Alien: Isolation trailer highlights survival focus

The last Aliens game was apparently pretty horrible. Colonial Marines essentially has a failing grade on Metacritic, with a 45 critic score and a 3.4 user rating. (Don't ask 'em why the critic scores are out of 100 but the user ones are out of 10.) The next chapter in the franchise looks more promising, though. It's called Alien: Isolation, and the E3 gameplay trailer gives me goosebumps.

The trailer only has a few snippets of actual gameplay, but it sets the tone nicely. Alien: Isolation is more survival horror than first-person shooter.

This video from Outside Xbox shows longer stretches of the game, complete with commentary from creative lead Al Hope. Seems like players will spend more time running and hiding from the alien rather than fighting it. The creature's movements are 90% unscripted, Outside Xbox says, and the alien reportedly can't be killed—though it can be distracted with various gadgets. The roaming androids appear to be more vulnerable, and they don't look particularly friendly.

Alien: Isolation is coming to the PC and consoles on October 7. The studio behind Colonial Marines isn't contributing to the development, so I'm cautiously optimistic that the next chapter in the Aliens franchise will turn out better than the last one.

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