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Hello, my name is Eric Rogers from parentinggamers.com and this is Parenting Gamers Review of Alien: Isolation. In this video, I am going to give you a quick overview of the game, go over the rating and content, and let you know if I think it is good for your gamer.
So the first question is, what is Alien Isolation?
Alien Isolation is a stealth, horror, first-person shooter. Let’s break that down.
First off, a first-person shooter (or FPS) is a game where the player experiences the action in the first-person perspective, as if he was actually in the game, as you can see in this clip here.
There are a lot of first-person shooters on the market, such as Call of Duty or Halo. What sets Alien: Isolation apart is the stealth and horror aspects.
This game was designed to emulate the feel of the 1979 movie Alien. In that movie, an alien creature is loose on the spaceship. The alien spends most of the movie picking off the ships crew members, who are trying to figure out what and where it is and how to kill it. It is a very intense movie.
Alien: Isolation is set 15 years after the events of the movie. The player plays as Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the main character in the movie. In trying to find out what happened to her mother, she get stuck on a space station with an alien.
This is where the stealth, horror part comes in. The players main defense in the game is stealth. If the alien spots the player, she’s dead. To avoid this, the player must sneak around and hide in lockers or under tables. It makes for some very intense moments.
You can see what I mean in this clip here.
So the next question is, what about the content?
As I mentioned, Alien: Isolation was developed to emulate the feel of the original Alien movie. So the content you find in the game is similar to the content you would find in that movie.
A quick warning. I am about to show you a few clips that explain the rating Alien: Isolation received. These clips are graphic and do contain strong language.
Alien: Isolation is rated M, which is the equivalent of an R movie rating. The rating includes these 3 descriptors:
and “Strong Language”
This is all the content you need to worry about. There is no multiplayer so that is not an issue.
So what is the verdict? Is Alien: Isolation a game you should allow your gamer to play?
My recommendation is to hold off on this game until your gamer is older. The M rating carries with it a “17 and up” qualifier. Most stores won’t even sell an M rated game to anyone under the age of 17. So I would say, use that as your gage. If you wouldn’t allow your gamer to watch the original Alien movie, which was rated R, you probably shouldn’t allow them to play Alien: Isolation.
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