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  • Summary: One year after a worldwide cataclysmic event that wiped out most of the human race, a man struggles for his survival in a desolate city as he tries to reunite with his long lost family. In this post-apocalyptic tale, there are no supernatural threats, just an everyman who faces a decaying and hazardous world and humanity’s darkest inclinations. Will you cling to your humanity and help strangers or are you ready to sacrifice others in order to survive? [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. I Am Alive is a surprising triumph. It's an original and satisfying challenge. A breath of fresh air. [April 2012, p71]
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    There's a brutal, harsh overtone throughout that involves some explicit content and things of that nature, but it's all essential. And as I said before, if you get all anal about the control, the lack of total realism, and some erratic AI, you're going to be disappointed. But I think adventures like this are all about the experience.
  3. Apr 13, 2012
    I Am Alive gives players a pure survival experience at a low price.
  4. 80
    A gripping survival adventure packed with solid puzzle design and meaningful decision-making.
  5. Bluff your way through a confrontation by aiming your empty gun at an attacker, forcing him back towards the ledge of a roof on a ten story building and then kick him into the abyss while screaming "This is Sparta!". [April 2012, p.102]
  6. Apr 9, 2012
    Tense, tough and realistic often to the point of frustration, with a story and an original outlook. Mostly well designed - but sadly never 'fun.' [May 2012, p.110]
  7. Apr 21, 2012
    Fans of Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia will doubtlessly find the occasional thrill in I Am Alive's platforming elements, but its shortcomings are nevertheless increasingly glaring. A myriad of baffling design decisions result in a game that can't seem to get out of its own way. There is absolutely nothing wrong with making a punishing game and rewarding the player for mastering its unforgiving gameplay systems. But you're not wrestling with systems here – you're wrestling with their integrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. Jun 3, 2012
    best game ever i found it so cool i thought it be like jumping on building crawling etc bout find out u can help people threaten people kill em slash em etc wish it was not downloadable game but disc alone Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2012
    I loved playing this survival game (no horror, just survival). I loved the scarcity of supplies, weapons and ammo. I loved being able to kill the leader in a pack of enemies and then intimidate the weaker ones to surrender. I loved getting stuck facing off against 3-5 enemies with only one bullet in my gun and having to think fast on my feet and then SURVIVING. I loved the graphics, both the toxic haze covering everything at street level and the skyscrapers collapsed onto each other above the dust. I loved climbing my way through an office building on its side, with everything topsy-turvy. I loved helping Mai and her mother, and the random survivors looking for food or first aid or just a last cigarette before they die. I loved "I Am Alive". 9/10 Expand
  3. May 1, 2012
    This game is just plain fun. Its strategy mixed with a little bit of uncertaintity as to whats around the next corner. I Am Alive is a very solid title out of Ubisoftt Shanghi well worth the $15 price tag. If youve yet to play, I recommend picking it up ASAP! Expand
  4. Dec 18, 2012
    So far one of the best Survival games I've played...Its no tedious with crafting, skills, leveling, its SIMPLE. Which helps keep you sucked in the game. climbing could be a bit more smooth. Overall, I hope to see moar. Expand
  5. Apr 6, 2012
    As a $15 download "I Am Alive" was disappointing. Had it cost $50, I wouldn't be disappointed, I'd be angry. And my rating would be 2 instead of 5. ~ After trudging through visually, interactively and accessibly limited landscape while fighting extremely redundant skirmishes with nearly identical gangs, it seemed it may get a tiny bit interesting. Unfortunately it was only the last of the 18-20 chapters I found compelling. ~ O.k., I beat the game, now I can at least go back and play the one fun mission right? Wrong! The game deletes all of the levels on completion! You have to start over! NOT worth it. ~ Out of hundreds of games I've played, this has the least replay value of them all. ~ Even as a $15 download it is one of my most regrettable game purchases. Expand
  6. Apr 9, 2012
    Graphics = Lame, Controls = Lame, Gameplay = Lame... what a disappointment. First, the whole "retries" thing is ridiculous. You play through a very long section, maybe lose a retry along the way fighting off a gang, get close to the end of the chapter having to climb up the side of a building, but it's not necessarily clear where you need to go because everything is pretty much just a shade of grey, so you burn your retries trying to figure out what the game wants you to do...your stamina burns ridiculously quick, you are out of retries, so now you need to start the whole chapter over again for another 15-20 minutes waste of time hoping that maybe you'll figure out what needs to be done at the end and not run out of retries AGAIN before figuring it out..... How hard is it to have a save system for a game... uggg! So be prepared to do a good deal of repeated play. (The limited "retries" thing might have been a neat idea for a hardcore play) Also, there is almost nothing in the way of "findables" along the way, so there is really no reason to waste tons of time looking in uncountable empty corners and alleyways, there isn't anything there... If you are lucky enough to have come across the exact thing a person needs, you might find out a little of the story if you give that one thing to them, but these occurrences are few and far between and offer such minimal story elements to really keep any story going in the game. If you just don't want to waste a ton of time finding that one thing, then not much of the story seems to come through otherwise. I wanted to like the game, and I am pretty easy going, but I had hopes for this game that just disappoints on too many key things that make a game fun... constant repeating is not one of them. My excitement for The Last of Us has now also waned if it turns out to be anything like I am Alive. Expand
  7. Jun 29, 2013
    Just terrible on every level. I can't think of a single thing I enjoyed about the game. Even the "saving the game" aspect of it was frustrating. It made the game more redundant than challenging. A lot of bad climbing with poor combat. Graphics are dull and lifeless as well. I know its a post apocalyptic dust covered wasteland but I don't enjoy my games to be in black and white. As far as "survival" games go this one falls short as well. Scavenging really isn't scavenging when you simply find resources glowing on the ground. I prefer searching in burnt out cars and other places similar to a Fallout style survival game then just finding them in the corner of an alley. As a kid trying to work his way through school on a limited budget, thanks for wasting my money. Expand

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