Alien: Isolation…the Stuff of Nightmares

alien-isolationAlright, it might surprise some of you to know that I’m a gamer. Well, to be truthful, in the grand scheme of the gaming community, I’m an itty-bitty baby gamer. Nothing crazy. I don’t play EVERY day. Not even every MONTH. But I’m all about 1st Person experiences and the Alien franchise, so when I heard a new game was coming out, starring Ripley Jr. herself, I just had to try it. After several days, a few changes of shorts and mini-heart palpitations later, I’ve finished Alien: Isolation. I don’t normally ‘review’ games or talk about them on the blog, but this one nearly killed me, so therefor, it has earned the public mention. *wink, wink*

alien_isolation_game-wideFirst off, I play for fun and only when I have time, which as a mom and a full-time writer, means I don’t have a lot of time to sit in front of the TV and play a game from start to finish, so I set time aside for this one. From the very start, I was scared sh**less. And you can ask my kids if that’s true, because they heard me scream out loud (something I don’t really do often…yes, I’m a girl, but not a girly girl) more times than I can count on my fingers. This is a survival game, not a shoot ’em down and blow it up, kind of game. All you are doing is trying to stay alive. Not the usual game that I’ve played, where I learn rather quickly how to take out my opponent…in Alien: Isolation, I just hoped to live long enough to make it to the next save point. I’m embarrassed to admit I died more times than I have in any other game. Ever. Don’t ask me how many times…*cough, cough – double digits – cough, cough*…because I won’t tell you the number. Nope. I’m keeping that close to the vest.

alien-isolation_01Anyway. The first time this game made me nearly jump out of my clothes and fall off the couch, my son happened to be in the room, so my loud and high-piercing scream startled him more than the high-definition Alien in the face on the TV screen did. After that, he stopped sneaking out into the living room to watch me play. This is the first game in so long I can’t remember, that I also had a hard time playing at night. Crawling through air shafts with a dead flashlight (say it isn’t SO), hiding in cabinets and under tables, sprinting down hallways when you KNOW something is behind you, and opening doors to find something unpleasant on the other side…well, none of these things were all together FUN to do when my house was dark and I was alone in the living room. See, I mostly played while my hubby was working his night shifts, so as not to spoil the game for him. I’m a good wife like that.

It’s not that this game is too terrifying for the masses, but that it hits my horror button much like the first movie did. I grew up with the Alien films, and have always loved them (the first two) and always found them happily frightening (I’m weird because I enjoy getting scared). Perhaps that is why this game freaked me out so much. Too much of that nostalgic feeling of ‘scare-the-pants-off-ya-horror-80’s style. In that regard, it might not be as intense for some players.

I will admit that it was hard for me. And I don’t mean that lightly. Some of this might be because I don’t play games every week, so my controller skills are not as impressive as a true gamer. But this one took a long time to complete and there was a lot – a LOT – of running back and forth and me getting pissed because I couldn’t figure out what to do next, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M SUPPOSED TO BE DOING!” and then, “OH, CRAP, THERE’S THE ALIEN! NO, DON’T KILL ME!” kinds of moments. There are games I’ve played that have a ton more action and are half as long as this one, but I kind of liked that the story wasn’t over in four hours. It’s complex, y’all.

So, now that I’m done, was it worth it? Heck, yeah! Will I play it again? Not until I see my Doctor for heart medication. I don’t think the intense heart rate spikes were all that healthy for me. Seriously. Still beating like I ran the mile. But enough about me! Check out Alien: Isolation for yourself, and let me know how YOU liked it. 😉

Interested in more? Check out the Launch Trailer here…


*No copyright infringement the makers and/or developers of the game name, images, or video content is intended. All were pulled from public sites such as YouTube and Google/Bing image searches.*

Story Transition Time

Phew. With a new release doing its thing, now it is time to decide which of my current WIP’s will receive my full attention. Be warned, I could start a project that sounds good at the time, then end up working on another, as the Muse is the one who truly makes those decisions, but I figured it would be fun to ask what the readers most want!

Before you scramble online and blow up this post with ‘MORE STATION SERIES BOOKS!’ or ‘WE WANT THE THIRD FIND ME BOOK!’ two things – Piper’s story is done for this year, and Riley’s will continue soon. I want to work on something different for a little while. Just for a little while. Here is what I’ve started that needs love…

BEHIND the GLASS – a Psychological Thriller for mature adults that centers around a woman and her long-term stalker.

THE LAST FAIRY of FAILYNN – a Middle Grade fantasy about the adventures of the last surviving fairy princess of Failynn.

