I Am Alive

I Am Alive Achievement Guide

Guide By: Tyger7
There are 12 achievements with a total of 200 points.

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-Estimated achievement difficulty: 6/10
-Offline: 12/12 (200)
-Online: 0 (0)
-Approximate amount of time to 200: 8-10 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
-Number of missable achievements: All victim achievements, 2 of the 3 machete achievements, and possibly 2 story ones. Still being determined.
-Do cheat codes disable achievements? No Cheats
-Does difficulty affect achievements? Yes (Survivor). No changing difficulty.
-Glitchy achievements: Survivor does not always unlock. If this happens you will need anotherplaythrough.
-Unobtainable achievements: None


This game is all about survival. It's a mixture of climbing and surviving enemy encounters with limitations on resources (foot, ammo, etc). You can make this 2 playthroughs if you want, but if you want to only experience this game once, then start the game on survivor. Your main 2 goals for achievements will be to save all 20 victims as well as get 5 machete quick kills. Most of the achievements revolve around these two things. Doing this on survivor will get you 10 of the 12 achievements alone. The other two...well more info to come when I get to those. They look story related. Maybe even victim related.

Checkpoint Warning: This game has an absolutely horrible save/checkpoint system. If you have a retry, it makes you use it. This is bad, because often times you would have been better off starting from a save point (it's literally sometimes a 10 second run). I am not sure why you are not given a choice on how you want to load your game. Basically you have to exit the game then go to "continue" in order to load the save.

Step 1: Playthrough on Survivor

This doesn't have to be your step 1, it could very well be your step 2. Play on the hardest difficulty and gather pretty much all of the achievements in one playthrough. It may feel a little rough but you can make it. Just make sure you get all of the victims and at least 5 of the quick kills.

Step 2: Another run through of the game

This is if you either started on normal, or missed something. If you played on survivor and missed something, now's your time to play on normal.


With a Victim guide and some patience, you can knock this game out in one playthrough. When you die you just have to keep trying until you manage success.


[x360a would like to thank Tyger7 for this roadmap]

First Machete quick kill5
Perform your first Quick machete kill while being bullied    (1) 

This is given to you as part of the tutorial and is given pretty quickly after obtaining the machete. You must do 5 of these, each on separate occasions (cannot reload/die and do same one over and over). This will be your first achievement.

See "Fifth Quick Kill" achievement description for more information.

Machete quick kill, the third5
Perform 3 Machete quick kills while being bullied   

See "Fifth Quick Kill" achievement description

My first rescue5
Help or rescue your first victim    (1) 

This is given to you for saving your first victim, and is somewhat a part of the tutorial. You can however, pass it. It's just very hard to miss. There are a total of 20.

See "Ultimate Rescuer" achievement description, for more information.

Elevator repair service10
Repair the elevator to rescue the people stuck in the Fireworks episode    (2) 

During the Fireworks episode, you must fix the generator for the elevator. Watch the video below to see more on this achievement.

Fifth quick kill10
Perform 5 Machete quick kills while being bullied   

To be bullied, there will be an enemy or numerous enemies cornering or hassling you. The only way to get out of this situation alive is to kill them. The achievement does not expect you to get numerous quick kills at once. Instead, it wants you to get 5 in different situations. It would be impossible to get more than 1 because of the awareness of the enemy. If you kill one or draw a weapon, they will resist and fight back. Being unaware that you are about to slice their throat is what triggers a quick kill. Whenever a group of enemies come at you, wait for them to get close then press to perform a quick kill. These do not stack with the retry option nor the save point option. These must be different encounters.

Some tomatoes for her10
Provide tomatoes to the hungry lady in the foggy streets    (33) 

There is a side objective you can complete. There is a hungry lady who requires tomatoes. You can find them in the building (there are actually tomato plants). Reference the location in the video below.

Three victims helped15
Help or rescue 3 victims     (1) 

See "Ultimate Rescuer" achievement description.

Five victims helped20
Help or rescue 5 victims     (2) 

See "Ultimate Rescuer" achievement description.

Ten victims helped20
Ten victims helped     

See "Ultimate Rescuer" achievement description.

Do it once20
Finish the game once(any difficulty mode)     

See "Survivor" achievement description.

Finish game in Survivor mode      (26) 

There are two difficulties in this game. Normal and Survivor. Survivor basically gives you less resources and you will be restarting from a "save point" rather than a "checkpoint" way more often. Normal has a safety net where you can retry the same spot 3 times if you don't have a retry item (they look like video recorders). So yes, the game may be a little more difficult but nothing you can't handle. I'd just suggest throwing it on this difficulty and figuring it out as you go along. The game is still going to give you a tutorial and whatnot. Plus you can still find the retry video recorders in the game.

Glitchy: There are several incidents where people have completed the game on this difficulty and it did not unlock, while others unlock it fine. So far the only fix has been to complete it a 2nd time. The only other idea I have at this moment is to copy your save over to cloud or USB and try to beat it a second time at a save point that is at the final moments of the game.

Ultimate rescuer40
Rescue / help all victims in the game     (46) 

This game has a total of 20 victims (people you need to help out). You need to get these all done in one playthrough of the game. You are rewarded an additional retry for each one you save, so it might be a good idea to do these on Survivor difficulty (even if you played normal). I am currently creating a guide for this site, but there is a one made on MSXBOX world that is extremely well done. I suggest following that for now. The only reason I am making one here is because on this site, we like to have one as well and host it. Who knows if the MSXBOX one will be taken down someday, and we don't want future people playing the game to have broken links.

Click HERE for the awesome guide.

Game Info
Ubisoft Shanghai


US March 07, 2012

HDD Space Required : 1.86 GB
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