I Am Alive


I Am Alive Review

The road much travelled.

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Survival horror I Am Alive announced for PC next month

I Am Alive, Ubisoft Shanghai's post-apocalyptic survival horror previously released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will arrive for PC on 13th September.

The downloadable scarefest first launched on Xbox Live Arcade in March, and then a month later on PlayStation Network.

It offers a moody and largely monochromatic look at life in a dystopian future, as the US struggles to cope in the aftermath of a myserious disaster.

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FeatureActual New Games of 2012: The Half-Time Verdict

We pass judgement on the candidates from January and add a few to the list.

Back at the start of January, we wrote of our hope that 2012 would bring us more Actual New Games. As much as we like stuff like Diablo 3 (when we can play it), we also want games that "invent new styles and genres", as I said at the time.

I Am Alive PSN release date announced

I Am Alive PSN release date announced

Ubi's post-apocalyptic download out next month.

Post-apocalyptic survival adventure I Am Alive arrives on PlayStation Network from 4th April, Ubisoft has announced.

PlayStation Plus members get a 20 per cent discount during the game's first fortnight on sale - though a standard price has not yet been confirmed.

The game originally launched on Xbox Live Arcade earlier this month, picking up a solid 8/10 from Eurogamer's Tom Bramwell. See his I Am Alive review for details.

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I Am Alive Review

I Am Alive Review

The road much travelled.

OK, we get it. When the world ends, resources will be scarce, plants and animals will die out, human beings will eat each other and everyone will dress like a tramp. Years of popular fiction - games, novels and films - have rammed this home to such an extent that it blankets the world of pop culture like its own sort of nuclear winter. It's a shroud under which I Am Alive runs around doing interesting things for the five or six hours it takes to finish.

As one of only a few scattered survivors of an apocalyptic event referred to by everyone as The Event, you start the game by arriving at the fictional American city of Haventon where you used to live with your wife and daughter, following a long trek from coast to coast to reach them. Unfortunately, the city is in poor shape and your family home is deserted, so you set out through the streets looking for signs of life, recording a series of video messages on your camcorder which allow developer Ubisoft Shanghai to advance the plot.

Right from the start, resources are scarce - even your own health and stamina. You do have the classic video game hero's prodigious climbing skills, allowing you to scale twisted skyscrapers and collapsing suspension bridges like there's no tomorrow (which I suppose there isn't), but you have to take a breather quite often or else you will do yourself serious damage and potentially collapse and die.

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Xbox Live Arcade House Party schedule confirmed

Xbox Live Arcade House Party schedule confirmed

I Am Alive, Alan Wake's American Nightmare release dates.

Microsoft has revealed the release schedule for its impending Xbox Live Arcade House Party season.

First up on 15th February is EA's top-down puzzle adventure Warp, priced at 800 Points.

That's followed on 22nd February by survival horror spin-off Alan Wake's American Nightmare, priced at 1200 Points.

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Alan Wake's American Nightmare release date

Update: Digital Spy has updated its article to reflect the fact that while Microsoft's Xbox Live House Party promotion does indeed begin on 15th February, with one title launched per week, the order of those titles it originally suggested has yet to be confirmed.

Original story: Alan Wake's American Nightmare will launch on Xbox Live Arcade on 15th February, Digital Spy reports.

The action-orientated side-story kicks off Microsoft's upcoming 2012 Xbox Live House Party promotion. Three more high-profile downloadable games will follow on consecutive Wednesdays.

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Why I Am Alive is unlikely to launch on PC

Why I Am Alive is unlikely to launch on PC

"If only 50,000 people buy it then it's not worth it."

Post-apocalyptic survival game I Am Alive launches this winter on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Why not on PC?

For the game's creative director Stanislas Mettra, the reason is simple: PC gamers probably won't buy it, despite their moaning about it not being available.

"We've heard loud and clear that PC gamers are bitching about there being no version for them," Mettra told IncGamers.

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I Am Alive re-announced by Ubisoft

I Am Alive re-announced by Ubisoft

New trailer shows fresh gameplay.

