While it is par for the course that Nintendo often strays away from violent games and has a reputation of porting inferior versions of well regarded titles, the port of Alien: Isolation looks like it fits right at home on the Switch. The terrifying title comes included with all previous DLC released up to this point, making the game a potent portable source of terror.
The critically lauded title puts characters in the role of Amanda Ripley, daughter of series protagonist Ellen Ripley, who heads out in search of her mother following the events of the original film. However, her crew finds themselves at the mercy of an unstoppable xenomorph who begins to kill them one by one. Amanda must run, hide, and outlast the frightening beast in the best game based on the Alien franchise to date.
Video footage shows that Isolation is a great fit on the Switch, and with the included DLC coming along with the game, it allows Switch players to play one of the best games of this generation with all the extras. One highlight of the DLC is a chance to reprise the role of Ellen and recreate the finale of the 1979 horror classic, which was initially a pre-order exclusive when the game first hit shelves in 2014.
Even though Isolation has been out for a while, the sci-fi horror title has become an evergreen title that can be re-released on any platform and have a loyal following much like Skyrim or Resident Evil 4. Nintendo often ops away from the gruesomely violent games, but when they do add one, it usually comes with watered down graphics or over-simplified mechanics to accommodate the Switch's hardware.
Isolation is a strong title that we won’t be seeing any follow up to, so the Switch version is a good way to keep this excellent game relevant after all this time. Nintendo was able to find a game in Isolation that doesn’t push the technical limitations of its hardware. If one is looking for a great scare and a fun experience to take on-the-go, Isolation is a great addition to any Switch owners’ library.