Posted: March 22
Reviews said this game was what Survival fans have been waiting for, what the Post-Apocalyptic genre has been lacking. Well, I'm not really a Survival fan, especially when it comes to Survival Horror, but after all the latest Zombies games like Rage and Dead Island - I Am Alive is original, innovative and artistic.
Instead of killing Zombies with a somehow everlasting arsenal of weapons, from blades and clubs to grenade launchers and Molotov cocktails, this time the scenario is far more realistic. An event has occurred, a global catastrophe. The protagonist, after travelling for a full year, returns to his home to try and find his wife and daughter. His enemy? The dust in the air depleting his stamina and health, the physical obstacles (holes, collapsed structures, improvised barriers and barricades, and worst of all - most of the other survivors, stereotypically selfish, evil and deadly).
If you rush into combat in this game, you'll die. There's no "attack" option, only certain actions requiring careful planning, strategy and patience. A lot of the game is spent trying to figure out how to reach your next destination, by climbing ruins and jumping gaps. My favourite bit about the game is the attention to role-play details. Being able to threaten unarmed opponents to surrender, helping victims in need by sharing supplies for information, and how certain survivors just want to be left alone but won't attack - all create a fantastic mood and suspense of disbelief all the more easy for us deep role-play fans.
The graphics are smart, by that I mean that the use of dust in the air made it possible to have low quality details as far as the enviornment goes, but high realistic details when it comes to characters and the near surroundings. The music is also great! The actual game-play is not my cup of tea, but I've very glad to have played this game. The story, the mood, the characters, the world - all make for an extremely fun gaming experience. Survival fans? This is most definitely a must game for you lot. Not survival fans? You would still enjoy this, but I would wait a year or two so as to pay a cheaper price.