Grim Fandango is a 3rd Person Point & Click Adventure Game from LucasArts remastered by Double Fine Productions for the PS4, PS Vita, Windows PC, Linux, & Mac OS X. Grim Fandango follows Manny Calavera, a Reaper Of Souls in the Land Of The Dead, who is trying to get his hands on big cases from the new arrivals in the underworld by undermining his superiors. Manny soon discovers that even in death there is greed and corruption that will plague the soul. Manny decides he will help save the Land of the Dead as well as the client’s botched case that he was accused for sabotaging. The player will join Manny the player as he walks into the office for what will seem like a regular day at work but soon takes a turn for the worst as all over the Land Of The Dead haunts him.
Grim Fandango is still the the game we all grew up knowing and loving but the game does show its age, especially on a home console. The game is heavily puzzle-based and on console the player doesn’t interact with the environment as they do on Grim Fandango Remastered on Windows PC. Players with both versions of the Grim Fandango Remastered or those who remember the original will quickly notice that Manny’s original HUD (heads-up display element of the UI, or User Interface) is gone, this means players traverse around the world and interact with its surroundings they will do so sort of in the dark to what’s going on. This may have been done in an effort to keep the game closer to the original PC version but it also may end up leaving some players lost as to what to do next to solve the games many puzzles.
The charming characters and amazing voice work will still push players to keep trekking through the game to see what crazy mishaps and strange encounters that Manny and his crew will face in the Land Of The Dead if they are patient enough. The puzzles are complex requiring multiple parts to complete but are really simple if the player gives themselves time to listen carefully during the cut scenes as well as search entire areas before moving on. Players will also have to interview / interrogate certain characters to advance through the story and players find themselves laughing at the delivery of some of the lines after they make their choices. The writing material in Grim Fandango is genius and timeless, none of the jokes or gags feel dated, and the voice acting is still top notch.
When it comes to this version of Grim Fandango, some gamers may ask why is “Remastered” in the title. Tim Schafer and his team at Double Fine have made the game playable in HD, cleaned up and up-res’ed the character models, but that’s about it. The rest of Grim Fandango Remastered remains untouched and that may be because the team at Double Fine may or may not have access to all of the LucasArts assets due to the unique nature of this game’s license deal involving help from Sony to get the rights after LucasArts was shut down and acquired by Disney.
The game should be titled “Grim Fandango HD” in my opinion, since this is not the standard gamers expect from a modern day remaster. If a player hits the R3 button the game will revert back to the original version’s visuals and prove my point by seeing for themselves that not much has changed since the game’s original release in 1998. The audio quality is still superb and the team at Double Fine has recorded an audio commentary track that players can play and listen to in the background while playing that will give the player a behind the scenes look into the development of the game from Tim and his team at Double Fine.
Grim Fandango Remastered is the same great game we know and love from the late 90s and early 2000s with slightly updated visuals. This title still holds up pretty well even after 17 years of aging but the console remaster is still is a step behind the PC remaster version in terms of player controls. Both platforms provide something entertaining nonetheless. Grim Fandango would be as fresh and as fun today as a new released title even with the current titles from Double Fine Production like Broken Age or its competitors like “The Walking Dead” from Telltale Games. The tale of Manny Calavera is a fun, wacky yet witty tale of redemption and adventure that can now be experienced by a new generation of gamers for the first time.
Grim Fandango Remastered will be new for some and a classic for others, yet fun for all. It is the game that laid the ground work for fun yet complex character-driven stories told with an action-adventure theme, and point and click style gameplay. It may not offer many improvements from its original release but Grim Fandango Remastered is a trip for nostalgia junkies and something refreshing for new players to experience.
Overall Score: 7.5 / 10
RGN Rating : Bronze Game
Developer/ Publisher: LucasArts / Double Fine Productions
Available On: PS4 | PC | Linux | Mac OS X | Vita
Played On: Sony PlayStation 4
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.
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