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Mixed or average reviews - based on 72 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 72
  2. Negative: 7 out of 72
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  1. Oct 26, 2019
    100
    MediEvil is a colorful trip down memory lane filled with gorgeous, updated graphics, the same amazing OST and improved (yet still retro) gameplay mechanics. This will make you feel like a kid again.
  2. Oct 23, 2019
    100
    Other Ocean's reimagining of MediEvil is a respectful recreation of a unique classic. While some might think that the developers have gone down the safe route of a carbon copy recreation, it's clear that a lot of work that has gone into retaining MediEvil's original charm. The result? A gorgeous display of creative affection for a series limited by its original console confinement.
  3. 95
    MediEvil finally makes the transition from PS1 to PS4 in a spectacular new remake that fans have been clamoring for. The Tim Burton-esque beauty and clever gameplay has held up incredibly well for a twenty-year-old game but some precarious camera angles and clumsy combat keep the game from perfection.
  4. Oct 23, 2019
    90
    While MediEvil has a couple of rough edges, the core game is more fun than ever before thanks to an extensive reworking of the original mechanics.
  5. Oct 26, 2019
    88
    MediEvil on PlayStation 4 is history repeating itself. An independent developer who has an idea or a mission big enough to make them overcome the low budget with creativity and love for their work. A faithful remake with interesting solutions to make an old game live in 2019, but also with limitations that stop it to be the best one on this generation. It’s also doubtful that this game will be able to draw new players because of its inexperience and rigidities that directly came from the 90s. But this MediEvil remains to praise because it brings back not only Sir Dan, but also his message: sometimes motivation could everything you need to achieve something great. Because in the end we are all Sir Daniel Fortesque.
  6. Oct 23, 2019
    82
    MediEvil shows that it's possible to take a classic and completely remake the look from the ground up while still making it feel as it once did two decades ago.
  7. Nov 4, 2019
    81
    Sir Daniel Fortesque returns to the world of video games in the form of remastering, recovering the essence that made his first installment mythical and with a renewed graphic section for the occasion.
  8. Dec 16, 2019
    80
    It's a short, but very intense adventure, with brief cinematics, compact maps without padding or copy/pasted elements. It brings a lot of variety into the world teeming with bland "sandboxes".
  9. Nov 22, 2019
    80
    Overall, MediEvil caters more towards the die-hard fans of the franchise by delivering a near-identical experience with incredibly updated audio-visual presentation, but I firmly believe it will serve as a great introduction for new players as well. I’m sincerely hopeful that this remaster is successful, because I want to see more of Gallowmere in the future, not less.
  10. 80
    There’s something really special about MediEvil getting a well-deserved remake beyond the visual and audio glow-up. It provides the title with a chance to break out of the confines of relative obscurity to reach a wider audience. MediEvil deserves all of this and more with its fantastic tone, entertaining characters and story, excellent level design, and stellar pacing, even if a few issues hold it back. If you haven’t played it before you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not giving it a go, and if you have played it before, rejoice in Fortesque’s skeletal embrace.
  11. 80
    The visual update is beautiful, the orchestrated soundtrack is gorgeous, and, let's face it, if a developer were to fully modernise MediEvil, the result would likely lose all of the series charm by bloating it out with endless side-quests, open worlds, and some Very. Serious. Violence (TM). MediEvil is a rare bit of whimsy from modern Sony, and so while it plays a little bit too much like an artifact of yesteryear, it still got me smiling.
  12. Oct 23, 2019
    80
    Showing itself as a game that is extremely faithful to the original one and greatly respects the starting point of the franchise, MediEvil Remake is shown as the perfect opportunity to relive the adventure of Sir Daniel Fortesque with nostalgia. Despite that some of its playable aspects may be below current standards, Other Ocean has managed to revive the Gallowmere's Kingdom paying attention to what made the title great in the past.
  13. Oct 23, 2019
    80
    The MediEvil PS4 remake stays true to the original game while being a more enjoyable experience overall. There were still some ways that the developers could have made the MediEvil PS4 remake even better, but what's here is still a great game and will leave fans hungry for more.
  14. Oct 23, 2019
    80
    This remake of MediEvil is of high quality, both in terms of graphics and sound. The work on the music is excellent and it is a pleasure too travel again through Gallowmere landscapes with Sir Daniel Fortesque.
