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The Terror of Alien: Isolation and the Evil Within

Because video games are so good at making players feel powerful, they also excel at conveying powerlessness. Rendering a player weak, instead of strong, creates vulnerability and often fear. Yet it’s been a while since big-budget games really zeroed in on making the skin crawl. So it’s welcome that horror has made a comeback this year with two major games — Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within — that want you to feel hopelessly overmatched against a malevolent force.

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