Ubisoft Xbox 360 Game Reviews
Assassins Creed II: Game of The Year - Classics Edition (Xbox 360)
Assassins Creed II Game of the Year Edition (Xbox 360) I bought this game about eight months ago from play.com as it was on sale and I had not tried any of the assassins creed games before this - I probably should I bought the first game in the series before this one! But not knowing the previous game or any background ... information about the game series did not inhibit the game play or progression though the game. I love this game, it is the game genre that I like the most as it is a historical FPS game (and I love the Tom Clancy splinter cell and prince of Persia games too) and I am definitely going to buy the two other games in this series - 'brotherhood' and 'revelations' for my Xbox. This review contains spoilers and mini hints about game play.
- Information about the game series and specifications of this game
The assassin's creed game series is owned by Ubisoft, a French company. This is the second game in the assassin's creed series, with assassin's creed brotherhood as the third game and the latest game in the series is called revelations. Assassin's creed II was released in 2009 and it is available on multiple platforms such as Xbox, PS3, PC and Mac. This game has an age rating of 15 as it 'contains strong bloody violence and infrequent very strong language'. This game is a single player game (I would have preferred this game to be a single and multiplayer game) and this game of the year edition contains additional game sequences and Templar secret locations which I presume the original assassins creed II does not contain.
- Basic plot (the plot is a bit difficult to describe)
The basic plot of the game is based around a character called "Ezio Auditore da Firenze" and this is the character that 95% of the game play will be through. Ezio is the far distant ancestor of a character called "Desmond Miles", Desmond uses a machine called 'the animus' to go back in time and Desmond lives the life of Ezio (this is the best way I can describe the whole two characters, two time periods interacting situation). The animus makes history come alive. Desmond is using the animus to go back in time as one of his ancestors to find the 'apple', which in the game is one of the pieces of Eden. In the game there are two main groups of people, the assassins which is what you play as (hence the name of the game) and there are also the Templars (which was actually a group of people, crusaders). The Templars have this 'apple' and it keeps the Templars in power, therefore the assassins need to obtain this apple - this is where Desmond/Ezio come in.
- Beginning of the game/introduction
The game starts with Desmond explaining the whole situation with the animus, Templars and Ezio, which is useful, especially as I didn't read about this game or the game series when I bought it. After Desmond explains the situation, you then go to 15th century Italia and to Ezio' s birth, which in my opinion is just ridiculous - as you have to press the controller buttons 'A, B, Y, X' in the order in which they come up on the screen to move the babies limbs - as if you are the baby moving. So the game started off well with the explanation then quickly turns laughable by the end of the introduction to the game with the baby thing!
The first part of the actual game play is when Ezio 17 (according to the booklet that came with the game) and he is getting into a fight with others, this is one of the main themes within the game - fighting, as you would expect, as you may as well start as you mean to go on - by killing everyone! The first part of the game play is located in 'Repubblica Fiorentina' and it is 1476. I like that the first section of game play/mission before the title screen is a fight, as it gets you ready for the rest of the game - as you will quickly learn what buttons to use. Also while playing the game little hints pop up at the sides of the screen, most of which are really useful. Another mission before the title screen and the main game is a race - this is also a main component of this game - racing. Racing in the game could take the form of: running away from guards, running to catch someone or an actual race. The first race in this game is to reach the top of a building before Ezio' s brother, this is very slightly difficult if you are not used to the game play - as Ezio can jump for building to building, from pole to pole and Ezio can also swing, run, jump, dive and many more things. The title screen then shows up after you have won the race and reached the top of the building.
