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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
Pros: Great setting, Survival mechanics feel authentic
Cons: Repetitive combat, Frustrating controls, Little mission variety