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Holy Ellen Ripley! Alien: Isolation Reunites The Film’s Original Cast For Bonus Missions

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alien: isolationWhile I’m sick of all these anniversary celebrations popping up for even film ever released, the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s seminal classic Alien has made 2014 quite an exciting year. I seriously thought the recent glut of toy announcements was going to end up being the niftiest way to honor the sci-fi classic, but I was wrong. Sega and The Creative Assembly have gone the whole nine completely unpredictable yards by bringing the original cast back together again to reprise their roles for pre-order DLC for the upcoming video game Alien: Isolation.

If there were any lingering doubts that this game wasn’t going to be superior to the disastrous Aliens: Colonial Marines in every single way, this news just blew them out of the escape hatch.

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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.

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Alien: Isolation Featurette Highlights The Retro World Design

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Alien: Isolation is one of our most anticipated video games of 2014. That’s kind of hard to believe given the Alien franchise’s recent track record when it comes to games, ranging from 2010’s mediocre Aliens vs. Predator to the downright awful Aliens: Colonial Marines from last year. Isolation leaves behind the pulse rifles and jarheads, instead presenting a xenomorph encounter more in keeping with the tone of Ridley Scott’s original Alien, dropping players into the role of a terrified woman being stalked by a single deadly killer alien. And according to the game’s designers, that fidelity to Scott’s lo-fi vision of the future extends throughout every aspect of Isolation.

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Alien: Isolation Will Terrorize You On October 7

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alien-isolation-will-not-be-releasing-on-nintendo-wii-uFrom 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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Alien: Isolation Feature Takes You Behind The Terror

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We’re not going to set foot in Ridley Scott’s Alien universe, at least not cinematically speaking, until March of 2016, when the Prometheus sequel is tentatively scheduled to open. Given the public’s lukewarm reaction—that’s putting it mildly—to the last venture, maybe a wait will provide the necessary time to cleanse our palates. But don’t worry, we’ll get to fool around in that world in different ways until then, most notably with the upcoming video game Alien: Isolation, which seeks to capture the feel and atmosphere of the 1979 original, and put you smack in the middle of the action. This new feature provides some insight into the game, the origins, and the play itself.

Isolation, which drops at some as yet unspecified date in late 2014, fits into the space between Scott’s 1979 classic and James Cameron’s 1986 follow-up, the also classic Aliens. Game play puts you in the point of view of Amanda Ripley, Ellen’s (Sigourney Weaver) daughter who is first mentioned in the director’s cut of Cameron’s film. It’s been 15 years since her mother disappeared, and now a Weyland-Yutani employee, Amanda has located the flight recorder from the Nostromo and is out to find some answers. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that she’s not going to like what she finds.

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Alien: Isolation Drops This Week’s First Creepy Teaser

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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.

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