Scariest Enemies in Gaming: Xenomorph

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.

vd_14_Alien-Isolation1This week in the run up to Halloween 2015, we will be exploring six of our favorite enemies in video games that make us turn and run in fear, starting with: The Alien (Alien Isolation).

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.

Artimus Charest-Fulks

Artimus Charest-Fulks

I am a technophile and amateur space archaeologist who has been playing games for longer than I can remember. My fuel is an unwavering passion for the escape and immersion only video games offer. I avoid subscribing to any one specific genre and instead look for enjoyment in all that games have to offer. Whether it's nostalgia in Halo, competitive rivalry in Mario Kart, winning strategies in Civilization, living a fantasy in Mass Effect, or anywhere in-between; if there is fun to be had I will surely find it. Go Leafs!
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Daniel Castro

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Daniel is an engineer, teacher, and freelance writer and translator. He considers himself blessed to be born during the the times video games were created, and has followed their development as an entertainment and artistic media ever since. He loves talking about video games as much as he enjoys playing them, and he's always ready to introduce gaming culture to a newer audience.

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