From everything we’ve seen, Alien: Isolation is going to be one hell of a video game when it finally hits later this year. While fans have been excited about this release, and had a vague idea of when the game will come out, it’s just been a rough idea. Well now you can stop your worrying and circle a concrete date on your calendar. Alien: Isolation hits store shelves on October 7 of this year.
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One of the reasons we love science fiction is because there’s no shortage of strong, dynamic, fascinating female characters kicking around the galaxy, a trait that isn’t always a given in other genres. Iconic characters like Ripley and Sarah Connor have become the bar by which most other female heroines are measured against, but thankfully sci-fi doesn’t limit its badass females strictly to the most obvious form of badassery. Our favorite sci-fi heroines might have what it takes to field-strip a pulse rifle, or they might have the fortitude to lead a desperate fleet of mankind’s remnants across the stars to a new home. They might be able to take down multiple murderous cyborgs, or they might have the courage to serve as inspiration for revolution against an oppressive government.
When it came time for us to pick out favorite female characters from science fiction film and television, the task was more than daunting. After several rounds of voting, arguing, throwing things, and threats of blackmail, we finally whittled our list down to 19, our picks for the very best, most interesting, most compelling, most badass female characters the genre has had to offer across film and TV. We’re listing them in alphabetical order by last name, but it’s strangely appropriate who wound up as number one regardless…
We’re not going to get to the chance to play Alien: Isolation, the new video game set in the Alien universe, until later this year, but we’re going to be seeing a hell of a lot from the game over the course of the next week. The developers, Creative Assembly, have had so much success, so much positive response, with all of their previous reveals that they decided that this week they’re going to unveil a new teaser for the highly-anticipated game each and every day. And Monday’s has arrived in the form of a short, but spooky video.
The Vine phenomenon has largely passed me by because I’m lazy, hate being that dick with his phone out all the time, and I haven’t really figured out how to do much with it besides check Twitter at work. That said, it’s been put to good use on occasion, like with that eerie video David Lynch released, and this promo is another instance of that. The choppy footage is full of creepy images of the alien, looming shadows, and a slightly out of focus hallway that makes you feel like you’re right there, about to torn apart by a xenomorph.
Those of you who’ve been counting know that Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic Alien turns 35-years-old in 2014. And if you’re wondering, yes, it is still just as amazing as it ever was. And so is the sequel. To mark the occasion, Twentieth Century Fox if pulling out all of the stops to celebrate, teaming up with a bunch of different companies to bring out a variety of cool stuff for you to drool over and add to your collection.
Some of the items that will be released include videogames, action figures, other toys, comics, and even a giant freakin’ bust of the Big Chap alien. How awesome is that? Just imagine your buddies all coming over and sitting smack in the middle of your coffee table is a damn xenomorph.
Prometheus may not have been the triumphant return to Ridley Scott’ s Alien universe that we all had hoped, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to go back, and if we get to hang out with Ripley in the process, so much the better. This is exactly what we get in the new novel Alien: Out of the Shadows, which hits bookstores tomorrow, January 28. Below you’ll find an excerpt from the upcoming book, and while it isn’t super long, it may be enough to convince you one way or another if you’re interested in picking it up.
Written by Tim Lebbon (30 Days of Night: Fear of the Dark, Cabin in the Woods novelization), this clip comes from Hero Complex. Out of the Shadows is an “officially sanctioned” entry into the Alien cannon, bridging the gap between Scott’s 1979 film and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens. Check out the excerpt for yourself, and we can talk about it further down below.
We’ve heard rumors about it since last year, but the new video game based on Ridley Scott’s Alien world, Alien: Isolation, is indeed coming down the pipeline. A creepy announcement trailer hit a few weeks ago, and that go our attention, but now Creative Assembly, the folks behind the game, have released a ton of new screenshots from the game, and they look pretty damn good.
These still images give you a good idea of the feel of the first-person POV game. What they do especially well is capture the feeling of isolation and the eerie atmosphere as you track the aliens through the empty passageways of your space ship. That weird little robot alone, which appears to be a child’s toy, is enough to give you the willies as it pops up again and again. I’m just imagining a scene where it goes off and the noise alarms you, and just as you start to breathe normal again, a nasty extraterrestrial monster shows up to ruin your day.