Published on February 6th, 2015 | by Mica Rose0
Grim Fandango Remastered PS4 – Review
Many of the big title games from the last few years have found their way onto new gen consoles by way of the remaster. I have to say I had very little time for the majority these, having already played them recently, and not expecting much more for my money than a fresh lick of paint and an added photo mode. Grim Fandango however, was originally released way back in 1998, and I somehow missed out on all the fun (I’m blaming Micro Machines and Theme Hospital for that oversight)!
So, with the remaster hitting the PlayStation Store last week for a steal at £11.99 and my friends buzzing in my ear about how amazing the game is, I bought it.
The game is about a grim reaper named Manny Calavera, who is unhappy with his lot in death and decides to take action into his own, bony hands. He manages to score himself a top clients at his job in the Department of Death. In doing so he stumbles across a nefarious plot by his employers, which results in an innocent woman, bound for first class, express travel to the Ninth Underworld after living a saintly life, being left to fend for herself and take the long walk through the Land of the Dead all alone.
The game is divided into four parts – or years – with each taking place on the Day of the Dead one year apart. Manny finds himself in various different locations in the Land of the Dead throughout his journey, accompanied by his driver and friend Glottis, a demon with an insatiable addiction to driving.
Grim Fandango is full of humorous lines, many of which I probably wouldn’t have understood as a 7 year old when the game first came out. It combines the sugar skull and calaca imagery with the film noir aesthetic seamlessly. It’s definitely a game that stands out and I hope it shines through amongst the many other remasters hitting the new gen consoles. I’m certainly glad I had a second chance to play and discover it.
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