[PS4] Full Throttle Remastered Review
A beloved motorcycle mogul has been murdered, and you and your gang are framed for it. With your friends behind bars, it’s up to you to find the killer and clear your gang’s name. Check out more in our Full Throttle Remastered Review!
Released by LucasArts in 1995, Full Throttle is a classic graphic adventure game from industry legend Tim Schafer, telling the story of Ben Throttle butt-kicking leader of biker gang the Polecats, who gets caught up in a tale of Motorcycles, Mayhem and Murder.
Now over 20 years later, Full Throttle is back in a remastered edition featuring all new hand-drawn and 3D high-resolution artwork, with remastered audio and music.
Players can switch back and forth between classic and remastered modes, and mix and match audio, graphics and user interface to their heartâ€™s desire. Weâ€™ve also included a concept art browser, and recorded a commentary track with the gameâ€™s original creators!
Full Throttle Remastered // Release Trailer
I remember playing Full Throttle back when I was a kid. It was 1996, and a friend handed me a CD telling me I should play this game. It was called Full Throttle, and while I had never heard of it before, I took it home and gave it a shot. That was the start of my love for the adventure game genre. I proceeded to beat the game in three nights. I still own a PC copy of this classic!
When it was announced in late 2015 that the next Tim Schafer remaster title would be Full Throttle I was extremely happy. I love reliving pieces of my childhood and both remasters for Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango did not disappoint. I couldn’t wait to dive into the game for a review!
In the game, you star as Ben, leader of a motorcycle gang The Pole Cats. After an unfortunate incident involving the death of a revered motorcycle mogul, your gang is framed for it. Can you find the murderer and clear your the name of the gang? The game uses the analog stick to move a cursor and you can hover over items and choose either to use your mouth (for talking or licking), your eyes to look at things, your hands for using something, or your boot for, well, kicking asses or doors. This is your control scheme throughout the game. The other big mechanic is using items together.
Adventure games are judged by their puzzles, and Full Throttle does an excellent job by providing us with puzzles that make sense, giving players enough information to be able to solve them. Since I have played through Full Throttle many times, I was surprised about how much I had forgotten, but as I kept playing the more memories came back and I began to remember the solutions.
The game has a ton of personality, and this is in great apart thanks to the voice work of Roy Conrad and Mark Hamill (yes, that Mark Hamill, the one you know from so many awesome things such as Star Wars, being the most recognized voice for The Joker, and playing The Trickster in the 1990’s The Flash show). Conrad does spectacular work voicing Ben, with Hamill voicing main villain Ripburger.
The remaster of the game looks amazing. In fact, when you turn it on, you sorta think to yourself “this is the game I remember!”… which it is not. However, by hitting the touchpad you can revert the game back to its original graphics, which you can switch back to the remaster graphics in the same way. You can tell a ton of work went into this new version. Everything has been redrawn (by hand!), and all assets went from the original 4:3 ratio to a 16:9 ratio. The music is equally awesome, featuring licensed tracks from an SF group The Gone Jackels.
Some of the things in the game didn’t age as well and didn’t see much of an upgrade in this remaster. This mainly applies to the motorcycle combat and the destruction derby. The motorcycle combat is really simple with you using the X button to attack the bike beside you. If you knock down a motorcycle, you can take the biker’s weapon. That’s it. The Destruction Derby uses tank controls, and they certainly feel considerably outdated and really don’t jive with the rest of the game.
The game includes a Platinum trophy, and it’s a fairly easy one! Most trophies are based on solving the game’s puzzles and completing all objectives, so you’ll get most of them from a single run. You can do a quick second run for cleanup or make good use of the save system for anything you might have missed.
Full Throttle Remastered is an excellent new take on a beloved classic game that you have to play on PS4. It’s one of the best games in the adventure genre, and its revamped look and remastered audio make it the definitive version. There are areas where the game hasn’t aged well, but this is not a deal-breaker. If you like adventure titles and haven’t played Full Throttle, you have to try it today. And even if you’ve already played it, the new look and other improvements will make it feel like a new game.
This Full Throttle Remastered review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Double Fine Productions.