Grim Fandango Remastered Review

Grim Fandango: Remastered

Developed by Double Fine Productions

Published by Double Fine Productions

*Oh, man. Did I come in on a Saturday again?*

*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*

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The Story:

Grim Fandango follows Grim Reaper Manny Calavera who works for the Department of Death which works like a Travel Agents. Manny’s career soon takes a turn for the worse however when he accidentally gives a client the wrong package to the Ninth gate of the Underworld, He must travel with the assistance of some new allies through the land of the dead in search of his client to prevent her from suffering the horrors of the land of the dead.

The Gameplay:

Grim Fandango is an Adventure game from well known game developer Tim Schafer that takes place during the Day of the Dead festival. Grim Fandango highly revolves around finding items related to your quest/current objective and using them to progress on your journey deeper into the land of the dead. In many ways, Grim Fandango has very familiar gameplay to the Telltale Games (Primarily because Grim Fandango helped to popularize the genre) with the player having huge maps to explore, As I mentioned above; Objects to interact with in order to progress and plenty of characters to interact with to get hints, humorous conversation options and also to occasionally progress into the story. The puzzles in the game are brilliant yet frustrating at times however as a newcomer to the game; I liked this aspect of the game as it really made me use my brain and think about how I was going to continue further into the game and these days not many games make me do that. Another thing that I did like about the game was the ability to change the style of controls between Analogue controls and the original Tank controls that the original version of the game used to run on. All in all, the gameplay of Grim Fandango Remastered is top notch.

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The Sound:

As a newcomer to the game, I have to say that I absolutely adored the music score in Grim Fandango as it used a type of music which is very uncommon in games these days which is Big Band and it suits the games visual style, feel and the storytelling perfectly with the music complimenting the game with a bit of Jazz, Blues and more to truly  help get the point across that it is a dark and gothic noire style tale. The voice acting is brilliant and when matched up with the script is hilarious with the voice cast including Tony Plana, Maria Canals-Barrera & Alan Blumenfeld.

The Graphics:

The visuals on Grim Fandango Remastered look great considering the title is a remaster of the 1998 game with a smoother look on the characters and environments which just goes to show that a lot of love and care went in to making sure this remaster looked amazing. Granted, the game is cartoony but like Telltale games, this adds to Grim Fandango’s charm and makes the game more interesting and fun to look at. The worlds are amazing and feels very Noire-ish and at times feels as though it has come straight from the mind of Tim Burton. Another thing which I absolutely adored in terms of the visuals is the ability to switch between the Remastered visuals and the Original’s visuals as it really helps people see just how much of a difference there is with the game in all with my only concern being that on only one point in playing the game, a slight visual glitch happened when I interacted with a lever in which when I moved an object; Manny moved with it however he was levitating and was a short distance from the actual item I was pushing however it doesn’t affect the game that much since it was only 1 slight instance at only a certain point in the game.

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Lasting Appeal:

In terms of replay value, unless you like the game so much that you want to replay it again and again; There is not really much of a reason to revisit Grim Fandango Remastered. The game does have Trophies/Achievements however they are easily achieved and you can pretty much get all of them in 1 playthrough (If you decide to use the Tank Controls). This is possibly my biggest problem with Grim Fandango.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Grim Fandango Remastered is an incredible game and as a newcomer to the title; I now understand why the game has such a following. The story is remarkable with a very funny script and a great voice cast that pulls it off. The gameplay is easy to get to grips with and the puzzles are very well thought out providing a challenge while the score and visuals suit the style of game that Grim Fandango aims to achieve. Really my only problems with the game would be that it has no real replay value, The puzzles can occasionally be a bit too hard and as I mentioned under the visual section; that slight glitch but otherwise; Grim Fandango Remastered is an absolute masterpiece that I urge everybody to play.

My Score = 9.5/10

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The Good:

  • Remarkable Storytelling
  • Gameplay is easily accessible to newcomers
  • Script is Hilarious along with the Voice Cast
  • Score is brilliant with Big Band Music
  • Visuals look great and add to the games charm
  • Likeable Characters
  • Puzzles really make you think
  • Ability to choose different Movement and Visual options

The Bad:

  • Puzzles can sometimes be a little too difficult
  • No Real Replay Value
  • 1 Slight Visual Glitch

Grim Fandango Remastered is available now via the PlayStation Store and Steam. Thanks go out to Double Fine for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

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