Cue up The Smashing Pumpkins because today is the greatest day I’ve ever known. I am ridiculously excited to have had a chance to play the remastered PlayStation classic, MediEvil and a review copy was provided to us from the fine folks at Sony Interactive Entertainment Canada. If it wasn’t already apparent, I am a huge fan of the original PS1 version of this game. When they announced it was getting remade for the PS4, I could hardly believe it.
A lot of that had to do with me thinking I was the only person who played the original game 21 years ago. Sure, everyone had the PlayStation demo discs that came with the first level of MediEvil, but I feel like I was one of the only people to seek the game out and let it take over my life.
I’ve always considered myself the most casual of gamers and actually finishing a game was rare for me. That all changed with this game. On its face, it’s a pretty standard adventure/platformer game but the whole presentation…the design work on the levels and characters, the musical score, and the voice acting were all phenomenal. Up until now, I would blow the dust off my original PlayStation every year or two and do a playthrough of MediEvil. I got an advance peek at the game a couple of months ago at Fan Expo Canada and I’ve been counting down the days until the release date.
Simply put, the MediEvil remake is the game as you remember it. There’s always the fog of nostalgia when revisiting some of your favorite old games and seeing how they stack up against the current generation. The controls aren’t as you remember them, the graphics are a little more jagged, etc. This remake is such a faithful adaptation of the original, I’m not entirely convinced they didn’t just re-skin the original game.
For the review, I’ve played through a majority of the game and I have every intention of finishing it (probably after I get done writing this). Then, after I finish the game, I’m going to go back and play it again and again until I get that 100% trophy. I’m currently running the game off of a stock PS4. I’ve been at war with myself not to upgrade my setup to a PS4 Pro and a 4K TV so I can get the most out of how gorgeous this game looks. I’m sure there are other games that would warrant a 4K TV purchase, but this is my game.
Probably one of the things I’m most pleased with is that they kept all the original voice work from the game with Jason Wilson returning to provide new audio for Sir Dan and Lani Minella adding some great narration that the original game was lacking. It was kind of a rarity for games to have great voice work in the PS1-era and I always felt like the original MediEvil was a notable exception.
In the interest of full disclosure, I did note some frame rate issues at random points in the game where things got a bit choppy. In addition to that, since this is an “old school” platform, there were some cheap deaths to be had when the in-game camera wouldn’t cooperate with the angle I need it to be at. It’s difficult in parts, but not punishingly so. Obviously, none of these things were deal breakers for me and they can probably be addressed with a patch somewhere down the line.
This game turned out so well and if you’re a fan of the original, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy. Heck, if you’re just looking for a fun (and seasonally appropriate) adventure game that’s a throwback to the heyday of the PS1, you’ve gotta play this game.
Now, if you’ll excuse me… I’m off to save Gallowmere.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Other Ocean Emeryville
Platform: PlayStation®4 (PS4™)
Genre: Action / Adventure
Launch Date: 25th October 2019
Players: Single Player
Age Rating: T for Teen