Amy (video game)

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Amy
Amy game cover.png
Developer(s) VectorCell
Publisher(s) Lexis Numérique
Director(s) Paul Cuisset
Engine PhyreEngine
Platform(s) Xbox Live Arcade,[1] PlayStation Network[2]
Release date(s)
  • WW 11 January 2012
  • NA 17 January 2012 (PSN)
Genre(s) Survival horror, stealth
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution Download

Amy is a survival horror stealth game developed by VectorCell and published by Lexis Numérique.

Gameplay[edit]

The player controls Lana, the woman escorting Amy and protecting her as the two attempt to escape their disease-ridden town. They encounter monsters and the military, among other foes, in their attempt to escape.[2]

Plot[edit]

According to a press release by Lexis Numerique prior to their appearance at Game Developers Conference 2011,[3] players "escort the strange 8-year-old autistic title character as they try to get her out of a city overrun with wild creatures and enemies."[2]

Development[edit]

On 3 April 2012 VectorCell announced a patch for Amy on the game's official Facebook page. The patch was released on 6 April. Major changes include the saving of the player's progress during chapters, the addition of more checkpoints, skipping of sequences in-game and several corrections to the subtitles.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS3) 27.24%[5]
(X360) 25.81%[6]
Metacritic (PS3) 33/100[7]
(X360) 25/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 1.5/10[9]
Game Informer 3/10[10]
IGN 2/10[11]

Amy was universally panned by critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version 27.24% and 33/100[5][7] and the Xbox 360 version 25.81% and 25/100.[6][8]

IGN gave the game a 2/10, with reviewer Colin Moriarty stating at the end of his review that he "spent at least a dozen hours with [Amy], got as far as the end portion of the fifth chapter, and gave up out of sheer anger and frustration."[11]

Game Informer's Jeff Cork gave the game just one point higher (a 3/10), and stated that "as a downloadable title, I wasn't expecting [Amy] to measure up against the triple-A juggernauts of the survival horror genre. However, I was expecting a game that was at least playable and contained some kind of entertainment. Make no mistake: Whether [Amy] is delivered to you via download, retail SKU, direct brain wave, or retinal implant, it is terrible and should be avoided."[10]

Jim Sterling of Destructoid went as far in his review as to describe AMY as "one of the worst games ever made", giving it a 1.5/10.[9]

Zero Punctuation reviewer Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw lambasted the game, describing the camera as being "like you're looking through the neck-hole of a t-shirt you haven't finished putting on yet," attacked the "clunkiness" of the combat mechanics and the unavoidable fights, the inherent flaws of the programming, and the forced-escort center of the game. Overall, Yahtzee gave it a highly negative review, stating "Basically what I'm saying is, it isn't very good. Did that come across? IT ISN'T VERY GOOD."[12] He went on to list the game as his Worst Game of 2012.

Some of the criticisms, such as save system, protagonist's status reset after dying and un-skippable cutscenes, were addressed in the update.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilbert, Ben (22 June 2011). "'Amy' dev Paul Cuisset discusses game's autistic character, female leads". Joystiq. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "The French Studio Lexis Numerique Announces Lineup and New Assets for Game Developers Conference 2011". 
  3. ^ "Lexis Numérique announces new lineup at GDC 2011". 
  4. ^ "http://www.facebook.com/AMY.thegame/posts/434426126574512". 
  5. ^ a b "Amy for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Amy for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Amy for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Amy for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Sterling, Jim (23 October 2012). "Review: AMY". Destructoid. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Cork, Jeff (12 January 2012). "Amy Review: Survival Horrible". Game Informer. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Moriarty, Colin (11 January 2012). "Amy Review". IGN. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Zero Punctuation: AMY". 
  13. ^ Mitchell, Richard (April 11, 2012). "Amy patch addresses criticism and player feedback". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 

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