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Submitted by DanielSan22 1398d ago | opinion piece

Why the videogames industry needs I Am Alive

Have you played I Am Alive, Ubisoft’s much-troubled apocalyptic survive-em-up? While it’s a flawed game, certainly, it’s also an extremely important one (I Am Alive, Industry, PS3, Xbox 360)

sloth3395  +   1398d ago
good story but i didnt care for the controls it seemed unrefined
shodan74  +   1398d ago
I have to say that I agree with this to a large extent. The 'mid-level' games, and the companies that produce them, are in danger of being squeezed out of existence if the industry continues to develop in the way it has been. This would be quite tragic in my opinion, as I often find these kinds of titles the most interesting of all.

Fortunately, I think we'll start to see more mid-level downloadable titles like I Am Alive in the coming years: offering reasonable production values and content for around a third of the price of a full retail game. Digital distribution is the way to go. Hopefully it'll allow sizable companies to explore fresh ideas without breaking the bank.
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kevnb  +   1398d ago
this is the console industry. You either go huge or fail. The future seems to be games that most here wouldnt even play, there are so many low cost or free to play games making tons of cash.
ThatEnglishDude  +   1398d ago
It saddens me to know that a game that tries to attempt something remotely new and refreshing will get forgotten while the newest Call of Duty will get rave reviews and glowing praise from critics worldwide.

Yes, I am Alive is a flawed game, yes it's not the most polished title out there, but at LEAST it's trying something new. In an industry that's ditched the search for innovation and originality, something like this should be praised and mechanics and ideas should be used and refined in future games. Just because it's not perfect doesn't mean the idea should be scrapped.

The same thing applies to sequels. I'm sick of the development mentality being to reboot a franchise instead of fixing the flaws of the game before it. Hitman Blood Money had it's flaws, but you dont fix it by making it Splinter Cell Conviction. Devil May Cry 2 was largely considered a mediocre game with a lot of flaws that made it inferior to the original, so what did Capcom do? They came back with what most call the best in the series.

I applaud games like I am Alive and even perhaps Alone in the Dark for trying something new and being bold enough to break the mould. It's just a shame that these games are often unpolished and give the assumption that it's a failed idea.
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