In the small village of Gallowmere, a great legend was often told - of a mighty hero that over a hundred years ago, defeated the most evil Sorcerer ever known. Unfortunately, the mighty hero in question, Sir Daniel Fortesque, was in fact one of the first to fall in battle – killed by a single arrow from afar. When the evil Sorcerer Zarok manages to rise from the dead, bringing with him a resurrected army of evil minions, cowardly Sir Dan (also newly risen from the grave) finally has a chance to accomplish the great deeds history had already given him so much praise for.
Essentially it’s the same game as the original version that first graced the Playstation way back in 1998. You play as the gangly skeleton Sir Dan although this time with a wise cracking genie residing inside his empty skull. Al Zalam will provide hours worth of entertainment and general guidance while perched in Sir Dans’ empty eye socket throughout the game. You’ll have to steer Sir Dan through 19 levels of slashing and bashing with weapons ranging from throwing daggers to a big hefty club capable of clearing even the biggest obstructions in your path.
Controlling Sir Dan can be a little messy. His slippery running style feels almost unbalanced at times. The camera angle is designed so you can swing the view back behind him, but it gets fiddly. Trying to move the camera around too much in battle is enough to make you sea sick and frustratingly you often still can’t see enemies firing projectiles at you from nearby. The game is filled with funny cut scenes showing just how well Sir Dan deals (or doesn’t deal) with amusing situations. Fancy meeting an over-worked, complaining Grim Reaper on your travels? Some of the beginning scenes are so lengthy you may be in danger of mistaking this for a new animated feature, but thankfully not a second is wasted on drab “fill-in” moments. The storyline itself is reasonably long, with enough highly addictive mini games spaced throughout to keep your thumbs sore for days.
The graphics were one of the best features of the original Medievil, and Medievil Resurrection has kept the bar raised high. Even on the small PSP screen, the graphics are fantastic – it’s like entering a Looney Tunes world drawn and operated by Tim Burton. There’s no need to have your nose an inch away from the screen to see the wonderful job that’s been done in creating the creepy kooky Medievil world. Another one of the strong points of the game is undoubtedly the character voices. It seems a genuine effort has been put into the script to make players actually laugh out loud. Witty lines and fantastic deliveries make the story worth its weight in gold.
While Medievil Resurrection has the power to suck hours away from your day, two player mode falls a little short. Competing against another player in levels feels a little pointless – you can neither see nor interact with your opponent. Each player moves through the level independently on separate screens. You simply have to race through the levels to finish first.
Even though Medievil Resurrection has changed very little from the original, it still remains one of the most visually pleasing and humorous games available for PSP. Laden with goulish charm, it delivers in every aspect, making it the perfect all-rounder in the field.