HR Giger’s alien has often been dealt a disservice by videogames. Described as the “perfect organism” in Ridley Scott’s original movie, the videogame xenomorph has been anything but. This intelligent and merciless killer is regularly depicted as idiotic cannon fodder to be handily dispatched by a burst of plasma rifle fire, with videogames adopting the gun-toting marine approach of James Cameron’s Aliens over Scott’s cat-and-mouse struggle against a singular, unrelenting entity. With recent silver screen efforts embracing a disappointingly similar motif, Giger’s most famous creation has become more of a pop culture icon than the lethal dosage of nightmare fuel it used to be.
Alien: Isolation changes all of that.