Alien: Isolation E3 Gameplay Trailer Will Have You Cowering In Fear And Saliva

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Think back on your life and imagine the most trapped you’ve ever been. Guess what? It doesn’t mean shit, because you weren’t trapped on a spaceship with an angry xenomorph. And you still won’t be until this fall, when Sega releases The Creative Assembly’s first-person survival horror game Alien: Isolation, which made it to this week’s E3 gaming event in L.A. by way of a new gameplay trailer. I’m finding it hard not to put all my chestburster eggs in one basket here, hoping that this is the epitome of movie tie-in games.

But there’s an easy way to buoy one’s hopes, and it’s right there at the beginning of the trailer, in the form of a disclaimer saying this is “pre-release footage” and that it “represents a work in progress,” so that no one can go apeshit bashing it like people did when the criminally awful Aliens: Colonial Marines came out, negatively defying expectations by being a severely downgraded experience from what was promised by the trailers. We’re pretty confident everyone has learned from that mistake, but the disclaimer is still a fresh scab.

But enough about wariness. Let’s talk about why this trailer is awesome. One, the title screen is made to look like a VHS tape with questionable tracking. Two, everything about this Alien: Isolation just looks gorgeous, and even though the gameplay is predictably less sharp than the cut scenes, the bar is set really, really high here. Three, the game is essentially the best part of any Alien movie: when the character is quietly trying to get away from the giant, saliva-slopping alien beast. I admittedly don’t have time to get into video games like I used to, but I’m more than willing to ignore all of you for a day or two while I marathon my way through this.

Alien: Isolation centers on Amanda Ripley, daughter of franchise heroine Ellen Ripley, who is on a mission to a space station where the flight recorder from Ripley’s vessel, the Nostromo, is being kept. But there’s an alien on board as well, of course. Refreshingly, there is only the one alien enemy, who hunts players down using sight, smell, and sound, and which is able to seemingly adapt to the gameplay. Players must rely on stealth tactics and a variety of other tricks to escape the alien so that the mission can continue. Plus, you can create your own weapons, although those can only be used against non-alien threats. Because yes, there are some other characters involved. Check out the video below, which introduces the cast and the way the performances were captured for the game.

Alien: Isolation will hit stores on October 7. Will it be closer to Ridley Scott’s original film or Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection? Let us know what you think in the comments.


  1. Hughie Jeanveau says:

    This looks awesome. The Alien films are the only horror movies that were able to and can still give me nightmares at times. This and a few other trailers for this game give me the feel of the original movies. In one of the other video’s on this game from the E3 yesterday, the person is hiding behind a desk and moves to shoot something across a room so the alien would go check it out. Then they hurry up down the hall and find a cabinet, I believe, and hide in it as the alien gets closer and comes into the room. You can see the steam (or whatever it is) come from the aliens mouth as it is looking for you while you are quiet on the cabinet. It really gave me the chills. I really am looking forward to this one. 🙂