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Is-elated: Alien Isolation surpassed my expectations, approached my wildest hopes photo
Is-elated: Alien Isolation surpassed my expectations, approached my wildest hopes
by Steven Hansen

I've been treating Alien: Isolation coldly. If I don't let myself get invested or excited, I can't be hurt. I think Alien is a perfect piece of film making. That doesn't need, should never have been, a franchise.

I played one of Alien: Isolation's challenge maps. I don't know if the entire game will end up being this good, but as a slice that demonstrates the mechanics and tone, it completely won me over and I'm dying to play the full thing.

I also died a lot in the challenge map. I played for about a half hour without getting to the end. I'd died as early as 30 seconds in. I'd survived as long as eight minutes. I was stressed out with a racing heart. I took the headphones off to wrest myself from Isolation's constricting, horrible world and struck up conversation with one of the developers to try and calm my nerves. 

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11:38 AM on 06.11.2014

Suda51's Lily Bergamo was cancelled, turned into Let it Die

During the Sony E3 press conference, we got the chance to check out Suda51's new free-to-play survival horror title Let it Die. As Grasshopper Manufacture's first F2P title, it seemed to be a bit of a departure for them. Howe...

Alessandro Fillari



Alien: Isolation is more than just you and a Xenomorph photo
Alien: Isolation is more than just you and a Xenomorph
by Brett Makedonski

At the reveal event for Alien: Isolation, we were shown a lengthy demo that got right to the heart of the conflict at-hand: Amanda Ripley trying to navigate a space station as a very aggressive Xenomorph hunted her. In our first look at the game, those were the only two entities present. We were told at the time that there'd be some human survivors, but the developers were fairly tight-lipped as to what their roles would be.

Now that we've had a second chance at Alien: Isolation with a new build developed specifically for a pre-E3 event, the picture's significantly clearer as to how these interactions will go. This demo, which was about as long as the first one we saw, did more to highlight what some of the game's shortcomings might be. That said, it also reinforced our initial impression that Isolation is poised to be a tense, heart-pounding affair.

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12:45 PM on 06.05.2014

Corpse Party returns to its PC birthplace with upcoming XSEED release

Corpse Party is one of my favorite horror series (even if it's a little tame at times) and I was thrilled to see it make its debut as a PSP cult hit back in 2011. Now, XSEED plans to bring the original Windows edition to life...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 05.31.2014

The Forest is available now via Steam Early Access

Looking for something a little more intense to pep up your Steam experience? Give The Forest a try, fantastically creepy endeavor that's just hit Steam Early Access as of yesterday. While it's still obviously in its alpha st...

Brittany Vincent

4:30 PM on 05.28.2014

Updated Caffeine trailer shows off more scary corridors

Caffeine, the Kickstarter-funded sci-fi horror adventure created with Unreal Engine 4, has been updated with a brand new trailer. It looks the same overall, corridor after dimly-lit corridor, but with Oculus Rift support and...

Brittany Vincent





10:49 AM on 05.27.2014

Oh, the horror! The Evil Within delayed two months

The Evil Within is staying hidden in the shadows a little bit longer than anticipated. However, there aren't any surprise jump scares here; we know exactly when to expect it. Originally slated for a August 26 release, Be...

Brett Makedonski



The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror' photo
The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror'
by Brett Makedonski

All too often, survival horror titles perform poorly in some areas, but it's somehow acceptable because that's the trade-off for being survival horror. If the experience is tense and scary, it seems like everything else is forgivable. That's a very important "if" however, because if it doesn't deliver on the horror front, you're suddenly left with a game that just performs poorly.

After having almost two hours of hands-on time with The Evil Within, it's perilously close to falling into this category.

As a disclaimer of sorts, I was thrust into two levels at varying points of the story. Chapter 4 and Chapter 8 were the two sections shown, and both were ineffective at providing any scares, any true adrenaline-pumping moments, or really anything even noteworthy. For what it's worth, maybe I was missing the context of the previous parts of the game that might give others an overarching sense of fear. As isolated incidents, they were just dull.

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5:00 PM on 05.24.2014

White Noise Online wants you to scare and be scared with friends

White Noise Online is an indie horror game from Milkstone Studios that wants you and your friends to be terrified together. Team up with three others via Steam to look for clues together while avoiding some type of creature ...

Brittany Vincent

3:30 PM on 05.22.2014

Toddler horror tale Among the Sleep hits Steam in one week

After a successful run on Kickstarter, Krillbite Studio will release its first-person horror adventure Among the Sleep for Windows, Mac, and Linux in just one week, on May 29. This is that game about a two-year-old who, in a...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 05.21.2014

Kickstart your brain with some Caffeine

Space station horror game Caffeine is now up on Kickstarter. It's asking for about $65,000 USD so it can go into full time development for an early 2015 release. You can also download a demo from the Kickstarter page, or jus...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 05.19.2014

FMV game Night Trap to live on with re-release

Controversial "ultra-violent" '90s full-motion video game Night Trap will, according to director and current rights holder James Riley, "come back, in better resolution and game play than before. We just want to be sure it's ...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 05.13.2014

Among the Sleep crawls to PS4, Project Morpheus

Among the Sleep is creeping and crawling to PlayStation 4, Norwegian developer Krillbite Studio revealed today. The toddler-themed horror game will also feature support for Sony's virtual reality headset, Project Mo...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 05.10.2014

The Hum sounds just crazy enough to be an interesting horror game

There's a new horror adventure in town, and it's rocking the cryptic title of The Hum. The upcoming PC/Mac title is under development using Unreal Engine 4, with additional support for Oculus Rift. In short, this means you'l...

Brittany Vincent

1:46 PM on 05.07.2014

Multiplayer is coming to Don't Starve

Don't Starve is a pretty fantastic game overall that's been supported by many content updates and a large expansion -- and now it's getting multiplayer. Klei Entertainment has just confirmed that a free expansion will be...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 05.03.2014

Renegade Kid's Cult County Kickstarter project fails

On Friday, the clock struck zero for Renegade Kid's Kickstarter project Cult County. The crowdfunding campaign failed to achieve its $580,000 goal by a wide margin. It seems that target was a bridge too far, as the Mutan...

Kyle MacGregor