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MediEvil

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Action classic rises from gaming graveyard for new audience.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

This is a remake of a 1998 PlayStation game/

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byKellsz October 24, 2019

oldie but goodie

This game is so fun and entertaining ! Lots of problem solving and hidden puzzles to unlock. Can be spooky but nothing your little ones can't overcome. I... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBlitzKids2 November 3, 2019

The best video game of all time!

I simply cannot put MediEvil into words, due to it being the prime example of what a video game should be. The way it values taking your time and slowly progres... Continue reading

What's it about?

Sir Daniel Fortesque, the fallen hero of Gallowmere, has risen from the grave once again in MEDIEVIL, a high-definition remake of the original PlayStation classic exclusively available on the PlayStation 4. It's been one hundred years since Sir Daniel fell in battle to the first arrow fired in the battle against the armies of the sorcerer Zarok. Despite this seeming ignoble ending, Zarok was still defeated and Sir Daniel was posthumously given credit for the win. Now, Zarok has somehow returned to complete the scheme he set in motion a century before. One thing Zarok didn't count on, though, was his spell of eternal darkness bringing Sir Daniel back to … well, not so much "life" as, "not technically dead." Still, the fates have granted Sir Daniel Fortesque a second chance to stop Zarok, to live up his reputation as the Hero of Gallowmere, and to rightfully earn a spot at the hallowed Hall of Heroes.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Is the impact of the violence in MediEvil affected by the tongue-in-cheek humor of the game? Would the impact be intensified if the violence was more realistic or bloody?

  • What's the appeal of recreating classic franchises, either in remasters or complete reboots, for modern audiences? Do you think it's better to use the original more for inspiration or to do a complete recreation? What are the benefits and pitfalls of each?

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