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Is I Am Alive The Survival Title RE6 Should've Been?

After Resident Evil 6 was announced, some veteran fans got the feeling that in truth, RE6 was just another step away from true survival/horror. Those fans felt depressingly vindicated when Capcom said it just "makes sense" for the new installment to have more action.

But in looking at Ubisoft's I Am Alive, one has to wonder if this is the direction Resident Evil should've taken. Provided it's done correctly, the upcoming downloadable adventure could be an intense, white-knuckle thriller. An adventure that embraces the concept of survival in its most realistic sense, and also involves the immense amount of psychology inherent in such situations, is just crazy appealing. It's exactly the kind of progressive thinking we appreciate, so why couldn't Capcom have thought of it?

You know, instead of just mirroring Western themes, styles and settings, you could choose to flex that considerable artistic talent and give us something very new and very refreshing. Japanese developers can do it; they're just obsessed with mimicking the Western games right now. So yeah, more action. Of course. And it's true that I Am Alive suffered a development setback (it was supposed to be a disc-based title), so it may feel relatively thin in regards to refinement and gameplay options. But who knows? And besides, it's a fantastic and compelling concept.

"Survival/horror" may go the way of the dodo, especially if this new Silent Hill by unproven developer Vatra Games doesn't live up to the franchise's good name. We tolerated Operation Raccoon City as a way for Capcom to cater to those Western audiences with a squad-based shooter by SOCOM developer Slant Six, but we also counted on Capcom to deliver a traditional horror experience in RE6. And perhaps they still will; maybe the freaky, creepy elements will override the action in the new entry. But we still think they could've tried something riskier, ala I Am Alive. It could've been pretty damn interesting...

Related Game(s): I Am Alive

Tags: i am alive, resident evil 6, re6, survival horror games

1/24/2012 9:02:50 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (33 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 9:38:34 PM
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I am Alive will end up being a bad game or at least nothing better than a 7.5. We both know how Amy turned out. It's a shame that a respected developer like Capcom that knows how to do this genre right continues to piss on it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:02:39 PM

...what does AMY have to do with I Am Alive?

We've had fantastic downloadable games this generation.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:16:38 PM

But Ben, the fantastic Downloadables have either been artistic like Flower or shallow cartoony fun like Joe Danger. The ones that attempt to be more wind up like Amy and Jurassic Park, in the downloadable trashcan.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:37:40 PM

Shallow. I have used that exact word to describe most PSN games in the past. They just can't hold my interest for any length of time. The less said about the recent Jurassic Park game the better. I got it for free but somehow still felt ripped off because it was one of the free games on PS+.

I very much suspect Ubisoft cast I am Alive into the digital trashcan so to speak for a good reason. I have read they did not have a lot of faith in the game because they did not like how it was progressing during development.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:40:24 PM

We're turning a corner here, World. Things are changing fast in the digital realm.

And by the way, this has nothing to do with I Am Alive's quality. It could end up getting a 2; that's not the point.

It's the concept that's the issue.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:50:37 PM

I suppose you're right, I just feel like I've been waiting to see what's around that corner for at least 2 years and it hasn't arrived yet.

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Mr Bitey
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:50:48 PM

I don't think anyone can argue that disc releases tend to offer more than PSN games, but I think you guys are being shortsighted.

You're overlooking some incredible games like: Ratchet Clank: QfB, Wipeout HD, Infamous, Payday the Heist, and countless others.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 11:10:36 PM

You have to look at it from a position of potential. We didn't have downloadable games like PAYDAY years ago; we had games like Flow. The point is, even if the downloadable titles can't compete against the full-budget productions, the strides taken are undeniably huge.

And again, this is all about concept, not quality.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 11:34:52 PM

Admittedly I haven't played Payday, we're too FPS soaked as it is. inFamous is a full game placed on digital, not a digital only game.

On that note though, spending $15 on Darksiders from PSN felt much more right than if I had bought it on disc for full price.

Stuff like Wipeout and R&C fall into that kind of updated-SNES-game realm that digital games seem to fall prey to for me.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:00:17 AM

Ben,

Sorry for the delay in posting...watching Alien on Blu-ray.

This game has been in development for how long? Also this game is now Digital only release when it originally was going to be a Disk based game. I just feel a majority of the press surrounding it is negative and I wasn't impressed with the videos I've seen.

I brought up Amy as an example of a game that once had promise and people looking forward to it only to be let down. I'm not going to make that mistake with this game and I stand behind my opinion that it wont score any higher than a 7.5.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:21:37 AM

Um...ok. Doesn't really change the fact that this doesn't have anything to do with quality, but concept. :)

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:56:57 AM

Well I was making 2 points. First that I don't believe it will succeed in being a worthy survival game. The second being that I believe it will turn out like the game Amy.

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 2:11:50 AM

I think LV was speaking specifically about *this* game rather than generally about *any* PSN game (like World was), so I'm not sure the principle (or "concept") applies in reference to his comment.

I hope he's wrong, but I can see why he's got a bad feeling about IAA.


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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:22:15 PM
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I'll be so surprised if I am Alive turns out really good, but I definitely agree with this article. RE6 could have tried plenty of new things in order to espouse that survival instinct and thrill of scary atmospheres but instead they just said "Well, throw a bunch of action in there and call it a game".

