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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. Expand
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 22
  2. Negative: 10 out of 22
  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. Aug 21, 2013
    5
    Disappointing.

    This re-boot gained momentum only to fall flat. None of the original's puzzling difficulty appeared even on the toughest
    settings. We wait 20 years just to get hokey dialogue, underwhelming graphics, and a mediocre challenge. Gone is the mood, subtlety, precison platforming, and discovery from 1993. Luckily, the $10 price tag is accessible enough to make your own opinion.

    Ubisoft didn't even pay tribute to the 1993 version included. There was no music for any of the dramatic moments or even the cutscenes. Not even a full-screen option was available which removes any immersion.
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  5. Oct 10, 2013
    4
    Couldn't drag myself to finish the game.

    Such a shame tho 'cause the game clearly looks like it had a good idea going on... but DEM
    CONTROLS.
    Buggy and unresponsive as f*** (the physics are pathetic too), and if you combine that with the fact that the game itself is actually kinda challenging the results are a million cheap deaths in the million mediocre action sequences you will find.

    What a pity, the game could have been a thousand times better but IMO it got destroyed by the controls and physics. Also the main character's voice and overall charisma is ridiculously dumb.
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  6. Aug 27, 2013
    4
    Actually, this could be a good remake.
    But after I did the demo by hate me especially the cruel control in memory. You control the character
    simply inaccurate.
    The eternally annoying up and down with time.
    In addition, the missions is not demanding.
    The original has more style and class.
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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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