Never has a game made me legitimately smile within the first 5 minutes... until I tried this game. (Thanks PS Plus) The characters, dialogue, and story are all well crafted in a way that you won't want this adventure to end. I didn't try the original, but this remaster is certainly great so that more people can experience this wonderful gem.
Whether you’re a long-time fan wanting to revel in the nostalgia, or somebody who missed it the first time round – pick up Grim Fandango and delight in this prime example of adventure games at their peak. Its got a lot of heart – and it deserves yours.
Like watching a classic old movie, Grim Fandango Remastered feels like a hearkening back to the golden days of gaming, when PC adventure games ruled and games didn’t have difficulty settings so easy that it seems like the game is playing itself. This is as much a history lesson as it is entertainment, lest we forget the roots of great gaming.
Grim Fandango was a game i originally had no interest in in 1998. I just didn't think it seemed appealing, probably due to the point-and-click genre dying down at that point. Now here we are, 2015, point and click now being a favored genre of mine, especially taking a liking in old ones. I can say now that i regret not getting Grim Fandango back in the day, for it is now in my top ten favorite games of all time.
There is not anything bad i can really say about Grim Fandango. The story in entrancing, keeping you locked in it's world of fantastic writing and original, developed characters. Even background characters that you only share 2 or 3 lines with are interesting. The story takes you to a variety of different locations, from the ocean-side town of Rubacava, to the very gates of the 9th underworld itself. All the characters are well voice acted, and the dialogue is consistently funny.
The gameplay is your standard point and click stuff: walk around, talk to people, pick up stuff, solve puzzles, it's all great fun. While some might complain about the immense difficulty that some of the puzzles boast, with the answers being extremely cryptic,but i don't mind at all. A hefty challenge is what i like to see in a PAC game, which most new ones seem to lack. Now, i could complain about the counter-intuitive "tank controls", but even they got that right. The default control is scheme is NOT tank controls, you must change this from the options screen. I cannot tell you how great that is. I actually played the game through a second time with tank controls, not for the trophy, but so i can play the game the way it was meant to be played.
Remaster wise, I cannot speak too much for not playing the original. Some things i can talk about though is the enhanced textures, which can be changed to original by the push of a button. Pairing that with tank controls make it a full retro experience. I hear some things from others about the music being redone, and the aspect ratio changed, but for me non of that matters, for this is the only Grim Fandango experience i have played.
Overall, this game is simply a masterpiece on all fronts. There is just not a bad thing i can say about it. This is why i'm giving Grim fandango a 10/10
I grew up enjoying innovative (for their time) funny, challenging adventure games like the Leisure Suit Larry series, for example. So I'm not a gamer who has no appreciation for older games like Grim Fandango. But after playing this snoozer for several hours I can honestly say I don't see what the fuss is about. The world is far from immersive, with only small clusters of explorable space available at any given time. The animation is okay I suppose but not really my cup of tea. Using skeletons as a model doesn't allow for much variety and it all becomes monotonous visually after a very short while. But my biggest BY FAR is the obtuseness of the puzzles. Some of them are so obscure as to be virtually impossible to figure out logically. But worst of all, there is really no sense of reward when you do. It's just more of the same each time without increasing the fun factor. This would be worthwhile if it was free but it worth paying for at any price in my opinion. Oh - and the remastered version is almost identical to the original - really no reason to buy it again if you bought the original.
Why was this game remastered? Why? Yes the story is good. But nothing that is worth a remastering of. Did not age well at all, remastered or not. Gameplay dry and boring (if you like TellTale games you might like this). No reason to buy this if you have never played the original. And one that missed the original just skip out on this. You will be saving your self a lot of time. This game just feels bad playing it, yes it's and older game from an older gen. But if your going to remaster something this old just do a remake of the game.
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