Three new games to dig into this week

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. ALIEN: ISOLATION (PC, MAC, PS3/PS4, XBOX 360/XBOX ONE) BY CREATIVE ASSEMBLY Ridley Scott’s seminal space slasher Alien and the tension of a survival-horror game are such a perfect pair that it’s a xenomorph-worthy shock it took this long. Alien: Isolation cops the sweaty, cramped vibe of Scott’s lived-in future, rather than the guns-blazing tone of James Cameron’s sequel. We hear it’s darn-near impossible, too—sorta like outsmarting an alien designed to kill. Perfect for: Haunting Ground diehards, stowaway androids, Jonesy. Playtime: Fifteen-odd hours, or an eternity spent cowering in a locker.…


Museum of Contemporary Art, LA is doing a YouTube series with all these awesome devs

Add The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles to the list of respected art institutes that are recognizing games as the beautiful design objects that they are. Well, at this point we don’t really need to keep a list anymore. But you should still check out MOCA’s fantastic looking, 13-part web-series that will feature conversations with notables such as Jenova Chen, Kellee Santiago (both of Journey), and Mark Essen (of Nidhogg). Plus, Kill Screen bossman Jamin Warren is in the first episode right off the bat.  Be sure to tune in.