Unfortunately that seems to be the mentality with all games now, which is confusing because now that we have the technology to entertain in incredible new ways we get the Hollywood treatment instead.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:06:42 AM

This tends to happen to all media. Look at how many great shows there have been but canceled while the damn Kardashians continue to get more shows. Look at music and all the artists that have made a difference only to be overshadowed by the Justin Biebers of the music industry.

Hell a perfect example is the movie Alien. It is movie perfection but Fox chose to run it into the ground. I wonder how many people thought it would be possible back in 1979 for there to be a movie depicting the aliens as bugs used for WWF looking Predators.

As time passes all form of media gets saturated with shit and unfortunately the majority of the world is stupid and lazy thus the reason so much shit continues to sell.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:42:11 PM
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No

It won't. Nothing personal to anyone who think it may be, but to think other wise is to set yourself up for some real disappointment

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Beamboom
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:39:49 AM
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The concept of this game is so good that if this game turns out to be bad hopefully someone else will do it right. But it is ubisoft after all... How bad can it be?

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Russell Burrows
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 1:21:33 AM
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Hopefully the controls work good.

Survival/horror need not be only about zombies! i.e.
The book Vertical Run is a very good survival/horror tale the more so for turning a simple and trite mundane setting into a survival battlefield.

In another example of horror/survival thousands of planes fall from the sky......um wait need to get that script registered first at WGA.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 2:24:04 AM
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I'm gonna get the good version of this game called The Last of Us

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Kevin5
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 5:30:26 AM

Pretty much this.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 7:09:43 AM

I think of these two titles as very different games. The last of us I expect to be very ND'ish linear movie gameplay, while my impression is that Iam alive has a more fokus on exploration and player choise, something that suits me much better.
But I think they look like two very different games, gameplayvise. I don't see them as competitors even. I hope I am right!

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 9:39:32 AM

Linear movie gameplay. That's a spot on description of ND's games and exactly why I'm not a huge fan of their games. I just don't like extremely linear games and the UC series is about as linear as you can get. Sorry. I hope they take the rails off with The Last of Us.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 4:44:09 PM

I'm not convinced The Last of Us will be as on rails as Uncharted is. The point is survival, so there's going to be ruins to scavenge and explore and dangers to brave that probably aren't all pre-scripted. Just my thoughts.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 5:38:35 PM

Lately it seems when the only complaint someone has for a game is its linear, they really have a hard time picking faults with the game and choose this as a fault. Some of the best games this gen have indeed been linear. Even one of my fav rpgs, Mass Effect 2, isn't exactly full of open ended gameplay.

Linear shouldnt be looked upon as negative like some people use it as often times the narrative is tighter because of this. RDR was one of the few open world games that actually had a really tight narrative for it to be a sandbox game

A game being linear doesnt take away from the experience thats given when playing the game, at least to me. Not every game can be a skyrim or red dead redemption.

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 2:22:19 AM

Linear design may not be a negative or fault per se, but it is a format which may be less attractive to some gamers. I will always prefer an open-world game to a linear game of comparable quality (inFAMOUS over Uncharted, for instance).

And I like strong storytelling.


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Beamboom
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 10:33:48 AM

Aaronis: for me personally linearity is a major issue. I simply find too linear games to annoy me. It's just how I tick. I feel like a puppet on a string and I hate it. I really do.
So those games are simply not for me. I'm not saying they are bad.

World: I hope you are right! It would be awesome to see nd make something else. They have proven they master the linear format. I hope they challenge themselves in a different direction now!

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___________
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 3:47:09 AM
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hell no, 2 completely different concepts!
last time i checked i am alive does not have rabid flesh eating things trying to rip you apart!
whole point of survival horror is being severely under equipped to defeat enemies, but this really does not have any big combat moments like that.

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DIsmael85
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 7:52:52 AM
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Resident Evil 6 is only a fast paced trailer, who knows what the actual game will be like when it comes out. Though I am willing to bet it'll be better than I Am Alive. *was very saddened with Amy*

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slugga_status
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:10:52 AM
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Totally agree with this article. I just hope that there are some survival horror elements involved. You can't judge RE6 just off the first trailer. It looks like it'll take us on a hell of a ride.

I Am Alive's concept is extremely intriguing. The game seems to be full of options/courses of action gamers can choose from. I just can't see this game being awful. The only thing that concerns me is the I've seen Third Person movement and I've seen First Person shooting. Only game that I know of that it worked in is MGS games.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 11:54:24 AM

Well it appears that aiming in shooting is all done in First Person..don't like the sound of that..should definitely be an option..

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Russell Burrows
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:17:05 PM
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Severely underequiped??

How about the only weapons you have are mops, brooms and detergent and cleaning fluids versus getting to work at your workplace of years in a huge multistory building to find out that everyone and I mean everyone! wants to kill you??

Cool story for a good book and soon to be movie:

Vertical Run.

Now if some Game Developer can give us an actual game based on this then I will be happy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 4:44:50 PM

you really love that book huh?

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Russell Burrows
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 1:18:15 AM
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Good story is good story.
I like situations where instead of a cliched story/situation we get something new and fresh.

For example Dean Koontz or Philip K. Dick wrote some good stories.

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