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    Alien: Isolation

    A Nightmare Playthrough

    If you’re looking for a heart-pumping, adrenaline-inducing gaming experience, look no further than Alien: Isolation. This survival-horror game, developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega, will have you on the edge of your seat as you navigate the treacherous space station Sevastopol, filled with both hostile humans and one deadly alien creature.

    Atmospheric corridor on the space station Sevastopol

    As fans of the Alien franchise since childhood, we decided to stream Alien: Isolation on our Twitch channel for the 4th time. My community loves to watch me get jump-scared, so they always enjoy me being tortured with this game. As this was my fourth playthrough of the game, I wanted to make it as challenging as possible.

    In my previous playthroughs, I restricted myself in different ways, such as not being allowed to crouch or hide in cupboards. This time, I went all out. I removed the ability to use the map or motion scanner and added a mod called “Unpredictable Alien” to increase the alien’s difficulty. But that wasn’t enough – I also increased the difficulty to Nightmare.

    To add an extra level of community interaction, I used Dixper, a system that allows viewers to buy skills and use them to provide extra jump scares. This added an element of unpredictability that kept the game fresh and exciting.

    Playing on Nightmare difficulty was no joke. The xenomorph AI was set to easy at the start, but as I progressed, it got smarter and more willing to take risks. It was also more aware of my movements, making it difficult to avoid. The android enemies, Working Joes, were tough and unrelenting, and the other survivors were not afraid to shoot me if they felt threatened.

    A Working Joe. A pale, bald, android, with glowing eyes, grabbing the player.

    One of the best things about the game is the feeling of suspense it creates. Whenever the xenomorph was close, I could feel my heart rate increase. Certain sections required different approaches and attempts to get right, but I never felt like the gameplay got stale.

    Of course, there were some frustrating moments. Sometimes it felt like the AI knew exactly where I was hiding and didn’t give me enough of a chance to escape. But that’s all part of the challenge.

    Overall, Alien: Isolation is a must-play for horror and sci-fi fans alike. With its intense gameplay and thrilling storyline, it’s no wonder it has become a cult classic. If you’re feeling brave, give it a try – but be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart.

    Next time I stream it, I’m not allowed to use weapons, and if I do, I must take a shot of hot sauce.

    I have not been paid by Dixper to mention it in this article.