AMY Review
AMY Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3
Dev: Vector Cell
Pub: Lexis Numérique
Release: January 11, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Use of Drugs, Blood, Intense Violence, Language

The sheer difficulty of doing mundane tasks over and over is the game's undoing. Aside from the ridiculous plot, the nonsensical controls, and the game's utter lack of focus, it is the little things here that get me the most. Running back and forth between two or three rooms and hoping to find a button prompt somewhere is maddening, and will make even the most tolerant of gamers want to chuck their controllers.

AMY Screenshot

About the only part of the game that is somewhat satisfactory is the visuals. Character models are decent enough, and even though levels consist of hallway-like structures, at least there is some variation between each dead-end. Vocals also hit the satisfactory mark. They are by no means good, but when the rest of the game is this bad, I guess even the most mediocre element becomes noteworthy.

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2012 may just be getting started, but AMY is already a contender for the worst game of the year. The game has no point, is extremely disorganized, and controls like three blind mice on Mars. Pretty much everything available on the Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network is better than this. In fact I think staring at a wall would be a better way to spend your time, as boring definitely beats frustration in this case. Sure, you may think you've seen bad games before, or can handle frustratingly bad game design. But trust me, you don't know frustration until you've met Amy.

By
Amanda L. Kondolojy
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: January 13, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.6
Graphics
Models are satisfactory, but frame rate issues make things a little shaky overall.
1.0
Control
Controls don't work. Period.
2.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voice work is satisfactory, and background music doesn't get in the way.
1.0
Play Value
The second you start playing, you'll be sorry you did.
1.5
Overall Rating - Avoid
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • AMY is a survival horror/action adventure game, where players must protect and escort the eponymous Amy—an enigmatic eight-year-old autistic girl with curious powers—as they try to get her out of a city overrun with wild creatures and dangerous enemies.
  • The story follows Amy and the player character Lana, a woman who is trying to protect and save her in the disease-ridden town.
  • They must work together to fight or flee from the aberrations, demons, and the military, in the hope of saving not only each other, but also the future of humanity itself.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    AMY - Official Launch Trailer - click to enlarge
    Launch Trailer
    AMY - Lara and Amy's Relationship - click to enlarge
    Lara and Amy's Relationship
    AMY -
    "Contamination" Developer Walkthrough
    AMY - Technology Trailer - click to enlarge
    Technology Trailer
    AMY - Father John - click to enlarge
    Father John

    Screenshots / Images
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