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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Aside from the usual "good vs. evil" tropes. MediEvil explores what it means to be a hero and overcoming what others may think to find a way to believe in yourself and what you're capable of.
Positive Role Models
Sir Daniel Fortesque is a good-hearted character that's brought back to live up to a reputation he mistakenly earned in life. But he does feel he can be the hero the people have believed him to be, and more importantly, he grows into the role over the course of his adventure.
Ease of Play
The game's a basic hack and slash adventure, with simple controls easy for most players to pick up and play. The game also adds a few new features in this reboot to make gameplay more fluid. But there are still some camera issues that pop up from time to time that can be the source of some frustration.
Violence & Scariness
Despite its hack and slash gameplay, MediEvil has an exaggerated art style that reduces the impact of a lot of its violence. Players fight against cartoonish zombies and other creatures, rip their arm off to use as a weapon, are occasionally followed by dismembered hands, and even start the game with a flashback to the hero's death by an arrow through the eye. Still, it's nothing particularly extreme or graphic.
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This is a remake of a 1998 PlayStation game/
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MediEvil is a PlayStation 4 high-definition remake of the original 1998 PlayStation action/adventure hack and slash game of the same name. Players take on the role of a resurrected "hero" as he fights to defeat an evil sorcerer that's taking over the land. The game has a very tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and is presented in a cartoonish, comedic style. There's constant violence, using fantasy weapons to fight against zombies and other creatures, but none of the violence is particularly gory or graphic. Also, the exaggerated characters and the overall humor reduces any impact of the violence.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to believe that it's been more than two decades since Sir Daniel Fortesque first rose from his tomb in the original title. MediEvil was a bit of a cult classic for its time, but it's also aged about as well as poor Sir Dan's corpse after being sealed away for a century. Fortunately, the PS4 remake does a great job of walking that fine line between staying faithful to the original and yet still making a number of tweaks and improvements to appeal to a modern audience. For the classic purists, the new version uses most of the original game's voiceover work, aside from a new narrator and a couple of extra grunts and grumbles from Sir Dan. It's also an almost shot for shot remake of the original's level design.
Unfortunately, sticking so close to the source material also means some of the hiccups of original have risen from the grave as well. While the camera has been significantly improved over the original game, particularly by giving players a certain level of control of it, the sometimes claustrophobic nature of some areas doesn't give the camera much room to move. As a result, it sometimes gets stuck in an awkward position with its view blocked by some part of the environment. And while combat is pretty much just button mashing with an occasional block tossed in for good measure, it can take a bit to get the hang of the timing. There's always a bit of a delay with your attacks, but it's actually a realistic delay, dependent on the size and weight of whichever weapon you're using at a given time. Despite these minor gripes, MediEvil is still a fantastically fun experience, best described as feeling like you're playing a Tim Burton film. While the original may not have aged well, this modern remake has polish and pizazz to give Sir Daniel Fortesque yet another lease on life.
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