PlayStation Experience 2014: Hands-On With Grim Fandango (PSV)


That’s right, Grim Fandango was playable on the Vita and I nearly wet myself when I saw it. The update to the wonderfully unique PC adventure game from 1998 was teased at Sony’s media briefing at E3 this past year.

While playing it, we joked that this is the Criterion Collection version of the game but thinking about it, I really believe that it’s an apt description. The love and care that went into making this update is apparent right from the start. Access to the LucasArts archives yielded the original assets, cutscenes and all. DoubleFine was able to take everything and make it look better than it ever has. What’s even cooler is that you can effortlessly switch between the original 4:3 aspect ratio, 4:3 with a border or 16:9 (which I wouldn’t recommend). You can also switch between the original graphics and the update.

Not content to simply make the game look better, a massive commentary track was added with many of the original developers and the bits I heard were fantastic. The soundtrack is being recorded by a symphony this time around as well. They’re still working on getting Cross-Save up and running and it hasn’t been easy but it’s definitely something they’re striving for.

I’m beyond excited for this game and seeing it on the Vita confirms for me that this was an excellent get for Sony. This is so much more than fans could have ever hoped for and hopefully a whole new generation will get to discover the weird, wonderful world of Grim Fandango.

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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