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Oct 192020

I never played the original MediEvil, but when the MediEvil remake came out, it looked fun enough that I decided to give it a try this October.

It turned out to be a great choice for the Halloween season!

You play Sir Daniel Fortesque, a one-time knight incorrectly remembered as the hero who stopped the sorcerer Zarok, despite actually meeting an inglorious end. But now Zarok has returned and the only one who can stop him is Dan, newly revived as a skeleton.

Running around areas like a graveyard and an abandoned asylum as a skeleton while fighting zombies, bats, pumpkin monsters, and a variety of other spooky enemies really gives the whole game a Halloween vibe.

It’s an action-adventure game that mainly focuses combat with a few puzzles thrown in, and it was pretty fun to play. At first I disliked the lack of checkpoints, especially in levels that have boss fights, but it didn’t take long before I realized the levels are actually pretty short once you know what to do.

With a couple exceptions (looking at you, Ant Caves; plus an honorable mention goes to Pools of the Ancient Dead for not only being tedious but also having a couple maybe-glitches related to the gate and the Chalice that fortunately didn’t force me to replay the level) catching up to where you were can be done in a few minutes, so replaying a level if you die isn’t as arduous as it sounds.

(Realizing that I could replay Dan’s Crypt repeatedly to replenish all my Life Bottles in between levels also helped.)

Anyway, the thing I like the best about MediEvil is the humor. It has a pretty wacky sense of humor, not only in its dialogue but also in enemy descriptions and even loading screens. Maybe it’s not laugh-out-loud funny, but there was always something to make me smile.

So if you’re looking for a lighthearted spooky game, this is definitely one to consider.

I really enjoyed MediEvil, and I’m glad the remake gave me a chance to play a game I’d missed. Now I just wonder if they’ll remake MediEvil 2…

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  4 Responses to “Celebrating All Things Spooky: MediEvil”

  1. I was always kinda curious to try this game, thought it looked fun as a kid. It really surprised me when they made the announcement for a remake, I didn’t think it had been very popular. Shadow Man remastered was an even bigger surprise. Makes you wonder what else might get the same treatment if the original’s popularity isn’t that important.

  2. Honestly, all I knew about this game was that I loved the goofy skeleton design of the main character. Glad it held up as a fun game.

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