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  • Summary: Something is rotten in the land of the Dead, and you are being played for a sucker. Please meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their 4-year trip to eternal rest. But there is trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself fromSomething is rotten in the land of the Dead, and you are being played for a sucker. Please meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their 4-year trip to eternal rest. But there is trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation. [Double Fine] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Feb 13, 2015
    100
    In Grim Fandango Remastered, one of the best games of all time has been resurrected for modern audiences. It’s still a classic, and it absolutely belongs on every gamer’s (digital) shelf.
  2. Feb 11, 2015
    92
    Gorgeously enough, the simplistic notion that this is merely a product of someone’s pleasantly twisted imagination overqualifies as entertainment. It's fu.king art and I love it.
  3. Feb 1, 2015
    90
    You would complain on the not-remade backgrounds and cutscenes. You would complain on the stretched 16:9 option. You would, but you shouldn't: Grim Fandango Remastered is a great effort of bringing back one of the best adventure games ever made, with nice improvements and a really interesting dev commentary.
  4. Jan 28, 2015
    80
    Bringing Grim Fandango back to the land of the dead is a welcoming move. LucasArts' classic 3D adventure is still very entertaining due to the atmospheric music, the charming characters, the intense story and the unique expression. The remastered version improves the 3D models with updated graphics, but sadly this is not true for the cinematic cutscenes and all backgrounds in the game. They are identical to the original version presented in 4:3 aspect ratio and seems rather blurry compared to the 3D models.
  5. Mar 22, 2015
    80
    Even if the mechanisms of this game seem a little dated now, we're reminded how the story and its characters are timeless in their good humour and quality, and in that respect, this Remaster should hold almost as much joy for newcomers as it does for returning fans.
  6. Feb 6, 2015
    80
    Despite its errors and incomplete nature Grim Fandango is a fantastic adventure that you probably fall in love with. Unless you already loved Manny from before.
  7. Apr 7, 2015
    60
    Charming as the characters are, I found Grim Fandango’s gameplay intermittently grating. Some of the puzzles in the game are so idiosyncratic that they seem predicated less on the deployment of practical reasoning than on the achievement of a mystical mind-meld with the game’s project lead, Tim Schafer, and the rest of the developers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 44
  2. Negative: 7 out of 44
  1. Jan 28, 2015
    10
    Nostalgia aside, this is still one of the best adventure games ever created. However, I've noticed two differing styles of understandingNostalgia aside, this is still one of the best adventure games ever created. However, I've noticed two differing styles of understanding this...

    1.) Those who expect a very logical, concise set of puzzles, with a nice wrapping of a story around it.
    2.) Those who want to explore the nuances of the game. The style. The ambiance. The way that the game is structured. The "reading between the lines" of the morals, and themes of the story itself...

    If you're in category #1? Avoid this game at all costs. The game is about the sum of the parts being greater than an equal to the whole. (Much in the same way that Animal Farm is much more than just a story about talking animals running amok...) Some of the puzzles are just...odd. They don't seem to make 100% logical sense, and the game certainly isn't going to highlight the puzzle piece with a glowing exclamation point, or halo to let you know what you've missed.

    But...if you're in the second category, and you haven't played this yet? Then why, oh why, in the name of all things holy or not, are you even bothering to read this review? Get on your favorite platform, and get this ASAP. You'll be rewarded with the texture, style, and nuance of a finely crafted masterpiece.

    Playing Grim Fandango isn't about the jaw dropping graphics, or the smooth textures, or the latest in whiz-bang technology. (Which is what a lot of people who aren't steeped in the adventure genre don't quite get...) This game is about the Land of the Dead. It's about Manny Calavera. It's about the questions that plague everyone regarding life...death...and beyond.
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  2. Feb 12, 2015
    10
    A real blast from the past.

    Old enough to remember playing the original, luckily my memory is bad enough that I could enjoy it all over
    A real blast from the past.

    Old enough to remember playing the original, luckily my memory is bad enough that I could enjoy it all over again this time around.

    This is a real fun game.
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  3. Jan 28, 2015
    9
    Yes, it's more of a rejig than a remaster, but that's all that needed doing here. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is very apt here. TheYes, it's more of a rejig than a remaster, but that's all that needed doing here. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is very apt here. The rough edges have been sharpened, and a masterpiece has been left as it is.

    Grim Fandango is, quite simply, one of the greatest video games ever made. I could go into the story of Manny, the Day of the Dead motif expertly blended with film noir that flows through the title, the beautiful art direction overall and the illogical logic of the well crafted puzzles, but it would simply be gushing praise that isn't required. Put simply, it's almost the perfect game in every area you care to examine.

    I've seen some moaning that there's no auto-save, or hint system for the puzzles - those people are severely missing the point of the title, as you'd quite frankly ruin the game if those features existed.

    So well done to Double Fine if they realised that this classic needed to be largely untouched, and simply released to be made easily available to those who missed out on it first time round. It's possible they just got lazy and did the bare bones and got lucky, but even if that is the case I'm glad they did.

    For the price, you won't get better value for money in 2015. One word of warning for the Call of Duty generation - you can't press F to win here, so prepare to have to use your brain a bit; but be prepared to be richly rewarded if you do.
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  4. Jun 14, 2016
    8
    This game I dipped for 10 hours in a great noir adventure. I do not like quests, so all the gameplay by me. The story, the characters andThis game I dipped for 10 hours in a great noir adventure. I do not like quests, so all the gameplay by me. The story, the characters and dialogues, that's what makes this game so cool. Long time no film and no game could not give such a film noir atmosphere. Expand
  5. Jan 28, 2015
    7
    The original game was a masterpiece! The plot, the themes, and overall feeling of it was superb. But that was in 1998!
    The remaster hardly
    The original game was a masterpiece! The plot, the themes, and overall feeling of it was superb. But that was in 1998!
    The remaster hardly remastered anything at all. The backgrounds are still prerendered, propably in higher resolution. So are the cutscenes. It looks even morse now with the crisp colourful 3d models standing out of the scenery. Textures are still with minimalistic details. I expected more, and am disappointed.
    But overall - the game is brilliant, but remaster is more of a re-packaging of the same thing.
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  6. Feb 7, 2015
    6
    The game is not as great as I remembered. I much prefer new adventure games like all the Telltale games and the new Life Is Strange game. MyThe game is not as great as I remembered. I much prefer new adventure games like all the Telltale games and the new Life Is Strange game. My daughter and I have been slogging through Grim Fandango, but the puzzles are illogical and weird, and frankly, not nearly as fun as I thought they would be. A lot of progress has been made in the adventure genre, and the majority of players (though certainly not all) will not find as much enjoyment in this decidedly old-school game. Expand
  7. Mar 11, 2015
    0
    I have seen fan made graphics overhalls that are better and more modern than this cash grab 'remaster'. Don't trust anything from Tim SchaferI have seen fan made graphics overhalls that are better and more modern than this cash grab 'remaster'. Don't trust anything from Tim Schafer after Broken Age and Spacebase DF9. Expand

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