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I Am Alive Review
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Posted: 5 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


I Am Alive is an action adventure in a post apocalyptic future where an event has reduced cities to rubble. You traverse the country to find your wife and child. It draws on end of humanity fiction like The Road, and stands out for its commitment to creating this atmosphere of a world in pieces. It's an unflinching look an a world undone, pressed home not with flashy visuals but by the pain of characters in need and the frustration of losing substantial progress if you die.

Play is often slow, as you explore the collapsed city with sparse encounters with friends and not-so-friendly survivors. There is a lot of shimmying along girders and hanging from bridges to get around. But unlike other games, you are limited in how far you can climb and how long you can hang on for. Like the world around you, you are a man in pieces.

As you progress you can find various resources. However, these prized items need to be used with utmost care if you are going to survive. Not only are food, water (and bullets) scarce, you can only explore street level for a limit time because of a damaging dust storm. The result is a game you limp through, safeguarding your resources and only using if absolutely necessary.

Encounters are equally edgy. To preserve your bullets it's often better to act submissive, or trick assailants into trusting you before kicking them off ledges. Some of these enemies are random encounters, but others are set pieces that painfully illustrate how low humanity can fall. Friendly encounters present other conundrums, as you are asked for precious first aid kits in return for Retry tokens that reduce how much progress you lose if you die.

The result is a game that stands out for its commitment to its theme. Not once does it break cover from creating a space where humanity has lost not only civilisation but hope. There are moments of connection and light, but these only serve to illustrate what was lost.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/03/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: 1




Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game. There was originally an online multiplayer and co-op but this is no longer available.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for frequent strong violence and strong language. Game contains one scene of a sexual threat towards a restrained woman. Although the characters are silhouetted behind a curtain, the dialogue is clear as are the characters actions. The game also contains use of the word '*!@?*'. Enemies can be shot with a gun or by bow and arrow. You can also slit throats with a machete.

Rated for younger players in Australia where it is Mature Accompanied (MA 15+)

Skill Rating

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to manage resources well, and cope with losing progress if you die.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our I Am Alive Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Ubisoft) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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