Alien Isolation PC Technical Review

Company: Sega
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: October 13th, 2014

Introduction, setup, requirements

A survival horror game in an industry all but devoid of survival horror games, Alien Isolation is a love letter to Alien (a classic Ridley Scott film which had little concern for action and much more for horror and atmosphere), while also serving well as its own chapter of the franchise. It's non-linear (a rarity these days), and boasts realistic alien AI, and advanced sound design.

The game is developed by Creative Assembly, known for their great work on the strategy series Total War. As you can figure, Isolation represents a radical departure for the team, but then, it's developed by different people.

If you're curious on how the games fares in terms of PC features and performance, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 4GB (Stock)
  • Driver: Catalyst 14.9
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows 7 (32bit)
    • Processor: 3.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Storage: 35GB
    • Video Card: 1GB (AMD Radeon HD 5550 or Nvidia GeForce GT 430)
  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows 7 (64bit)
    • Processor: AMD: Phenom II X4 955 - 4 Core, 3.2 GHz or Intel: Core 2 Quad Q9650 - 4 Core, 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB
    • Storage: 30GB
    • Video Card: 2GB (AMD GPU: AMD Radeon R9 200 Series or Nvidia GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX660)