An Alien game worth waiting for?

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I didn’t think Alien: Colonial Marines was the game for me. The title itself was telegraphing first person shooting and lots of it. Alien: Isolation looks to be channeling the first Alien movie with suspenseful moments and a single xenomorph to torment the player.

Drawing inspiration from games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a huge plus in my books but at the same time I think it’s a detriment. I enjoyed Amnesia for what it was. Eventually the scares wore off but I was okay with it because I didn’t pay $60. It was also relatively short which worked in its favor.

Alien: Isolation will likely be a $60 for a single player title and I don’t know how they can justify that price tag for a title that should be short and sweet.

Alien: Isolation is slated for a Q4 2014 release for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Review

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I shivered. I was startled. I felt goosebumps. I even saw fit to stop playing after feeling the game’s oppressive atmosphere for long periods of time.

I was scared.

No other horror game of any kind has ever done that to me. Not Resident Evil. Not Silent Hill. Not Dead Space. Not even Siren: Blood Curse which I thought was pretty damn creepy. Frictional Games’ Amnesia: The Dark Descent was no joke. It was one of the scariest games I’ve ever played.

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Checkpoint: Halloween 2010 Gaming Edition

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I don’t normally do anything for Halloween. I’m part of the contingent of people who simply enjoys the cheap candy on November 1st. But this year is a bit different. I’m actually playing some horror themed games in celebration of this “holiday”.

Thanks to digital distribution sales and other October releases, I’m playing three games which could be considered Halloween games.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – It’s growing on me. The second chapter was rough, but I’m enjoying it more and more as I march forward. It still has issues, but it also has vampires, werewolves and ghouls which makes it thematically relevant. It’s not very scary though.

Limbo – I didn’t want to pick this up so soon. I wanted to wait for an Xbox Live! Arcade sale. But my bro wanted this game (along with Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light and the Alan Wake: The Writer DLC) for our “2400 MS games list”. It is a creepy game. Minimalist and gruesome.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent – I picked this up at GamersGate’s $9.99 sale. This is one of the most unsettling games I’ve played. You don’t see many monsters here; it’s all psychological. If you’re a fan of being scared by what seems like “nothing” then this game is for you. It sends shivers all over just thinking about it. (If only it would stop crashing.)

And those are my Halloween games! From thematic to moody to scary. Lots of variety this year. Who knows? Maybe this will become and annual thing for me if more games like these line up.