Release date: 21st August 2013
Type/genre: side scrolling platformer
No spoilers Included in this review
Story: 6 / 10
In Flashback You Take on the Roll of Conrad, he has lost memory and must hunt down his lost memories to save humanity from an invasion of alien Morphs set on absorbing our minds and incorporating our species, Rolling and shooting, always ready for another fight, help Conrad remember so he can save the world and his girlfriend.
Control feel: 7.5 / 10
It seems that Side scrolling games are making a comeback, After playing the original Flashback and the updated version the control of Conrad is vastly improved with quicker response time when moving your character left to right compared to the 1993 version which had a stop and start sensation, however it does take a short time to adjust to Conrad’s movement but once you get the hang of it you will be jumping and rolling from ledges. The controls are simple enough and combine the buttons and analogue sticks for aiming and movement and this is where a steady hand comes in as to say that aiming can be a little awkward at times depending on how sensitive you control pad is set up. The only issue with controls is when you use the right analogue stick to look ahead it can be a little off putting as the screen does not centre straight away when your character moves again. Even though the side scrolling movement seems dated its nice refreshing change from the normal.
Graphics: 7.5 / 10
Flashbacks Graphics have been overhauled from the original 1993 version and is now using the popular Unreal Graphics engine, the updated version of the game looks lush with detailed environments from flying creatures and dense foliage in the jungles to hover cars zooming by in a vast neon futuristic city, the attention to detail on the foreground and background is second to none with living breathing environments to explore even though it’s still has the original side scrolling movement the 3D rendered levels give depth to the each level. Conrad’s also has had a makeover with alternative vision which allows him to see unexpected dangers. Even Conrad’s Appearance has been updated with a more detailed look with the light jeans and white trainers but still wearing his old faithful brown leather jacket. Conrad’s animations have been updated allowing more varied animations whether it is jumping onto a ledge and struggling to make it to running and jumping up onto a higher ledge shows a lot has went into the detail of the game.
Sound: 7 / 10
Flashback creates a living world so there is very little use of in game music on certain levels however Flashback focuses on more ambient sounds used to create a more believable world, you will have creatures squawking and fans spinning as you crawl through ducts to the sound of electricity on an electrified floor all add to the unique sounds for each level. Not saying there is no in game music you will get a build-up of music when enemies are alerted to your presence and this is usually caused when Conrad fires his pistol.
Gameplay: 8 / 10
The original 1993 Flashback game was a nightmare as you tried to figure out the puzzles to progress to the next level, and you won’t be disappointed in the updated version of Flashback but even though you can still take a wrong turn here and there with levels created to confuse you at times, the puzzle solving elements are sometimes too easy to figure out and solve, saying that there will be the odd objective that will have you throwing your control pad out the window as you struggle to solve the puzzle. The replay value of Flashback is very rewarding with VR(Virtual Reality) Challenges which can be unlocked during the game and can be played by accessing any VR terminal in the game will help you boost your XP to rank up also is the inclusion of the original 1993 version of the game which will bring back some nostalgic memories from that era of gaming.
Flashback’s side scrolling action may seem dated but the new fresh overhaul of the games graphics and control makes Flashback very playable, however the simplified puzzles may make fans of the original feel disappointed but with the inclusion of the original 1993 version will bring a bit of Nostalgia to the retro gamer.
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