Survivor achievement in Alien: Isolation


Complete the game on the hardest difficulty setting

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How to unlock the Survivor achievement

  • sjpsjpsjpsjpsjpsjp724,963
    18 Nov 2014 20 Nov 2014 29 Dec 2020
    68 1 13
    Even though Nightmare was introduced in a post-release patch, you only need to complete the game on the Hard difficultly to unlock this achievement.

    With Hard, you will have fewer ammo and item pickups (although this isn't really an issue as long as you're doing reasonable exploration and checking corpses), the enemies will detect you easier, will hunt for you more aggressively and you'll take more damage from bullets and Joes. The Alien will also be more aggressive and will stay closer to you as you navigate levels, and come Mission 17 the Alien becomes incredibly aggressive.

    Alien: Isolation (Xbox 360)Ripley, Signing OffsjpsjpsjpThe Ripley, Signing Off achievement in Alien: Isolation (Xbox 360) worth 100 pointsComplete the game on any difficulty setting
    stacks against this achievement.

    Unless you feel like being truly challenged, stick with Hard as the difficulty for your playthrough. But if you want to try on Nightmare, here are some of the changes from Hard:
    Alien: Isolation now comes with a new "Nightmare" difficulty mode that includes a deadlier xenomorph, harder hitting androids and more aggressive human survivors. Players also have to contend with fewer resources and can no longer see their health bar, ammo count or flashlight indicator. To make matters worse, players have to use a broken motion tracker that gives them "unreliable information."

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    sjpsjpsjp@TheRedButterfly thanks for the update. I'll update my solution.
    Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 12 Jun 15 at 19:45
    Immaculate WillAttempting this on Nightmare. Wish me luck.
    Posted by Immaculate Will on 13 Oct 21 at 19:31
    sjpsjpsjp@Immaculate Will good luck. That will be a very hard journey for you. Unnecessarily so.
    Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 13 Oct 21 at 19:57
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  • KanchanaburiKanchanaburi1,281,742
    27 Jan 2017 27 Jan 2017
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    You do NOT have to complete this on Nightmare, you only need to complete this on HARD. Make sure that whenever you come across a saved point (the emergency phones on the wall) use it.

    On hard, the aliens have a much easier time detecting you. And the humans are lethal with their guns. Several times a single gun shot ended me.

    Making life Easier on Hard

    The way this game works is when you reload or restart a save, it resets enemy AI movement. For example, if you restart the same save, the location of the alien will change for each restart as part of the random spawning. The same save put the alien behind, in front, and sometimes far away. Therefore, if you are NOT trying to get 'one shot' (not dying) achievement, here is a great method for making this MUCH easier.

    When you scare away (with fire or molatov) an alien, or have android chasing you, quickly save your game even if 'hostiles are near' because if you die, you will respawn back in and the aliens or androids will reset and they will no longer be hunting you. That means, you can advance your progress by scaring/running away, save, die, and reset. This allows you to push ahead. Kill a facehugger or alert an alien, save and if you die, they reset and the alert/hunt is over (and the facehugger is still dead). The aliens are now reset and will NOT hunt you (although they are still roaming).

    This helps loads.

    Examples. During the final few mission where you had several switches to complete (like the 3 switch in one room to raise the forklift OR the 3 switches in the two seperate rooms), you can hit a switch, scare it away, save and die, thus resetting the alien but still having the progress.
  • IFreeMzIFreeMz202,032
    11 Jan 2020 11 Jan 2020
    11 1 2
    Here's a guide I put together to help you through Nightmare mode (you only have to play on hard for this achievement). The run is 4 hours and 15 minutes or so and I use a bunch of easy to copy safe strategies that should make life in this run easier. You can also use this guide to get the no human kills and no deaths achievement if you like although i'd recommend doing those achievements on an easier difficulty setting. Hopefully the guide helps some of you out.
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    JibbermidgetThanks so much for this, man. I really didn’t enjoy this game, and there was no way I would have completed it without your guide. Been putting off playing it on hard and get the no deaths/human kills for years. Found your guide, knocked it out in a day and a half.

    Well done.
    Posted by Jibbermidget on 09 Feb 20 at 23:42
    TREX1979Oh man I loved this game on the 360 as it scared the Siht outta me while playing in the dark and the volume all the way up - took me forever tho, so using your guide to bang through it a lot faster -- THANKS MAN
    Posted by TREX1979 on 25 Apr 21 at 02:58
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