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FULL THROTTLE REMASTERED

By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on April 18, 2017

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way...

And what comes our way is one hell of an awesome point-n-click adventure, completely remastered with new visuals and cranked up sounds! So, let's get our motor running and take a look at the 2017 remaster of one of the best games ever made in the genre: Full Throttle!

Originally released in 1995 by Lucasarts for PC and Mac, Full Throttle is a point-n click game from the hand of one of the masters in the genre, Tim Schafer. It tells the exciting tale of Ben Throttle, leader of a biker gang called "The Pole Cats". You see, Ben is the epitome of the free-spirited, no-nonsense, hog-riding type of man. He and his fellow Pole Cats want nothing more than ride the open road, always chasing the sunset.


One day, Ben has an encounter with the CEO of Corley Motors, Malcolm Corley. Well, I say encounter, but what really happens is that Ben, not knowing who he is encountering at the time, uses Malcolm's limo as a ramp and rides right over it. Instead of being angry about Ben driving over his car, Malcolm is absolutely elated by this shenanigan, mostly because he relishes the thought of still being a biker himself. In his past, Malcolm has gotten up to a lot of crazy stuff as well, so he understands where Ben and his compadres are coming from. He orders his drivers to follow the fuel-guzzling bunch, simply because he wants to talk to them.

Also in the limousine is Adrian Ripburger, the second in command at Corley Motors, who is secretly plotting to take over the company. The two are on their way to the annual Corley Motors shareholders meeting and Adrian has previously suggested to hire a biker gang as an escort to said meeting. Malcolm is suspicious of Adrian's intentions and rejects this plan right off the bat. Also, Malcolm reminds Adrian that Corley Motors is still his company and he can bloody well do with it whatever the hell he wants.

The duo catches up with the Pole Cats at a bar called "The Kickstand", where Malcolm orders Adrian to stay in the car, while he goes to have a word with the members of the biker gang. He quickly becomes friends with Ben as they talk about the glory days. Adrian, however, interrupts the fun and still offers the Pole Cats a job as an escort to the meeting. Ben basically tells Adrian where he can stuff his job and that the Pole Cats are not for hire, like some of the other, less honorable, biker gangs. Adrian convinces Ben to have a little private chat around back, something Ben agrees to. Adrian repeats his offer and also informs Ben that Malcolm is dying. Although shocked by this news, Ben still refuses to go along with Adrian's plan, upon which he is knocked out by Adrian's lackeys, Bolus and Nestor.

Quite some time later, Ben wakes up in a dumpster behind the Kickstand bar and quickly realizes that the Pole Cats have been tricked into thinking that he finally agreed with Adrian's offer and are currently on route to the shareholders meeting. He also learns that there is an ambush planned further on up the road. He jumps on his bike and goes in pursuit of his friends and the nefarious Adrian Ripburger. Unbeknownst to him, his bike has been sabotaged and Ben quickly finds himself going off the road at high speed, turning his bike into a raging ball of fire.


This, my friends, is where our adventure truly begins. In his quest to save his friends and punish Ripburger for what he has done, Ben meets a colorful cast of truly interesting characters and must solve a series of intricately built puzzles to reach his destination. Designed by some of the most talented people in the field, Full Throttle looked absolutely amazing. But wait, here's the kicker: now, it looks even more amazing with the release of Full Throttle Remastered! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Full Throttle is truly back! The visuals have been completely upgraded and the soundtrack and voice acting completely remastered for this generation of PC's and Playstation consoles. This all amounts to the classic awesomeness of Full Throttle in a brand new, shiny coat.

As an added bonus, Full Throttle Remastered offers you a collection of concept art, as well as audio commentary by some of the people who originally built the game in the first place. The resolution has been changed to fit widescreen monitors, giving you an even more detailed view of the world of Full Throttle. The control scheme has been updated to work on Playstation consoles and PC's using a controller instead of a mouse. And boy, does it work! Although I'm still partial to using a mouse when it comes to playing these games, Double Fine have done an outstanding job, coming up with a way to easily interact with your surroundings, without having to drag your cursor across every pixel of the screen. By using the right thumbstick of your controller, you can switch between hot-spots on the screen, making it quite a lot easier to quickly switch between objects and string actions together.

The game itself didn't change one bit, something I am quite happy with! Don't get me wrong; I am a fan of innovative ideas, but what do these ideas amount to when not backed by the awesome story, characters and overall game that we all fell in love with so many years ago? Exactly, a big, shiny pile of nothing! Luckily, this is not the case with Full Throttle Remastered! Everything about the game stayed exactly the same, it has just been brought into the 21st century, so a whole new generation of gaming enthusiasts can enjoy the antics of Ben Throttle.

What Full Throttle did at the time, was take the point-n-click genre in a new direction. It was much more cinematic than other games in the genre at the time, and even added some action-related gameplay to the genre. You could battle bikers on the open road and take their weapons, or even take part in a wrecking race at the Corley Motors Smashatorium. Full Throttle actually was a masterpiece at the time and, after playing through the remastered edition, I can only come to the conclusion that it is still just that: a true masterpiece! I'm thrilled that, after remastering Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango, Double Fine decided to treat this monument to point-n-click gaming to the same awesome treatment!


So here's me, signing off, hoping many of you will do the same as me and have an excellent time playing Full Throttle. If you have already played the original, this remastered edition will be a trip down memory lane. If you haven't played the original game, I have only one question for you: What the hell have you been doing all these years?! Unless, of course, you aren't old enough to have played this masterpiece, then forget what I just said and get your hands on a copy of Full Throttle Remastered! I'm leaving you now, so I can have some more rubber-burning adventures. And do you know why? Because I'm Boooooooooorn to beee Wiiiiihiiiihiiiiiiild!


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FULL THROTTLE REMASTERED
Double Fine Productions
April 18, 2017