Top positive review
18 October 2015
This is a genuinely outstanding game. I find I'm increasingly hard to impress, but this really does on so many levels. Playing on hard, I loved that it was a challenge, right from the beginning. When you finally get your first weapon, it's all but useless against the brilliant androids, and I really felt I earned the later weapons. There's a curve and progression to the game. Just when you think you can't bear the hide-and-seek with the Alien any more, the plot arranges you a brief spell of safety from it - but weirdly the environment and the androids keep up the almost constant fear even then. When you finally amass weaponry that is useful against the androids, there's real exhilaration in being able to destroy them! Short-lived though, because making noise is dangerous!
The graphics in this game are very impressive, and probably the best I've seen. Quality of textures and lighting is first-class, I stopped often just to admire the details: every inch of the game seems lovingly created - even underneath desks! I wondered what the game engine was, as it seemed a step up from anything I'd seen, and discovered they'd programmed their own custom engine - it really shows.
The sound and music are astounding, and a big reason for the terrifying experience. They've cleverly woven in extracts and influences from Goldsmith's excellent score.
It's really only the humans that are a little weak. The voice acting isn't all great, and the mouths don't move when someone speaks in game. The first cut scene seemed jittery and the sound wasn't terribly well synced, but I think this was just a one-off.
Genuinely a masterpiece in my opinion.