Left Alive

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Left Alive
Left Alive cover art.jpg
Developer(s)Ilinx[1]
Publisher(s)Square Enix
Director(s)Toshifumi Nabeshima
Producer(s)Shinji Hashimoto
Artist(s)Yoji Shinkawa
Takayuki Yanase
Composer(s)Hidenori Iwasaki[2]
SeriesFront Mission
EngineOrochi 4
Platform(s)
Release
  • JP: February 28, 2019
  • WW: March 5, 2019
Genre(s)Stealth
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Left Alive is a stealth video game developed by Ilinx and published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4. It was announced at a press conference by Sony Interactive Entertainment prior to the 2017 Tokyo Game Show.[3][4] It is set in the Front Mission universe.[5]

Gameplay[edit]

Left Alive is a primarily stealth-based game which involves sneaking through a mech-filled battlefield.

Plot[edit]

In the year 2127, the Republic of Ruthenia is attacked by the Republic of Garmoniya when they invade the border city of Novo Slava. The Ruthenian army is swiftly defeated and forced to retreat from the city, leaving whoever is left behind to fend for themselves. Some of these people include Wanzer pilot Mikhail Shuvalov, police officer Olga Kalinina, and escaped convict Leonid Osterman.

Mikhail is forced to abandon his damaged Wanzer and attempt to flee on foot. He runs into freelance reporter Patrick Zemaire, who offers a way out of Novo Slava if he can save Councilman Vladimir Bunin, who he suspects of being involved in the conspiracy responsible for starting the war. Mikhail is unable to save Bunin, but is able to recover a data disk showing the location of where Bunin secretly built and stored cutting edge Wanzers based off of stolen plans. Mikhail heads over to the harbor to investigate and meets up with Patrick again. With data he had obtained from Olga, Patrick reveals to Mikhail that the entire war was orchestrated by the foreign nation Zaftra and its ruling body, Semargl. Their aim was not only to seize the new Wanzers, but to also test the effectiveness of the MODS virus, a deadly bioweapon. Patrick instructs Mikhail to head to New Town, where a helicopter will arrive to extract him. However, they are captured by the Garmoniyans.

Olga heads to Novo Slava's slums to investigate mysterious disappearances when Garmoniya attacks. She encounters a young girl named Julia that the Garmoniyans seem determined to track down. She follows Julia's trail throughout the city and finds her at the harbor. Julia passes her a data file containing information on the MODS virus experiments Garmoniya and Zaftra were performing before she is taken away by Ruslan Izmailov, the hero responsible for liberating Novo Slava and was supposed to have been assassinated years ago. Julia is freed by Patrick, and she passes Julia's data to him before setting off to find Julia.

Leonid manages to escape from prison in the chaos and is determined to track down Ruslan, suspecting he framed him for his own assassination. He learns from his old friend Sofie Alexeena that Ruslan in fact was a Zaftran spy, and was manipulating the liberation movement on the behalf of Zaftra all along. Leonid confronts Ruslan, who admits that he framed Leonid, and Leonid kills him. With his revenge complete, Leonid heads to the harbor to find an escape route. He rescues Mikhail but Patrick disappears in the confusion. Mikhail informs Leonid about Patrick's helicopter and they head to the extraction point, linking up with Olga on the way.

The three survivors reach the tower where the helicopter is supposed to arrive, but find it surrounded by Garmoniyan soldiers. Olga splits off to find Julia, who has managed to kill her captors, and Olga convinces the distressed Julia to escape the city with her. Mikhail and Leonid eliminate all the Garmoniyan soldiers guarding the tower and Leonid heads to the roof first, where he encounters Ruslan again. They battle once again, with Leonid being victorious and it is revealed Ruslan is in fact a cyborg, which is how he has survived death multiple times. In desperation, Ruslan commandeers a Wanzer in an attempt to kill Leonid, but Patrick arrives with his helicopter and helps destroy the Wanzer, killing Ruslan for good. Mikhail, Olga, Julia, and Leonid are then finally evacuated from the city.

In the aftermath of the war, Novo Slava falls under the control of an international peacekeeping force, and the survivors are left to rebuild and determine their future.

Development[edit]

The game's promotional art was created by Yoji Shinkawa, well known for his work on the Metal Gear Solid series.

Release[edit]

Left Alive was released in Japan on February 28, 2019, and in other regions on March 5, 2019.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PC) 44/100[6]
(PS4) 38/100[7]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Famitsu31/40[8]
Game Revolution2/5 stars[9]
GameSpot3/10[10]
IGN3.8/10[11]

Left Alive received "generally unfavorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[6][7]

Sales[edit]

In Japan, approximately 17,622 physical units for PlayStation 4 were sold during its launch week becoming the number five selling game of any format.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "開発実績". Ilinx.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  2. ^ McMillan, Emily. "Hidenori Iwasaki to compose for Square Enix survival action shooter". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  3. ^ McWhertor, Michael (2017-09-19). "Square Enix reveals mech game Left Alive". Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  4. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2017-09-19). "First Look At Square Enix's Left Alive for PlayStation 4". Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  5. ^ Gilyadov, Alex (2017-09-20). "TGS 2017: Left Alive Is Set in the Front Mission Universe". IGN. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  6. ^ a b "Left Alive for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Left Alive for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1577". Gematsu. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  9. ^ Faulkner, Jason (18 March 2019). "Left Alive review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  10. ^ Swinbanks, James (15 March 2019). "Left Alive Review - No Will To Survive". GameSpot. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  11. ^ Schmeyer, Dm (13 March 2019). "Left Alive Review". IGN. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  12. ^ Romano, Sal (8 March 2019). "Media Create Sales: 2/25/19 – 3/3/19". Gematsu.

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