MediEvil: Resurrection PSP

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43
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  1. 73
    Unfortunately, the lack of fundamental necessities like better camera functionality and fighting mechanics end-up weighing down the experience. We simply need a camera that controls better.
  2. A solid, albeit formulaic action game that you should take or leave depending on how important things like story and humor are to you. Love to laugh? Get this game.
  3. On a technical level, the control scheme is a pain in the ass!
  4. PSM Magazine
    It's funny, there are plenty of new locales and characters, and the production values are admirable, though the framerate chugs and the camera could be more refined. [Nov 2005, p.96]
  5. While it's not the most original game of its kind, fans of MediEvil should like this slick redux of the popular PlayStation platformers. The wireless multiplayer minigames are a nice bonus, too.
  6. 70
    While fairly on the generic side, Resurrection does manage to offer a decent platforming experience for gamers searching for something new.
  7. The strongest feature the game has though is the comedic tone of the game. When you play it, you almost feel as if you are in a Monty Python game, or one of Tim Burton’s animated movies.
  8. AceGamez
    Using Sir Dan as a mascot platforming character wasn't the best idea. Jak & Daxter on the other hand, might have been - but we'll just have to wait for that treat later on in the year.
  9. 70
    It's challenging, fun, genuinely hilarious, and sets the benchmark for future PSP games in this genre - the likes of Daxter and Prince of Persia have a lot to live up to.
  10. An interesting world and great atmosphere can't save repetitive gameplay made even more tedious by a terrible camera system.
  11. It looks pretty and the controls work well, but overall MediEvil lacks in excitement and is slow to get good. You'd only buy because there aren't any other decent action adventures around yet. [GamesMaster]
  12. 65
    There is enough of a package here to justify a decent portable game and a nice 3-D quest, the likes of which have never been seen on a handheld. If only Medievil: Resurrection spent a little more time cleaning off the cobwebs.
  13. Despite its look, Resurrection is so clearly a PSOne game at heart that it is difficult to stomach as a modern release, and despite the extremely slick production values, it is not the sequel fans were hoping for, nor the proper modernization that the series deserves.
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    What once seemed so charming and fresh comes across as competent but stale from othe crypt. [Oct 2005, p.120]
  15. Unfortunately, the game hasn't aged well, and although it has plenty of personality, the maddening camera control and broken combat mechanics quickly spoil the fun.
  16. MediEvil Resurrection nails a whole lot of things, but doesn't quite get a handle on its most important aspect – gameplay.
  17. Pelaaja (Finland)
    MediEvil on PSP feels too much like a half-hearted rehash of the old PlayStation game, but with with some new faults. The fighting degenerates into a simple hack’n’slash, despite different weapons and attack combos. The controls are just not good enough for varied combat. Despite the repetitive and simple combat and platforming sections, the reason you keep on playing is the humour. Sir Dan is a very sympathetic character and its fun to follow his erratic adventures around Gallowmere and his strange interaction with other characters. Voice acting is excellent too [Sept 2005, p.66]
  18. It's ironic that a game featuring a jawless, semi-putrid swash-buckling skeleton is essentially the re-animated gaming carcass of a 1999 PSone title.
  19. 60
    The snarky gargoyles and twisted art design certainly merit the attention. But even a handful of decent jokes weren't enough to complete the illusion that this is a truly updated release, rather than a ten year old game with a nice coat of varnish.
  20. 60
    Blindly swinging your sword while trying to manipulate your skeleton is like trying to drive a unicycle on a high wire covered with banana peels. And we all know how that brilliant little experiment ended, now don't we?
  21. 60
    It's a sluggish game, but its brief moments of brilliant designs make it worth a look.
  22. This tale of the comical (and dead) knight starts off brilliantly, but the excitement tapers off when severely hampered by the nasty camera and repetitive action.
  23. Had Studio Cambridge spent as much time tweaking and refining the gameplay mechanics as they did reworking the audio and visuals, this could have been a truly great remake.
  24. A satisfactory diversion on the PSP that’s hampered by some control and camera issues. It could have been a lot more fun.
  25. A fun action adventure game with some redeeming qualities and a likable main character... if you can soldier past the not-so-fun parts and overlook some of the design flaws and engine issues.
  26. Just trying to play through the game was a struggle; sure the cumbersome controls and other such issues are frustrating, however the biggest concern is the lack of appeal the game has, boredom sinks in after only a couple of levels and there’s very little to re-capture this later in the game.
  27. Edge Magazine
    For anyone who hasn’t played a thirdperson platforming adventure game in the last five years, this might well serve as perfectly engaging and adequate entertainment. To everyone else, it serves as a very clear reference point for just how many evolutions the rest of the genre has undergone since the PS1’s heyday. [Oct 2005, p.96]
  28. Computer Games Magazine
    Quotation forthcoming. [Nov 2005]
  29. I do know that every time I sit down to play this game, after sitting through the too-long-for-what-you-get loading screens, I just want to turn it off, and that’s not a feeling that I want to have when playing a game.

Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#11 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 12, 2012
    Great remake of a great game!
  2. Alex
    Oct 4, 2005
    Very fun and VERY addicting. The only problem i've found is the controls are a bit clunky. using the analog stick somewhat solves this Very fun and VERY addicting. The only problem i've found is the controls are a bit clunky. using the analog stick somewhat solves this problem though. 9.5/10 Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Sep 7, 2005
    It's fun to play it good humor!