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  • Summary: Assume the role of Conrad B. Hart of the G.B.I. and unveil an intricate and deadly alien conspiracy that threatens everything that is human. However, before you can save the human race you have to rediscover who you are, as you look for the missing data files containing your memory to weave the puzzle together. Twenty years after the original game’s launch, Conrad is re-enlisted to active service for the triumphant return of one of the beloved adventure-action game. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 37
  2. Negative: 15 out of 37
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    80
    A great example of how to make a quality HD remake. Even if adapting the gameplay to modern tastes, Vector Cell managed to keep the original spirit untouched: even if you didn't play Delphine Software's original game, every lover of sci-fi action games would be pleased with it.
  2. Doesn't totally transport us back. [Oct 2013, p.89]
  3. Oct 23, 2013
    60
    Flashback isn’t a particularly long game, clocking in at around 4-5 hours with limited replayability beyond collectibles for completionists. For $12.95 though, that’s a decent amount of playtime; it’s just a shame that it runs out of steam so early and leaves you wanting flashbacks of the first few levels.
  4. Aug 22, 2013
    50
    It doesn't really work as a remake, but it doesn't work as an action platformer either. A quite simple experience where there's very little to highlight.
  5. Sep 3, 2013
    45
    For those who loved the original (which is included), it might worth the price of admission, but anyone else will do well to stay away.
  6. Aug 27, 2013
    40
    Remaking a 20-year-old hit is a difficult challenge, and we must admit that in the case of "Flashback", the result is far from convincing. Not that the game is bad in all areas, there are some enjoyable moments, but each element of the game, whether it's story, gameplay, narrative, art direction or new additions are not relevant. Disappointing.
  7. Aug 26, 2013
    30
    The story and setting are fun, but after 10 minutes of wrestling with wonky controls, the nostalgia wore off. A little later, after Conrad’s body somehow fused with a platform and forced me to restart, the contempt began.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. Aug 22, 2013
    10
    I very rarely if ever bother to write a review for anything, but I feel this one needed it. This is an excellent game and I feel that it has been underrated, the gameplay is smooth and fun and it's definitely more accessible than the original version. Game ratings are funny, seems like a rating comes through and everybody jumps on the bandwagon and prejudges it, be it a good or bad rating everyone tends to agree with it. I love this game and the graphics/gameplay are excellent, controls are WAY better than original. Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    Waiting a long long time for a suite or a remake. Very happy when it was done The game had answered all my expectations! Very excellent game and nice story Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2013
    9
    Looks like many critics have difficulties managing their nostalgia and were hoping to play the exact same game as 20 years ago, not a remake sold at a very cheap price (maybe because they actually don't pay for the games).
    Gameplay is excellent, graphics rocks, animations do pay tribute to the original and the whole atmosphere remains. It is not a AAA game (everyone knows that), it DOES include the original game and I'm enjoying it very much.
    Put aside any preconceived expectations and enjoy this remake as it deserves it!
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  4. May 26, 2014
    6
    This game has been an emotional ride for me, from it's announcement where I cheered, to it's gameplay video where I became sceptic, to the reviews, where I began to hate it. I finally sat down to play it, and while I have my issues, I feel the original developers managed to create something wonderful to the original source material, only harmed by the slight changes in script, voice acting and the music. The gameplay, however, I feel was a great improvement over the original game in terms of how we play games today and it manages to keep the feel of the original.

    I wouldn't have minded the changes in the story, if they hadn't went towards using clichés in trying to fill out the original story, and the dialogue it presented was abysmal at times. But my biggest issue with the game is the sound track, how they could ignore the unique and amazing music that the original had in favour of cookie-cutter sci-fi music is beyond me. Every part of the game was brought forward into a modern feel, but the music was discarded completely. I would've welcomed dub step remixes off the original OST in favour of this if I had the choice, and that's not a music genre I'm fond of.

    However, don't let the above discourage you, this game has managed to bring a 90's SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis / Amiga classic to the modern age without compromising too much of it's core identity, the only casualty being it's original stellar sound track.
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  5. Oct 12, 2013
    4
    Congratulations, you have managed to create a remake of a game made decades ago and did a worst job in the animations, amazing!!!
    It looks
    great but gameplay, controls and animation is far worse than the original. Expand
  6. Oct 3, 2013
    4
    My god, I loved this game and I loved the original soundtrack. But they totally messed it up! All the songs are of some fake crappy Vangelis type of music. Come on you guys!!! You only needed to remaster the mods that are available everywhere.

    To get some nostalgic feelings I started up the original game. THERE IS NO MUSIC THERE EITHER! Aargh!
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  7. Aug 22, 2013
    0
    That game sucks. Paul Cuisset take the original one, do a poo inside and publish it on xbox live arcade. the great adventure game is now a stupid shoot and run game with lot of bug and a totally useless RPG feature. Expand

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