SUMMER of LOVE – a Women’s Contemporary centering around ‘Poppy Love’, a middle-aged woman who learns the true definition of ‘family’.

MADNESS – a Horror/Thriller about a crazed killer with a taste for blood.

UNTITLED – a Science Fiction adventure that centers around Hutch – a man who wants to save himself, and A’ris – a woman who wants to save the world.

So, you see, there is plenty to choose from. It’s just a matter of actually making a choice. Someone offer up suggestions for what sounds interesting to them. Please. I’ll gladly accept the help. 😀

 

Happy Sunday!

Author Emily Walker Is Here!!!

 

Meet Emily:

Sometimes I’m Lyra Mcken, sometimes I’m someone else. I like to be just Emily sometimes too. I love to write in every genre and my head is constantly coming up with new story ideas. I run the website http://www.selfpublishordie.com where I strive to get other author’s names out there. My biggest interviewee yet was Jamie McGuire.

I work for GMTA Publishing, and Midnight Hour Publishing. You can tweet me @authorewalker or find me on Facebook. I love social media, and I love to read every opportunity I get. My favorite author is Heinlein, but I also have a weak spot for Jane Austin.

My next Novel due out is The Reluctant Succubus with Midnight Hour Publishing and then a self published release in January, Long Road Full Speed Ahead.

 

 

Hi Emily, welcome! Thanks for joining us today!

Hi, thank you for having me!

What inspired you to become a writer?

I started ghost writing for other well-known authors and helping them with their novels. They got all the credit of course, which is what I was paid for. I started thinking I can do this myself, and then I did.

That’s awesome! What a great resume you must have. 🙂 Can you tell us more about your book?

Vital Signs is a Horror Short about a sadistic killer who has found an easy way to get to his victims. He has stolen an ambulance, and preys on those that need the most help.

I will never look at an ambulance the same way again. In fact, I might run from them. So, what has been the most difficult scene for you to write in ‘Vital Signs’?

I would have to go with the bloody scenes, I never know if I am writing too light and tame, or if I am taking it too far.

Do you follow a certain writing process with your work?

I have no process. I fly by the seat of my pants.

LOL Sometimes the best way! Do you read the same genre that you write? Can you give us some examples of your favorite books?

Yes, I love to read Horror and be completely shocked or scared. Anything by Stephen King is great. At the same time I write Paranormal stories and love to read Southern Vampire Mysteries and lots of indie authors novels; Rebecca Hamilton’s Forever Girl and Michelle Muto’s Don’t Fear the Reaper are just two, there are dozens.

Another King fan – yay! If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to shadow for a year, who would you choose and why?

Robert Heinlein, his head was crazy!

LOL What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

When people say my writing made them laugh or cringe. I like to have my intended outcome when they read my writing.

My favorite part as well. 🙂 Do you have any advice for budding authors looking to self-publish?

Don’t give up and write every day. Get a critique partner that will not sugar coat anything. You want the truth about your work, and you should have someone read it that isn’t trying to appease you.

What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

You will see a lot from me in the future. I have two books due to release with Mystic Press on January 5th Long Road, Full Speed Ahead, and The Reluctant Succubus. I also plan to release a novella called The Alien Deal at the end of the year. Zombified my paranormal fiction written under the pen name Lyra Mcken is in rewrites and set to release at the beginning of next year, and I am in several upcoming anthologies including Fairly Freaky Fairy Tales from Midnight Hour.

 

If your book became a movie, who would you cast as your main characters?

I think that Vin Diesel or Jason Statham would make a good psycho…

 

I look forward to seeing all these new titles, especially ‘Zombified’! And yes, Vin and Jason would be awesome! So – it’s time for our Rapid-Fire questions, are you ready? Ok…go!

White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? Dark Chocolate it’s better for you 😉

Wine – Red or White? White Wine

Tent or Hotel? A hotel, I hate camping!!

Beach or Pool? Beach, I love the ocean

Shower or Bath? A bath though I rarely have time to do anything but shower

eReader or Paperback? It depends. I like an eReader because I can read it on the elliptical, but I love to
read a paperback on the front porch.

Heels or Flats? Heels all the time!

Bra or No Bra? Bra, have to support these puppies.

LOL, that was a fantastic round, Emily! If YOU would like to stalk – I mean – follow, Miss Emily Walker online, here are her links: Facebook, Goodreads, Amazonand Smashwords. You can also follow Emily’s Blog.

 

Vital Signs

A stranger to our country, free from his chains. Money is his goal, and he takes from the living to make his
way. Death doesn’t phase him as it’s just a means to an end. What happens when your rescuer becomes
your worst nightmare?

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Happy Reading, everyone!