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Platform 360, PS3, Win Publisher Ubisoft Developer VectorCell Release Date 2013-08-21

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Flashback review: partial recall

VectorCell's remake of Studio Delphine's classic is very pretty, and very problematic. With a plot straight out of paranoia-obsessed '90s sci-fi, and excellent level design that directly references the classic game, Flashback has a lot of promise. But that good will is wasted on stiff controls and glitchy, unforgiving gameplay. Flashback puts you in the shoes of Conrad Hart, an amnesiac who has escaped the clutches of an evil government and run off in search of his memories in a futuristic cyberpunk universe. Flashback's story shows its age — the plot twists and turns into a too-serious mash-up of They Live and Total Recall — but it works as cheesy retro sci-fi and fits the '90s vibe. "The story works as retro sci-fi and fits the 90s vibe" A 2D puzzle platformer, F...

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Flashback arriving on Steam early October, available for pre-purchase

VectorCell's remake of classic 1992 cinematic platformer Flashback is slated to launch on Steam for Windows PC on Oct. 1 and is currently available for pre-purchase for $11.95. Flashback thrusts players into the role of Conrad B Hart, an amnesiac who must thwart the plot of shape-shifting aliens wanting to infiltrate the government and destroy Earth. As Hart, players adventure through the futuristic cyberpunk universe in order to regain the character's memories and ultimately stop the Morphs. For more on Flashback, be sure to read our impressions of the title where we call the plot a "mash-up of They Live and Total Recall — but it works as cheesy retro sci-fi and fits the '90s vibe." Flashback launched on Xbox Live Arcade on Aug. 22, with a PlayStation Network version arriving at a...

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Gamescom, XCOM, ESO and Diablo: Speed Run

So much news today, and so much of it from Germany of all places! Beyond: Two Souls will have a co-op mode and can be played with a smartphone or tablet. A Diablo 3 expansion called Reaper of Souls will bring a bunch of new features. ZeniMax Online Studios revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online will have a monthly subscription. And humanity will have to deal with more aliens in XCOM: Enemy Within. But wait! There's more! Our latest feature profiles the first Native American games company, we've got a review up for Flashback and we play Saints Row 4 in the latest episode of Today I Played. Beyond: Two Souls to have two-player mode, tablet and phone control Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion announced The Elder Scrolls Online will cost $14.99 monthly XCOM: Enemy Within headed to...

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Flashback story trailer questions your memory

Time is an illusion, memory is unreliable and aliens are infiltrating Earth in a story trailer for the remake of classic 1992 cinematic platformer Flashback. Player character Conrad B. Hart awakens to find that he has no memory, and that he carries a message ostensibly from his past self warning him of a plot by shape-shifting aliens to infiltrate the government and destroy Earth. As the trailer shows, however, the invasion has already begun and stopping it will not be easy. Flashback hits Xbox Live Arcade on Aug. 22, with Windows PC and PlayStation Network versions launching at a later date.

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Flashback remake dev diary discusses making the original

A new behind-the-scenes video from Ubisoft features developers on 1992's Flashback and its current-gen remake discussing what went into the original and how to preserve it. Flashback started life as an attempt to transpose the plot of The Godfather into a futuristic setting by French developer Delphine Software. When the executives saw the original pitch, says game director Paul Cuisset, they were blank-faced because they realized it barely resembled the hit film. However, they saw promise in the concept nonetheless and told Delphine to pursue developing it as an original story. The remake of Flashback embodies its essence as a product of the 90s, says scenarist Kurt McClung, and the game will be very referential to movies like Blade Runner and Total Recall that inspired it in the...

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Xbox Live Summer of Arcade 2013 release schedule revealed

Microsoft's annual Summer of Arcade promotion on Xbox Live Arcade will kick off Aug. 7 with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and continue for three weeks afterward, Major Nelson announced today. Starbreeze Studios' Brothers will be available for 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15). Charlie Murder (screenshot above), a co-op brawler from The Dishwasher developer Ska Studios, will be released Aug. 14 for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Flashback, a remake of the 1992 sci-fi platformer that's being developed by its original creator, will be available Aug. 21, also for 800 Microsoft Points. And Red Fly Studio's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will close out the promotion Aug. 28 at 1,200 Microsoft Points. Xbox Live users who buy any two of the aforementioned games will receive a free...

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Xbox Live Summer of Arcade 2013 begins August 7

Microsoft's annual Xbox Live Summer of Arcade returns on August 7, with four new titles on the Xbox Live Arcade platform. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is the first of three titles to come from a multi-year deal between Activision and Nickelodeon and is the first game listed in Microsoft's Summer of Arcade lineup. Next is Flashback, a remake of the 1992 classic being released by Ubisoft, and developed by the original creator. Third is Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons by developer Starbreeze Studios and published by 505 Games. And last is Charlie Murder, from The Dishwasher-developer Ska Studios and publisher Microsoft Studios. We've reached out to Microsoft to see if the weekly rollout matches the order presented here. [Update: Microsoft said that while "August 7 is...

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Flashback creator bringing Darkstone RPG to mobile and tablets

Flashback creator Paul Cuisset is teaming up with publisher Anuman Interactive to port French RPG Darkstone from PC to iOS and Android devices, the publisher announced. Cuisset is working with games studio Artefacts to bring the remake to life this June. Like its predecessor, the new project will include over 100 levels and four playable classes, in addition to a touch-based interface and remixed audio. The image below offers a glimpse at the graphical difference between the new and old games, with the new title shown in the first image. "We are sure this new version of Darkstone will win mobile players' hearts, just as happened with PC players," said Anuman's publishing director Alain Milly. "This new version is more accessible and the new interface allows action phases that are...

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Flashback is being remade by original developer, coming to XBLA and PSN this year

Flashback — known as Flashback: Quest for Identity in the United States, a sci-fi platformer originally released in 1992 — is being remade by developer Paul Cuisset and published by Ubisoft later this year, the publisher announced at its Digital Days event in San Francisco. Cuisset designed the original Flashback more than 20 years ago, and his new studio, VectorCell, is now working on the remake. In an interview with Polygon, Ubisoft's Guillaume Da Costa Vieira said VectorCell approached the publisher asking to do a remake of the original because many fans had been asking about it. With the Ubisoft team being fans of the original game, Da Costa Vieira said they jumped at the opportunity. "We wanted to stay true to the roots and to respect the original spirit of the game because, for...

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  • Xbox 360
    • Released 08/21/2013
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer VectorCell
    • Score 5.0
  • PlayStation 3
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer VectorCell
  • Windows
    • Released 10/01/2013
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer VectorCell
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