I Am Alive.
Another post-apocalyptic game that showed promise. WRONG!
I Am Alive was revealed back in 2008 with the promise that it would show what would happen if the world got hit by some catastrophic event that would wipe out the whole human race albeit a few fucked individuals. Back in 2008 I Am Alive was meant to be a fully boxed game that would cost you the full retail price, that soon changed at the end of 2011 when it was revealed that a game that was in development for 4 years, changed developers and was rumoured to have been cancelled a number of times would be a downloadable arcade game. Personally, I don’t have a problem with downloadable titles but for a game that was meant to be a real step in the right direction for survival games I was rather disappointed I must admit.
The game stars an unnamed bloke who wasn’t with his family when this Event happened. You have no idea what the Event is because it’s never touched upon, which is bollocks really because in a game where it should be quite essential to know why everything has gone to shit because that’s the whole point of the game but hey I’m just a gamer. As this unnamed bloke you wander the dusty city trying to find your wife and daughter who you haven’t seen for a year because….oh yeah you never find that out either, are you seeing the pattern? The game introduces the fact of there is only few resources left in the city and considering you have a stamina meter that depletes when you are doing strenuous activity or stepping onto street level because of harmful ash clouds that would choke even Charlie Sheen if he sniffed it up his nose. Because there is so few resources around you have to be careful when climbing because if your stamina depletes you have to enter a QTE to move quicker or you will plummet to your inevitable death. I thought the deaths were quite poo in this game, just the usual rag doll derp that happens but hey.
You start the game with a tin of baked beans and a gun with no bullets, the gun can be used to intimidate scavengers who try to screw you over which I thought was really clever. For instance, you get a machete later on and some ponce approaches you with his two pals and when he gets close enough you surprise him with a swipe from your machete, quickly pop another one-off with a bullet from your gun and aim the now empty gun at the last man. Little does he know you have no bullets left because they are very scarce in this game which brings about a refreshing and new feature. While pointing your empty gun at the final guy you can finish him off with a button mashing which will stab him or you can order him to move back towards the edge of a building, which you can proceed to boot him off. This is fun the first couple of time but the novelty quickly wears off.
There are other survivors that require your help but whether you help them or not is up to you because they usually need one of your resources but fuck that you need them more. (you mad bro?) The game is trial and error really and it uses a retry system which means you only have a certain amount of tries to complete a section and when they are all used up you have to go back to where it last saved.
The game is mediocre at best and it pains me to say it because a lot of people have been waiting for this game and it didn’t deliver. When you first start playing you think it is awesome because the game-play is fresh, however it does become stale very quickly.
Review 2/5. Fresh to start but stale shortly after. Good ideas but not executed well especially after 4 years.