  15. Oct 23, 2019
    80
    It is the MediEvil you remember (and probably love) from 1998, albeit with updated visuals and sound, a new camera system and a superb art direction. Some problems from the past -like the sometimes awkward camera- have somehow managed to find their way into this release as well, but the same can be said for the charming and unique gameplay and aesthetic that oozes from this game.
  16. Oct 23, 2019
    80
    2019's MediEvil has done nothing but improve upon the original in every conceivable way, and if you can look past its faults, it's a wonderful adventure whether you're familiar with the original or not.
  17. Oct 23, 2019
    80
    All in all MediEvil PS4 is a solid, well-made remake that is a Halloween treat for longtime fans thanks to its remarkably improved sounds and visuals. Other Ocean Emeryville also does a nice job of ironing out some old kinks for modern audiences while leaving the gameplay mostly intact. Most of the time, this is for the better, but sometimes it's for the worse.
  18. Oct 23, 2019
    79
    A remake of the original MediEvil with something more. Perfect for the fans, good enough for the newcomers.
  19. Oct 24, 2019
    75
    For better or worse, MediEvil is a PS4 game that plays like a PSX game.
  20. Oct 23, 2019
    75
    The new MediEvil remaster stays faithful to the original, for both good and bad. Fans will enjoy seeing Sir Daniel’s adventures come to life in full HD, but anyone looking for a brand new action/adventure/platformer might find the old-school PS1 controls and mechanics more than a little jarring.
  21. Oct 23, 2019
    75
    Sir Daniel Fortesque is back, and that is already great news. This new version of the first game is a whole remake in the visual side, but more a remaster on the playable side. The camera has been retouched, but it’s still a pain in the ass and the worst part of the game AGAIN. But luckily, Dan’s charisma, the new graphics and the own universe of this game makes worthwhile to revisit the experience again.
  22. Oct 23, 2019
    75
    A good job by Other Ocean, which meets its goal: to resurrect a PlayStation classic.
  23. Oct 23, 2019
    75
    Other Ocean's MediEvil will be a joy for those who have been waiting for Sir Daniel Fortesque to return for years.
  24. Oct 23, 2019
    75
    MediEvil for the PS4 stays true to the original, for better or worse. It has a charm that no game can replicate nowadays, but the gameplay has become stale. Nevertheless, if you have fond memories of the original game, you'll surely feel like a kid being in Sir Daniel bones again.
  25. Oct 23, 2019
    75
    MediEvil is a hallowed classic, undeniably, and it's presented here with a shiny new look and comfortably familiar feel, made with enough love and attention to resurrect its appeal for existing fans.
  26. Oct 23, 2019
    75
    Given that a physical copy of the original MediEvil goes for roughly $30 these days, shelling out the same price for a PS4 remake is a steal.
  27. Oct 23, 2019
    72
    The studio in charge of reviving MediEvil, Other Ocean Interactive, did nothing more than the bare minimum. The graphics are beautiful and the work done on the lighting is wonderful, but we are quickly faced with a gameplay from another time. The hero's movements is sometimes erratic and the camera can be very annoying. Still, Sir Daniel Fortesque, champion of King Peregrin, lord of the kingdom of Gallowmere is one of the most lovable (anti)hero of the first generation PlayStation. Against all odds, the gargoyles jokes, the overall creativity and the brilliant music allow us to have a good time.
  28. Oct 23, 2019
    72
    This remake is something we’ve enjoyed mostly out of nostalgia, but it lacks ambition and, let’s be honest, it hasn’t aged very well. Add some bugs and you’ll have an enjoyable but also disappointing return.
  29. Oct 28, 2019
    71
    MediEvil is a straight forward hack n’ slash game, originally made for the PS1. It’s presentation and sense of humor set it apart from its contemporaries, and improved camera controls have modernized it. The graphics are now rendered in 4K, and the music is orchestral. If you’re a fan of PS1 classics like Crash Bandicoot, or Spyro, but would like a heavier emphasis on action, then MediEvil is just what you’re looking for, especially if you want an old school challenge with some new school tweaks. If you’re not into retro gaming, however, MediEvil won’t be the game to convert you.
