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Published on September 8th, 2014 | by gareth


Alternate Map: Alien Isolation Hands On At PAX Prime 2014

During our coverage of PAX Prime 2014, I was able to get more hands on time with the upcoming Alien Isolation. I had played the game at E3 and covered it at San Diego Comic Con, but this time I was able to have an extended play session on a new map. I had previously played a survival run where the Alien had me pinned in a storage area almost from the start.

This time out I was able to explore a bit with the Alien not making an appearance and I was captivated by the incredible attention to detail really made me think that I had stepped into the film series. While exploring I made sure to keep an eye on my motion tracker for any unwanted visitors as I was armed only with a wrench.

The mission had me moving along dark corridors as I made my way to a central station to restore power. As I moved through several rooms and ducked into lockers I kept wondering where the Alien was as I knew it would be lurking. When I powered up the systems, a cut scene started that showed the creature pouring itself from a vent similar to the T-1000 in “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”.

Amanda took cover under a console and the Alien teased her by probing near her with it’s tail before fleeing from the room.

I made my way to a dark corridor and noted that I was stuck as the creature was on the main walkway and had a sealed door to the right and a long open corridor to the left. I had hoped that I had a chance to cut a lock with my welder as I had earlier to open a door, but something told me that Mr. Teeth was not going to wait for me to open a new door so it could go off and explore.

Pacing in a short hallway, I ducked from hiding when the creature went away from me as I had hoped a locker would be near as according to the map I was not far from my exit.

Sadly there was no locker to provide me a safe hiding area when I emerged from my hiding area and the angry hiss behind me indicated that the creature was in hot pursuit. I attempted to outrun the creature when the exit was in sight and lacking any place for cover it was my only hope.

Sadly a spike tail through the stomach ended my mission but I had gone almost to the end of the level as the desired room tauntingly loomed before me.

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Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”.He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show.He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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