon though, world-eating Gabe and the rest. Much as I like the idea of fleeing and hiding from a single monster, the tension might be difficult to sustain over anything longer than an hour or so. That’s why Isolation has (apparently randomly placed) humans and synths. The latter, pleasingly, won’t scrap with the alien, querying its actions politely, while humans can be used as bait/distractions if the right tools are in place to attract ol’ xeno.

As Alice said, those synthetics could be the natural evolution of System Shock 2’s protocol droids. That makes me very very unhappy in the most delightful way. Excitement undiminished, I am hugely excited about this game. The look and the sound alone are a treat for any sensible human being who recognises Alien as the greatest sci-fi/horror film of all time.

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  1. Penguin_Factory says:

    Man I am digging the ever-loving *fuck* out of that 1980s sci-fi aesthetic.

  2. The Random One says:

    God dammit, Alice.

  3. SillyWizard says:

    Something about that voice actress didn’t do it for me.

  4. Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

    What was with that game about moonbase exploration? I forgot the name of the game, but all you need to know – it had a VHS tape… Or was it floppy?

    Damn, anyone could please suggest the title?

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      Routine

      • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

        Thank you.

        UPD.
        Oh, so it hasn’t been released yet? Thought I’ve just skipped the day.

  5. hamburger_cheesedoodle says:

    Why did you have to mention the SS2 protocol droids!? Now I’m all jittery and uncomfortable. The first time I played SS2 (about three months ago) I just sat there huddled behind some boxes for like 10 minutes straight. They scare the daylights out of me, not sure why.

  6. HisDivineOrder says:

    She has weapons.

    Game over, man. That’s game over!

    • Invisty says:

      I get the impression it’s more a “keep away from me” weapon than a “kill all the aliens” weapon, like in the Aliens film.

      Well, I certainly hope that’s the case – it would make for an interesting mechanic.

  7. evileeyore says:

    What a regressive attitude.

  8. akstro says:

    1980s would like an interview with you.

  9. Maxheadroom says:

    He’s just trolling. No one could be ‘that’ narrow minded.

    *edit* Yup, Troll. Just googled “johncage” & “rockpapershotgun” while waiting for the kettle to boil. He seems almost incapable of posting a comment without using the words ‘Retard’ or ‘Moron’ and amusingly I’m not the first person to refer to him as narrow minded either :)