- Game structure: levels/sequences
Firstly, the game structure and levels. The game begins with sequence one (sequences are just levels). The sequences carry on up until sequence 13, the completion of which will be the end of the game. In each sequence there are so many minor/major assassin contracts/missions within them, from: sending a letter to someone on the other side of the city, assassinating someone/s and following someone without being detected (this is one of the missions I am not good at as I am not very good at being stealth like!) The sequences are really quite long, because of all of the short and longer missions and also you can just roam around the cities buying things from shops or climbing buildings if you want - you don't have to rush through all of the missions in the sequences as there is obviously no time limit. The first time I played this game I completed the first sequence fairly quickly, then the second sequence was harder (as you would expect) and I got bored with trying to complete the same mission over and over again, so I did not play it for a few months but when I started playing this game again (about two months ago) I have been addicted to it and I completed the other 11 sequences and the game within about two months or less. I wouldn't have normally played on a game for about an hour or two a day but I have had multiple kidney infections over the past five/four months so I have been playing this game a lot more and I have completed it now so I will definitely be buying the other two newer games in this series.
- Locations/cities within the game
There are various cities/locations and also historical sites and buildings throughout the game. The first location you start in is in 'Repubblica Fiorentina', which is where Ezio and his mother/father/sister/brother live. Other cities within the game include: Monteriggioni, Florence, Apennine Mountains (which is the most boring location in the game, as it is just a mountain pass with occasional treasure chests) and Forli. Roma and Venice are my favourite locations by far. I have been to both Roma and Venice last summer, so it was interesting to see what the makers of the game thought that the cities would be like in the 15th century - and you can go to the Rialto bridge in the game (it is obviously nothing like it is now, although in the game there are lots of people there, like there were when I went to Venice last summer). In this game I do like Venice, as it is interesting and you get to go to carnival too (and you get a mask and have to compete in different mini games) but one thing about Venice in this game is that: if you are in a mission or you have a symbol on your mini map at the bottom of your screen that you want to get to, you can't just run there as you end up in a canal, which is what happened to me. So I do like Roma a little bit more as a location because of the lack of canals and swimming! Swimming is fun and unusual at first but later on in the game swimming just gets boring and it is quicker to just run from rooftop to rooftop!
- Game play: characters and weapons
The main characters in this game are as follows: Desmond/Ezio and Lucy (who is in control of the animus, as well as two others). Other recurring characters include: Ezio's brother/sister/mother/father/uncle and Leonardo Da Vinci. Another recurring character/individual in the game is that of doctors, which can have actual shops or stands in the city. The doctors are obviously a necessity in the game but I hate their appearance as they wear the plague doctor 'bird beak' masks - which after a horrible day at the 'York Dungeons' when I was about 13 has made me absolutely terrified of the plague doctor masks, so this game does not help my irrational fear. Also there are quite a few 'enemies' in this games and some of which are as follows: Guards (the main 'enemy' as well as the Templars), archers (very annoying as they can make you fall off buildings), brutes (stronger guards) and some minor others.
In terms of weapons, Ezio has many but a lot of them, as well as weapon upgrades have to be purchased from the armourers located around all of the cities in the game. Other shops in this game include: clothing stores, art/painting suppliers and doctors/apothecary's. Weapons in this game start of as fists, then daggers and as you progress you are able to buy more and more weapons such as: knifes, swords and hidden blades (which you get from Leonardo Da Vinci later on in the game and they come in very useful in missions and for killing guards). Other weapons include: poison blades, hammer/axe, and smoke bombs (not really weapons, they are used to distract people so you can get away without having to kill everyone! I don't use smoke bombs). And towards the end of the game you also get a pistol, bullets, a mace, throwing knifes and more. Using the weapons in this game is quite good, the weapons that are boring to use in my opinion are fists and smoke bombs so I don't use them - the best weapons in this game have to be the hidden blades from Da Vinci which start out as one blade then it is improved to be a double hidden blade, which allows you to kill guards/enemies really quickly and easily. It is easy to use the weapons in this game and it is also easy to swap between different weapons (with the RB button on the top of the controller) and the game pauses while you are selecting a weapon too.
- Game play: actions - climbing, fighting and dying!
