A half-hearted remastering of the legendary Grim Fandango

BACK in 1998, there was one game that ruled them all. With its stellar storytelling and twisted sense of humour, Grim Fandango soon overpowered Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis as every budding advent

urer's game of choice.

Its present-day next-gen revamp comes at a time when there's a lot of love for old school adventure games. Done right, this could be an essential trip down memory lane.

There's still so much to love - the dark-hearted humour, playing as a reaper pushing souls towards the afterlife in the Department of Death; the oddball dialogue and snappy comebacks; and the storyline, which stands out for its comic flair and twisted originality.

Sadly, this is a half- hearted remastering.

It's delivered in a square format like the PCs everyone played it on originally, so appears on your widescreen TV with big ugly bars blacking out the sides of the screen.

The graphics have been updated, but your Playstation 4 doesn't matter when the fixed camera flaws are evident.

Perhaps this fondly remembered masterpiece would have been better off sitting on the shelf collecting dust a little longer - until it could get the makeover it deserves.

Platforms: Playstation 4, Vita, PC.

Rating: PG.


Topics:  games and gadgets review

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