One of the best things to happen over the past few years was Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions regaining the rights to many of the classic LucasArts adventure games. Since obtaining the rights Double Fine and Sony have worked together to help bring games like Grim Fandango Remastered and Day of the Tentacle Remastered to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita as well as PC. This initiative has opened up these games to a much bigger audience that never got to play them back in the day like myself. Now the latest old school classic, Full Throttle Remastered, is out and it is one wild ride.
Full Throttle Remastered is a story about a biker named Ben who is the leader of a biker gang called the Polecats. Ben and his gang soon find themselves mixed up in some pretty shady business as Ben ends up getting framed for the murder of one Malcom Corley who runs a motorcycle company called Corley Motors. You see Malcom had a partner in his business named Adrian Ripburger who wants to take over the business to change its direction to fit his motives. In order to do this Adrian and his goon patrol do the dirty deed and pin it on our man Ben. Now it’s up to you as Ben to hunt down the real killer and prove your innocence. Oh and you are out to prevent motorcycles from being replaced by mini vans. Yeah that sounds pretty crazy but the story here is top notch and I loved every second of it.
Now if you don’t realize this yet this game is a point and click adventure game. As you progress through the game you’ll need to interact with items by clicking on different things and choosing what to do with it. You can use your eyes, hands, feet, and mouth on pretty much everything and much like Grim Fandango or Day of the Tentacle you’ll get some kind of comment out of Ben depending on what you do. As usual with these kinds of games I spent a lot of time just seeing what Ben would say for every action I tried. The gameplay follows the usual pattern of these kinds of games where you’ll need to solve puzzles to progress. Most of them are pretty easy to figure out which I liked as I hate having to go look up solutions on the internet. That said there are some late game puzzles that really didn’t make a lot of sense and left me scratching my head. One of the really cool parts of the game involves you riding your motorcycle and coming up on enemy gang members which you can then proceed to punch and hit much like you would on those old Road Rash games. The only downside is I was hit with some framerate issues during these driving sections.
I mentioned the story is great and that is also in huge part to the great characters and performances. Ben is voiced by Roy Conrad who does an excellent job. Then you have the bad guy Ripburger played by none other than Mark Hamil who as you probably know has plenty of experience playing a bad guy. Other characters like Maureen, Nestor and others are great too. Not only is the voice acting great but it too has seen the remaster treatment making it sound clearer than ever. Much like Day of the Tentacle Remastered if you press the touchpad on the Dualshock 4 the game will switch between the old visuals and audio and the remastered. I love this and I’m glad they once again added this feature in so that you can play the game both ways and easily see just how improved it is. Speaking of those visuals they look great and sharp now. I played the game on PS4 Pro and the game even has 4K Pro support.
The soundtrack in Full Throttle Remastered is one of my favorite things about it too. Every song in the game is made by the band The Gone Jackals who I had not heard of before playing this game but have now grown to love after finishing it. If you’re wondering about game length it took me around six hours my first time through so that’s pretty good in my opinion. The game has a bunch of trophies including a Platinum which I plan to go back and get. The game also has some pretty cool extras like an art gallery and a director commentary that plays in the background while you play the game providing more insight into this world. On PlayStation the game is Cross-Buy so you get the game on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita when you buy it.
Out of Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, and Full Throttle I think Full Throttle Remastered is my favorite of these classic LucasArts games. Everything here is so good even all these years later whether it be the story, characters, soundtrack or setting. Even in 2017 I think it is one of the best point and click adventure games you can possibly play. Fans of this genre would be doing themselves a disservice if they don’t go on this motorcycle ride with Ben.
*Review code provided by the publisher