Just like hurricanes, horror games seem to go well with girl's names. First Catherine, and now Amy. Just names, nothing else, but simply by knowing there's a sinister context, these otherwise ordinary words take on a malevolent air. Yet it only works with girls names. Could you imagine getting chills down your spine from a horror game called Mike or Roger?
Sadly, that's about it as far as interesting things to say about Amy goes, as this shambolic collection of outmoded ideas and clumsy execution would have been sub-par if released in 1998. Put it up alongside even the shaggiest second-stringer in 2012 and it's hard to find anything positive at all.
The plot gets things off to a bad start, compiled as it is from a jumble of survival horror clichés. We open with Lana, our heroine, as she escorts the Amy of the title on a train. Through leaden exposition we learn that Amy is both traumatised and mute, and she's been sprung from a dubious research facility. It's not hard to see where this one's going.
Eerie survival horror game Amy headlines this week's European PlayStation Store update.
It's a game about a troubled child who can make things happen with the power of her mind. Oh my god! Amy's also out on Xbox Live Arcade today.
"Neither quirky enough to be forgiven its unfinished feel nor polished enough to satisfy the base gaming itch, Amy is a crushing disappointment with little to recommend it," Dan Whitehead wrote in Eurogamer's just-published Amy review.
Flashback creator's survival horror out next week.
Amy, a survival horror title supervised by Flashback creator Paul Cuisset, launches on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade on 11th January, developer Lexis Numérique has announced.
It'll set you back £7.99/€9.99/800 Microsoft Points.
Set in a post-apocalyptic America where a virus outbreak has transformed the human race into flesh-hungry feral beasts, the story follows a woman attempting to survive the carnage with the help of the titular eight year old who's blessed with a set of mysterious powers.