Having never played the original, but certainly having played my fair share of old-school adventure titles, Beyond a Steel Sky definitely has an authentic feel consistent with the classic era but with some more modern trappings. Depending on your tastes this is a double-edged sword. If you’re more into the modern flow of things I’d say the pacing here, in particular, feels a bit on the slow to develop side, with a bit more time being wasted on average meandering and trying to determine what you need to do than the average contemporary adventure. The sense of humor is also a bit more understated, reflecting the more traditional adventures that didn’t adhere to the LucasArts mode, and that’s fine if you’re looking for more of the sci-fi vibes but on the whole I think much of the dialogue and characters end up being on the bland side. For people who revere the classics this is an odd amalgam of old and new that may be a thrill, sort of giving you a taste of both worlds at once. If you’re more of a modern fan I’d say it’s more of a crapshoot, and honestly I’d be more inclined to simply go with one of those remastered but authentic originals rather than trying out a hybrid that’s an attempt to recapture that feel to some degree, but not a true old-school experience.
Justin Nation, Score: