Full Throttle Remastered Review

Full Throttle Remastered is a great release for two reasons; People that loved the original released by LucasArts in 1995 can replay this classic with updated visuals and extra features, like commentary. And people can finally experience this game for the first time because it is not available digitally online. This game along with other popular adventure games from the 90’s, like Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango, have been difficult to find since their release so many people did not get the chance to experience them.

The story takes place in the near future where hover cars have replaced normal vehicles and motorcycles. You play as Ben, the leader of the Polecats, a motorcycle gang that doesn’t want to accept that hover cars are the becoming the norm. The gang gets approached by a wealthy business man to be hired as an escort, but Ben refuses his offer and things quickly go south. The story is straightforward and there are plenty of colorful supporting characters on Bens journey of vengeance and salvation.

This being an adventure game from the 90’s the gameplay mostly involves selecting objects around an environment and having Ben interact with them using his eyes, mouth, hands, or feet. Interacting differently with all the objects sometimes results in hilarious moments, but it also gives the player enough options without feeling overwhelmed since a good number of people playing this game have never experience one of these adventure games.

Visually the game looks great. It feels like you’re playing a Saturday morning cartoon. Unlike other remastered games that have been release in the last few years you can switch back between the original graphics and the new ones. I did this almost during every scene just to see how the old game looked, and the difference is night and day. Switching between the two doesn’t just change the graphics, but also the sound. The voice acting and the songs are fantastic, I found myself listening to some of the songs outside of the game.

I do have to mention the writing here. As with other Tim Schafer (Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, and Psychonauts) games, it’s a perfect mixture of comedy and serious story telling. The characters are witty and they all have something interesting to say. I kept talking to the same characters until they ran out of dialogue. With interesting dialogue, you learn more about Ben and the other supporting characters he meets on his adventure.

The puzzles here range from smart and clever to illogical and frustrating. Some solutions require a lot of trial and error which will tempt many players to look for a solution online. If this is your first time playing Full Throttle or a game like it, then there’s no shame in looking for a solution online, especially if you just want to see the story to the end. There’s also action scenes where Ben gets into high-speed highway duels on high bike with other gang members. These moments have not aged as well as the rest of the game, they feel awkward and stiff.

I have experienced frame rate drops during certain parts of the game, and the game even crashed on me once. Now, while these aren’t the biggest issues, they take you out of the game and they stand out when everything else seems so polished. The whole story can also be completed in under 3 hours if it’s your first time playing. If someone knows the solution to the puzzles and they skip the dialogue the game can be completed in around 45 minutes. But for only $14.99, it’s hard to say “no” to this classic adventure.

Verdict

I enjoyed this game. From the music, voice acting, puzzles, and animations, it’s a lot of fun from beginning to end. It can be beaten fairly quickly, and it has a very easy platinum trophy for those interested. The minor performance issues don’t hinder the experience too much and anyone interested in the LucasArts adventure games should not pass this up.

8/10