Alien: Isolation review

Alien Isolation Screen 5

Marooned on a remote space station with a gaggle of crazed survivors, politely murderous androids and a single adult xenomorph, your task is simply to survive.

Like The Last Of Us, Isolation involves scavenging and hiding, nursing your precious few bullets for when they really matter, and spending the rest of your time cowering underneath desks or in air vents. The oppressive atmosphere and wonderfully retro-futuristic technology are ripped straight from the first Alien film. It’s a masterclass in tense, desperate survival horror.

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Nick Gillett, for The Guardian on Saturday 11th October 2014 06.00 Europe/London

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