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Alien: Isolation launch trailer warns that some things are better left lost

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Alien: Isolation came out today, but reviews have been kicking around since last week—ours is here—and so the odds are are good that you've already decided whether or not this game belongs on your must-buy list. But if you're somehow still on the fence and looking for something to give you a push one way or the other, this launch trailer could be just the thing.

The video is a bit light on gameplay, although we'll have that base covered for you tomorrow with in-game footage taken from our Large Pixel Collider. But if you're looking for Alien—the terror of being trapped in a dark, decrepit cage with a perfect, unstoppable killing machine—then I think it very much satisfies.

Most Alien games are actually Aliens, which is an important distinction, because the presence of that "s" affords players the means to fight back. Alien: Isolation is a different beast entirely because, as our review notes, it's "the first game—and it’s amazing it’s taken this long—to make H.R. Giger’s alien every bit as formidable and intimidating as it is in the films." I'd add that it's almost as amazing that it took a studio best known for making grand strategy games to put together a proper Alien experience.

Alien: Isolation is out now.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.