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And after all that, there's still not many games that compare to the greatness of Flashback. Recent games like Shenmue use the same concept as this game, but even so many years later, Flashback is still one of the best games for any system. The Sega CD version isn't much better than the Genesis version, but it does have new cinemas, and is well worth buying.
Overall, Flashback is a game that is filled with all sorts of interesting characters, both bad and good, tons of fun puzzles to figure out, amazing discoveries, and twists and turns in its magnificent storyline (which also makes many similar references to some popular sci-fi movies of the '90s). With the Sega CD offering a terrific answer to those old cut scenes and lack of music from the original Genesis version, this is without a doubt the definitive version of one of the best and most inspirational sci-fi adventure games we've seen in a long time. Why it never spawned a decent sequel is beyond my comprehension!
The Video Game Critic
Flashback for the Sega CD is not necessarily a better game, but audiophiles may find this version more appealing.
Mixant habilement plates-formes, combats et exploration en un tout homogène mis en scène par une intrigue solide, FlashBack reste encore à l'heure actuelle un petit bijou de gameplay et d'ambiance. Ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu éprouveront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans mais les autres se délecteront de ce titre qui aura définitivement marqué une génération de joueurs.
All Game Guide
While the influence of Prince of Persia is obvious, the game is so good that you won't necessarily think of Flashback as a copycat. Its intriguing story and overall appeal will make you want to quest for your identity.
Other than a few tweaks to graphics and sound, this version of Flashback is essentially identical to it's previous cartridge incarnations. Anyone who hasn't played it, as well as fans who want to see what's new, should definitely pick-up this fun CD. But if you've already been there and aren't impressed by the few changes, flash to something else.
Because of its atmospheric soundtrack and cinematic interludes, the original Genesis Flashback was advertised as a CD game in a cartridge — while the Sega CD Flashback version has so many access delays (and improves so marginally on the original) that you'll wonder which format was being complimented.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
If you own the Genesis version, then you already own the Sega CD version. Unless you really want those cool cinemas and good tunes, the game is the same. And that's not bad at all. The animation has always been superb and the game is just a blast to play. Having to actually use your brain while playing a game these days is rare, but Flashback is there with the perfect mix of action and adventure.