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The Raven: Remastered (Xbox)

Developed by King Art Games, The Raven Remastered is now available on PC (Steam) for £17.99, PS4 for £24.99 and Xbox One for £23.99.

The Raven Remastered is an adventure, point-and-click, whodunit game. An ancient ruby has been stolen from the British Museum and the thief left a raven feather at the crime scene. Is someone trying to follow the footsteps of legendary master thief ‘The Raven’ who disappeared years ago, or has ‘The Raven’ returned?

As always, I will avoid any story related spoilers throughout my review.

The Raven Remastered is made up of three episodes set in three different locations; on a train in the Swiss Alps, on a cruise ship and in the Cairo Museum. All of the locations are fantastically designed with plenty of hidden areas for secrets to be concealed. With the remastered edition comes fully remastered animations, lighting and hair all in full HD resolution. The game runs smoothly and I haven’t encountered any frame rate issues or game crashes.

The Raven Remastered's soundtrack is so befitting to the genre of the game and honestly, such a pleasure to listen to. As well as beautiful music, the sound effects are detailed, and the voice acting is superb. In order for the story to be believable, you need a good cast of voice actors behind the characters which The Raven Remastered has in abundance.

The controls in The Raven Remastered are incredibly simple, you simply walk with LS, change between objects with RS and interact with A. There is also the option of using hints by pressing X but honestly, if you’re paying attention to the dialogue and being thorough in your investigations then you really won’t need to use the hints but it is always nice that they are an option. There is the option of having a tutorial to introduce you to the controls at the beginning of the game.

My only issue with the controls is that they can feel very cumbersome at times which makes the game seem incredibly slow paced especially at times when the controls themselves are on occasion, unresponsive. Frustratingly, it is more noticeable during the more exciting, event-filled times in the game when you want to move as quickly as possible, matching the momentum of the scene you are currently in. The characters you play as seem to walk in slow motion and more often than not, get stuck on sides of walls and pieces of furniture which just adds to the overly pedestrian pace in sections of The Raven Remastered.

You begin the game as Constable Zellner who is on board a train headed for Venice just after there has been a robbery at the British Museum. Naturally, there is plenty to be suspicious of and you soon learn that Inspector Legrand is onboard and you’re eager to help him in his mission to track down the elusive Raven or whoever it is that is pretending to be them.

You’ll meet all of the characters, learn where they are headed and other information which may or may not be useful to your own investigations. You’ll have a plethora of objects to inspect, gather and combine in order to progress the story that is full of unexpected twists and turns which at times, really shocked me.

The opportunity to play as different characters through the episodes of The Raven Remastered helps to give you a more in-depth look at all of the events that unfold during the story. It also helps to keep the game feeling new, making you want to carry on playing to find out what happens next.

Overall, as somebody who didn’t play The Raven when it was initially released, I very much enjoyed the story and especially the ending and eventual discovery of who the Raven was! Unfortunately, the game does feel quite cumbersome at times and does have moments of feeling a little bland/predictable. With that in mind, if I had to give it a score it would be 7/10.

The Raven Remastered has 34 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. Most of the achievements are progression based and will unlock as you go through the story but there are a few which can be missed if you’re not thorough in your searching, such as turning on a radio. There are also achievements for completing the episodes without using hints so you may need to play through at least twice. I play quite thoroughly in these types of games and I accidentally clicked “X” a couple of times and ended up having to play the first episode again which wasn’t the end of the world but was a little frustrating when it was purely accidental. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements, then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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