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Alien Isolation developers the Creative Assembly are ramping up the nostalgia with the game's bonus missions. These two missions will let players relive scenes from the 1979 film Alien.
Warning: the next two paragraphs contain a few spoilers from the movie.
In Alien, a violent extraterrestrial is hunting and killing the crew of a spaceship on its return voyage. "Crew Expendable" begins just after Brett has been killed by the alien. Players must help the other crew members lure the creature toward the ship's airlock. They can play as three characters: Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Dallas (Tom Skerritt) or Parker (Yaphet Kotto).
Unfortunately, the crew members' plan doesn't go too well. The mission "Last Survivor" follows Ellen Ripley as she tries to escape the ship. She must activate the self-destruct sequence of the ship and get to the Narcissus shuttle.
Sounds great, right? Well, here's the downside: these missions are only for pre-order customers. "Crew Expendable" is part of the Nostromo Edition, the $60 package available to anyone who reserves a copy. "Last Survivor," meanwhile, is only available through select retailers. Here in the United States, "Survivor" is exclusive to GameStop.
These missions sound like great bonuses for gamers who were dead set on pre-ordering the game to begin with. It's a shame that pre-orders are the only way to unlock them, though. I get that Sega wants to do whatever they can to maximize pre-sales of their game, but still. People unwilling to put down money on a game before reviews are published are missing out on great extras.
The two Ellen Ripley missions will serve as a prologue of sorts to Alien Isolation's campaign. Isolation stars Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen. She travels to the space station Sevastopol 15 years after the events of the Alien film to find evidence of her mother's whereabouts. When she arrives, though, she finds that the station is infested by the same kind of xenomorph that her mother tangled with.
Most games set in the Alien universe were inspired by the second film, Aliens. Players killed hordes of xenomorphs with pulse rifles and other high-powered weapons. Alien Isolation, however, tries to replicate the claustrophobic horror of Alien. There's only one xenomorph and the player can't just simply shoot it. They're forced to run and hide from the creature. Our own Katy Goodman got some hands-on time with the game at E3 and found it terrifying.
Alien Isolation will launch on PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 7th.