  30. Jan 29, 2020
    70
    More than 20 years after its released on PlayStation 1, Medievil is back from the dead on PS4. Unfortunately, it looks much more like a remastered version than a full fledged remake. It shines with colorful graphics and spooky atmosphere, but its gameplay remains too rigid, and its mechanics haven't aged well. A title reserved for fans of the license or lovers of Halloween and «The Nightmare Before Christmas».
  31. Nov 25, 2019
    70
    This is a definition of an uncompromising retro mindset. Cute visuals and burtonesque atmosphere set this game apart, but the gameplay is basically unchanged from its roots in the 90s - including a confused camera and a pretty bland combat system.
  32. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 18, 2019
    70
    A solid remake of a cult game from a bygone era, MediEvil’s flaws lay in its past. The eight hours you’ll spend in Sir Dan’s metal boots will, however, have you smiling until the credits roll. [Issue#169, p.82]
  33. Oct 31, 2019
    70
    MediEvil is about as faithful as a remake can be. While some of its systems may feel archaic by today's standards, for fans of the original, it's still well worth making a return trip to Gallowmere, if only to see how beautiful it all looks now.
  34. Oct 30, 2019
    70
    The remake of MediEvil shows that old franchises can easily be modernized without losing their nostalgic value. The improved graphics and more accurate controls give the game a major upgrade. However, the full potential is not achieved due to a slower game pace and irritating camera movements.
  35. Oct 25, 2019
    70
    MediEvil is a lazily made remake that preserves many of its original flaws, while only doing enough to bring the game up to speed in the current generation of consoles.
  36. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    It shows its age in some spots but for the most part it’s enjoyable. People with fond memories of it would probably enjoy this update over the original if for no other reason than the visual facelift. Its style has as much to do with its legacy as the gameplay but this is one of the more memorable titles to grace the original PlayStation. In spite of the areas where this title has not aged well, MediEvil is still fun and darkly charming adventure, and like Sir Daniel this HD remake still shows there’s life left in this corpse.
  37. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    MediEvil successfully recreates the feel and the atmosphere of the original game, leaving intact all the problems it had in terms of gameplay, hitboxes and camera.
  38. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    After over 20 years Sir Daniel Fortesque rise again from his grave to remember us how hard an hero's after-life could be.
  39. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    An accomplished, excellent remake hampered only by some dated game design, MediEvil is a marvellously macabre medley of mayhem and mirth.
  40. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    MediEvil is a loveable, charming romp through a classic action game that unfortunately suffers because of overly stiff controls and combat that often feels imprecise and impractical.
  41. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    MediEvil is, for better and worse, an original PlayStation game with a new coat of paint. It’s a fun romp through imaginative levels with classical gameplay styles, and charmed my pants off with its humor while I struggled with the platforming and fixed camera angles.
  42. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    MediEvil shows its age, but remains a fun hack-and-slash romp that hilariously pokes fun at every conceivable Halloween and fantasy trope. The game’s still very much worth your time, even if it has become a little rough around its edges.
  43. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    MediEvil does a good job of addressing some of the problems found in the original while sticking close to the source material. The updated visuals and audio are great, and it’s more pleasant to play thanks to the improved interface. Even though some aspects can feel dated or way too straightforward, journeying through this dark and spooky world is still satisfying. Whether you're a fan of the original or enjoy other action-adventure games of the era, MediEvil is a solid choice.
  44. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    MediEvil resurrects one of our all-time favourite PlayStation mascots for a new generation. This remake does exactly what it promises, revamping dated visuals while staying faithful to the 1998 original, even if that means digging up certain design choices that have remained buried with Sir Dan all these years.
  45. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    Medievil Remake brings back to life a classic title, giving it new life. It’s the perfect opportunity to play a twenty-year-old title or to discover it, if you never hadt he pleasure of spending some time with Sir Daniel Fortesque. Unfortunately some technical problems prevent the game from having a better score.
  46. Oct 24, 2019
    69
    The MediEvil remake stays true to the original and was modernised quite well despite some minor deficits. In terms of gameplay it is a tad too old-fashioned.
  47. Oct 23, 2019
    68
    While it is true to bring us back the original experience with a more modern control, Other Ocean should have modernized many other elements of MediEvil in this remake to camouflage that Daniel Fortesque's adventure has not aged well.
