20 years after the original game's launch, Conrad is enlisted back to active service for the triumphant return of one of the most acclaimed franchises in gaming history.
It's not a reboot. It's Flashback re-imagined. The original Core-Team revamped their own creation, leveraging the best of today's technology while remaining true to the classic side-scroller that set the standards of the genre in the 90's.
• One of the best adventure-action games ever created re-imagined by its creators. It's the same team. It's the same passion. Only this time, they have had much more firepower at their disposal to recreate the legendary classic!
• Gorgeous graphics, amazing animations. It's the Flashback you've always dreamed of. True to the original spirit but made a million times better by using modern engines such as Unreal and Havok. The makeover is completely stunning.
• It's all about Gameplay. The team modernized gameplay mechanics, making the game more reactive, offering new features, like gadgets and an experience progression system. But the developers kept the original formula in mind: a fine balance between rolling and shooting,exploring remote space stations and obliterating hostile alien planets.
• Bringing back new memories. The story was revamped to speak to 21st century gamers. Most of the cast of the original game is still here - Conrad, the Morphs - but you can expect new characters and a few twists you're definitely not going to forget... this time.
When is a remake, reboot, re-whatever a bad thing? When it fails to not only entertain those new to the games world but also those who fell in love with the original game.
Flashback is just one of those games that simply, is. There was nothing about this game that had my husband or I enthused about it in any way at all. There wasn't anything that had us screaming "I have to play this again, as soon as possible' and whilst we weren't in a rush to get our testing of the game over and done with, once finished, well, there's nothing there that has either of us in any rush to turn the game back on any time soon.
The game is set in a lifeless, sterile world with really awful voice acting (seriously, could they sound more bored?) and the lead character, Conrad, is especially bad. The story is scrapes by and it has its fair share of mystery but just wasn't done well enough to want to complete the storyline.
My husband played the original Flashback and while this has been made to access a wider audience it just doesn't have anything left of what originally made it a fan favourite. The precision required, something that made the first game so challenging, is completely different here, and it is frustrating rather than gratifying. Whilst the enemies are varied, the way in which you need to defeat them isn't at all and so it gets rather dull after time.
This game lacks personality, as if they decided to reboot the game and then ran out of oompf after ten minutes into the making of, realised they had to make it anyway and just didn't bother trying to do anything other than scrape by.
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