Climbing buildings, running and jumping are quite difficult at first, especially if like me you have not played the first game in the series, but they get easier the more you play the game and this is the second best thing about the game after fighting in my opinion. I really like this game and the characters abilities/movements to jump, swing, and run from rooftop to rooftop, building to building are so fluid and easy, it makes the game really nice to play. Being able to climb buildings, run fast, jump and dive are skills needed throughout the game. For example, you will need to run away and hide from guards, jump off buildings into conveniently placed piles of hay, climb buildings to retrieve feathers/mini statues or to escape guards, to jump on and assassinate people, etc. As for the fighting, it is really quite fun, although in the process you can actually kill civilians such as prostitutes, shop owners, random people carrying boxes or monks...
The fighting is really easy when you get used to the buttons and which ones do which movement. The fights can last quite a while and this will obviously decrease your health so you have to see a doctor and get healed. The best thing to have with you in this game is a medicine pouch, with can first hold ten bottle of medicine but later on in the game it can be upgraded (if you have the money, which you will as you get money from completing missions - short or long and you can loot dead bodies) to accommodate fifteen bottle of medicine which come in so handy are they are essential if you want to survive some of the fights later on in the game. Also after getting into fights you need to have your amour repaired. And the more fights you get into, especially guards, the more your characters notoriety will increase; this is displayed during game play on the assassin symbol at the top left corner. The assassin symbol will be white if you are anonymous, green if you are hidden, red if you are in open conflict with the guards (in this case you either have to kill the guards around you, that are attacking you or you need to escape, which is easy when you are in Venice as you can swim away!). Yellow indicates when you are in conflict will the guards but they do not attack you and finally if the assassin symbol is blue then you are 'vanishing', I don't think the assassin symbol has ever been blue when I play this game - it is usually yellow or red!
Other actions that Ezio can perform include: stealing from people as you pass by them (you can also loot dead bodies by holding down the B button), attack, sprint, tackle, dive (into hay and water), dodge attacks, taunt guards (which is something I don't do, as I find it pointless) and you can pick up weapons off the floor. Ezio does have a special assassin ability which in the game is called 'eagle vision', this makes the screen blue and it is really useful at various points in the game. For example, when on eagle vision guards show up as red and in some missions you have to find someone that is in disguise/undercover so 'eagle vision' is needed here as these people show up as gold in eagle vision, so you can find them.
Also when you die in this game, you will go to where ever you were at the time. Although if you are in the middle of a mission and you die, you will have to start that missions again - which can be very annoying, especially with the difficult Templar/tomb locations towards the end of the game. When you die the screen goes red and you are taken to a loading page, before you go back into the game. The loading page is strange as you have to make the character run while in this white loading page to make it load back to the game. I find that sometimes it loads on its own but other times it can take a while.
- Game play: assassin contracts/missions and collecting items
There are various assassin contracts/missions in this game and they obviously become increasingly difficult as the game progresses. Although there are so many mini missions throughout the game that are not difficult, such as delivering letters, which you get money for. Some of the missions that I hate in this game are the ones in which you have to follow someone without being detected, as I always end up being detected! For example, in one mission you have to follow some Templar's to their meeting and that mission took me at least four attempts to complete as I hate these kinds of missions (but you get to kill the Templars at the end of their meeting anyway!). Another type of mission that I don't like are timed ones, as I always end up jumping to another building and missing, or running into guards - then I have to complete the mission while guards are chasing me and throwing stones at me to cause me to fall of a building! I personally like the missions where you have to kill people, there is one mission towards the end of the game where you have to kill seven people and they are all in different locations across the city and there is a different situation for each assassination - I like these kinds of missions.
