Alien: Isolation is developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega in October 2014. It runs in the platforms Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3 and 4, Xbox One and 360, Linux, and OS X. It runs on single-player mode only and is based on the science fiction horror film franchise Alien.
The game’s plot is set 15 years, in 2137 exactly, after the 1979 Ridley Scott film Alien was set. The main character to be played is Amanda Ripley, daughter of the protagonist in the film Ellen Ripley. The plot follows the story of Amanda’s attempt to find closure to the fate of her mother. She was informed that the flight recorder of the Nostromo, the spacecraft that disappeared 15 years ago, has been found in is being held on board in Sevastopol, a space station in orbit around KG348. Together with Christopher Samuels, an Android, and Nina Taylor, they traveled to the space station only to find out it was severely damaged. Even more unfortunate, their EVA line was severed and Ripley was forced to enter the station by herself.
The gameplay is a combination of survival horror, stealth, and action-adventure. From a first-person perspective, the player will control the protagonist Amanda Ripley. Various objectives and goals are given to advance through the game including defeating human occupants and hostile androids. There are various and wide-ranging objectives per level which can include activating computers, collecting certain items, or reaching a specific area in the environment.
Other than the mentioned obstacles, the game also features a single alien creature that will pursue the player all through the course of the game. Unlike the other opponents, this certain creature cannot be defeated thus entailing the player to use stealth tactics for survival. The character is designed to allow for running, climbing ladders, sneaking into vents, crouching and hiding behind objects, peeking over, and leaning around to gain a view of surroundings. A flashlight and a motion tracker are also available for the player’s view to detect Alien movements. The sound and light, however, can also mean an easy detection by the alien.
Weapons are also available for use. As the game progresses, four different kinds of weapons are gained and introduced to the player: the revolver, the shotgun, the bolt gun, and the flamethrower. Crafting of weapons is also possible by collecting schematics and various materials all over the environment. These include EMP mines, noisemakers, Molotov cocktails, and pipe bombs among others. Different weapons entail different ways of defeating enemies or even attracting. There is an unlimited amount of ammunition available. However, the player has a limited amount of health. Medkits can be crafted to be able to restore it.
The space station has various sections connected by trams and elevators. Sections have a set of rooms each having doors of their own. Sometimes opening these require keycards, passwords, or hacking them both electronically and physically. There are available computer terminals on the game as well that can be used to trigger actions to the spacecraft and an automap is provided for navigation.