MediEvil for PlayStation 4: Everything you need to know

MediEvil is back! After 20 years one of the PlayStations cult classics is seeing a major remake and re-released on the PlayStation 4.

The game finally launched and people are enjoying it all over the internet! Here's what you need to know if you are looking to pick it up.

What is MediEvil?

Released back in 1998, MediEvil was a hack and slash game that used the PS1 processing power to give us "Stunning 3D visuals". You play the reanimated corpse of the long-dead Sir Daniel Fortesque, brought back to life accidentally by an evil sorcerer trying to take over the world of Gallowsmere. You defeated the evil sorcerer once and you set out to do it again.

The game was a lot of fun with a unique visual style and plenty of weapons and powers to keep you amused as you battled the demon horde. MediEvil has been something of a cult classic ever since and even got somewhat of a remake for the PlayStation Portable in 2005, though that wasn't as good as perhaps it could have been.

What kind of game is MediEvil?

Medievil bridge

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Like the original, MediEvil is a hack-and-slash-style game that's likely to only be single-player. The basic structure of the game is you move from area to area clearing out all the monsters you can with an assortment of weapons. Each weapon has its own set of animations as well as power moves that will cause more damage.

MediEvil also has a nice amount of puzzles and traps for you to navigate to break up the endless waves of monsters, and all of these will be recreated in glorious 4K for this remake.

4K goodness?

Dark woods

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This version of MediEvil is being rebuilt "from the Grave up" (the developers' pun not mine), with all-new 4K visuals. The original was fine for its time, but these new animations look amazing and as long as you have a PS4 Pro and a 4K TV, you will get to enjoy what looks to be a beautiful game.

Of course, it may be 4K-optimized but it will run beautifully on the standard PS4 as well. If you haven't managed to upgrade to the PS4 Pro yet, you may want to consider it as more and more games will be adding 4K visuals to their ensemble.

Is there any new gameplay?

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The game is purposely not changing anything mechanically. All elements of gameplay are being translated exactly as they are in the original. There is a scene in the trailer that shows the same green monster on the same piece of the path as it was in the 1998 version.

It looks to me like a straight port of the original game with a better graphics engine running it. Honestly, this is how I want my remakes. Give me the exact game I love, just updated graphically to keep up with 21st-century technology. Are you listening, Square Enix? Final Fantasy VII could be done this way too.

James Bricknell
Since the days of the HTC Hero James has had two or three Android phones stuffed into pockets. James is always on hand to offer advice on phones, apps and most recently, PlayStation, especially VR, It's now something of an obsession. Find him @keridel wherever Media Socials itself.