Left Alive, As Told By Steam Reviews

What happens when you get a bunch of devs from the Metal Gear Solid games, Armored Core, Xenobnlade Chronicles X and tell them to make an action survival game? You end up spending most of the time crafting, apparently.

The internet hasn't been kind to Left Alive in its initial weeks - while it launched in English yesterday, the game went live on February 28 in Japan.

Things haven't gone well, with Square even putting a block on anyone streaming the game to YouTube as well.

Unsurprisingly, the savagery of the reviews from Japanese users has found its way over to Left Alive's Steam page as well. The game is sitting at a 17% user rating with just over 220 reviews, with the majority of postings warning about poor optimisation and clunky animations.

Positive reviews have praised the graphics, overall aesthetic and the story-driven nature of the missions. Negative reviews have complained about the constant "AN ENEMY IS APPROACHING" notification, clunky enemy AI, rough animations, and weak gunplay.

Here's what users are saying about Left Alive:

For more footage of the game itself, here's an hour of gameplay from Paul and Heather.


    Things haven't gone well, with Square even putting a block on anyone streaming the game to YouTube as well.

    Yeah, see... that kind of thing feels like it should be illegal.

    Jeeze, what happened?

      Square like announcing games much more than they like making them.

        Yeah but, there's evidence of them initially putting at least Some effort into it. From what I've seen from gameplay videos it's like they gave up developing the game half-way through and decided to rush tidy it up and release it. I'm so curious to find out what decisions resulted in it being such a mess.

          I'm thinking it wasn't going well and instead of just cancelling it they figured they should try and make some return on it. So Squeenix probably just gave the devs a hard release date and said "Have it done."

          The result is a broken, boring mess that probably makes quite a few talented and hardworking people very sad.

    Ah well... We''ll always have Front Mission 3 to remember

      OMG I knew there where more of us out there!
      I still play part of it every year haha

        Fantastic game. I’m due for a replay. Along with Vagrant Story

    Ah that's a shame, I'll probably just wait until it's on sale.

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