Another mission I like, well it is not really a mission, but it is the Templar locations which are specific to this game of the year edition. The Templar secret locations are a series of difficult places in which you have to complete a series of movements though a location with no mistakes otherwise you will start from the beginning. Some of the Templar locations include: 'Arsenal Shipyard' which was really quite difficult and it involved chasing a Templar knight! Another secret Templar location is 'Palazzo Medici' and 'Santa Maria del Frari'. The 'Santa Maria del Frari' location was one of my favourites to complete as it is not just a series of difficult movements through this massive church, as you have to complete four different tasks within the church in order to complete it. At the end of each Templar mission you get some treasure chests to loot from and you also get a Templar seal - I have obtained all of the Templar seals as I really like these features of the game. Throughout the game (although not in the Templar locations) there are items you have to collect. For example, there are treasure chests located around all of the cities/locations and you can buy treasure maps from the stores in all of the cities in the game. You can get up to 1000f in each treasure chest, although most of them only contain 300f (I have no idea what the 'f' stands for). Other things you have to collect towards the middle/end of the game are feathers and mini statues - and codex pages. Codex pages, of which there are 30 to collect, are pages of a journal with information on about the apple - pieces of Eden. In this game this is one of the on-going missions/things to collect and there will be multiple codex pages in each city/location.
Also occasionally, Desmond has to get out of the animus, which means that you stop playing the game as Ezio for a while and I find this part of the game to be incredibly boring and pointless! This is the only main negative point about the game in my opinion. The small parts of the game where you have to be Desmond are so boring and I wish that this game did not have these sections in it!
- Horse riding, swimming and Leonardo Da Vinci...
In this game some of the more unusual things you have to do, well they could be considered unusual when compared to just wandering around 15th century Venice...Include: Horse riding, swimming, rowing a gondola and having a chat with Leonardo Da Vinci and test piloting his first flying machine! The horse riding, swimming and the flying machine are later on in the game but you meet Leonardo Da Vinci fairly early on (maybe in sequence 3 or 4, I can't remember exactly). The horse riding in this game is quite good and the best thing about horse riding is that it is so much quicker than running. Horses are very useful as in some missions you have to reach various people in a fairly short space of time and the people are spilt up all over the city. Also, as with the horse riding, swimming in this game is later on - you don't get to do this early on in the game at all and most of the swimming you do in this game is in Venice because of the canals.
As for Leonardo Da Vinci, in this game he is a friend of the family and you occasionally bring him 'codex pages' for him to decode. When he decodes them you get more information about the apple and the pieces of Eden. Also Leonardo Da Vinci gives you the hidden blade (and later on the double hidden blade) which are very, very useful. Also in one small section of the game you get to control a horse and carriage as you and Leonardo have to get away from a lot of guards who climb on the carriage and they are throw fire things on the road so you have to dodge them - and the road is very winding anyway! This section of the game was really quite entertaining and I liked this addition to the game. Then the flying machine, you get to fly the flying machine towards the end of the game and I thought that it would be fairly easy - but it is not! The flying machine will lose altitude unless you fly over a large fire, which are conveniently placed around the city as you fly over it. The flying machine section really wasn't as good as I thought it would be and I found it really quite boring unfortunately. I think the makers of the game thought that just assassinating people in a game all of the time would be quite boring and it is a little bit and I think that it why they have added these different tasks occasionally throughout the game - some of which I like, other like the flying machine I don't.
- End of the game and after completion
The ending of the game was quite disappointing in my opinion, as one of the main things you need to do is discretely infiltrate the place where the last (?) Templar is - which I am not very good at as I mentioned before I am not good at missions where you have to remain undetected by the guards (which are everywhere in all mission, cities and locations). Then you have to assassinate the Templar leader and this takes ages! Usually when you are fighting someone in this game, it does not take too long and you can see their health decreasing with the health indicator above the character but this old Templar it takes ages to assassinate him - which was really quite boring, a bit ridiculous and it made my thumb hurt for pressing the button a lot. After this annoying, boring section, another one of the main things that you need to do before you can complete the game is to find all of the remaining codex pages that you have not found. This is the easiest part of the game, as you can just go to all of the cities (using the transport/ticket stand at the gates of each city) and use the map to look across the city and find the codex symbol on the map. Until this point in the game I had not used the maps at all as I didn't need too, but the maps come in so useful when finding codex pages. Also on the maps, you can lock onto a symbol that you want to get to, so that when you go off the maps, you will be able to see where you need to go - instead of having to go back onto the map to see if you are going in the right direction.
