In short, the Medievil Remake successfully recaptures the magic of its PS1 predecessor. Meanwhile, refining many of the internal systems that bogged down the original. Medievil was and always will be a cult-classic, and the recent resurrection proves its timeless appeal.
Medievil Remake Review
But how does the latest offering fair as a standalone game?
Join us as we deconstruct the Medievil Remake down to the bare bones (Sorry Dan) and discover the truth about the return of Medievil.
Medievil Remake Story
Part of the original’s allure was its strong storytelling. Thankfully, none of that inherent charm becomes banished to the sands of time. Even today, the bulk of its overarching story profoundly resonates with me, much as it did back in 1998.
Much of that is due to the original, a how ahead its times it was. That sounds like a generalized cliché, but it’s true. The first entry makes smart use of creative world-building concepts. But also, a compelling plot that acts as the undercurrent, guiding the fierce flow of hack n slash gameplay.
So really, it’s the synthesis of these elements which make up a potent cocktail that’s both highly immersive and hugely gratifying.
But back to the story.
Medievil’s greatest strength is its endlessly endearing story. In truth, the narrative could charm the pants off even the most stubborn of souls. You take the helm as goofy Knight Sir Dan, a failed soldier that fell during the epic fight for Gallowmere, 100 years prior.
Sir Dan, somewhat comically, was killed by the first arrow during the bloody battle, but history subsequently labeled him a hero for his efforts.
Now resurrected by the evil lord Zarok, Sir Dan grabs the chance – though somewhat reluctantly – to re-write history and make good on the myth of heroism surrounding his name.
Instantly, this creates a loveable underdog. In truth, it’s impossible not to root for Sir Dan as the clanky knight plots his course through the cursed Kingdom of Gallowmere.
With each outlandish character met along the way, consistently, you’re reminded about past failures and our protagonists epic fall from grace. Though the intention is darkly humorous, each jibe and dig at Sir Dan sparks a sense of redemption from within your heart.
And that perhaps is Medievil Remake’s greatest asset. In what amounts to an absorbing, coming of age story. Both inspiring and charming in equal measure.
Medievil Remake Gameplay
Next up, we have the gameplay. Although fun, the combat in the original game was never its strong suit. Nor was it intended to be. As a result, some of the problems persist today. Things like inconsistent enemy hitboxes and the element of RNG concerning damage, do bring further frustration. But both are greatly improved aspects of the original.
To counteract that, though, the camera is much more responsive. Thus, allowing you to pan around without worrying about awkward snag scenarios. At least for the most part.
One aspect that’s unique to Medievil is the Hall of Heroes. Here, you’ll get the opportunity to gain special weapons upon the collection of the chalice, which saves tortured souls from the curse plaguing Gallowmere.
These weapons are great. But more importantly, it’s the characters you meet along the way that make the experience worthwhile. Each one has a spirited charm all on their own, and their quirky contributions help make the journey feel like a collective mission.
Besides, with the backing of Gallowmere’s most revered heroes, nothing can stop Sir Dan. Or so, we hope.
I also had a great time with the bosses. For one, the originality in terms of design, along with the art direction for each, creates strong visual imagery. That’s in a manner, not too dissimilar to Dark Souls. They also provide a decent challenge to such a significant degree that would trouble seasoned pros, as well as fledglings to the franchise.
All in all, Medievil provides plenty of fast and frantic fun for gamers of all genres.
Medievil Remake Visuals
Finally, we come to the visuals. Though the settings and backdrops will be instantly familiar with fans of the franchise, the painstaking work gone into revamping each level is downright impressive.
Gone are the blocky pixels and jagged polygons of old. Oh yes! In their place is a seamless splattering of smooth textures, with objects and enemies shimmering with renewed vigor, thanks to a significant spit and polish makeover.
On top of that, blurred outlines that barely resembled distant landmarks before are now fully formed vistas, offering up a sensory treat for the senses. All around, the Medievil Remake is a cut above its archetype in terms of visuals.
But perhaps, that’s to be expected, considering its age.
All in all, the team at Other Ocean has done a great job, and their hard work shines through. Great stuff.
Medievil Remake Final Verdict
All in all, the Medievil Remake issues a wildly fun, hack n’ slash serving of button-mashing combat and old-school platforming, wrapped up and finessed as a revamped remake.
It may not make any groundbreaking moves to distance itself, or further improve upon the first game. Even so, its faithfulness only goes to enthesis the prowess of its prototype.
For fans of the franchise, and Sir Dan the man’s PS1 purge through Gallowmere, the Medievil Remake is well worth the investment.
What do you think? Does the Remake do justice to the legend? Or were you hoping for more? As always, we welcome your views. So, feel free to air them in the comments.