Remembered as one of the best adventure games to come out of LucasArts during the point & click adventure genre’s heyday in the 1990’s, Full Throttle was the first game that Tim Schafer took the lead on during his tenure at the company. It has all the hallmarks of the adventure games of that era, such as weird puzzle logic, and blends these with a story about a biker named Ben who falls afoul of various groups and must clear his name. It’s a game that has a big reputation and now it can boast an almost perfect remaster.
Whether you want to experience the game as it once was, or desire a fresh lick of paint on your remasters, Double Fine have you covered. Much like their other game remasters, you can switch between the new and classic renders at a touch, and in Full Throttle’s case the difference is staggering. Gone is the pixel style art from 1995, replaced with a much smoother animation style that gives a lot of extra details to the characters and the environments. Alongside the visuals, the sound work has been improved with the music audio coming out with much more clarity and voices that are clear throughout.
The gameplay remains practically untouched though and it is here where some of the age of Full Throttle shows. The small battle system in one part of the game feels sluggish compared to modern titles, and in a couple of cases it can be hard to distinguish between different interactive objects. The remaster does come with a highlight button so that all interactive areas are shown, but this isn’t quite perfect and it can point to things that aren’t interactive at that particular moment in time, but will be later in the story.
Full Throttle is a lot more streamlined than other games from LucasArts and Double Fine, such as Grim Fandango, and the puzzles are generally easier to work out though a couple may stump you. Playing through the remaster took approximately five hours to complete, and there were only a couple of times where I felt a little stuck. The puzzle and game design in general feels like it was focused more on moving players forward at a steady pace, and less on stumping people with “out there” solutions. Don’t fear if you’re a fan of the classics, as there are definitely solutions like that in the game.
This streamlining actually means that Full Throttle fits well in this era of gaming where the current focus tends to be on big and expansive experiences. It felt good to play a game that doesn’t overwhelm you with a multitude of systems or try to drag out the experience one way or another. Full Throttle provides a good challenge and will give those who enjoy adventure games a familiar port to call in, but it’s also welcoming to those who would not necessarily play adventure games.
Full Throttle’s tale of revenge and redemption holds up well thanks to the script and the voice acting talents of actors like Roy Conrad, Mark Hamill, Kath Soucie, and Hamilton Camp. Their performances draw you right in alongsidethe voices of the supporting cast, to create a believable group of people in the quite unbelievable world that they inhabit, where hovercars and a blind biker cult ride along the roads. The soundtrack also fits the bill perfectly with The Gone Jackal’s music sounding excellent throughout the adventure, complementing the style of Full Throttle.
Full Throttle Remastered is essentially the perfect rework of a classic. Barring a couple of minor issues, LucasArts’ old title has been brought up to modern standards by Double Fine, boasting a brand new look that gives a lot of vibrant detail while maintaining the things that earned Full Throttle its reputation in the first place. It’s clear that Double Fine put a lot of effort into this project, not least because of how important the game is to Tim Schafer, but it’s a great game regardless. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or an adventure game newcomer, if you’re looking for a game that provides a fun experience with a well executed story then you should get Full Throttle Remastered.
Version Tested: PS4