Percentile Rank

Left Alive is ranked in the 2nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 52 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

38

Top Critic Average

4%

Critics Recommend

Based on 52 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Mar 8, 2019

This unlikely Front Mission spin-off's occasional charm can't make up for its seriously broken fundamentals.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Mar 15, 2019

Left Alive is a bundle of genuinely brilliant ideas, let down by frequently shoddy execution. A resoundingly anti-war war game, with a deep understanding of the way that war complicates personal and societal morality, Left Alive asks all the right questions that a game about war should.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2019

I often found myself willing to overlook all the obvious flaws in favor of engaging with what sits at Left Alive’s messy core, a sort of ultra hardcore, Metal Gear-looking-but-not-really, room escape-slash-solo-board game sort of deal that really got my brain juices flowing.

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Softpedia
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2019

Despite your characters being 3 random people with totally different stories and experience in the field of combat, they all seem like hopeless lambs sent to the slaughter when faced with the opposing forces that could wipe them out in a few seconds.

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Hobby Consolas
68 / 100
68 / 100
Mar 8, 2019

Left Alive it's a tough game, hard and even unfair (because of the enemy's IA), with a non very responsible control, a questionable checkpoint system and other shortcomings, even from the technical side. Mechas, stealth, action... neither of its elements shine completely. But, even with that, it has "something" that can hook you up to keep playing.

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RPG Fan
60%
60%
May 15, 2019

In this way, I would argue Left Alive is the purest survival game ever: if you can play to the end, you can survive anything.

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GearNuke
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

Left Alive feels like a flawed game in every aspect of the game design, but it is also strangely fascinating. There is just something about it that keeps pulling you in, but the gameplay is definitely not it. The game falls victim to its grand ambition which is a shame since it shows potential amidst all of its flaws.

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IGN Spain
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2019

Unfortunately, Left Alive ends up being the heir of a period of Japanese development that we thought was extinct. Neither in stealth nor in shootings convinces.

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Everyeye.it
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2019

A pity: the tragedy of Novo Slavia and the magnetic traits of Shinkawa's characters would have deserved better.

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Niche Gamer
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2019

This isn’t the mech game that most were really hoping for, nor is it really a political war game. It’s just kinda there, never reaching its full potential. Really dear reader, with so much having just released and releasing here soon, I would recommend most buyers give this one a pass. You won’t be missing much.

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CGMagazine
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

In concept, Left Alive could have had the potential to bring about the revival of Front Mission and fill the void left by the absence of Metal Gear at the same time, but none of its elements click to become a cohesive whole.

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Digital Chumps
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2018

Left Alive was not a fun game to play. It lacked personality, even though it wanted to be an MGS clone so bad. It lacked complication for a stealth game, as well as comfortable character movement and slow ramp-up of difficulty. I think if the devs could have had more time to smooth out these rough areas, then the game would have been decent, if not good.

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Spaziogames
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

Left Alive fails to deliver a modern stealth experience. A good story can't save the total mess of a game with too many flaws and too many frustrating moments.

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Just Push Start
2 / 5.0
2 / 5.0
Mar 11, 2019

Left Alive is surprisingly simple, yet somehow manages to get so much wrong.

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Too Much Gaming
4 / 10
4 / 10
Apr 1, 2019

“Left Alive insists you play it smart and conservative, but the combat has the potential to get stale early on. Having to revisit past locations with different characters magnifies the lack of variety, both in combat and level design.”

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MonsterVine
2 / 5
2 / 5
Mar 12, 2019

Left Alive is a boring mess that succeeds as neither a stealth game or a third-person shooter.

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PlayStation Galaxy
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2019

After playing this game for nearly 2 dozen hours, I can rightfully say that it is not worth it. As much as I would like to see this through to the end, I just don’t have the patience to put up with it’s janky controls. I have died in the most absurd ways, with little to no fairness in any of them. Unless you are really interested in the story and how the side stories play out, I really can’t recommend this game. I may come to the game eventually, just to tie up loose ends. But the way it is right now. I’d rather put a hold on that for now.

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Screen Rant
Mar 11, 2019

Left Alive's ambitious ideas are held back by a myriad of design and technical problems.