I Am Alive, as suggested by various age rating summaries over the past months, is very much alive.

As revealed by a new gameplay trailer, below, I Am Alive is now a downloadable PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade game due out this winter. It was originally intended as a full, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 retail release.

Today, in its re-announcement press release, Ubisoft made no mention of a PC version.

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I Am Alive gameplay details revealed

I Am Alive gameplay details revealed

ESRB rating talks "sexual mistreatment".

The US ratings board has revealed new gameplay details for I Am Alive, Ubisoft's in-development action game.

The PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game contains blood, intense violence, sexual themes and strong language, according to its Mature ESRB rating (spotted by Destructoid).

As always, the ESRB rating summary makes for interesting reading. It is reproduced in full below:

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I Am Alive evidence builds

Ubisoft updated its rating yesterday.

An age rating for mysterious Ubisoft game I Am Alive has been modified, suggesting the game is still very much alive.

Ubi canned "Oblivion-style" Might & Magic

And tested "non-kill" FPS play in I Am Alive.

Ubisoft recently experimented with an "Oblivion-style" Might & Magic game though eventually ditched the concept, according to a developer resume.

I Am Alive gameplay trailer, screens leak

I Am Alive gameplay trailer, screens leak

M.I.A Ubisoft adventure shows its face.

A gameplay trailer and screens of long-in-the-offing Ubisoft adventure I Am Alive have been leaked onto the net.

First spotted over on NeoGAF, two YouTube clips posted by someone called billvonkova show a full gameplay trailer as well as a montage of screenshots. You can see both below.

The game - which sees you attempting to survive a series of natural disasters - has had a troubled history. First announced way back in 2008, development moved from French developer Darkworks to Ubisoft Shanghai in 2009 in an effort to speed up production.

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I Am Alive release imminent?

M.I.A. Ubisoft adventure gets age rating.

Long-in-development Ubisoft adventure title I Am Alive has been rated for release by the Australian Classification Board.

I Am Alive dev announces Black Death

I Am Alive dev announces Black Death

Darkworks readies survival horror FPS.

French developer Darkworks has gone public with Black Death, a horror FPS for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

According to the game's official site, it's set in an east coast US city that has been consumed by a mysterious chemical fog turning its inhabitants into - yes, you guessed it - sociopathic mutants.

You'll have to try and stay alive while ridding the city of its disfigured, murderous population.

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Ubisoft has transformed exciting survival disaster game I Am Alive from a full retail release into a PlayStation Network and Xbox Live download game, according to a new report.

I Am Alive due out in 2011?

Darkworks chap's online profile says so.

Ubisoft's upcoming survival game I Am Alive may not be out until 2011, if one of its game designers' online profiles is accurate.

I Am Alive delayed for "more work"

Out in financial 09/10 along with Red Steel 2, Assassin's 2, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon.

Ubisoft has delayed the release of I Am Alive until its next financial year, which runs from the start of April until the end of March 2010.

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Get juiced and get thinking.

We've had indie and esoterica, sports and music, MMOs and RPGs, and fighting and strategy, which just leaves the glamour girls of action, adventure, shooters and racing to strut their stuff.

Jade Raymond not doing I Am Alive

"At any level". Plus, it's first-person.

Ubisoft has told Eurogamer that "Jade Raymond is not involved in I Am Alive at any level" after reports based on a magazine preview.

Ubisoft unveils I Am Alive

Ubisoft unveils I Am Alive

New IP coming to consoles next year.

Ubisoft has confirmed it's working on a brand new adventure game called I Am Alive.

The title was officially unveiled at Ubi's E3 press conference with a short trailer. A young male character was shown stumbling through a dimly lit underground tunnel. He was confronted by a group of men, one of whom bore a startling resemblance to Steve McFadden.

"You know what we want," said pseudo-McFadden, and the main character begrudgingly tossed a bottle of mineral water onto the ground. The men ran over to seize it but the floor beneath them collapsed and they fell out of sight.

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