Alien: Isolation, the new survival horror game set in Ridley Scott’s frightful future has gone gold, meaning that it’s just about ready to ship. This time, instead of an all out-action game it dispenses with shooting and goes for hiding and survival. And though you’re able to wield and shoot guns…it’s something you may not want to do.
Man, there are a lot (technically one metric alot) of games arriving next month. There are even more games that have been delayed because of…stuff. One game that hasn’t been delayed however? Alien: Isolation, which has just gone gold. Time to celebrate an impending horrible death then, with some new video that is all about survival.
You’re all well aware of Aliens: Colonial Marines and the resulting brouhaha around that troubled game. In essence, A:CM was nothing like the game that was promised, with most gamers feeling like they had just received a massive slap in the face with a very small penis. It was quite honestly, one of the biggest flops in gaming since ET: The Video Game. Except this time, Sega and Gearbox are trying to bury one another in court.
As much as I love the chaps over at Gearbox, it’s safe to say that they dropped the ball on Aliens: Colonial Marines. The game was simply terrible, and left many, many people properly pissed off. And it’s a game which has also made buggerall cash for the developer.
Gaming isn’t exactly the cheapest hobby. Whether you are PC or Console, it still requires an investment of a few thousand Rands just to get started. What about the games? Forget sales and discounts, full priced titles are a rip off, A RIP OFF I TELL YOU! Are they really though? This 90’s Toys ‘R” Us advert certainly puts things into perspective.
Come October, you’re going to feel a strange sensation in your chest, as your wallet decides to burst through and spray everyone around you with money in the build-up to the gaming festive season. An apt metaphor I reckon, because that’s when you’ll see Alien: Isolation released.
If I had to be stuck in a room with a horror movie icon, I’d gladly take Pinhead, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger or Barney the Dinosaur. Those forces of evil can at least be outsmarted. But the good ol’ Xenomorph, more commonly known as the Alien? That’s the kind of situation that’d make me start shouting GAME OVER MAN! And the creature in Alien: Isolation looks terrifying.
I don’t need to tell you how awesome the Dreamcast was, because chances are, someone already has. But it’s the fortnightly feature Retro Wednesday so it is my job - no, my destiny - to tell you of the Dreamcast and its rather tragic history.
I told you recently that there was a new Sonic game on the horizon, that would be coming to the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony. That was a lie. There is indeed a new Sonic coming soon, but it’s still bound to Nintendo platforms. It’s made by a bunch of ex-Naughty Dog staff and it looks…odd. What on earth have they done to Knuckles?
In April 2013, gamers faced true horror when they attempted to play through the bug-riddled mess of bad ideas and lies known as Alien: Colonial Marines. Obviously, something needed to be done with the Alien license to make it actually worth playing again. And that’s where developer Creative Assembly comes in, with Alien: Isolation.
In 2007, something inconceivable happened: platform mascots Mario and Sonic joined forces as the champions of their very own crossover game, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – a collection of sport-centric minigames. It did well enough to spawn an entire franchise; the thing is now a biennial staple to celebrate both the Summer and Winter games.
I love platformers; they’re probably my very favourite sort of games. I grew up playing Mario, Adventure Island and just about every other game that involved jumping in and on things. I, rather naturally, have an old love for Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s been whittled away over the years, following bad Sonic game after bad Sonic game. 2010’s Sonic Colors and even the more recent Generations very nearly made me a believer again, rekindling a bit of the old fire. Sonic: Lost World for the Wii U has undone it all – leaving nothing but pure, festering hate for the blue spiny bastard
It's been twenty years since I first encountered Sonic the Hedgehog, his buddy Tails and the vile villain Dr Robotnik (currently operating under the alias, Dr Eggman). It's hard not to judge SEGA's latest iteration of Sonic via a healthy dose of nostalgia and two decades worth of platform gaming experience. But, nostalgia made me more sympathetic towards the speeding blue hedgehog's latest adventure.
If I had to compile a list of some of the worst games released this year, Aliens: Colonial Marines would be at the top of that list. That game is just a terrible lie and a waste of time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it killed off future titles based on that franchise. But in space, no one can hear you spin-off.