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Alien: Isolation gets Oculus Rift support; it's like having a facehugger on you while you play

Alien: Isolation Oculus Rift support

Scary androids are almost as scary as scary xenomorphs. This is what the Alien: Isolation E3 trailer has taught me. The lifeless eyes and not-quite-human, expressionless face. Awful stuff. 

Creative Assembly’s put together a few clips of Amanda Ripley freaking out, breathing heavily and exploring the station she’s stuck on with the xenomorph, androids and men with guns. 

I’m sure that the recently revealed Oculus Rift support is going to make it a relaxing adventure. 

The Oculus demo is doing the rounds at E3, so hopefully Rob and Tim, who have hitchhiked all the way to LA, will find some time to have a few scares. If there’s a Creative Assembly rep nearby to tap them on the shoulder just as they encounter the xenomorph, even better. 

I was a little worried about the presence of human enemies with firearms in Isolation, since that sort of puts a pin in the isolation bit. But from the sounds of it, the humans add another interesting dimension, becoming victims of the xenomorph, drawing its attention with their shouting and shooting. Silly humans. 

“Things get interesting when human AI and alien AI occupy the same space,” said Steve in today’s preview. “The human enemies aren't as adept at hiding from the alien as you are. They'll carelessly fire their weapons at you, creating huge amounts of noise and drawing the xenomorph towards themselves. You can fire your pistol at them to murder them, but when the alien inevitably arrives as a result, you'll be the only warm-blooded bag of meat left standing for it to spear on its tail. It's still best to hide.”

Excitement increasing along with fear levels. I would have to be tied up before I’d play it with a Rift strapped to my noggin though. Alien: Isolation is due out on October 7th.

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Even as a massive Alien fan, Im too scared to play this at all. Let alone with a Rift.

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I'm going to force myself to do it. I so often fail to finish horror games, and when I managed to complete Outlast - because I was reviewing it - I was so elated that all the times where I was pissing myself seemed worth it.

I had nightmares about xenomorphs for a good month after I watched Alien as a mite, but it sculpted my taste for both horror and sci-fi and ultimately became the film I judge so many others by. So I'm going to play Isolation even if it kills me.

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As a fan of horror and Alien I cannae bloody wait to give this a go on the Rift.

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This has to be a game changer, if you'll excuse the pun. Horror games have to have immersion to get the desired effect, and I can't think of a better way of doing that than a Rift. Alien: Isolation had slipped off my radar after a few articles from journos unimpressed with a preview version they played, but this combined with the revelation earlier about the interacting AI systems has piqued my interest again.

Of course we also need a retail model of the Rift to play it on, please.

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I was interested about Alien: Isolation but wasn't getting my hopes up due to what happened with Colonial Marines. But as I hear more and more about it, I have to admit I am getting excited about this game.

And with news that it will be compatible with the Oculus Rift, this has to be a good thing as I have played a few horror games on and off the Rift. And there is that something that the Rift does which makes the game a whole lot more scary than it actually is. Outlast being a rare case where it is scary as hell no matter if you are wearing the Rift or not.

I am usually up for scaring the life out me in scary games so I might just have to give it a go with the Rift when I load it up for the 1st time

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