Halloween is a special time of year when many people celebrate all that is terrifying and horrible. As with other entertainment mediums gaming has its fair share of horror games and frightening characters. Some games are specifically intended to frighten the player as a core experience, where others have unnerving elements purely by happenstance. Some of these occurrences take the form of jump scares in a specific scene or even an entire level in an otherwise tame story.
Previous video game interactions based on the iconic Xenomorph from the 1979 film had you killing them in mass in order to achieve to your next objective, but the Alien depicted in Alien Isolation is entirely on a different league. You can’t kill this one. Instead the best you can do is hide and try to outsmart its instincts, because when it does find you, you’re as good as dead.
The Alien in this game is everything you don’t want to have around if you’re wandering the claustrophobically confined corridors of a space station: it’s agile, relentless, cunning, and it’s packed with sharp claws and teeth, with a secondary mouth instead of a tongue that is full of even more teeth.
Of course you won’t see much of that though, because if you do… you’re pretty much done and back to the nearest checkpoint.