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PC Invasion
Mar 7, 2019

Square Enix's Left Alive takes us back to the Front Mission universe. Unfortunately, numerous issues hold it back that it might as well be left for dead.

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Shacknews
4 / 10
4 / 10
Mar 19, 2019

If you were hoping you'd get a taste of what could have been, remember that gas station burrito thing? Don't bother – this will only give you stomach troubles.

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ZTGD
4 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

4 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2019

Anyone who like unfairly hard games may enjoy this but everyone else should just skip this game. I waited to see if a patch would maybe make it better but that patch never came. I can’t say it isn’t worth the time or money because I’m sure someone will enjoy it, but there are so many better stealth and action games out there that I refuse to put a price point on any half baked recommendation I could give this. Just don’t pay full price because that is highway robbery.

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Game Revolution
Mar 18, 2019

I really hope Square Enix doesn’t just write Front Mission off after Left Alive. This was a poor attempt at reviving the franchise, and Front Mission deserves better.

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Gamefa
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2019

Left Alive is the worst game of 2019 so far and it's not worth more than 20$. The game is full of nice ideas but developers could not find a good use of them in the game.

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GamingBolt
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2019

Left Alive won't satisfy fans of stealth or of Front Mission. With unengaging gameplay, erratic AI, and a lack of polish across the board, Left Alive won't be remembered in the years to come.

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Atomix
40 / 100
40 / 100
Mar 14, 2019

Left Alive is a title that at the beginning promised a lot - that really delighted - by the people behind the development, namely, having the mythical Yoji Shinkawa for the artistic section, the direction of a large one with a more discreet image As Toshifumi Nabeshima and with the support of Square Enix the ground looked very fertile for something big, but putting the ceiling high almost never goes well and unfortunately this game does not meet the expectation.

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GamePro
39 / 100
39 / 100
Mar 19, 2019

Although Left Alive has an interesting story and atmosphere, it is extremely frustrating with its blatant game design flaws.

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IGN
3.8 / 10.0
IGN
DM Schmeyer

Top Critic

3.8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2019

Left Alive's mix of inconsistent stealth and aggravatingly unbalanced action make it a complete chore to play, and it runs terribly to boot.

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Electric Bento
3.8 / 10.0
3.8 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2019

There are moments of really great gameplay and narrative that shine through, and I believe that a few sizable patches could make Left Alive a decent game.

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DualShockers
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2019

Left Alive is a tremendously disappointing return to the Front Mission universe.

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SomHráč.sk
35%
35%
Mar 14, 2019

Left Alive is one of those titles that feels like its genre is going through a slump. Whatever the creators have been trying to create, the result is just a weak attempt to satisfy the fans of the tactical stealth action genre. This Front Mission spin-off will disappoint almost everyone.

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SA Gamer
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2019

It's a stealth or action game and is rubbish at both. The AI will drive you up the wall and the three protagonists are forgettable. There is absolutely nothing, other than some beautiful artwork and a decent soundtrack, that leaves any hope alive of it being any good.

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AnaitGames
3 / 10
3 / 10
Mar 11, 2019

There's a Left Alive, somewhere, that's intelligent and exciting, captivating even though its severe technical limitations. The one we've got, sadly, is clumsy, dumb, coarse and conformist.

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Metro GameCentral
3 / 10
3 / 10
Mar 8, 2019

A game bursting with interesting ideas but dragged down by a lack of technical competence and some very outdated ideas about game design and controls.

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Hardcore Gamer
1.5 / 5.0
1.5 / 5.0
Mar 12, 2019

Even with its exhaustive, laundry list of issues, it's telling when a broken game of this magnitude still manages to rustle up some semblance of potential.

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Jump Dash Roll
3 / 10
3 / 10
Mar 20, 2019

A confused, badly designed and derivative mess of a stealth game, which should be avoided at all costs.

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PlayStation Universe
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2019

The sort of crushing disappointment that only comes around once in a while, Left Alive feels like an emaciated, innovation bereft meditation on Metal Gear Solid and in matching up so poorly with its inspiration, provides the Front Mission franchise with arguably its weakest entry in years.

