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Developer: Creative Assembly
I started playing Alien Isolation in 2014. I haven’t finished playing Alien Isolation. I really think I will – someday. I just need to root out the part of my brain that is so terrified of it. I was really excited at first and then saw xenomorph for the first time and knew I’d joke myself if I thought I’d see the credits. It was perfect, which is why I was so afraid to return.
Alien is probably my favorite horror movie of all time – a stuffy nightmare I put myself into over and over again. love it. But it turns out that I don’t want to be in it. Being trapped in space with a cruel alien killing machine is not in my top 10 dream vacations.
With most horror games, I can get over it. I recently finished Resident Evil 7, despite expecting it to tire me out, and I’m really glad I swallowed my fear. Aside from the boat bit, which is shit. But I’m more afraid of xenomorphs than retarders, even if in real life the latter is likely to kill me. The elegant and hideous Giger monster if it’s the first place my mind goes when I think of horror, is so ingrained that even trash like Colonial Marines, that made them a joke, hasn’t changed that.
So yeah, when I saw that menacing tail and annoying silhouette, I started whimpering loudly. Alien Isolation intelligently prevents the proper xenomorph detection so that the tension builds up for as long as possible, so you’re taut enough to stop when it finally does.
While xenomorph is an impressive video game monster for its dynamism, this first encounter is a scripted movie scene. You focus on the keyboard when it pops out of the air vent, causing you to wander for cover as you pray that you weren’t spotted. His tail hangs dangerously close to you, slips off like a life of his own, and then vanishes. You are safe. So far.
Timing, animation and the feeling that you’ll definitely be seen combine at any moment to create a sequence stuck in my mind. And while the xenomorph doesn’t see you, knowing how close it is, and how it can appear at any time, is actually more of a hassle. It confirms that Alien Isolation is not an alien fighting game; It is a game about hiding from anyone.
I really got over it, maybe I played during its quarter before it finally got nervous, but I still tell people it’s one of my favorite horror games. It’s just too scary for me to finish – of course it belongs on the list.