Grim Fandango Remastered is, as you’d expect, the remastered version of the game which was last available to buy approximately 15 years ago, and it was a swan song to adventures of old and the last game created by Tim Schafer under Lucasarts, a man who is also known for Day of the Tentacle, Psychonauts, Monkey Island, Full Throttle and Brutal Legend to name a few of his games). It has also been said that adventure gaming was on a drastic decline and Grim Fandango was the last nail in the coffin of the genre.
Last year it was announced at a Sony PS4 conference that the game was finally getting re-released on PS4 & Vita, there was no word of a PC version though which caused quite a stir in the PC community with it originally being specifically for that platform. Thankfully, a few weeks later, it was announced for PC users to much fanfare.
The game, itself, is essentially no different to the 1998 original in the way it plays and the puzzles, everything is there with a few enhancements for modern gamers.
The Making of Grim Fandango Remastered – Double Fine Productions
Grim Fandango Remastered tells the story of a travel agent for the dead. You, the player, takes the role of Manny Calavera over a 4 year journey of corruption and intrigue Noir style. When the game starts out, you see that Manny is constantly getting the short end of the straw. He is working for the Department Of the Dead to pay of his debts to society (something you never actually find out). It is his job to sell travel packages to newly dead clients. Trouble is, with him getting a bum deal he could be stuck there forever and decides to steal one of the better clients from his rival Domino.
This then sets the story in motion and has him pursuing the client across various locations trying to make sure she is ok and get her to where she needs to be. On top of that he joins a resistance movement, becomes an entrepreneur, a ship’s Captain and so many other roles making each of the 4 years different in looks and scene setting. To top it all off, he discovers that corruption is rife stopping genuine honest people that lead a good life from getting on an express train that takes them to their afterlife really quickly.
The setting itself, like I briefly mentioned, has a strong Film Noir feel to it – smoky bars with suave characters and music that sets the tone. It also takes on the theme of the Mexican folk lore and death, the soul must travel the land of the dead for 4 years to repent their sins in life and rediscover themselves allowing them to pass the final gate into the afterlife.
Grim Fandango Remastered – Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 [1080p HD PS4 – courtesy of MKIceAndFire
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