Once you have found all 30 codex pages, you go back to Ezio's uncles home to convene with the other assassins and you have to rearrange the codex pages that are on a wall - this seemed easy at first but it was fairly difficult - hint: turn on eagle vision and the pattern you should be trying to make with the lines of the codex pages is that of: a map of the world, showing the continents. You have to get all of the codex pages exactly right, otherwise you cannot progress and you also can not leave the room until you have finished it as the doors will be 'locked'! I completed this game about a month ago and the credits will show up on the screen when you have finished the game. But then the game goes back to Ezio and Italia, so you can carry on playing the game and completing mini assassin contracts when the game has ended but you don't get missions to complete.
- Additional information
There are some scenes in the game that you cannot skip which is a bit annoying (especially at the end of the game) but it does help tell the story of the game and Ezio. The characters do swear fairly often and the characters usually speak in English but they do quite often speak in Italian. There is an instruction guide with the game which is fairly useful and there are hints that pop up while playing the game and also on the loading page. Later on towards the end of the game you go through fighting/training (at Ezio' s uncles house in Monteriggioni I think) which I think should have been added at the start of the game, as it would have made the rest of the game a little bit easier. Overall, I find the story of the game interesting (apart from the Desmond parts) and the game play itself is entertaining and engaging.
- Overall positives
The overall positive of this game in my opinion are as follows: I love this genre of games as I find them fun and interesting to play. Also I like the characters movements in this game, as they are so fluid and easy (most of the time). The characters themselves are fairly engaging and entertaining, although they do swear a fair amount, which does not bother me but it may bother others. The graphics in this game are very good, although at some points when the characters are talking the mouth can look really quite strange and also skin tone can look odd too. The abilities of Ezio are great as it means that you can run, jump, dive, fight and swim your way through the game with relative ease. The missions are great, some are easy and other are more challenging but if they game was really easy all of the time then it may get boring. The fighting missions are fun although I don't like all missions - sound track is good too. This game was really cheap from play.com too and there are more games in the series that I am now definitely going to buy!
- Overall negatives
The overall negatives about this game are as follows: there are not a lot of negative points about this game as I really do like this game, although there are some flaws. For example, the loading page can take a while to load; the beginning scene in the game with the baby is just ridiculous as is the ending with the old Templar that will not die easily. Also I am get bored with this game if I cannot complete a certain mission.
- Price and availability
I bought his game from play.com for only £5! Which is a fantastic price, in my opinion, as the game lasts for a while, there are loads of missions to complete and you can carry on playing the game after the credit show up. The price of this game is now at: play.com, game station, and amazon - £10. And you will probably be able to find this game on eBay too.
*Mostly it is not too difficult and the game genre is great
*Characters movements are very fluid and it makes the game really nice to play
*Sound track and graphics are very good
*Cheap! And fairly widely available to buy online
* Abilities of the characters: jump, run, dive, swing/run from building to building
*Large range of weapons to use, lots of cities to explore (my favourite cities: Roma and Venice)
*Lots of minor characters to interact with - as well as great recurring characters such as Leonardo Da Vinci
*Some of the dialogue is in Italian, although most of it is in English
*So many missions so you definitely get your money's worth from this game! And you can still play the game and practice after the game has finished
*If I cannot complete a particular mission, the game can get a bit boring and frustrating
*Sometimes the graphics are slightly off and the loading screen can take a while to load and go back to the game
*The ending is a little bit of a disappointment and in my opinion the first scene with the baby is just ridiculous!
