Full Throttle Remastered Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Full Throttle Remastered by Double Fine Productions. I received a copy of the game from my friends at GOG for review purposes but like all of my reviews this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences.
Full Throttle Remastered follows the story of a biker named Ben Throttle whose gang is imprisoned and has been framed for the murder of Malcolm Corley of Corley Motors. Ben sets out on a journey of revenge on the man who killed Malcom and to prove his innocence. The game is on the short side and can be completed in around 7-8 hours if you know what your doing. It’s still worth experiencing the though, it’s got a great cast of characters and superb voice acting from the likes of Roy Conrad, Mark Hamill, Hamilton Camp, and Kath Soucie. The game was also the first computer game to utilize professional voice actors.
The remaster does a superb job of making the game more beautiful but it’s art style stays true to the original designs. The characters, backgrounds and objects are all beautifully drawn and the high resolution 3D for the motorcycles and world travelling is really impressive. You can also choose to play the game using either the remastered artwork or the classic artwork.
The game also uses licenced music from a San Francisco based rock band known as The Gone Jackals. The majority of the songs in the game appear on their 1995 album Bone to Pick.
I learned some interesting things about the game that I’d like to share in this review as well.
Originally there was going to be a part of the game where Ben goes on a Peyote induced hallucinogenic trip but due to the publisher not liking it, this was removed from the game. The drug trip concept went on to become the basis for Psychonauts, however.
The game also had 2 sequels that both got cancelled.
The first was called Full Throttle: Payback and this one wasn’t to be developed by Tim Schafer, who had left LucasArts already. Instead it was being developed by Larry Ahern. The story had Ben fighting a large corporation along with the local governor as they wanted to replace all paved highways with hover pads, thus robbing truckers and bikers of their territory. This sequel wound up being cancelled after Larry and Bill Tiller, the art director, left LucasArts.
Another sequel by the name of Full Throttle: Hell on Wheels was in development in 2002. This one changed the dynamics completely, turning it into an action adventure game with more emphasis on combat. This one had Ben return to his old stomping grounds only to find out it’s roads had been destroyed. He believes a new gang in town is responsible only to find out it’s more sinister than that (Big surprise). This one was cancelled due to poor reception and Tim Schafer’s lack of involvement.
Tim Schafer himself also has no plans to create a sequel because he felt the game was complete with the first game.
That’s all the information I have to share, pretty interesting stuff.
Overall, Full Throttle Remastered is a superb adventure game. There were a couple aggravating parts to the game (Bunnies) but the game itself is great. It’s got a gorgeous new artstyle, and a great story with awesome characters and voice acting. It may be on the short side compared to LucasArts’ other adventure games but it’s a superb one nonetheless and I’m glad I was finally able to experience it. Definitely on my recommendation list.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
-Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!