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TechRaptor
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2019

Left Alive is a shoddily assembled mess with no real redeeming features. Its broken AI and glaring technical issues only serve to highlight the poor game design on display.

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Twinfinite
1.5 / 5.0
1.5 / 5.0
Mar 15, 2019

I really hope that the development team gets that chance.

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GameSpew
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2019

As it is though, Left Alive is simply not worth your time or money. It has a fairly interesting story to unravel, but only the most patient and persistent of players will be able to enjoy it, even if they pop the difficulty down to its lowest level

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GameSpot
3 / 10
3 / 10
Mar 15, 2019

This third-person stealth action game is better left alone.

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COGconnected
30 / 100
30 / 100
Mar 15, 2019

Throughout my time with the game, I thought about how money someone should spend to buy this game and I eventually decided on an amount: No more than three dollars.

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BaziCenter
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2019

Left Alive is dated, boring, and simply not fun, and in 2019 and this deep into a generation, a game like this should not be released.

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GameGrin
3 / 10.0
GameGrin
Nikki Koolonavich

Top Critic

3 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2019

Left Alive falls short in many areas. What could of been an interesting title ends up being one you best avoid.

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SECTOR.sk
2.5 / 10.0
2.5 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2019

Left Alive is blatant and very abortive stealth action. Let it die.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 12, 2019

With the exception of the story, everything about this ill-conceived Front Mission spin-off feels totally broken, horribly dated, and entirely unloved. Left Alive works better as an unpolished frustration simulator than an action/stealth game.

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Destructoid
2 / 10.0
2 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2019

Any good they might have had are quickly swallowed up by a plethora of issues. The desperate or the gullible may find a glimmer of fun hidden somewhere in the pit.

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Saudi Gamer
1 / 5.0
1 / 5.0
Mar 9, 2019

The essence and the general idea of this game is good, but it was executed in the worst way you can ever imagine. The only explanation to how bad this game is because the developer wanted to create a game with a big scope but with a very limited budget! At its current state I wouldn't recommend this game to anybody. The only prize this game would viscously compete for is the prize of "The worst game of this generation"!

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TheSixthAxis
2 / 10
2 / 10
Mar 13, 2019

Left Alive is an ambitious new development from Square Enix. Unfortunately, that ambition is squandered. The gameplay is dreadful, the enemy AI is broken, and the visuals are bland as all hell. Those issues are complemented by a boring story and a slew of audio and gameplay bugs that simply make Left Alive a failure on all fronts.

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GameMAG
2 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

2 / 10
Mar 18, 2019

Where did the producers and quality control department look? What do Square Enix investors spend their money on? Why and most importantly for whom? For fans of pain and suffering? You should run away from this game. It's a pure trash.

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Gameblog
2 / 10
2 / 10
Mar 7, 2019

In a few days, once the papers are about to finish it, Left Alive will return to anonymity from the beginning, carrying with it the secret of its existence. Thanks to him, we remembered the charisma of PlayStation's Front Mission years ago and how incredible Metal Gear is on so many aspects. An incomprehensible and catastrophic attempt to survive and infiltrate, bad on all fronts, Left Alive deserves now to rest in peace.

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Bazimag
2 / 10.0
2 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2019

Just make sure your legal distance with this game is preserved. Each one hour playing of Left Alive needs many hours of walking outside in fresh air just so you can deal with your bitterness and calm your nerves. There are only two reasons to play this game: First, you are a critic and you have to review the game; Second, you are a collector that wants to have the worst games of the world in his collection. Just pretend that this game was never published in 2019, forget everything and enjoy your life!

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Push Square
2 / 10
2 / 10
Mar 8, 2019

Left Alive categorically fails at everything it sets out to accomplish. Wonky and unreliable AI makes engaging in stealth a frustrating chore, poor gunplay leads to numerous misplaced shots whizzing past the bullet-sponge enemies, and an unfair difficulty means you'll need to repeat those enraging moments over and over again. This game could have filled a gaping hole in the market, but instead it needs to be taken round back and put out of its misery. This is a truly miserable experience for even the most die-hard supporters of the genre.

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