I Am Alive Review
I Am Alive Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3
Dev: Ubisoft Shanghai
Pub: Ubisoft
Release: March 7, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

As mentioned earlier, the game's visuals are very effective at conveying the atmosphere of the slow decay that has followed a major catastrophe, and there are plenty of neat visual set pieces to experience. The textures are excellent, and, as mentioned earlier, the sparing use of color is unusually well-done for the game industry. The sound design does its job reasonably well, though it can become a bit shrill, ramping up the "danger, danger" music even during relatively mundane moments of climbing up smallish obstacles. Perhaps due to development constraints, Adam's voicing is uneven. He expresses himself as a gruff yet compassionate man in some scenes, but when dealing with various survivors found throughout the game, he tends to stand dumbly as they plead for help, then recite soliloquies if he has the goods to help them. It's jarring to hear Adam speak at length in story scenes but stare blankly at people he meets in the world.

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In the end, I Am Alive is a game with a great premise that falls apart when it comes to execution. What seems at first to be the epic, desperate journey of a man searching for his family becomes a guided tour through a post-apocalyptic obstacle course. Perhaps I'm too used to the modern crop of RPGs and action adventures that provide multiple paths through their levels, but I had trouble enjoying a survival game in which the player's ingenuity and strategic planning skills are so severely restricted by linear game design and a non-interactive environment.

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Gamers who are looking for an experience thick with atmosphere and who don't mind this linear approach will probably enjoy I Am Alive, but the rest of us might want to wait and see if there's a more interesting survival experience provided by the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.

By
Becky Cunningham
Contributing Writer
@BeckyCFreelance
Date: March 9, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Although unrelentingly gritty, the world is well-rendered, sporting great textures, effective yet sparing use of color, and interesting set pieces.
3.3
Control
The controls are simple but could be more responsive in combat and could do without enforced button mashing.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Sound design is somewhat uneven, especially with Adam's odd transitions between being talkative and mute.
2.9
Play Value
Gameplay is overly linear and suffers from a non-interactive environment—there seems to be little reason for repeat play.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Explore the destroyed, crumbling city of Haverton across different atmospheric levels, climbing your way to safety. Environments tell the story of the world as it stood before and of what has happened to the city and its people.
  • Survivors will adopt different behaviors and adapt to your actions. Some are friendly and need assistance, some are scared, and others are hostile and will use group tactics to take you down. Will you go out of your way and sacrifice your few precious resources to help those in need?
  • Combat is deadly and ammo is scarce. Players will have to use deception to deal with enemies. Cowards may bow down fast to the threat of an empty gun, but aggressive enemies will put you to the test.
  • Every effort has its cost. Manage your stamina skillfully to gain access to hidden areas. Look for resources and supplies scattered throughout the city: water, food, gas, medicine, tools, climbing gears, weapons, ammo, and anything else that you can salvage from the destroyed city could prove helpful in your quest.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
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