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Video game strikes fear in the scariest season of the year

Casey Sanders —

The season of everything spooky is upon us. Haunted houses are popping up all across the country and scary movie marathons appear on most television channels. This season, there is something new lingering, waiting for everyone to spend $60 on for a truly terrifying experience.

This new thing that is lingering around is the video game, “Alien: Isolation,” a new first-person, horror, survival game released earlier this month.

The game is based on the “Alien” movies from the the 1980’s and is a new kind of terrifying experience for the gaming community. It’s also the perfect way to kick off the Halloween season. “Alien: Isolation” has redefined the way survival is seen in the video game world because it is the first true survival game to be released for current generation consoles.

Players roleplay as Ellen Ripley, the daughter of Amanda Ripley from the first “Alien” movie, Players are on a mission to find out what exactly happened to their mother 15 years ago. They board the spacecraft that has all the information they’re looking for, and all the horror begins to show itself.

Players begin to encounter hostile humans and androids throughout the game that can be dispatched with some work because of the lack of weaponry they have available. These enemies cower in comparison to the real threat that is following the players, waiting to strike at any moment.

A single alien stalkes players throughout the game.  They never know when it will attack and it is invincible.  They can’t kill it.

The game is very easy to become immersed in, and the alien does not operate on a pattern system. That means players are constantly on edge because they are looking from their own point of view, but waiting to die because this alien learns. Its one of the first games to use an unpredictable Artificial Intelligence system in order to make a truly scary experience for players.

With a 9.3 out of 10 rating on Gamestop.com, this game is guaranteed to have you sitting at the edge of your seat. If you are a thrill-seeker looking for something new in the world of horror, “Alien: Isolation” is a must.