MediEvil Articles RSS Feed | MediEvil RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network PlayStation Store Remasters & Retros Sale Discounts Old Favorites and New Classics Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:30:32 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Another day, yet another PlayStation Store sale. This time, the PS Store is discounting dozens of retro and remastered games, including Resident Evil Triple Pack, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, MediEvil, Dead Cells, and more through February 10.

Here's a sampling of what's on offer during the PSN Remasters & Retro sale.

PlayStation Store Remasters & Retro Sale

Game Sales Price Original Price
  Resident Evil Triple Pack  $19.63  $59.49
  Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection  $9.99  $19.99
  MediEvil Digital Deluxe  $19.99  $39.99
  Valkyria Chronicles Remastered + Valkyria Chronicles 4  $15.99  $39.99
  Spyro Reignited Trilogy  $15.99  $39.99
  Jak and Daxter Bundle  $14.79  $39.99
  Devil May Cry HD Collection  $14.99  $29.99
  Katamari Damacy Reroll  $20.99  $29.99
  Dead Cells  $12.49 $24.99
  Castlevania Anniversary Collection  $4.99 $19.99
  Gravity Rush  $9.89  $29.99
  Streets of Rage 4  $17/49  $24.99
  Dark Cloud  $5.99  $14.99
  Dark Cloud 2  $5.99  $14.99
  Ys Origin  $7.99  $19.99
  Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition  $4.49  $14.99
  Ape Escape 2  $4.99  $9.99
  Okami HD  $9.99  $19.99
  Metro Redux  $5.99  $29.99
  Resident Evil Raccoon City Edition  $31.99  $79.99


The full Remasters & Retro sale list is over on the PlayStation Store. PlayStation Plus subscribers get an extra helping of discounts in February with three free PS Plus games.

Sony Announces Days of Play 2020 Deals and Discounts Fri, 22 May 2020 12:36:41 -0400 Josh Broadwell

It's almost summer, and that means Sony's Days of Play is back again. While it doesn't seem as if there's a Days of Play PS4 console this year, Days of Play 2020 still offers plenty of deals on games, gear, and PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions.

The U.S. Days of Play deals start June 3 and run through June 17, both at participating retailers and online. Here's some of what you can expect.

Game Sales Price
Nioh 2
MLB The Show 20
Predator: Hunting Grounds
Death Stranding
Days Gone
MediEvil  $19.99
Blood & Truth
Everybody's Golf VR
Astro Bot Rescue Mission
Farpoint $9.99
The Last of Us Remastered
12-month PS Plus subscription  30% off
12-month PS Now subscription  30% off
3-month PS Now subscription  20% off
Select Gold wireless headsets  $69.99
Platinum wireless headset  $129.99


The announcement also says more PlayStation Hits than just The Last of Us Remastered will be on sale, but it doesn't list any yet. The PlayStation Store will also be "offering awesome deals for blockbuster games" and more discounts on PS Plus and PS Now once Days of Play starts on June 3.

The full announcement is on the PlayStation Blog if you're interested. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Days of Play news as it develops.

Best Buy Black Friday 2019 Video Game Deals Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:21:09 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Following on from Target's early release of its Black Friday ad, Best Buy has made its own ad available, full of video game sales you won't want to miss.

We don't cover tech of movie deals in this piece, instead opting to focus on all of the console and video game deals in the ad. This includes online sales and doorbusters. 

We also have Black Friday roundups for PSN, Microsoft, GameStop, and Walmart

Best Buy Black Friday 2019

This list is based on the preliminary deals Best Buy announced ahead of time, so it's likely to be adjusted and updated as the outlet announces more sales, and it's just Black Friday — no Cyber Monday or weekend deals are included.

We break things down by console and price. We start with console deals (including PSVR) and follow things up with the best deals on games by console. 

Video Game Consoles

Best Buy has some of the same deals on consoles as Target, though Best Buy favors Xbox One for variety and has no free gift cards thrown in.

