MediEvil takes place in 13th century England, where the Kingdom of Gallowmere is invaded by an evil sorcerer named Zarok who steals the souls of all the villagers and turns them into a zombie army. Zarok’s energy also revives a dead champion knight named Sir Dan Fortesque. Fortesque was widely believed to be the hero of the first battle against Zarok, but he finds out he was the first to die, and his reputation is based on a lie. Knowing the only way he’ll be sent to the hall of heroes, Fortesque goes to defeat Zarok for one final time.
The settings of the game are in the kingdom of Gallowmere. MediEvil is a platform game so each level has secret challenges and areas to find. The levels are fairly large, and for the most part do a good job of creating a creepy vibe. The environment’s are all dark and full of coffins and other things of that nature. There are a lot of blocky textures, but it’s expected since this game came out back in 1998. However, the graphics are definitely a weak point for MediEvil. Dan’s movements aren’t fluid at all, and his attacks are all choppy and don’t have a natural ebb and flow other games such as Spyro and Tomb Raider. Also the enemies are very blurry, and could’ve been made more scary. Like I said before, the graphics definitely aren’t a strong suite of this game. However, since this was made in 1998 it’s unfair to really bash them too bad. The sound is good for the most part, some sounds are generic, but the music is surprisingly good.
Controls and Gameplay
The gameplay of MediEvil is both a strength of the game and a weakness. The gameplay is very simple, but it doesn’t do anything revolutionary. The game is third person, and you control Sir Dan Fortesque and navigate through levels searching for keys to unlock doors, and other items. You can fight zombies and other enemies with a variety of weapons that include swords, throwing knives, clubs, and more. The levels are all fairly big, but can become repetitive. In each level there is a “chalice” that is awarded if you beat 100% of the level. Beating a level is done by defeating all the enemies, and exploring the whole area. This can be both fun and frustrating. It’s good if you like searching and finding things in a game. If you just want a quick playthrough, it’s annoying when you think you’ve beaten the whole level but the progress bar isn’t showing 100%.
The enemies you face are mostly zombies but there are other creatures as well. The fights are very easy, but they do get progressively harder. I wouldn’t say anything in the game is particularly difficult though. The game feels just like any other platform game. The controls are fairly standard, with movement done with the directional pad. The square button is used for power attacks, circle lets you jump, X is used for short, quick attacks, and triangle allows Sir Daniel Fortesque to block attacks. One major problem with the controls is running, in the game running is done by tapping the directional pad twice and holding it down. It can become annoying getting a fight and than having to double tap to run. Another major problem is selecting a weapon from the inventory, you have to continuously press select to access the inventory. It would have been better if Sony just allowed you to access weapons without having to press select. Also, the camera angles in the game are terrible. Naturally, since the game is third person
Rent or Buy? Final Thoughts
MediEvil is one of those games that was great when it came out, but hasn’t aged gracefully. If you played this game when it new, than I’d recommend getting it purely for the nostalgia trip. I played this game in 1999, and I don’t regret buying it because I enjoyed it as a child back than. But from an unbiased point of view, the graphics are blocky and the textures don’t look good, the character movement and camera angles are jerky, and overall it has very repetitive gameplay. I’d honestly not recommend you buy this game if it’s your first time hearing about it.