Pre-order Alien: Isolation, Play As Ellen Ripley

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 10, 2014 in Cinema, Videogames |

Alien: Isolation

Sega is putting fans of Alien in a very awkward position right now. They’re publishing Alien: Isolation, a game that promises to emulate the first movie’s horror and tension instead of taking its cues from Aliens. Now, you can pre-order anywhere and get upgraded to the Nostromo Edition, which includes a bonus mission, “Crew Expendable.” The mission will feature Sigourney Weever and other original cast from the film and let you play as Ellen Ripley, Dallas, or Parker as they try to lure the xenomorph to the airlock after Brett’s death. If you preorder from Gamestop, you also get “Last Survivor,” which has Ripley trying to escape on the Narcissus during the film’s climax. Those missions sound great, but that’s not the problem.

The issue here is that the last game in the franchise, Aliens: Colonial Marines, used empty promises, fake gameplay, and false advertising to advertise a fantastic game that would live up to Aliens‘ fans expectations and sort of be a new Alien 3 in terms of canon. People pre-ordered the game in droves, and the finished product was a short, amateurish disappointment. This should have severely turned off those people from pre-ordering a game, much less another Alien game, before reading reviews about the finished product.

And yet Sega wants fans to have faith and put down their money after abusing that faith last year. I think that’s a lot to ask from fans. Hopefully, these missions are offered as affordable DLC down the line, because we should not be pre-ordering and encouraging these tactics.

At least this trailer is cool?

Source: IGN

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