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Average User Score: 8.0Feb 13, 2015This is one of my favourite games of all time. I fell in love with Grim Fandango when I first played it becuase it had an amazing concept,This is one of my favourite games of all time. I fell in love with Grim Fandango when I first played it becuase it had an amazing concept, beautiful artwork, exceptionally memorable characters, incredible voice acting, stunning graphics (they were stunning at the time) and extraordinary gameplay. It's one of the best adventure games of all time and I was astounded by how good it was after having played Full Throttle, one of the other best adventure games of all time. It had more modern elements at the time, but retained the old school adventure game feel to it, which meant it was very challenging and everything wasn't so obvious. Some solutions also seemed down-right insane, which I loved.
I lost one of my original game CD's and I couldn't find the game anywhere. It sort of just disappeared off the face of the Earth, which was very disappointing. I eventually did find a copy and couldn't get it to work, so I had to give up and it felt like putting and old friend to bed forever :(
When I saw a few weeks ago that a remastered version was coming out I just about had a stroke from the excitement of seeing one of my all time favourite games, coming out with new graphics, control options, no need for install CD's and of course being compatible with Windows 7!
I would have still been insanely happy even if they re-released the original, but just made it compatible with Windows, so it's a super bonus to have it remastered and for me to be able to use my Xbox controller!
I do however think though that they may have gone a bit too far with the word "remastered". I would probably have used the words "updated" or "enchanced". Even though they have updated the characters and music and added dynamic lighting, they missed a huge part by not updating the scenes into 32 bit full HD with no borders. The scenes are still the original scenes with the grainy 16bit look. Surely they would still have the original artwork to be able to do this?
Aside from this, I'm very, very happy to be playing through my old favourite and would recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone who's already played Grim Fandango and definitely to those who haven't!!!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Jul 21, 2014Amazing and gritty sounds, ambiance, music and graphics that create an atmosphere that fits the storyline perfectly to compliment theAmazing and gritty sounds, ambiance, music and graphics that create an atmosphere that fits the storyline perfectly to compliment the exceptionally gripping gameplay that brings something new to an existing genre, pulled off with style. My only gripe would be that I would have loved to have played 10 times longer, but there was only so much to do in the game!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Jul 14, 2014I played this for countless hundreds of hours for 6 years before the servers got too empty. It was one of the most fun games I ever playedI played this for countless hundreds of hours for 6 years before the servers got too empty. It was one of the most fun games I ever played (bar Quake). It was more action orientated, unlike it's successors, which are more hide and seek orientated.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Jun 7, 2014It's basically super corny and super fun. Easy to pick up and play straight away, yet very challenging. Well worth picking up and doing a playIt's basically super corny and super fun. Easy to pick up and play straight away, yet very challenging. Well worth picking up and doing a play through... or two... or three...… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Jun 3, 2014This is an absolutely beautiful game crafted from love. It features incredible gameplay, outstanding animation, top notch characterThis is an absolutely beautiful game crafted from love. It features incredible gameplay, outstanding animation, top notch character introductions and development, brilliant, brilliant music and excellent, convincing voice acting. The RPG elements in the game, while simple compared to many other ARPGs, are very well executed and complemented the game perfectly. About the only minor gripe I really had was that traveling could have been made easier by being able to choose a specific save location in an area from the world map when revisiting it to find secrets/treasures after learning new skills. Then again, the process of having to go from either the beginning of and area or the end of an area to get to these points enabled me to gather a lot of resources and do a lot of leveling that made me prepared for the difficulty at the end of the game. I would seriously suggest picking it up as this is worth every $$$ spent.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9May 17, 2014One of my all time favs. Why anyone would give this less than a 10 is beyond me. They must be retarded or they've picked the wrong game byOne of my all time favs. Why anyone would give this less than a 10 is beyond me. They must be retarded or they've picked the wrong game by accident when reviewing. The game is so epic that even today people are still modding like mad, creating maps, making music covers and maintaining large communities. It's more like a religion than a game, like Jedi is to Star Wars fans.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0May 7, 2014I started playing this and couldn't figure out why the reviews put it in such poor light, but now that I've sunk a few hours into it, it'sI started playing this and couldn't figure out why the reviews put it in such poor light, but now that I've sunk a few hours into it, it's easy to see why the scores are so low. Basically it's a game with so much potential packaged with a greater level of disappointment. It was ported by very, very lazy people who were probably coding with one hand, while holding their junk with the other.
