When I think of classic PlayStation games, I think Crash and Spyro. If I think a bit harder I eventually remember MediEvil, a wacky, gothic-inspired action-adventure game released in 1998 for the original PlayStation. It didn’t set the world on fire, but it did get a sequel before the series mostly went dormant. Now, after other games from that era have had successful remakes, MediEvil returns on PS4 on Friday, with a total remake. After playing the first seven levels or so, it looks wonderful, but some technical issues I’ve run into mar the adventure.
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When I was growing up, there were three games in my household in heavy rotation. Crash Bandicoot 2, Spyro: Gateway to Glimmer and MediEvil. Over the last two years, Sony has brought justice to Spyro and Crash with hefty, polished remasters, merchandise and mind-boggling promotional campaigns.
MediEvil Remastered has arrived with considerably less fanfare, and it's a shame, because as I've said before MediEvil deserves to be remembered as a true classic. So, does the remaster do it justice? Well, yes, but that's part of the problem.
At PAX Australia, Sony was showing off one of its next big titles, MediEvil Remastered. The game's release leans heavily into Sony's recent remastering trend, and follows in the footsteps of recent hits Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Crash N. Sane Trilogy. They're all classic Playstation titles, but of the three of them, MediEvil is arguably the least loved. This package, unlike the others, also only contains a single game, the original 1998 game, and not the middling sequel. I've said this before and I'll say it again — MediEvil needs more love. That's why I was delighted to see it had a significant presence at PAX this year.
Did you know there’s gonna be a new MediEvil game? Sony’s been showing it off at events, like the most recent State of Play livestream, but details have been a little scarce. A new limited time demo that came out today offers a sneak peek into the upcoming exclusive action-comedy game. The brief preview shows some of the game’s silly world and characters, but ultimately, it feels a little generic, at least so far.
PlayStation Experience was organised a little differently this year with its game showcase taking place two days ago rather than yesterdayday and no real keynote speech. Announcements were a little light as well. Regular games are still getting new VR capability added and hey, MediEvil is getting remastered.