April 17th, 2017 - Jason
The leader of the Polecats is forced into an offer that he attempts to refuse, and is soon tasked with saving those he cares for: his biker gang. This is an adventure game with some Road Rash thrown in for good measure. You play the role of Ben, and you’re out for blood. No one messes with your gang – no one.
Full Throttle originally made its rounds in 1995 on PC, much like the previous remasters Double Fine have been putting out. However, this is the one that many people remember as a standout cult classic – after all, the cover is a motorcycle and an explosion; what’s not to love? While adventure games were often associated with solving puzzles with weird solutions, this brought the genre to a new audience. While it still has the puzzles, they not only appear to be a bit more streamlined, but the game has a different feel to it. Left behind are the silly tentacles and swash buckling pirates – we have a hardcore biker gang that’s not afraid to get dirty on the road.
The game offers you three options when interacting with the world around you: fist, mouth, and foot. Basically, you can punch, talk, or kick. This is much more user friendly than the previous walk to, talk to, open, close, use, etc. The way you utilize items is simple enough as well. Simply open the menu, select the item you want, and move it to the object you want to use it with – be it a tire iron or a handful of fertilizer, using items in an adventure game has never felt more satisfying than in this.
The remaster not only brings the game to consoles, but also does a beautiful job of upping the graphical fidelity. This isn’t as simple as bringing the original frames into Photoshop and increasing the resolution, either. Each frame was redrawn, basically recreating the game’s look. It’s also not as simple as bringing in the original 3D models and adding polygons to them – or maybe it is(n’t). Oh, did you know that all these remasters also come with commentary tracks? Perhaps you can find your answer about 3D models there.
The game feels great in the current game space, even though it’s over 20 years old. It’s a testament to the writing of Tim Schafer, proving that his humor is transcendent of that which relies solely on references. Of course, the game has its fair share of references that you may or may not pick up on. If you don’t, the trophy names certainly make sure to help you out.
In a day and age when shorter games are more widely accepted, the game manages to nail it, which is nice considering they didn’t add or subtract from the game. If you know what you’re doing, it’ll last a few hours, but I can’t imagine it lasting you more than 8-10 if you don’t. It doesn’t over stay its welcome, nor does it feel like it leaves anything important out. And in the event you can’t be bothered to play this at home, the good news is it’s also available on PlayStation Vita, and it works beautifully there as well.
Full Throttle is a cult classic that people have been clamoring for a remake of for a while. When people saw the Monkey Island titles, Grim Fandango, and Day of the Tentacle getting their day to shine, everyone knew it was only a matter of time. If you’ve found yourself wanting to revisit Ben Throttle and the Polecats, there’s no better way than with the remaster, boasting a 4K resolution on PCs and the PS4 Pro. If you’ve never witnessed the story of this biker gang, now is the perfect time to jump in and see what all the fuss is about.
- Updated Graphics
- More Tim Schafer
- Ben’s Lips Aren’t on Enough Things
Full Throttle was developed by Double Fine Productions in conjunction with Shiny Shoe and published by Double Fine Productions as well. The game launched on PC and PS4 April 18th, 2017 for $14.99. The game was provided to us for review on PS4 and Vita. If you’d like to see more of Full Throttle, check out the official site.
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