“Dead birds don’t need guns…” – Anton Zellner, The Raven Remastered
Images and gameplay for The Raven Remastered are courtesy of THQ Nordic and KING Art, gameplay featuring Odiumar as Constable Anton Jakob Zellner.
The Raven Remastered, is another example of the successful collaboration between King Art and THQ Nordic, a partnership that brought us games that we’ve previously covered, such as Black Mirror. Based in Germany, KING Art is getting themselves quite a bit of experience and establishing themselves as a player in the independent gaming world. Originally released on PC and PS3 as The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief in 2013 and 2014 respectively, the game has been remastered for the PS4 and Xbox One.
The Raven Remastered follows the story of Swedish Constable Anton Jakob Zellner, tasked with escorting one of a pair of jewels on the first leg of its journey to Egypt. The jewel, known as the Eye of the Sphinx, is one of a pair, the other of which has been stolen by the legendary thief The Raven. Constable Zellner’s leg of the trip takes place on the Orient Express. Along the way, Zellner sort of works with…and sot of outperforms the official escorts, Inspector Legrand and Constable Oliver. When the Raven strikes again, attempting to take the second Eye of the Sphinx, events are set in motion to take us all the way to Egypt. Legrand will stop and nothing to apprehend the Raven, Zellner will do everything in his power to stay connected with the case and Oliver will attempt to block him at every opportunity. The story is so exciting…so riveting…I just couldn’t help myself when I fell asleep playing. Twice.
Behold, our hero Constable Anton Jakob Zellner!
Sleeping while playing a game? How? Well it’s a point-and-click adventure with a dull story. Click, read, click, read, click…you can see how this goes. Look, this type of game is typically an easy no-brainer, and The Raven Remastered is no different. I simply wandered around and pushed the “interact” button on anything that lit up. Since there is no “mouse” to speak of, it was pretty difficult to highlight specific objects. After that though, the hardest part is combining two items from your inventory, which wasn’t tough at all.
Ah…the Orient Express. You know it’s going to be epic now!
Graphically, The Raven Remastered looked exactly like what it is…an older game with a new coat of paint. Especially with the pathing and animations, I mean, some of them were pretty stiff and maneuvering around is like trying to turn a 1973 Dodge Polara around in a cul-de-sac. I mean, we’re talking lots of back and forth going on, and you’re going to be here awhile, if you know what I mean. (NO, I didn’t have one of these…my grandmother did!) I suppose that this could be a result of the setting more than anything. The explosion was rendered well, but will never compare to a triple A game. Don’t get me wrong, this game isn’t ugly by any means. It’s just not exciting. The musical score on the other had, was excellent. I’m talking TV quality here! (Murder She Wrote comes to mind here…not sure why.) It’s too bad that the best bits are the title and closing scenes. Beyond that the music is your usual, run of the mill stuff.
Alright…let’s get down to it. Is this game worth it? If you’re an achievement/trophy hunter, you’ll dig this one…easy peasy completion. However…The Raven Remastered suffers from a split personality. If you want this one on your PC, Steam has it for $20. If you want this for your console, you’ll be shelling out an additional $10. Personally, I think both of these price points are a bit on the steep side. If I was desperate for some gamerscore, I might throw down a big old Lincoln ($5, not the car…) but beyond that…