Review: Full Throttle Remastered (PS4/PSV)

Formats:

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation Vita
  • PC

Format/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro, PS Vita
  • 4K HDR

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
  • PlayStation TV Compatible TBD
  • Cross-Buy Yes
  • Cross-Save Yes
  • Cross-Play No
  • Cross-Chat No
Title: Full Throttle Remastered
Format: PlayStation Network Download (PS4 9.14 GB) (PSV 2.24 GB)
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Double Fine Productions
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Original MSRP: $14.99
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 12
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Graphical adventure games like Full Throttle seem to be making a comeback and few things could make me happier. We’re getting a Guardians of the Galaxy graphical adventure game this month and the Walking Dead fans have been exploring their zombie universe alongside the Batman crowd.

Back when Full Throttle was on game store shelves, these point-and-click adventures introduced us to new characters and narratives. LucasArts was on top of its game, with titles like The Dig, Day of the Tentacle, and yes, Full Throttle.

This is definitely my favorite of the bunch, what with a very likeable biker dude, Ben, as the main character and the beautifully rendered wild west setting. Building off the success of the Day of the Tentacle remaster, Double Fine has given Full Throttle the same treatment.

Included is a perfect copy of the game complete with original art and low-res renders as well as super clean hi-res update that adds remastered sound and music. Also, for those interested is a bit of a history lesson, a creator’s commentary is also included which can be turned on and off at any time with the push of a button.

This is the story of the leader of a biker gang and his quest to stop a twisted plot by a greedy villain played by Mark Hamill. Since the game is fairly short, I’ll refrain from spoiling any story points.

Getting around the world involves pointing and clicking on locations while investigating objects is done by selecting them with the left joystick. Once you’ve clicked on an item, you are given the choice on how you’d like to interact with it: look, grab, kick, lick.

… witty dialogue, some great environments, and likable characters …
This entire process is made easier on the Vita since you’re able to use the touch screen as you would a mouse pointer. And since this is both a Cross-Buy and Cross-Save title, anyone with the handheld has a great second option for playing the game.

Still, seeing the beautifully remastered artwork on my 4K TV won me over in the end, and using the PS4 controller was not bad at all. Vita owners will just have a superior control scheme.

Regardless of which platform use to follow Ben on his adventure, you will be in good hands. The game still delivers a fun and engaging story full of twists, witty dialogue, some great environments, and likable characters.

Visuals:
This was one of the first games to deliver a mix of hand-drawn artwork mixed with CG. It was a little harder to tell the difference back in the 90s, but with the beautifully updated artwork, it’s a little easier to see the merging of the two mediums – and it’s done remarkably well.

Because it’s so simple to switch between modes, I kept flipping back and forth for a dose of nostalgia. The updated artwork is sharp and gorgeous, but truthfully, one could just as easily enjoy the retro mode as the game still looks great it in its original form.

… The characters here are masterfully brought to life by a strong list of talented voice actors …
The locations are the real winners with painstakingly detailed garages, underground metal art studios, smoky bars, and a number of other weathered environments. You truly feel like you are in a place that time forgot.

Character art also fits that rugged environment and the animation holds up in both modes with beautiful fluid motion accompanying every action. Although listening to the hilarious commentary reveals some secret short cuts taken to make the animations work and still look great.

Audio:
The creations of Tim Schafer never skimp in the audio department. The characters here are masterfully brought to life by a strong list of talented voice actors that move the story along with nary a moment of cringe-worthy dialogue.

Ben’s gruff voice work portrays a character you’d hate to meet in a dark alley, but one who you wouldn’t mind being on your side in a fist fight. And this is great since he will be talking quite a lot.

… it’s still an engrossing little adventure set in an awesome environment …
Yes it’s true, you will hear a lot of repeated dialogue when exploring the environment and you might get a bit annoyed after hearing, “I’m not putting my mouth on that,” for the thirtieth time, but that’s just how these games played back then.

There are certainly a few iterations of the “negative cues”, but eventually you will hear them all. If it does end up annoying you, then it’s your fault for trying the same failed solution more than once – of course, I’m kidding.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is singleplayer only with no online component.

Conclusion:
If you find yourself becoming a fan of these point-and-click adventure games, you owe yourself a brief visit to the past. Full Throttle is not nearly as long as Day of the Tentacle, especially if you know all the solutions, but it’s still an engrossing little adventure set in an awesome environment.

As a personal favorite, though one I had not played in years, I was particularly curious to see how it would hold up and I was worried that my memories of it would outweigh the reality of its delivery.

I’m extremely glad that it has not only held up, but I feel that the remastered version could totally stand alongside the newer Walking Dead and Back to the Future games from Telltale. It’s not a very long adventure game, but it’s easily one you will never forget.

Score:
9.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Vita’s built in screen capture feature and the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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