  48. Nov 6, 2019
    66
    It’s a hard game to recommend, due to being just too darn faithful to the original for its own good; if you’re a diehard fan of the original game and can contend with the issues outlined above, then by all means give Medievil a shot, but with a wealth of excellent platforming and adventure titles available on the PS4, it’s hard to see a reason to play this over one of its contemporaries aside from the nostalgia factor.
  49. Nov 19, 2019
    65
    This ends up feeling like a project half-baked. The polish to the visuals and presentation are sublime, while the game play remains untouched and frustrating more often than not. I would have loved to see this game make a true comeback. Fortesque is such a lovable character and his world is infinitely interesting and fun to play around in. However, the sloppy combat, punishing game play, and lack of modernization make this a chore to play more often than not. I want to bring back the glory days of PSOne era characters, but not like this. They deserve better.
  50. Nov 1, 2019
    65
    Purely for fans and nothing more.
  51. Oct 25, 2019
    65
    MediEvil still deserves to be heralded as a classic for its time and place in gaming, and I love how it looks in revitalized form on PlayStation 4. However, its gameplay is a relic of yesteryear, and an example that shows us just how far games have come over the years. Rest in peace, Sir Dan.
  52. Oct 23, 2019
    65
    Medievil isn't what we could call a good remake. It's an old game, with old problems, that aren't solved by this reedition. Of course, it's nice and always funny to go through, especially with the great atmosphere, the fine humour and an excellent dubbing, but still, the game conserve all those camera and jumping problems.
  53. Oct 23, 2019
    65
    Ultimately, MediEvil doesn't have much going for it except for nostalgia. Everything about it is unexceptional, and it feels lackluster when compared to similar recent attempts to update PS1 classics. Without a fondness for Sir Dan and his antics, I'd be hard-pressed to say why MediEvil is worth playing. It's a game for fans, but little has been done to make this offering stand out. Perhaps it would've been better if Sir Dan had been left to his peaceful rest, but we can hope for a genuine next-gen MediEvil someday in the future.
  54. Oct 23, 2019
    65
    There's always an argument to be made for keeping an old game's “quirks” intact to preserve nostalgia, but there's still a line where useless things ought to killed off for good. That said, I have to acknowledge that only the die-hard fans of the hard-dyin' Dan Fortesque will enjoy this. The timeless Tim Burton-esque charm and the fine Lazarus job done on the visuals can only go so far. In the end, these old bones just creak too much.
  55. Oct 23, 2019
    65
    For those entering in here for the memories of a beloved game, I don’t want to knock the experience for you. This is the game you love! But unlike aforementioned remakes, nostalgia seems like a necessity to enjoy MediEvil rather than just being a bonus. Let all brave knights beware.
  56. Oct 23, 2019
    65
    MediEvil successfully brings Daniel Fortesque’s tale back from the dead yet again, but not nearly enough was done to modernize the mechanics of this remake.
  57. Oct 23, 2019
    63
    With so many retro remakes that feel like fresh experiences in this day and age, it's disappointing how dated MediEvil is. With that being said, it's definitely faithful so if you're a diehard fan then I'm sure you'll appreciate its swanky new visuals.
  58. CD-Action
    Nov 25, 2019
    60
    If you disregard the nostalgia factor, the game is anything but extraordinary. It won’t win over new, younger players... but on the other hand they are not the target audience. [13/2019, p.78]
  59. Nov 15, 2019
    60
    The remake of MediEvil can best be described as a missed opportunity. This was the moment to give Daniel a second chance and to re-introduce him to a younger audience, but Sony and Other Ocean seemed to be in a rush making this game on time for Halloween.
  60. Nov 5, 2019
    60
    Sadly, MediEvil hasn't changed enough since it's genesis to seduce the modern gamer. If the graphics are updated and the music still awesome, the dated gameplay and the framerate drops are too much to bear.
  61. Oct 23, 2019
    60
    I was already skeptical when announcing the remake of MediEvil. Can the PS1 classic keep up with modern titles with its rather shallow Hack & Slay gameplay? Unfortunately, the answer is a clear "no" - at least for those who did not play the original.
  62. Oct 23, 2019
    60
    This remake of MediEvil isn't all that fun to play in 2019, but it's still too much of a Halloween treat to dislike.
