Ubisoft’s I Am Alive was on display at this year’s CES convention where new details and screenshots of the game have come to light. As previously explained, the game puts you in the shoes of a character living in a city that’s been brought to its knees by natural disasters that have changed the world and society along with it. Everyday life is about survival and nothing more. If you want to live, you’re going to have to push yourself to your limits and go places you previously thought unimaginable.
Venturebeat.com offers up several gameplay scenarios that I Am Alive will drop players into; What will you do when a small group of people start circling you, obviously planning something? You pull your weapon but the clip is empty. Will you bluff and try to intimidate them? Either they’ll leave you alone or they’ll call you out and things will get messy. The system also works the other way around with players being able to call out potential threats to them as well. Fight and win, fight and lose, run and survive, run and get gunned down? Any number of things can happen and your survival is contingent on what you decide to do.
Simply saying I Am Alive is about survival doesn’t do the game justice. Players will literally have to scavenge the city for supplies which you can either use yourself, or try to barter with. Be careful though, you only have so much stamina. If you’re bent on scaling that skyscraper for whatever is inside make sure you don’t run out of stamina and grow tired, making yourself vulnerable. You can even take medicine to aid any ailments you pick up along the way, but be sure its the right stuff. If you take something that you don’t need, it could spell trouble.
As you can see, I Am Alive is a very different kind of game. It’s not about large explosions, the threat of war or saving the world, it’s about staying alive. That’s it. It’s an experimental game that represents a risk for Ubisoft in an industry that’s dominated by action-packed blockbusters. I Am Alive is scheduled to hit Xbox Live Arcade next month as part as Microsoft’s House Party promotion. There’s three new screenshots of the game in action waiting for you below. Stay tuned to XBLAFans for more I Am Alive coverage coming your way in the near future.