Thank you for reading my review - this review is already posted on ciao under my username labellavita1992
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I Am Alive (Xbox 360)
== I AM ALIVE == Finally I can say that I Am Alive has been released. I Am Alive has taken four years to be released but not how we all thought. I Am Alive didn't get a retail release and is in fact an Xbox Live Arcade game. This doesn't bother me an awful lot because a while back the game looked dead and was forgotten about but it ... definitely would of been better as a full release. I Am Alive is a survival horror game and one of the more realistic ones around to date mainly because others usually involve things like zombies or other creatures/monsters. I Am Alive doesn't feature any of these but you do have enemies such as other human beings. The game is available on PS3 as well as Xbox 360 and the game was developed by Ubisoft Shanghai and published by Ubisoft.
=== STORY ===
The story to I Am Alive is one reason why I love the game because its something new and exciting and is full of suspense and thrills. You are a guy called Adam who, one year on, after a worldwide disaster finds himself alone with most of human civilization wiped out and also finds himself struggling to survive in the deserted and destroyed town of Haventon. Adam is alone as he goes in search of his wife and daughter whom he hasn't seen in almost a year. Adam also meets survivors in and around the town and must help them with things they need and want and he also meets people which give him quests to do as he searches for his family.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
I Am Alive is similar to some survival horror games but mainly because of the camera angle the game uses. The game is shot from a third person perspective and overall this works really well and the camera in this game barely gets annoying like in most games. There is only one real game mode but there are two difficulties. One is just a basic normal difficulty and the other is actually called survival mode where enemies are harder to beat and rations and other items are harder to come by. When in the game you will come across tons of different items and you have to be very careful because you will meet survivors that might want your items.
After helping a survivor by giving them your goods that you have found you will automatically receive a bonus retry. Retries in this game are a massive thing because if you die and use one it automatically takes you back to your last checkpoint but if you die and have used all your retries you are automatically taken back to your last save point. I think this is a really good thing about the game because it makes it much more challenging over time. Adam has a health bar and stamina bar which is used throughout the whole of the game with the things you can do with Adam. He can jog which uses his stamina and sprint by tapping your button which uses much more stamina. Stamina automatically refills when you are resting, walking or basically not straining yourself. You will find items that will heal your health and stamina if you get desperate.
Adam does a hell of a lot of climbing in this game and its a bit of a mix between Tomb Raider style and Prince Of Persia style but more realistic and exciting. When climbing up to extreme heights Adam's stamina will drop increasingly but there are pitons that can help you. The game is quite realistic in places with bullets, rations and other bits hard to come by. Adam will use things such as a pistol, bow and grappling hook to get to those hard to reach places. You can use your pistol to hold up enemies and force them to back off to the edge of buildings or close to a lit fire and then you can kick them off or into the fire if you so wish. Adam will also receive a gas mask later in the game to help with the dust and ash in the lower area of town.
The game doesn't just have your normal survivors as it also has enemies that will attack you to survive or protect their territory. You must do what you can to survive and sometimes you can find yourself taking on up to 6 enemies at once. Approaching enemies with guns will cause them to aim the gun at you, now you have the decision to either approach the enemy because some don't actually have bullets or you can just walk away and nothing will happen. You could also go for the more serious option and pull your gun out and try to kill them before they kill you. The only downside is the rarity of ammo so you must use it wisely. Other enemies may approach you with machetes so you can hold your hands up and surprise them when they least expect it by slicing them with your very own machete. There are enemies later that wear bullet proof armor and will require you to shoot them in the head.
=== GRAPHICS ===
Now the graphics to I Am Alive are superb and stand out with great detail. Okay so its not up to some high standards like proper retail games but for an Xbox Live Arcade game the graphics are amazing. The town is beautifully designed very similar to a foggy Silent Hill town. Also Adam the main character of the game is a great looking character to play and is detailed really well. The game is better played at night because the game does have its dark parts which are very hard to see in daylight but the colouring overall is actually spot on. Later in the game things get worse with the dust and ash which makes it harder for you to see and to navigate around but i also think this works really well too. Enemies are probably the least detailed because you will meet many enemies that look alike but its nothing major. Overall I think I Am Alive is definitely one of the better looking Xbox Live Arcade games around!
