Say what you want about remastered games, they are helping older games make a comeback for the new generation. Many of you missed out on playing Grim Fandango back when it was originally released, but you can pick it up for a rather reasonable price with a shiny new coat of paint. But is it really worthwhile? Here’s what other people thought.
The comedic beats Grim Fandango hits in the opening cinematic alone are delightful. Reminds you how rare “funny” is in games. Some adventure game puzzle logic and Glottis’ chunky orange polygons aside, it doesn’t feel dated. It’s well-written, rich, heartfelt, funny, and I’m glad as heck it’s readily available for everyone to play.
With a fantastic story (and some awkward controls and puzzles), Grim Fandango Remastered is still the same great game you remember from 1998. Those bugs, though? Those are all new.
The passage of time has done little to diminish Grim Fandango’s reputation as one of the finest adventure games ever made, and the fact that so little needed to be done to modernize it only reinforces its place as a classic of the genre. While it may seem punishing at times to modern gamers, remember that failure is impossible. I wish this new version had incorporated a hint system to make it more accessible to the new generation, but whether you’ve never played Grim Fandango before or you replay it every year and just want to dive into Remastered for the insightful developer commentary track, this is a reverent re-release whose few bygone era warts are minimized by its timeless story.
Those are some mighty high scores. Our review will be going up tomorrow to coincide with the local launch. In the meantime, here’s a launch trailer to keep you occupied and remind (or inform) you why this game is worth having in remastered form.
Last Updated: January 27, 2015
Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7
January 27, 2015 at 11:12
January 27, 2015 at 11:13
Ceyber, The Metal Rabbit
January 27, 2015 at 11:15
January 27, 2015 at 11:16
I really really want this game… But the background still has that low res 16 bit SD texture in it!! WTF!! This is basically the same Grim Fandango game with a higher quality sound track, better character texture and added trophy/achievement support! Dont even get me started on that pointless commentary they added in for no reason.
The rest of the game looks EXACTLY the same as it did 15 years ago!!!
Shame on you DOUBLE FINE.. SHAME ON YOU!!!
January 27, 2015 at 11:20
If only we had the option of buying it on the PSN store…