10/10 scare of the year in a video game: The "Welcome to Sevastopol" achievement in Alien: Isolation.
With headphones on, it's early hours of the morning and I'm sitting in alone in total darkness playing on PC with a xbox 360 controller with nothing but the glare of a 32" PC slightly illuminating the room, I've completed and shrugged of a lot of horror games, if I'm to be honest the 'Stalkers' in Dead Space 2 had me creeped me out in a few sections, as did the biped wolf/dog/man/demon things that would chase you down the street in the first Silent Hill, or the crazy man on top of the apartment in the third game that looked like he was made of garbage bags, (I always thought he was made of garbage bags?...sorry for digressing)
Well all of those psychologically scarring memories can be shuffled to the back of my mind now, because up-front and center is the scariest experience I've ever had in a video game, unlocking the "Welcome To Svestapol" achievement, I won't go into detail but what they did for the first major scare of the game was so subtle and original in its execution, yet incredibly effective, that I want to say no more to spoil the moment I'm referring to other than to mention
SPOILER: thanks to some of the most amazingly atmospheric audio work I have ever heard in a video game.
NO SPOILER: If you are a fan of anything remotely scary, and consider yourself hard to frighten, then I strongly recommend you take a look at this game and at least play through to the start of the third mission.
Buy or rent this game, play with headphones in the middle of the night, unlock the "Welcome To Svestapol" achievement and take a breath. You'll have had your moneys worth out of this game already for what it's just done for your heart and blood circulation.
Feel free to leave a post, I'd love to hear what you guys thought of that moment if you've reached it, I'd love to read peoples reactions to it, is it scary, are you enjoying the game? On a personal note I'm only three hours in but loving the way it's going, it's easily shaping up to be an 8 out of 10 upon completion from me, however like I said I'm only a few hours in.
Looking forward to writing more about my experience with the rest of the game as I progress, so guess it would be only natural to post it here, hopefully I don't need a pacemaker installed to get through it.
- Jim Lessels