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MediEvil: Resurrection

Developer: SCEE | Publisher: SCEA
Players: 1+ Player Game | Release Date: 09/13/05 | Genre: Action

It is no secret that the PSP has seen its share of software shortages. With so few titles coming out on the market, gamers quickly grab any title that comes out. Sadly quite a few of the recent PSP releases have been less than spectacular. Enter Sony's PlayStation Portable follow-up to the cult PSone classic MediEvil. As fun and enjoyable as before, MediEvil makes a great portable debut.

Players control Sir Daniel Fortesque--a Knight of Gallowmere that was killed by an arrow to his eye during a battle with the evil and sinister Zarok. 100 years later Zarok has returned an by the help of magic, Daniel is raised from the dead and sets out to kill Zarok once and for all!

As you set out on your quest throughout the 19 level game, players will need to navigate throughout beautiful environments that all have a different theme. Using the power of the PSP, the developers have done a great job in updating the look of the MediEvil series. Besides the environments, the sound is very well done. All of the voice work is surprisingly very good and the dialogue is very witty and amusing. Combine that with a great musical score and you will find plenty for your ears to enjoy on your quest.

Controls are a bit awkward for MediEvil Resurrection. Switching weapons takes entirely too many steps to complete. That said, I found that using my projectile weapon worked in most cases. So I only switched if the situation called for it. The biggest reason I probably had more success with my projectile weapon was because the targeting system does not work well with the camera. The camera is not very responsive and it is very difficult to get the camera situated in the right position so you can attack an enemy, and see what is around you.

Despite the awkward controls and dreadful camera system, MediEvil is one of the only decent action games currently on the PSP. It may not be the greatest game on the market today but on the game-starved PlayStation Portable, MediEvil stands out as one of a couple good action games. If you can look past the flaws with the camera and controls, you will find yourself a handheld adventure that will keep you busy for many hours.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 11/01/05
ESRB Details: Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes
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