- System: PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: THQ Nordic
- Developer: KING Art GAMES
- Release Date: Mar 13, 2018
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Adventure, Point and Click
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://thqnordic.com/games/raven-remastered
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
The Raven Remastered—assuming you didn’t play the original 2013 release—isn’t hard to explain. Players assume the role of Constable Anton Jakob Zellner—as well as a few others—as they hunt down The Raven and various other shady characters. The Raven Remastered is an adventure game with a heavy emphasis on point and click mechanics. Find a random toothpick? Pick that up, as later you might need it or maybe you’ll need to chat with a specific person to activate the next scene. It’s a tried and true gameplay formula, but there’s a reason why it works so well in The Raven Remastered.
Adventure games rely heavily on the world the player explores and the characters they meet. Add to that solid point and click gameplay and the game itself works ten times better to keep you truly immersed. The Raven Remastered does just that quite well. Just like the original title, it’s a treat to look for context clues, random items and talk with the quirky cast of characters you’ll meet during the three main chapters of The Raven Remastered. Sometimes it can be feel a bit archaic to have to find random items to pick up or because you didn’t talk to one character specifically the story won’t advance but that also in turn keeps The Raven Remastered from ever being too hard to navigate. Talk to everyone, examine everything and try to manipulate every item—as you can combine items together and will need to—and you’ll never find The Raven Remastered to be too tough of a game to win at.
The point and click elements of The Raven Remastered is where the game shines though. Every clue and item have narrative to describe it and a reason for being there. While we won’t spoil anything, just note that in the first chapter, for example, you might see a bowl and think it’s useless. Ultimately though, that bowl might be used later and teaches the player that everything in The Raven Remastered has value of some sort. The same can be said with characters who might seem annoying or uninteresting but might hold a vital clue that you won’t get unless you exhaust their dialogue options. The Raven Remastered lives and breathes off its old school design but it’s what we here at Honey’s Anime enjoyed the most about it and think you will too.
Graphically, The Raven Remastered is okay. In comparison to the 2013 release, The Raven Remastered does look significantly better but it still has some rather weak visuals especially for a PS4 title. The same can be said of the voice acting which we’ve heard people both praise and say it’s okay; we fall into the middle category. The main characters of The Raven Remastered are usually solid but some of the supporting cast are ho hum at best. However, what doesn’t feel ho hum at all is the musical score which makes every set piece and moment of The Raven Remastered truly remarkable. Essentially, graphics are okay, voice acting the same but the music stands out and that makes for an overall solid experience in this venue.
Now with remastered reviews, we here at Honey’s Anime HQ always leave the final part in saying is it worth it. Will you want to reenter the world of The Raven if you played it before? Honestly, we say it’s a 50/50 experience. While we loved The Raven Remastered for its story, it’s the same story as presented 5 years ago and that means going through it again isn’t something everyone might want to do. While the ending of The Raven is truly something to behold—we remember it fondly—does The Raven Remastered warrant going through it all again? We’d say it’s worth it if you never ventured in The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief before and need a solid story to enjoy.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Cleverly written story with movie-like narrative
- Fun point and click gameplay
- Several chapters to enjoy
- Interesting cast of characters
- Great soundtrack that sets the mood
- Finale that still pretty amazing even today
- Clunky controls at times
- Visually kind of weak with moments of technical glitches
- Ho hum voice acting with the exception of the main character