MediEvil Resurrection (PSP)
Sean W. Gibson / Oct 19th, 2005 No Comments
Back when playing the original PlayStation represented the best in console gaming, there was a great franchise named MediEvil that had some great titles which offered fun, humor, and adventure. Now with PSP being released, gamers are being re-introduced to MediEvil all over again in the form of MediEvil Resurrection, and action-adventure title that has a great gothic motif and plenty of humor to keep gamers impressed throughout the entire story.
Levels: In MediEvil Resurrection, there are 19 levels and gameplay locations that take place in Gallowmere.
A fully functional Carnival zone featuring oodles of multi-level fairground style mini-games, offering hours of gameplay, and opportunities to earn gold to fund Dan's core quest.
A multifunctional crypt room where Dan can learn new combat moves. The crypt features a gameplay manual, journal, a bestiary book and an artifact book, all of which are automatically updated with information as Dan's quest evolves.
Mini-Games: Eight mini-games with more than 70 challenges divided among single-player gameplay and wireless multi-player connectivity via ad-hoc mode.
Combat Moves / Weapons: During gameplay, players have access to 20 weapons and an enriched combat/shielding system complete with over 100 moves and multiple combos that can be used.
Enemies: More than 30 enemies that the player will encounter during gameplay.
Wireless connectivity: A plethora of Wi-Fi multiplayer games via Ad Hoc mode that include mini-games encompassing the innovative race mode among others, which allows participants to compete simultaneously across their favorite in-game levels.
Innovative in-game help feature: In the form of the mysterious Voodoo Witch who can tell Dan's fortune, and offer up cryptic clues for each of the locations that Dan will visit.
Over 100 humorous film-quality cut scenes: introducing characters such as the pedantic Harbor Master of Scurvy docks and the new-age hippy nightmare, Forrest Witch.
If there's something that ranked slightly below par for this title, it'd be the graphics. As you'll read later in the review, all other aspects of MediEvil Resurrection are fabulous – but the graphics aren't eye-popping and don't catch you the way some other PSP games can do. The levels are done fairly nicely, and the main character (Dan) has some great moves, but overall, most gamers will not be impressed with the graphic detail of the title.
I have no idea who Tom Baker is, but he's evidentially one of Great Britain's best voice talents. With his hypnotic voice leading the narration over the game and *many* cut-scenes, the sounds of MediEvil Resurrection are very impressive. As lead by the voice talent, the actions, clashes, fighting, and special effects of the game bring a nice auditory experience.
MediEvil Resurrection will keep you playing it night and day just to see what the next gag might be. The game has some of the best humor that a title has seen in a long time, and the story is engrossing enough to keep gamers entertaining throughout all the levels. The title focuses on a main character, Sir Dan Fortesque who must defeat the evil dark wizard bent on destruction. There's a nice back story to the connection between Dan and Zarok (the dark wizard) that is nothing short of hilarious. So much of the game is highlighted by the brilliant story and humor, but the actual gameplay and action of the game is the crux of the entertainment.
The levels are pretty varied and the bad guys you have to chop up and destroy make for some good action, while the adventure is blended in through quests and unveiling of the entire story. There are tons of combat moves and combos to master, and gaining gold and new weapons is key to victory as you progress through the game. Aside from the single player story mode, there's plenty to do with Multiplayer as there are ad-hoc modes that let gamers play the game with only *one* copy of the UMD disc! Nevertheless, the story mode is fairly entertaining and the controls are easy enough for novice gamers to get up and running fairly easily. All in all, the game is just plain fun through a great combat system, upgrading, and a hilarious storyline.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
Getting through the game is fun and very addictive, and there's plenty to do and check out outside of the single player mode – including the mini-games and robust WiFi multiplayer abilities. The game is humorous and fun enough to make it "just one of those games" that have a special place in your heart, that you'll want to revisit later down the road. As far as the longevity factor goes, you'll get some good miles out of the game. From an originality perspective, it's great to revisit the MediEvil franchise. MediEvil Resurrection has some of the best humor in a game we've seen in recent memory. The world created for the game is undoubtedly unique in the gaming community, and the storyline is really what gives the game a fantastic unique flavor.
Overall, MediEvil Resurrection is a solid title whose best features include the humor, story, and amount of modes the game offers. It's pretty fun to play and the story is funny enough to keep gamers going until the finish. The downside of the title is that the graphics are lackluster and fail to fully realize the PSP's potential, and some might not be into the type of humor the game offers (and if that's the case you may not find it all that interesting).