This is one of the worst console ports I've seen on PC. It's worse than GTA IV and is trying to rival Viking: Battle for Asgard. There are a few reasons why it's such a bad port. The graphic optimisation for the game is terrible and should be running far smoother. Because the graphics aren't optimised, it also doesn't take advantage of many of the wonderful options available on PC to make a game look amazing. Users also can't choose these many options to optimise performance on their PC's, so many users are unable to play the game on their lower end systems.
The controls are very clunky. Objects picked up and thrown with the force hardly ever seem to go in the right direction. Targeting is hit or miss and often the most random objects are selected, rather than the creature standing RIGHT IN FRONT of you currently slaughtering away. Momentum clearly doesn't exist and this makes jumping very hard. Double jumping sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
The menus are clunky and the game house NO mouse cursor for menu selection. Basic things like making sure the combo menu is easier to navigate to and read quickly aren't included.
One of the biggest pissoff factors has to be the "even though you've changed your controls to suit your style of play, all of the messages throughout the game will show the original controls". This would be fine, except that all big creatures and bosses have finishing moves that require button mashing combos that show the original keys and make for tedious and difficult gameplay. Then there's also the combo menu, which shows all of the original keys.
The camera is below average during normal gameplay and absolutely abysmal during boss fights. The camera works on console, but this is a PC PORT!
All in all, this game leaves me constantly fighting through everything other than the actual enemies in game.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Apr 25, 2014This game is simply amazing and should be rated one of the top games of all time. It has endless re-playability and is extremely fun withThis game is simply amazing and should be rated one of the top games of all time. It has endless re-playability and is extremely fun with friends. I'm sure that if I counted up the time I've spent on this game, it would be longer than a month non-stop.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Apr 23, 2014They've put a lot of thought into this one and these are some of the things I love about the game. The best damage calculators I've seen inThey've put a lot of thought into this one and these are some of the things I love about the game. The best damage calculators I've seen in any ARPG. Stats up there with the best of the best. Awesome looting system. Checkpoints are placed perfectly. Insanely huge number of hoards of monsters to attack (probably the most I've seen in an ARPG). Great skill choices for both active and passive skills. An assistant creature that isn't useless and provides awesome buffs. Perks are great. Great upgrade choices in towns for all sorts. I really love that resetting attributes and skill points always costs the same, unlike most RPGs where it gets more expensive each time, and it's not expensive either, which means that I can constantly revamp my character, giving me a lot more scope to try skills out and reclaim the skill points if I don't like the way my character build is going.
Basically this is just the insane slaughter-fest I've been looking for and it would get a perfect 10 if it wasn't for 2 things. Firstly it would be better if it didn't have some obvious bugs that cause the game to crash, but these aren't deal breaking once you know how to get around them from searching on Google. Secondly, it's just ridiculously hard to get started in the game and it isn't really until level 8 where your character doesn't have to kite and die all the time that the game becomes fun. I would suggest keeping the insane hoards for later in the game from a Dev perspective, as this may put people off. I'm a die hard ARPG fan and this put me off the game and I didn't pick it up again for a few months. This time though I looked on the internet for other people having a similar experience and found that heaps of people found it hard to get started, but once they persevered by dying 50 times and doing lots of kiting to get to about level 8 - 10, they found the game much better to play once they got some good drops and some skills going. I found the same thing for myself and now that I'm a higher level, I'm caning it and REALLY, REALLY enjoying the game! I can't wait to play every day!!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Apr 19, 2014I want to give this game more because it's addictive but there are a few things that make it too frustrating to play. Limited turns makesI want to give this game more because it's addictive but there are a few things that make it too frustrating to play. Limited turns makes exploring an entire map hard and I'm the kind of person who likes to do that, especially in games where decisions made, loot found etc. on one map will count on subsequent maps. There isn't a way to make regular income other than from looting, so if you make mistakes early on in the game, you can't finish the higher level maps because you can't afford to hire enough troops or either your army is filled with low level units. Also, the loot often isn't enough for the losses sustained. The most frustrating thing though is that heroes don't do enough damage and die too easily. You basically have to protect your main hero from all sides at all times to prevent him from being rushed by the enemy and slain too easily by only 1 or 2 enemies, which leads to the game being lost. This makes him a liability instead of an asset and the main hero is supposed to be an asset!… Expand