As far as games that hit the short, Alien: Isolation is right up there. All you need for the best Alien game ever is a massive atmospheric space station, some humans and androids, and one very deadly Alien chasing you from start to finish. With all that said, after the first film the problem of a sequel arose and, as urban legend has it, James Cameron’s solution was to go to the ideas board and simply add an “s” to “Alien”.
Such is the way with Aliens: Isolation, by modder Zyr0511a pack of mods that do pretty much the same thing (thank you, PCGN). It aims to make the game even more gruesome and challenging than it already is, as well as adding a slew of visual and AI mods that further enhance the pants-wetting potential. It has three ways to play which seem to range from “very deadly” to “you’ll die mate”.
The lite configuration only adds 2-3 more aliens. The standard setting adds 2-5 more aliens with enhanced senses that now spawn in rarefied zones, seek you out in ducts, follow you more effectively when you flee, with the only saving grace being that you can take them out with gunfire.
We’re all here for true nightmare mode, obviously, which increases the alien AI to its maximum level, adds 2-5 at any time, further enhances the senses of the xenomorphs, makes them generally react faster and able to chase you more. effectively, and they do more damage. Most amazingly, this mode adds an even bigger threat than the aliens: the working joe androids can now run and, according to the notes, “Warning them will be worse than facing 5 aliens”. You know, I think I’d probably rather be killed by an alien than a working joe. Feels less humiliating.
Alien: Isolation remains one of the best licensed games ever made and, unfortunately, we will never get a sequel to it: much of the key talent left Creative Assembly after its completion, and the studio now beavering away in his own science fiction project. As for the Alien series, unfortunately the recent video games have reverted to type, the most recent example being Aliens: Fireteam, which was okay but nothing next to taking Isolation.