DoubleFine fans will still need to wait awhile until the studio is ready to release Psychonauts 2, but those looking for a taste of that wonderfully delightful DoubleFine flair in the meantime are in luck. Another early classic from Tim Schafer’s time at LucasArts has been remastered and released earlier this week! Which excellent piece of gaming history has made its triumphant return this time? Why it’s only the one and only cult-classic motorcycle game: Full Throttle!
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Initially released in 1995, Full Throttle is a point-and-click adventure game which follows the exploits of Ben Throttle, leader of the “Polecats” biker gang, as he fights to clear his name and save the future of motorcycles. The original version of the game was initially well-regarded and has since rose to the level of a cult classic for the adventure genre. It’s generally praised for its high-quality (for the time) animations, soundtrack, and voice-acting. The voice-acting is particularly notable due to its overall quality and a cast including industry greats such as Kath Soucie as Ben’s ally “Maureen) and Mark Hamill (yes, that Mark Hamill) as Adrian Ripburger, the game’s main villain.
This is a remaster in the truest sense of the term. Gameplay is more or less unchanged, but everything else has received a very noticeable update in quality. The majority of the visuals appear to have been redrawn and slightly altered to better convey the game’s unique visual style. The contrast is quite dramatic and it’s a difference players will be able to see for themselves whenever they want since the game is sporting a feature that enables switching between the new and classic visual style. The audio has received a major boost in clarity, and the team behind it even added developer commentary for those interested. All in all, it’s looking very sharp!
I’ve never played the original game, but I’ve known about it as a cult-classic for a long time now. With this remastered version now available though, perhaps it’s finally time to give it a shot and see why so many gamers out there hold it in such high regard.
What do you think of Full Throttle? Does it sound like a game worth trying?
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