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6:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Mod tools for Total War: Rome II are now in beta

Total War: Rome II was one of the games I'm kicking myself for passing over in 2013; I didn't think I was going to be able to commit to a vast strategy game in a series that has shown me no mercy in the past. However, the new...

Alasdair Duncan

4:15 PM on 01.14.2014

Here's how Creative Assembly landed Alien: Isolation

When the rumors first got out that Creative Assembly was working on Alien: Isolation, I wasn't concerned so much as I was curious how the studio landed the project. Alistair Hope and Jude Bond spoke about exactly that in an i...

Jordan Devore



CES News, Alien: Isolation, Evolve & IGF Nominees! photo
CES News, Alien: Isolation, Evolve & IGF Nominees!
by Max Scoville



Whoa, it's 2014! What do you know! Well, here's what we know: Sony has detailed PlayStation Now, the Gaikai streaming plan, Valve has showed off fourteen different Steam Boxes and Dale got to play with that funky new controller. The Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 both sold a few million units in a few short months, and that rumored Alien: Isolation game is a real, actual thing that sounds friggin' scary. We don't know much about it yet, but there's also Evolve. Finally, the IGF award nominees have been announced!

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8:00 PM on 01.07.2014

Creative Assembly talks about goals for Alien: Isolation

We've already talked a lot about Alien: Isolation today. Like, so much. We've shared the game's announcement, a hands-on preview, and what Isolation has in common with Colonial Marines.  So, we're going t...

Brett Makedonski



Alien: Isolation captures the mood of Ridley Scott's film photo
Alien: Isolation captures the mood of Ridley Scott's film
by Brett Makedonski

Have you ever been hunted? I haven't (in a videogame or, thankfully, real life). Some games make veiled attempts to simulate the sense, but as long as you learn and know the correct order of operations, they usually don't take much to best. Alien: Isolation made me feel as if I was being hunted for the first time ever. It competently thrusts you into the role of the prey, and as a result, it is completely f*cking terrifying.

Before my 40 minute hands-on demo with Isolation, key developers from Creative Assembly gave a very short briefing on the studio's intentions with the game. First and foremost, it wanted to get back to the roots of survival horror by making a game based on the original survivor horror movie, Ridley Scott's Alien. In the developers' eyes, the best way to do this was to "re-Alien the Alien."

What they meant by this is that they wanted players to always have the Xenomorph on their minds, regardless of the situation. A "low frequency, high impact" approach to brushes with the Alien was their aim. They cited Hannibal and Jaws -- two fixtures of horror movie culture -- as examples of incredibly effective characters despite having very little screen time. However, perhaps their most effective strategy to re-Aliening the Alien is including only one Xenomorph in Isolation.

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Alien: Isolation is nothing like Colonial Marines photo
Alien: Isolation is nothing like Colonial Marines
by Brett Makedonski

There we were. The same notion on everyone’s mind, whether they liked it or not. Members of the press conflicted in their reluctant eagerness to address, key developers dreading the topic altogether. It clouded the air, enough to make everyone slightly uncomfortable with its inevitability. It was the Xenomorph-impregnated elephant in the room.

How did the reaction to Aliens: Colonial Marines affect your work on Alien: Isolation?”

I’ll be the first to admit – the question is wholly unfair. Creative Assembly has been working on Isolation for more than three years now. It had a very distinct vision for its game long before anyone knew how Colonial Marines would turn out. Still, it needed to be asked. Fair or not, Isolation will be directly compared to Colonial Marines by both critics and fans alike.

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Alien: Isolation is the new game in the Alien franchise photo
Alien: Isolation is the new game in the Alien franchise
by Brett Makedonski

After months of rampant Internet speculation, Sega has finally revealed that Alien: Isolation is the new title in the Alien(s) franchise, and that it's being developed by Creative Assembly, the studio behind the Total War series. True to its non-plural namesake, Isolation will be a survival horror game in the same vein as Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece.

Alien: Isolation tells the story of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of the movie series' protagonist, Ellen Ripley. Amanda has been plagued since childhood by the mysterious disappearance of her mother after the loss of the Nostromo. Amanda, now a Weyland-Yutani employee herself, is tipped off that a space station has recovered the audio log detailing the events of the Nostromo. She journeys with a team to the space station, only to find that a Xenomorph has gotten there first and is wreaking havoc.

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1:00 PM on 12.13.2013

Four Alien: Isolation screenshots have surfaced

The Alien game rumored to be in development at Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation, has gone through another leak following a pair of images getting out earlier this week. I hate to say it, but the disastrous Aliens: Colonial...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 12.09.2013

Alien: Isolation art seems to show Ripley's daughter

Artwork for the trademarked but not-officially-announced Alien: Isolation has been discovered by NeoGAF. In addition to the image above, there's what looks to be the game's box art, viewable below. It's a miniscule picture, b...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 12.02.2013

Total War: Rome II is getting an expansion soon

Total War: Rome II will be getting an expansion, called Caesar in Gaul. This new campaign will focus around Caesar and the Gallic War, and the campaign will feature seasons with weather effects. New units will be added to the...

Joshua Derocher

11:45 AM on 11.08.2013

Total War: Rome II coming out for SteamOS early 2014

Valve and Creative Assembly are plotting to release Total War: Rome II on SteamOS and Linux early next year. Along with the port to Linux, they will add support for the Steam Controller. Rob Bartholomew, the brand direct...

Joshua Derocher

12:45 PM on 11.07.2013

Steam sale: Devolver Digital, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

There are a number of separate Steam deals going on this weekend and with the big holiday sale seemingly not happening until at least mid-December, I ... oh. My money's already gone. Ubisoft has discounted Call of Juarez: Gun...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 10.30.2013

Total War: Rome II is getting gory but it'll cost you

That man seems to have lost his head. Welp. Tomorrow, Total War: Rome II is getting its Blood & Gore DLC which adds a whole mess of gruesome effects to the game. It's unfortunate that this is a $2.99 download as opposed t...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 10.21.2013

New Alien game to star Ripley's daughter

Not deterred by Aliens: Colonial Marines, SEGA is moving forward on another Aliens game, Kotaku reports. Alien: Isolation is meant to release on current and next gen consoles, and stars Amanda Ripley, daughter of series prota...

Steven Hansen



Review: Total War: Rome II photo
Review: Total War: Rome II
by Josh Tolentino

Picture, in your mind's eye, a testudo.

If you're up on your Roman history, you'll know that I'm referring to that ancient Roman formation in which soldiers tightly align their shields to protect themselves from every angle as they advance. Even without the immortalizing effect of Asterix comics, the testudo remains an enduring icon of Roman military power, but it also serves as an apt analogy for the state of Total War: Rome II.

Indeed, the testudo is large, densely-packed, deadly effective, glorious to behold, and in the heat of battle, seemingly unassailable. At the same time, the testudo -- and Rome II like it -- is slow to move, unwieldy, and when scrutinized closely, reveals a number of vulnerabilities and gaps in the defense.

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12:30 PM on 09.05.2013

First Total War: Rome II patch coming on Friday

Less than a week after its release, Total War: Rome II is getting its first patch on Friday. This will be aimed at fixing bugs and crashes, as well as some gameplay balancing tweaks. Patch notes aren't currently available, bu...

Joshua Derocher