PlayStation 4

  • PlayStation 4 Slim (1TB), DualShock Wireless Control, and three free games — $199.99. The games shown are listed below.
    • The Last of Us Remastered
    • God of War
    • Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete
  • $100 dollars off any PlayStation VR bundle

Xbox One

  • Xbox One X (1TB) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition bundle + free 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription — $349.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) All-Digital Console (White), includes Sea of Thieves, Fortnite, and Minecraft — $149.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) NBA 2K20 bundle — $199.99

Nintendo Switch

Don't get your hopes up for any big Switch discounts this season. It's going to be the same old, same old all around

  • Nintendo Switch w/ Neon Joy-Con and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle — $299.99
  • Select Joy-Con will be on sale for $59.99 ($20 off) 

Best Buy Black Friday Game Deals

Like Target, Best Buy has different sale tiers for different games We break them down by most expensive to least expensive.

PlayStation 4 Games

Games for $27.99

  • FIFA 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Games for $24.99

  • Judgement
  • Catherine: Full Body
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Games for $19.99

  • Concrete Genie
  • Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • Rage 2
  • MediEvil
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

Games for $19.99 or less

  • NieR Automata: Game of the YoRHa Edition — $19.99
  • Dragon Quest XI — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: Gold — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 2 — $14.99
  • Kingdom Hearts III — $14.99
  • Marvel's Spider-Man GOTY Edition — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III — $14.99
  • Devil May Cry HD — $12.99

Games for $14.99

  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Shemnue I & II
  • Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition

Games for $9.99

These are basically PS Greatest Hits for 50% off.

  • God of War
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn — Complete Edition
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Persona 5
  • Bloodborne
  • Nioh
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Yakuza 0

Games with various discounts

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 — $24.99
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — $24.99
  • Shenmue III — $34.99
  • Code Vein — $39.99
  • Need for Speed: Heat — $39.99
Xbox One Games

The preview ad is a bit on the confusing side with how it breaks down game categories — namely by blending them together despite separating them by console. Because of that, you can probably count on XB1 equivalents of PS4 games on sale, like Kingdom Hearts III, to be offered at the same price, even if they aren't listed directly.

Games for $29.99 and less

  • Control — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $29.99
  • NHL 20 Standard Edition — $29.99
  • NBA 2K20 — $27.99
  • Madden NFL 20 — $27.99
  • Gears 5 — $24.99

Games for $19.99

  • World War Z
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood Edition
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
  • Sea of Thieves

Games for $14.99

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Fallout 4: GOTY Edition
Nintendo Switch Games

Nintendo's official Black Friday announcement lists a number of games that will be listed for $39.99, including Best Buy as a retailer.

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Mario Party
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Splatoon 2

Games for $24.99 (including Black Friday 3DS game deals)

  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Overwatch: Legendary Edition
  • Persona Q2: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)
  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus (3DS)

Games for $19.99

  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Rocket League Ultimate Edition
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Dualist: Link Evolution

Games with various discounts

  • Hollow Knight — $29.99
  • Collection of Mana — $19.99
  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy — $24.99
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition — $44.99
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (3DS) — $24.99 each


This is all just from Best Buy's Black Friday preview, so it's possible there will be even more deals as we get closer to the actual day. Make sure to check back with GameSkinny for more Black Friday 2019 deals as they pop up.

And here's the full Best Buy preview ad as well.

Grind the Bones of Your Enemies with Latest MediEvil Remake Trailer Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:59:20 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Recently, Sony Interactive Entertainment magicked two new MediEvil videos into existence, showcasing some of the game's basic functions like defense and changing viewpoints. Now, Sir Daniel is back for more, with the MediEvil "Maximizing One's Offense" trailer.

The short montage demonstrates the many, many different ways Sir Daniel can try to stay well, not alive, per se, but how he can stay a functioning, animated skeleton, at least.

Combat will require switching between different weapon types to fit the situation, and there are a lot of weapon types here, from magic-infused hammers to your average bow-and-arrow set.

In an interesting twist, monsters can even steal Daniel's weapons, if he's not careful with them.

And if all else fails, you can just rip your arm off and beat your foes with it.

Check out the full trailer at the top of this post, and if you haven't pre-ordered your copy of the PlayStation 4 exclusive ahead of its October 25 release date, check out our MediEvil pre-order guide.

MediEvil Gallowmere Survival Guide Gets Your Bones Moving for October 25 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:02:43 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Who needs instruction manuals when you can make a video series showing the same thing? That's probably the guiding idea behind Sony Interactive Entertainment's latest push for the upcoming MediEvil remake for the PlayStation 4.

