Grim Fandango Remastered$14.99
- Hi-Resolution Graphics
- Re-recorded Music Score
- Switch back and forth from original to remastered
- Available on: PC, Mac, Playstation4, PS Vita, and Linux
- Can be played with a Joystick now
- No Auto-Save
I was really excited to be able to get a chance to do this review. Grim Fandango Remastered is a fresh look of the original game from 1998 released by LucasArts Entertainment Company, LLC. I remember getting this from CompUSA (now, closed) back when it first came out. You can look for the original here on Amazon, or here on eBay if you are purist, and want to own both.
Getting in touch with my inner days of gaming has been a refreshing treat while playing this game. There is something to be noted by games of the past, and that is that they bring back the feelings of why we wanted to play them in the first place, and that was to be entertained. While there needs to always remain a fine balance between original games, and those that have been re-mastered or remade, one question always has to be answered, and that is “Has it made the game better?”.
So what was Grim Fandango about? Here is a short little paragraph to explain that better:
Something’s rotten in the land of the dead, and you’re being played for a sucker. Meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their four-year journey to eternal rest. But there’s trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation.
Re-mastered doesn’t always mean better, or does it? In this case, I think that the developers did a fantastic job of taking a game of my past and making it better. Were there a few shortcomings still?, maybe a couple, but not enough for me to not enjoy this as a blessing of a release for all lovers of vintage games like me, to love.
Through the menu system in the game, you can switch back and forth between the original mode, and the new re-mastered mode at anytime. Doing this truly shows you the amount of work put into this classic, and the drastic changes that it makes to not only the graphics, but the sound. Something else that came from the re-mastered version is the ability to play the game with a Joystick if you choose to use it. While most of us growing up were perfectly content with hitting the arrow keys, and pressing either the Spacebar or Enter Keys to perform actions, those who would like to enjoy this game in a different play mode, now has that chance.
Overall, if you are anything like me, and love games of the era of LucasFilms and Sierra Online, then you have to own this game, better yet? You can additionally own this by downloading it on the Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, Mac, and Linux. I was given a copy of this game for free for the purpose of this review, my opinions are my own, and are true to myself.
I will be playing this game again myself, how about you? Check here for more info to get it for yourself, and your system.
Have you ever played this? Share your thoughts below, what other classic games like this do you remember?, share with me below. ~Tom
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This is one of the greatest games ever made. The story is creative and funny. The characters are all interesting. The environments, even today, is stunningly detailed and gives the game a great atmosphere. The puzzles can be hard but in a good way. They make your brain think. So people who say “Oh there’s no hint system so this game is frustrating” obviously don’t understand what this game is. It’s SUPPOSED to make you think, but many games these days hold your hand so when you’re let off the leash some people react negatively. It’s a great remaster too with excellent developer commentary. For $15 this is a steal.
Great story and characters, awesome sense of humor. “Bound only by the paper thin wrapper of mortality, a soul here lies, struggling to be free. And so it shall, thanks to a bowl of bad gazpacho, and a man named… Calavera”
One of the greatest games ever made.
Jaime Allsup says
I LOVED this game. This was the first puzzle game I ever played on the PC. I still reference it to this day. I don’t know how I missed this remake. I’m getting this from Steam right meow. It is hard to find games with the depth and scope of the games of yesteryear, I am glad that this generation is getting a chance to experience the magic.
More PC Game reviews please.
Tom Shewbridge says
I am working on some ideas! Thanks so much for the kind words, and I do love this game, they have it on iOS too, so you can play it on an iPad if you want. ~Tom