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Flashback remake ready for Summer of Arcade

The Summer of Arcade on Xbox 360 continues this week with Flashback HD, a high-def remake of the side-scrolling action-adventure game from the '90s, also called Flashback. This past week, Ubisoft released a new story trailer that gives viewers a quick glimpse of the main character, Conrad, and the predicament he finds himself in. For more info about Flashback and its back story, read our article from July.

Flashback releases on August 21 on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 MS points or $9.99. The game will also be released in the fall for PC and PS3.

Source: Destructoid


AMY takes a second shot with new game patch

Controversial survival horror, AMY has received a title update this week. The game did not get the best start on XBLA, being universally panned by game reviewers then receiving more bad publicity following a knee-jerk response by their PR that the game may simply be too hard for most gamers. However developers VectorCell hope to turn their fortunes around with the new update that appears to address many of the complaints that reviewers experienced:

– the last checkpoint you reach is now saved (instead of going back to the beginning of the chapter)
– the syringes remain in the inventory after a checkpoint is reached
– Amy's Powers remain available after a checkpoint is reached
– the Combat camera has been removed
– most sequences can now be skipped
– the ingame brightness has been improved

The patch was tested both by players who enjoyed and disliked AMY in it's original state, and according to the game's Facebook page, the feedback given for the update appears to be positive. Currently AMY sits with a 25% metacritic score and here at XBLA Fans we rated the game a "Skip It", but does AMY warrant a second look now? Let us know what you think and if you've tried the new patch.

Source: Facebook


AMY too hard for most gamers?

Last week's XBLA release, AMY, recently received a raft of bad publicity with large numbers of negative reviews scored across most gaming review sites. Today a post was made on the game's official Facebook page in it's defence and some advice for frustrated gamers to switch to Easy mode to improve your enjoyment:

As many of you have already heard, AMY is a HARD game. Some people totally disliked that while other really enjoyed it. We believe this is part of the survival experience we tried to build as we wanted the game to be challenging. However, we actively listen to the community and comments and hence recommend the non-hard core gamers to launch the game in EASY mode (in the settings) for now. This will give them a much more pleasant and smoother experience, especially as the checkpoints are scarce.

The XBLA version currently has a metacritic score of 23.77% with the PSN version sitting slightly higher at 26.71%. Here at XBLAFans we're not a fan of numbers but we also rated the game poorly, pointing out that the controls are "clunky, slow and slightly delayed" and recommending you "Skip It". However the game's makers are keen to point out that it has been at the top of the XBLA charts since launch and players on the marketplace have rated it between 3 and 4 stars out of 5.

So did the reviews get it wrong? Reading between the lines, the developers seem to agree that there is a problem. Let's hope that the use of the phrase "for now" hints at a future fix with the advice to drop the difficulty being a temporary work around. Let us know what you think and check out our full review here.

Source: Facebook via Destructoid


AMY review (XBLA)

AMY was developed by VectorCell and published by Lexis Numérique. It was released on January 11, 2012 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

AMY is a survival horror game much along the lines of the original Resident Evil or Silent Hill–at least that's the plan. Unfortunately about the only things AMY and those games have in common are a good idea and some clunky controls. Apparently there's some unwritten rule that to be a member of the survival-horror genre, your game must play like it was made in the mid to late 90's. You are Lana, a seemingly big-hearted woman who has been infected. The task is simple, figure out what the hell is going on and keep Amy alive. Along the way you will meet several infected, a couple intriguing characters and few shady ones. Not much more to explain then that, now for the guts of this thing . . .

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AMY launch trailer and first 18 minutes of gameplay

To celebrate the release of AMY for 800 MSP on XBLA today, VectorCell have released a new launch trailer. The game is a survival-horror focusing on the relationship between two people; Lana and a little girl named Amy. You play as both characters challenged with surviving a city contaminated with zombie-like creatures. It's been described as tense, innovative and immersive experience. If you're not convinced, then head over the page for we have the first 18 minutes of AMY for you to watch. Be aware though this second video will contain spoilers.

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AMY releasing on January 11 for 800 MSP

When the rating appeared for AMY, we were suspecting a release very shortly. What we didn't expect was a release date and price announcement in the same day! The survival-horror game where your infection not only hinders but helps you, is releasing on January 11 for 800 MSP. The game has had promising first impressions from when we first saw it at E3 2011 so expectations are high. At that price point, it sounds easy to say yes to a new survival-horror experience. We'll have more on AMY and a review of the game in the weeks to come. Shout out to @lifelower for the tip!

Source: Lexis Numérique


New Amy trailer filled with enemies

A new video for upcoming zombie game Amy shows of how to survive combat or, better yet, how to avoid it altogether. Since the main characters aren't trained in combat, hiding is the best way to get around unseen. When combat is unavoidable,  you'll have to use melee weapons to kill the zombies. Be careful, as weapons break and it's easy to be overrun by just a few enemies. If worst comes to worst, you can use Amy's special powers. Get ready to fight, Amy will be released in 2012.

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New Amy trailer shows off gameplay and a unique relationship

VectorCell has released a new trailer for its upcoming survival horror title Amy, which shows off brand new gameplay footage, and highlights the unique relationship between the game's protagonists. As displayed in the trailer (which is narrated by the developers), Lana is the adult "in charge" of making sure the duo escape the horror infested city where the game takes place in one piece. Interestingly enough however, it's Amy, an 8-year old autistic girl who holds the keys to success. Watch the trailer for a full explanation and remember to stay tuned to XBLAFans for more Amy coverage!



Learn to utilize contamination in this new Amy trailer

Amy has been a little quiet in the last while but VectorCell and Lexis Numérique have provided us with a new look into the survival-horror title. In this trailer, you see the advantages and disadvantages of Lana being contaminated with the zombie virus in her bloodstream. While it does slowly kill her, you can easily brush past other zombies in your path and when you need to regain health, Amy will get you back to normal or the use of syringes will help. Our E3 preview hailed the game as a high quality survival-horror title and it sure is looking to bring the scares, keep a look out for this title later this year.

Source: Joystiq


Amy is scared and coming to XBLA

At E3, a survival horror game was shown for XBLA that goes by the name of Amy from VectorCell and Lexis Numerique. You play as Lana who wakes up in Silver City in the year 2034 after a comet attack that caused a virus outbreak, spawning strange creatures. You meet up with an autistic girl named Amy who has mysterious powers and work together in order to escape the virus threat. Unfortunately, Lana is also infected which you will have to keep up to date with on the color-coded meter on your back by healing yourself or by being around Amy to keep from getting too infected. You'll go through more infected areas and change form from woman to monster which will help around areas with lots of monsters but too much and it'll be game over. Amy is shaping up to be an interesting XBLA title combining arcade action with survival horror elements, check out some screenshots after the break.
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