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Review: MediEvil (PS4 Pro)

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There are many classic games from our youth that we remember quite fondly, and many of those game we won’t mind seeing in the shiny new coat of paint that we remember through our rose-tinted nostalgia goggles. Luckily, we get to experience one of those games in all its 2019 remake glory, and the experience is pretty great!

We need you Sir Daniel Fortesque!

MediEvil is a faithful recreation of the 1998 game of the same name. It follows the adventure of the fallen hero of Gallowmere, Sir Daniel Fortesque, who is resurrected from his tomb to fight the evil Zarok, who seek to take the country for his own.

That pretty much sums up the plot of MediEvil, and if you were expecting anything more, you will be sorely disappointed. But, that is exactly what makes this game so special. There is no thrills and fuss about it, just a fun game, with a goofy story and that’s it.

I will have to admit that I never played the original MediEvil, but I always knew about the game and that many people held it quite dearly to their heart. If you are one of those and are hoping to relive the great experiences you had all those years ago, then you are in luck because this game is probably one of the more faithful recreations of any game of that era. This is however both a good and bad thing, as it brings with it everything video games had to offer more than 20 years ago.

And we mean everything

First off, I need to mention that this game is absolutely gorgeous! Everything from the wonderful art design to the character models to the sound and music just fits in perfectly with the overall theme and aesthetic the developers have gone for. At the same time, they managed to essentially recreate the entire MediEvil almost to a T, with every level, puzzle, event and even the cutscenes being almost exactly the same. Of course, changes have been made, with levels enjoying more details, and seeming a lot more populated with objects and so on, but it almost feels like this was what was envisioned all those years ago.

Gameplay is very straightforward, as you have a primary and secondary weapon, which you can swap out as you see fit giving you options of ranged and melee attacks. Enemies aren’t the toughest, but there’s plenty of variety, each being rather unique to the level you find them in. Puzzles are short and easy, even though one or two might have you scratching your head a bit. The game is not there to challenge you, but rather just enjoy the quirky humour and story. 

It plays incredibly well, making you realise just how good this game was in 1998, although it does have some shortcomings, some bordering on rage-quitting frustration.  As well as the game is made and designed, the levels are incredibly short. You can explore them freely, and even return to them later, but completing one level really won’t take you a long time unless you get stuck in one or two of them trying to figure out where to go, or figure out a puzzle.

The game also has some very old-school ideas regarding fails, checkpoints and restarts where you are forced to restart an entire level, should you fail at any point, even at the final level boss. It is not the end of the world since the levels are so short and easy, but it can be frustrating if you have to go through the same labyrinth a couple of times, especially if you want to get all the collectables. As I mentioned, it isn’t the end of the world, but it does feel like something added to make a rather short game feel a bit longer and can be a bit frustrating, especially to a modern video gamer.

Another issue the game has is the camera, that is mostly free to move around, but locks in place depending on the scenario, giving you a sort of isometric view. It is a bit annoying if you want to move the camera, but aren’t allowed to all of a sudden.

Other than that, I cannot find any fault with MediEvil, since it is a very enjoyable experience, albeit rather short and easy.

Time to save Gallowmere Sir Dan!

MediEvil will probably take you no more than seven hours to complete, and maybe nine if you go for the Platinum Trophy. If you’ve played this game before, and know what to expect, that number will probably decrease.

That doesn’t distract from the value and charm of this game, as you are certain to enjoy it if you’re into these old-school adventure games we enjoyed in the 90s. As a newcomer, I thoroughly enjoyed MediEvil, as it offers some great visuals, a stunning soundtrack and some interesting gameplay. On top of that, you have a lovable main character in Sir Daniel Forteque, a quirky bunch of side characters and some fun, harmless humour.

MediEvil has a few shortcomings, but everything else makes up for it, making it a definite game to keep an eye out for if you’re looking for a fun and entertaining weekend.

Good

  • Incredibly faithful to the original
  • Stunning visuals
  • Fun gameplay
  • Quirky humour and story
  • Music

Bad

  • Checkpoint system is very old school and can be frustrating
  • Camera can be a bit of a nuisance

Summary

MediEvil is an incredibly well-made and well-polished recreation of the original 1998 game. It did, however, get a complete overhaul, making it a lot more appealing to the modern audience. It does have a few old-school mechanics that might frustrate you in 2019, but overall the game's experience is rather pleasant. A reminder of the good old days when games were just meant to be fun.
8

Great

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