SIE recently released two short videos in a series called "A Bonehead's Guide to Gallowmere." The trailers showcase some of the basics you'll need to master if you want to survive — if an undead skeleton can survive? — for very long in Gallowmere.

First up is the shield instruction video. Every good knight needs a sturdy shield, and Sir Daniel Fortesque is no different. His shields can even repel giant rocks, he's that good.

The trouble is actually finding a shield and then not letting it break.

The next video guide covers the game's two main perspectives: overhead, similar to the PSX original, and over the shoulder.

The over the shoulder perspective gives players a much different view of Gallowmere, showing off the richly detailed environments and character models, plus lending a completely different air to the game's action.

These modes can be swapped at will, whether you just want to change things up or genuinely need to get a different view of the world around you.

MediEvil on PS4 launches October 25. If you haven't grabbed your copy yet, check out our MediEvil pre-order guide to find out where you can snag it before release.

For even more, be sure to head over to our PAX West impressions of the game to see why this is nostalgia-trip is worth keeping an eye on. 

MediEvil PS4 Pre-Order Guide Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:22:10 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sir Daniel Fortesque is less than a month away from coming back to life (again) in MediEvil on PlayStation 4. The game releases October 25, six days before Halloween, and several retailers have opened pre-orders for the PS4 exclusive.

If you've played the recent PS4 demo of the game, it's a safe bet you're itching to get your hands on the game as quickly as possible. 

MediEvil PS4 Physical Edition

Price: $29.99

Unlike most modern remakes, MediEvil is priced at just $29.99, and you can get your physical copy from the following retailers:

Sir Daniel Fortesque fights a minotaur enemy in MediEvil for PS4

MediEvil PS4 Digital Edition 

Price: $29.99

The digital version of MediEvil is also $29.99. Since this is a PS4 game, there's only one place you can order the digital edition:

MediEvil PS4 Digital Deluxe Edition

Price: $39.99

However, the PS Store is also offering a MediEvil digital deluxe version with a host of special extras for $39.99.

For $10 more than the standard digital edition, you get the full game, the Golden Super Armor, a digital artbook, a digital comic, the game's soundtrack, and a dynamic PS4 theme. 

As with the regular digital version of the game, there's only one place to get the digital deluxe version: 


Pre-ordering either the regular digital version or the digital deluxe version also gets you a MediEvil avatar set.

If you're still on the fence about MediEvil for the PlayStation 4, there's a short, free demo available from the PS Store until October 7, and you can check out recent gameplay here.

The Last of Us Part 2 Release Date and Satanic Drinking Matches Define PlayStation State of Play Tue, 24 Sep 2019 17:02:21 -0400 Josh Broadwell

After a long hiatus, Sony's State of Play was back today, with some updates on soon-to-be-released games and one long-awaited announcement. 

The Last of Us Part 2 Release Date, Trailer

The last thing shown certainly wasn't the least anticipated. Naughty Dog finally delivered a new trailer for The Last of Us Part 2, in conjunction with PlayStation Worldwide Studios.

The trailer didn't show us all that much outside of some tense action as Ellie faces off against nightmarish foes and humans alike.

But we did get a a release date: February 21, 2020.


Humanity, a brand-new title from Enhance Studios, received an exclusive first reveal during State of Play.

It's not completely certain what Humanity is, apart from something with lots of people that makes beeping sounds, but it looks like it could possibly be a physics-based puzzler. Check it out below

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare got some attention ahead of its next big beta. The State of Play trailer showed off some of the game's storyline and the tension involved not just in facing off against one's own countrymen, but in the moral grayness that comes from everyone in war having their own motivations. 

For more on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, here's everything we know. You can also see our beta impressions here


Katamari Damacy Reroll re-introduced the world to Keita Takahashi's unique and eclectic design sense, and it's about to be taken even further with Wattam. After a long wait and talks of cancellation, Wattam is set for a December 2019 launch. 

Details are still thin, but the game appears to take its marketing slogan of "reconnect the people" very seriously. It's all about forging physical and emotional connections with a variety of, well, not exactly people, but lifeforms, forming chains, and generally just making the world a brighter, more colorful place.



Techland Publishing and Piccolo introduced Arise during another exclusive first look today.