=== SOUND EFFECTS ===
The sound effects to the game are very detailed in all aspects and is by far one of the positives of the game. The music gets exciting at times and adds more suspense and drama to the game. But the real bonus about the sound is the actual in game effects because they really bring the game to life. What stands out really well is the climbing effects when Adam is flying up all kinds of different bits. I was quite impressed with the action sound effects as well. Overall the game does have some top sound effects that sound perfect from a bit of machete fighting, climbing up massive buildings, running in the empty streets and having a shoot out with a bunch of savages and they all sound fantastic overall. You will meet many characters who sound and fit the game really well and its surprisingly impressive.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
This is one of those games where it can be quite challenging especially if you're new to these survival horror games. This is probably one of the hardest and most annoying at times but it rarely disappointed me. The hardest part of the game is probably keeping your items for other survivors that you want to help and when fighting numerous enemies at once. Because you rarely find ammo and sometimes you don't have any then you're going to struggle especially against the enemies with the guns which is always best to try and take them out first because 9/10 they will drop a bullet for you and you can hold the others up with your gun. Climbing up and finding where to go isn't too hard but can be confusing later on in the game. Controls are pretty much accurate and easy to master. Overall the difficulty of the game would be challenging for most.
By far the disappointment of the game is the length of it. It does have its replay value though and is one of the most enjoyable survival horror games I have ever played. Also because its something different is a bonus. The game took me roughly around 4-5 hours on one playthrough which isn't the worst ever and that's not forgetting the game is an Arcade games. Also the game is more challenging in survival mode which could take double the amount of time to finish. Overall I think its a little disappointing but its worth it and is worth playing through numerous times.
=== PRICE & ACHIEVEMENTS ===
I wasn't really that surprised by the price of the game but its definitely worth its value. The game cost me 1200 Microsoft Points which is equivalent to around £9.99. So for a fantastic survival horror game at that price its definitely value for money. Microsoft Points can be more expensive than that but there are places such as eBay, Game and Gamestation that sell them online for £9.99 for 1200 points and its even better because you get the code for the points in seconds. So overall very cheap for a brand new game.
There are a total of just 12 achievements on the game and to get all of them it will require you to go through the game at least twice. 200g is on offer because its an Arcade game but there is a bit of variety in the achievements which is always good to see. Some achievements include completing the game on normal mode and survival mode and some also include saving a certain amount of survivors or doing certain missions. Overall there is a nice variety.
=== PROS ===
*Stunning environments and very detailed graphics for an Arcade game.
*The game features some fantastic sound effects and some suspenseful music throughout that will keep you on edge throughout.
*I really like the story because its something new and very interesting.
*Not just a survival game because it has action and platforming elements too.
*£9.99 for a top notch survival horror game is well worth it.
*Its quite realistic in some places and makes a lot of sense.
=== CONS ===
*Its not a proper retail release which is a shame.
*The game isn't massive and can be completed in no time when you get the hang of it.
*Also the game is a little difficult in places especially when you're surrounded by enemies.
*No multiplayer options at all except online leaderboards.
*The side quests when helping survivors seem a little repetitive at times.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
So I Am Alive was finally released on the Xbox 360 but not as a proper game but just as a download only after a whole 4 years worth of waiting I have to say i thoroughly enjoyed it and I am very glad I got it. I Am Alive is exciting and full of surprises. I do feel the game would of been better if released on disc and if it was much longer or had some sort of multiplayer option other than a leaderboard that doesn't effect the game at all.
I Am Alive is definitely a game i would recommend especially if you like the Silent Hill games or other games similar to that. Also if you like a good challenging game then this could be right up your street. The main thing to look at is the length and to be honest you shouldn't let the length of this put you off because the town is quite big and you can explore quite a lot of it. Also the game has to be completed numerous times for all achievements and its just as enjoyable second time round.
