Pros: Absolutely gorgeous visuals; difficulty curve has been eased massively; has an emulated version of the 1993 original.
Cons: Cutscenes are bland; voice acting is bland at best and horrible at worst; gameplay manages to feel as clunky as the original even with updated mechanics; emulated original is rather horribly done.
Excerpt: There’s this remake of Robocop due out soon, and it’s obviously incredibly unnecessary and an enormous blurt of millions of dollars that could be well spent easing that debt we as a race of beings apparently owe ourselves. This remake of the 1992 game Flashback, didn’t cost the gross national product of a small country to make, so we’ll treat it with slightly less scorn.
Excerpt: Back in 1992 a small game called Flashback made an appearance and went on to be considered a true classic. I am a huge fan of the original game and even still play it from time to time. Over the years I have said ‘I wish they could reboot the game with modern visuals,’ and now twenty years after the original game was released, the remake of Flashback was announced.
Pros: Stunning visuals and sound; Fun gameplay
Cons: Bad game bugs; Unnecessary additions to the game
Excerpt: Twenty years ago Flashback became a cult classic that some gamers worship to this day. It can be dangerous to say anything negative about the game or franchise. For gaming zealots will attack quicker than a terrorist. It can also be dangerous to try and remake the game. Since said gaming zealots have such high expectations.
Excerpt: Lost within gaming's undying need to relive the earliest days of Mario and Zelda are countless games that, while popular in their own time, haven't seen the same kind of modern-day revival afforded to better-known classics. Flashback HD, in attempting to modernize a classic, serves as a reminder of why some things are best left in the past.
Pros: Great attention to detail in modernizing the original Flashback's visuals
Cons: Clunky controls, Awkward animations that interfere with gameplay, Irritating design choices
Conclusion: Concept: Revisit the early ‘90s game, telling the same general story and adding voice acting
Graphics: A jungle looks like a jungle, a sterile futuristic city looks like a sterile futuristic city, etc.
Sound: The original Flashback’s soundtrack was groundbreaking for its time. It’s unforgivable that players who play that version (also included here) won’t get to hear sound during cutscenes thanks to a botched port
Playability: During my playthrough, Conrad got stuck in...