  63. Oct 23, 2019
    60
    MediEvil's PS4 makeover sees the classic brought back to life, and it's an extremely faithful remake that fans will love. However, many of the old issues return as well, such as a dodgy camera and stiff gameplay. Sir Dan die-hards will be able to forgive these leftover problems, as this is otherwise a solid remake overflowing with character. If you've any nostalgia for this retro Sony title, or are looking for something spooky to play this Halloween, MediEvil has never been better -- just be wary of the skeletons in its closet.
  64. Oct 29, 2019
    50
    MediEvil is a remake that should have taken more chances. Specifically, the gameplay needed to be reimagined for a 2019 audience. Instead, it just feels dated and obnoxious in a way that spoils its redeeming qualities.
  65. Oct 29, 2019
    50
    MediEvil does have some nostalgic charm, but due to its bevy of issues, it feels not just old, but undeniably outdated. For every part that helps us look back fondly on a time when games were made differently, there’s another that reminds us of how far we’ve come in those years since. MediEvil's delightful level and character design mostly still stands tall, but its combat and controls largely fall well short of what feels tolerable by modern standards, and it left me feeling wholly ambivalent to its existence.
  66. Nov 2, 2019
    40
    With some tweaks and fixes to the old game, MediEvil could have been a wonderful reunion with an old friend. Instead we get a lesson in why the good old days might not have been so good after all.
  67. Oct 23, 2019
    40
    With the remake of 1998's MediEvil, Other Ocean has done great work bringing the PlayStation title in 2019. Visually, this game is a winner. The problem is the decision to keep the gameplay largely the same. MediEvil's combat is muddy and its level design lacks any sense of exploration. This needed to be a more extensive remake. As it stands, it's only for those with heavy nostalgia for the property.
  68. Oct 23, 2019
    40
    Unless you're a hardcore lover of the original MediEvil, I can find little reason to recommend this remake when there are numerous superior platformers available on PS4. Heck, even Knack manages to produce a more compelling experience than this, surpassing the brittle bones of Sir Daniel Fortesque in almost every department. As someone who was equally enthralled and terrified by the original duo of games, this is an unfortunate disappointment.
  69. Oct 23, 2019
    40
    The poor controls and lack of a checkpoint system have resulted in a game that is often more frustrating and fun.
  70. 40
    This remake of MediEvil stumbles in the gameplay department, failing to bring life into its resurrected protagonist’s rusty old bones.
  71. Oct 23, 2019
    40
    It may look better than the original MediEvil, but the improvements stop there. This could have been the beginning of a new breath of life for a cult favourite, but instead it’s probably the final nail in the series’ coffin.
  72. Oct 23, 2019
    30
    A remake that is loyal to a fault when it comes to honouring the original, with gameplay and design mechanics that were barely acceptable 21 years ago, let alone now.
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  1. Oct 24, 2019
    Daniel Fortesque's tale is retold with style, but the fundamentals frustrate.
  2. Oct 31, 2019
    MediEvil's PS4 release is a remarkably faithful recreation of the 1998 classic, and that's a problem. While the remaster is a near-perfect recreation, it recreates something archaic that, even at the time, was rather clunky....Unfortunately, MediEvil needed a full overhaul or, better yet, a brand new game. An authentic recreation of an old and messy game isn't what the series should settle for.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 612 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 612
  1. Oct 25, 2019
    10
    Absolutamente incrivel a ignorancia de alguns criticos profissionais que nem devia ser nascidos quando saiu o original que demonstram umaAbsolutamente incrivel a ignorancia de alguns criticos profissionais que nem devia ser nascidos quando saiu o original que demonstram uma ignorancia absurda sobre a qualidade e carinho depositado neste remake. Absolutamente obrigatorio e nao liguem a ignorantes que nada percebem disto. Full Review »
  2. Oct 25, 2019
    10
    This is simply PERFECT.
    An immortal masterpiece, a unique game that makes you feel that you are in Gallowmere
  3. Oct 25, 2019
    9
    A strikingly good remaster of a PS1 classic and just in time for Halloween. Surprised by the contrast in critic/ user reviews, it staysA strikingly good remaster of a PS1 classic and just in time for Halloween. Surprised by the contrast in critic/ user reviews, it stays faithful to the source material and even adds to it. I'm simply loving this remaster thus far and fingers crossed for a new Medievil game in the future. Full Review »