So Overall a top Arcade game and worth every penny and definitely a game I would recommend. I would give I Am Alive a fantastic 9/10 rating! One of the best Arcade games available on Xbox Live and soon to be on PSN (PS3).
Review also posted on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (Xbox 360)
@ About, Gameplay @ This game is for all the gamers who love that little number next to your gamertag, it has the easiest achievements i have ever seen, simple things like completing the game can earn triple figure gamerscore just by collecting various achievements on the way to the final mission. The longevity of the game is ... great - tons of missions and theres a truck load of collectables to get whilst trying to build your favourite weapons by collecting blueprint pieces. There is a lot of humour in the game and random bizarre characters such as spaghetti tornados and gigantic steak pies which make the game that little more unique.
The missions are relatively straight forward and levels don't have areas where you can go wrong or get lost, they are just one way levels you can walk to the end. (whilst encountering evil food on the way) so chances are you wont need a guide for this game. I have never experienced any glitches or errors in the game and the map is very smooth without broken objects like morphed objects thanks to poor programming, everything is solid and you wont permanently miss out on collectables, you can a,ways go back through each mission to get what you need. Having said that on level 1 there is a collectable you can get until you near the end of the game because you need the upgraded food vacuum.
@ Graphics, Sound, Physics @
Graphics on this are full HD and are very sharp, crisp and clear. There is not much attention to detail though since you cant zoom in on objects, and the background is constant repeat of a moving picture like a town or blue sky. When you break objects you do get shards and shrapnel break off of them but they wont land on the floor and stay there they simply fall through the floor and disappear.
Sound is not realistic but this is a kids game so it does not really matter as much as say, Forza 4. Spaghetti does not make a twanging sound when you stretch it with a fork it just breaks off, but in this game it does make a sound similar to this, and various other foods make odd noises. Gummy bears squeak for example... Overall the actual quality of sound is great, no distortion or bad noise
Physics are again not good but its a cartoon so anything can happen. Jumping off a cliff takes a while for you to fall to the ground and running on a slippery surface is highly unrealistic but the walls and floor have good physics because of the way objects bounce off them or interact with them, nothing special here.
@ Overall @
If this is a game for a child then perfect, they will love this but if you're serious about gaming then this is not the game for you. Also, if you just want easy gamer points then yes, this is also for you, but you will need to a put a little effort in to get the collectables.
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Ubisoft Xbox 360 Game
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Genre: Action / Xbox 360 Game / Rating: M - (Mature) / 1 player / published by: Ubi Soft Entertainment - You are Beowulf, legendary Norse warrior with the strength of 30 men. Arrogant, self-serving, and lustful for gold and glory, you journey to Denmark to destroy a bloodthirsty beast wreaking havoc on a ...
Genre: Shooter / Xbox 360 Game / Rating: T - (Teen),published by: Ubi Soft Entertainment - WarTech Senko no Ronde thrusts players into a distant future where humanity has colonized countless new galaxies and Earth has become a planet mined for its natural resources. A violent war has erupted as nations st...
Genre: Action / Xbox 360 Game / Rating: E10 - (Everyone 10+),up to 4 players / published by: Ubi Soft Entertainment - Surf''s Up is a surfing game set at the annual Reggie Belafonte Big Z Memorial Surf Off. Players choose from one of 10 characters from the film Surf''s Up to play as, including Cody, the y...
Genre: Action / Xbox 360 Game / Rating: T - (Teen),published by: Ubi Soft Entertainment - In this game, you are the leader of Operation Wildcard, an undercover and elite squad of pilots secretly created by the American government. Your mission is to sabotage and destroy the Third Reich's evil plans to cre...
Manufacturer: Ubisoft / Xbox 360 Game / Genre: Action & Adventure - NARUTO Rise Of A Ninja is centred on the main character of the anime. 12 years ago, a fearsome 9-tailed demon fox attacked the village of Konoha. Many ninjas fell during the battle until the most powerful one sealed the monster into the b...
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