Excerpt: I am alive is brought to you by Ubisoft Shanghai and is aimed at the survival horror come puzzler enthusiast. A lot has been said already about the presentation and feel of the game already but does the whole experience leave you hanging for more? The game is focused on facing a life where you feel permanently threatened in a world that has changed beyond recognition to what you are used to.
Summary: Years in the making at different studios, Ubisoft's I Am Alive brings the Xbox Live Arcade "House Party" to a close with a post-apocalyptic bang. A story of survival, it's full of ideas and twists on the action-adventure conventions we've grown used to. It's also yet another ambitious title in a recent string of games that tries to make us rethink what to expect from studios in the downloadable space.
Conclusion: When you aren't clinging frantically to the side of a wall, you weave through the chaos of your new reality. Although you only travel through a small part of the city in I Am Alive, it feels like an entire world. The devastation cuts off the quickest path to your destination, so finding out how to get where you want to go takes patience and determination. On the street, a poisonous fog continually saps your stamina, so you have to find ways to rise above the cloud.
Pros: Tough choices affect your and others' survival, Unnerving psychological combat system, Constant tension in all of your actions, Intriguing story elements conveyed through background details, Suffocating visual and audio design heighten emotional connection.
Cons: Intrusive heads-up display clashes with the raw aesthetics, Unnecessary moments of hand-holding.
Excerpt: is a difficult game to accurately analyze. If you go search the available review scores, you’ll see a range of 4.5 to 9 and just about everything in between. After playing, I’ve concluded that the reason is as follows: if you care more about the technical elements, if the occasionally awkward control annoys you, and if the slight lapses of realism become too glaring, you’re going to hate it.
Excerpt: Catastrophic earthquakes have destroyed all of civilization’s accomplishments. Subway cars span concrete chasms, giant ships from the harbor now rest in the middle of once-busy city streets, and railways intertwine with downed skyscrapers. Dust storms ravage the lower streets, and gangs terrorize any survivors they find.
Pros: Great setting, Survival mechanics feel authentic
Cons: Repetitive combat, Frustrating controls, Little mission variety