Oct 7, 2013The lead’s voice actor is completely miscast with all of the depth and nuance of an English dubbed 1980s Jackie Chan movie, the story doesn’t engage you at all and its telling is plodding and laboured. Let this experience slip from your mind and… Fade to Black. [November 2013, p82]
Nov 9, 2013I am a fan of the original game and I was actually playing the original one at amigaforever. I found out by chance that it's out for PS3. I bought it immediately and started playing after I finished the original. This helped a lot the comparison.
First of all, this is considered to be an expansion of the first game, not just a remake. Having this in mind, the game is simply fantastic. It's not just a "copy" of the original with modern graphics. While this would have also been nice, it's not the case with this one.
Now the graphics are, as anyone would expect, obviously improved to up-to-date 3D. They're good in general, but in some cases (like in New Washington for example) I'd prefer to have less people shown, in the background, in order to give a feeling of abandonment. Also the screen is scrolling as the character moves (you won't change screen as the hero moves out of it, as it happened at the original, which is neither a plus nor a minus) but I'd prefer the camera to be less zoomed on the hero and be able to see more of the level around him.
The sounds/soundtrack was as good as the original for me. It adds the right atmosphere. I don't pay much attention to the voice-acting. It's good enough for me. That's it.
The gameplay is more complicated. In some cases this is good cause you have more options about controlling Conrad. On the other hand it sometimes becomes frustrating. The difficulty level is lower than the original (comparing normal to normal) which is a plus for me. The addition of the point system to improve Conrad's abilities is an okay addition but nothing special in my opinion.
All in all, I enjoyed this expansion a lot. It's not the same game with remade graphics. If you see it this way, you'll enjoy it as well. I judge this game for the game it is, not the game I'd want it to be.… Expand
Nov 29, 2013Being a big fan of the original game that I keep playing on my Megadrive, I was very excited when I heard about the HD version. The game keeps the atmosphere and pace of the original game, which will be appreciated by the fans, the story might be less appealing for the non-initiated though as the presentation has been a bit overlooked imo. Graphics and animations are more than good and the RPG-like elements (skill points etc) are refreshing. I found the soundtrack as not as immersive and "futuristic" as in the original but it's still ok and voice acting is decent enough. As a whole, a good HD version even if we could expect more considering the awesomeness of the original.
PS: major letdown: the original is available displayed in an small arcade cabinet and with no music at all! O.o… Expand
Oct 4, 2013I'm not seeing what all the entitled Xbox 360 reviewers are saying. I played the original Flashback A LOT back when it was on Sega Genesis, completing it multiple times. Yeah, it's not "OMG! PERFECT!", but then again, I wasn't expecting it to be. As a hardcore fan of the original, I was immediately immersed and involved the minute I started it up.
Kudos to the original Flashback team for bringing it back with some damn fine HD graphics. It's just as I would have imagined an HD version would look like.
It plays pretty similar to the original. I had no problem diving right in, because I'm accustomed to Flashback's original control scheme, which was to be honest, kind of wonky to begin with. The added extras, like the hidden eyes and RPG upgrading system, are nice and don't impede on the original's uniqueness. The level designs are still mainly there, with little added surprises. I think of it as "Flashback Easy" because it's no longer 1 hit deaths. For example, if you walk on the electric flooring in the first level, you're no longer immediately dead. If you're a huge fan of the original like I am, you can't go wrong with this new Flashback. The price is right as well.… Expand
Oct 14, 2013It's a remake, so, everything in the game was apparently thought for original Flashback fans. All possible scenarios references are there. Some jokes in the dialogs, too. And the puzzles are smart as the originals were.
Nevertheless, I said "apparently", because the mood was lost although the plot story is the same. Those manga-like flashes are misplaced. Mostly of the audio logs, too. And the new characters are pointless (e.g., why the girl is there?). Where is that noir/sci-fi environment?
Also, it's a shame the producers didn't take advantage on the original game control (that was precise and totally adapted to a platform adventure). The absence of some option to configure the buttons layout makes it worse. R2 for shooting, is it really necessary?
For last, I can't figure out the sense of that sort of beta version of the original game in the pack. There's no music, no full-screen option, the SFX are rough and the controllers are randomly configured (again).… Expand