E3 2014 Must Buy: Grim Fandango Remastered

Do you want to know how to win over my heart in four words? Say, “Tim Schafer’s LucasArts Games.” During Sony’s E3 Press Conference, when I saw that little letter written by Sally/Tim Schafer, I just knew something special was about to be revealed. I just didn’t know it would be the game I’ve been longing to play since I was a young boy. This announcement captures the special excitement that I felt was missing from E3, besides LittleBigPlanet 3. That game is Grim Fandango Remastered, and it’s my must buy of E3.

To start this off, Grim Fandango was originally a PC game in 1998, made by the former LucasArts, with the creative mind of Tim Schafer as the project leader. Grim Fandango is a point-and-click adventure game, along the lines of Telltale Studio’s recent game series The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. If you’re not familiar with Schafer’s work, pinch yourself for missing one of the most creative minds in gaming. He has made Psychonauts, Day of The Tentacle, Brutal Legend, and the recent Broken Age. Also if you missed playing Psychonauts, pinch yourself again and pick it up on Steam right now.

Grim Fandango Remastered tells the tale of Manny Calavera as he tries to save Meche Colomar as she goes through her journey in the Land Of The Dead. Grim Fandango, in my opinion,has one of the most interesting art styles ever used in a video game. The characters appear as skeletal calaca figures. The story is a mix of dark comedy with film noir. If you want to see more of the story line, there are numerous let’s plays on YouTube along with Tim Schafer playing Grim Fandango, if you want to see the game on a more technical/historical level.

This game will make you laugh, but also provide touching moments while taking you on a journey to the Ninth Underworld. If you are worried about playing through an adventure game, don’t fret! Many of LucasArts’ old adventure games never let players get into a no completion situation or die. The gameplay is like The Walking Dead, you click around to try to figure out puzzles, talk to character’s to gain hints on objectives and so on. This is the first LucasArts game that didn’t feature the classic adventure game HUD that helped pushed this genre to what it is today.

He's not that scary, but Manny will take you to the Underworld.

He’s not that scary, but Manny will take you to the Underworld.

The main reason I am excited that Grim Fandango Remastered is coming to the PlayStation 4, Vita, and probably PC/Xbox One, is the fact that a new generation of gamers can play a masterpiece in storytelling and gaming. I remember playing it when I was a child, watching with saucer eyes as my brother played this game on the PC. I’ve always wanted to experience one of Schafer’s classic games, and I’m overjoyed that it’s Grim Fandango. The game was a critical success when it was released in 1998, but it was a commercial failure. It was the last adventure game from LucasArts, and the last game Schafer made with LucasArts. Grim Fandango was the last real adventure game until the return of Sam & Max from Telltale.   If this game sells well, Disney, (who owns the rights to Grim Fandango and other LucasArts games,) may remaster more games like Day of the Tentacle, The Secret of Monkey Island, or even Full Throttle. This game could help respark the adventure game genre, with new titles like Broken Age instead of series based off of established brands.

To just restate: Holy shit, it's Grim Fandango.

To just restate: Holy shit, it’s Grim Fandango.

Grim Fandango Remastered currently does not have a release date, but will be landing on the PS4 and Vita first, then pushed to other consoles in the near future. Check out our other must buys of E3 2014, with The Sims 4 and Civilization: Beyond Earth. 

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  1. Texaslawman

    Secret of Monkey Island has already been remastered and released for Xbox 360, Arcade I think. You can even switch back and forth between the new and original graphics.

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