It’s October, Halloween is nearing ever so closer, and we have two extremely hyped horror games coming out just one week a part from each other: The Evil Within and Alien: Isolation. On this month’s Score Predictions, we guess the aggregate Critics’ scores for each chosen game in an attempt to see just how close we are to thinking like an accredited gaming
snob journalist. Let’s begin with The Evil Within, shall we?
This horror title has all sorts of hype built up around it due to Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil franchise, who happens to be leading the charge. The Evil Within has all the right features that fans of the horror genre adore: dark corridors, twisted imaginings for enemies, blood, gore, claustrophobic rooms and being single-player. In a recent publishing, I mentioned things are always better with a buddy, but for those seeking a feeling of being perilously alone and left adrift in terrifying settings, playing The Evil Within by your lonesome might be more up your creepy alley.
Did we also mention the gameplay is a pleasant alchemy of different ideas seen from past Resident Evil games, as well as cues taken from Silent Hill, Dead Space, and other franchises – past and present. The Evil Within has segments of barraging through doors to escape deadly encounters, excellent use of cascading shadows off objects that make you think twice about what you might be seeing, and hiding underneath or inside objects to conceal yourself from an enemy’s gaze.
Everyone draws inspiration from the alike and even polarizing sources; this is why we couldn’t be happier that The Evil Within is blending a solid, bloody toxin that is sure to cause insomnia and give night-terrors for those unlucky enough cave in from sleep deprivation.
SCORE PREDICTION: 83%
I’m playing it safe on this prediction. Horror games are a difficult thing to predict scores on since the critic will vary in terms of how easy or difficult they are to scare and how much they like being frightened. Scare too easily, the score might be fluffed, don’t scare them at all and they judge a game mostly on technical feats and downplay the atmosphere and etc. that the developers incorporated to make the game, you know, scary.
When I start thinking about how critics will approach Alien: Isolation, I begin to wonder and cringe at how the reviews could turn out. I’m guessing the bad scores will come from critics that aren’t used to the pacing of some horror games that involve limited ammo, hiding from enemy site, and an overpowered foe. I mean, the Alien has to be some sort of powerhouse, otherwise, the game would have an extremely short play time if the Alien could be knifed to death ala Call of Duty style within the opening 10 minutes.
There are reviewers out there that fall into the “Michael Bay” school of gaming, where the amount of explosions, guns, and crashes can have an impact on the score. There are also the literal snobs that dislike any game unworthy to be mounted on a wall next to a Jackson Pollock painting. Make no mistake, this is a healthy thing to have such critics in the industry, the balance lies more on who is reviewing what, in this case, Alien: Isolation.
Touching up on the scenario and gameplay, it’s as straight-forward as can be: You’re stranded on a ship with an Alien and a host of other threats alongside a few stowaways that are either with you, or against you. The gameplay is in first-person, with the fictional, yet awesome arsenal of the Alien franchise at your disposal. You are also able to hide from the Alien and witness his senses tingling while trying to find you, with moments similar to Silent Hill 2 such as seeing Pyramid Head through the closet. Horrific, indeed.
SCORE PREDICTION: 77%
I know, I know, it’s not 100% or at the very least, above 90% – but don’t blame me since I predict a reasonable amount of critics touting lines of Alien: Isolation “falling short of expectations” and “having dull, mediocre gameplay with an Alien in need of a brain that retrofits its skull.” Okay, so those are my own over-exaggerated words, but that is what I am expecting and I am sticking to it. As with all predictions, if I’m wrong: I’m wrong. No need to fuss over it, I would rather embrace it, especially if the reception turned out for the better. Keep that optimism going! Cheers and happy scoring, you frisky critics, you!
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