Arise looks to be a somber adventure revolving around journeying to the next life. After being set ablaze on his own funeral pyre, the main character awakens in a snow-covered wasteland and endeavors to find his way back to a beautiful world of light, warmth, and vibrant color.

Not much else is known apart from that, but it's coming soon.

MediEvil Demo

Ahead of its spooktacular October release, the MediEvil remake is getting a demo on the PlayStation 4, available now, and those who play the demo can claim the special Dan's Helmet item ahead of release.

Civilization VI for PS4

Sid Meier's Civilization VI has graced PC and even Nintendo Switch, while PlayStation 4 players have so far missed out on all the world-conquering fun.

But that's about to change. Civilization VI is bringing its humorous take on empire building to the system along with the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm bundles on November 22.

The PS4 is getting exclusive Nubian, Khmer, and Indonesian DLC packs as well.

Death Stranding PS4 Pro Bundle

We still don't really know what Death Stranding is about, but we do know it's getting a special PS4 Pro bundle launching alongside the game on November 8.


The creators of Oxenfree are bringing a completely new experience to PS4 on October 29, with Afterparty. It's a game about two friends, Milo and Lola, who die right before graduating college.

They go to hell, but on their way, they're informed of a loophole that might just let them outwit Satan and escape hell: they have to out-party Satan and his hellish overlords in a series of drinking, dancing, and karaoke matches, among other things.


That was it for this State of Play, and there's no telling when we might get another. Regardless, even with the PlayStation 5 on the horizon, it looks like there's plenty of upcoming goodness to keep PlayStation 4 owners busy.

PAX West 2019: No Bones About It, MediEvil is Another Nostalgic PlayStation Trip Thu, 05 Sep 2019 14:21:15 -0400 Mark Delaney

When Crash Bandicoot got his remake a few years ago, critics and fans were unanimous in their adoration of the collection. The same happened soon after with Spyro the Dragon's trilogy. Then, Crash Team Racing got its moment in the sun earlier this year. 

Each outing has been awesome for new fans new and old, and the projects have amassed a ton of goodwill for these properties which laid dormant for so long.

Fittingly, it's now the undead Sir Daniel Fortesque's moment of resurrection. I went hands-on with the first two levels of PlayStation's overhaul of the cult classic, and I found in it the same nostalgic thrill all recent remakes have given me. 

I was never really sure what the lasting impression of MediEvil was among the gaming public. I liked it a lot when I played it on PS1 as a kid, but we had a lot of weird games back then, and there was no internet to tell us the consensus opinion.

With this remake forthcoming, it seems I wasn't nearly alone in my appreciation for the difficult but lovable game as I thought.

The remake truly plays out just like those aforementioned recent remakes do. It's shot for shot the original, perhaps recrafted right over the old code like Crash and Spyro apparently were. If you played MediEvil decades ago, you'll immediately travel through time.

Waking in the crypt, reading tutorial tomes, and gathering your weapons all looks and feels exactly as you left it, only now it's much prettier, even with a layer of the macabre decorating the entire world.

Heading out into the graveyard is another immediate blast from the past. It's amazing how much one retains of influential titles without realizing it. It was like I remembered where to go and what to do, even where the zombies would sprout up.

If there's one element of MediEvil you'll struggle to welcome back, it's the button-mashy combat, where Fortesque chops at the undead almost aimlessly. He's quick with a sword, especially for someone with no muscle structure, but it still feels less than reliable.

No matter how fast you can hack away, the enemies sometimes land a few hits on you. 

This could be a long-term issue for the game when later sections get really tough. Nobody likes feeling as if the game let them down. It's easier to accept when it's our own fault, and MediEvil sometimes doesn't feel that way, just like it's always felt.

I played just the first two levels, but the second stage also left me stranded without a shield during a platforming section where a shield is vital.

It's these sorts of old-school design flaws that annoyingly come along for the ride in the same way the original Crash Bandicoot still features depth perception issues.

But for those that recall how the game once behaved and can accept it might be like that again, MediEvil will be a challenging experience, though ultimately one that is still full of simple fun and great imagery. 

What's a few broken bones along the way?

For more PAX West 2019 coverage, including more hands-on impressions, be sure to head over to our PAX West 2019 hub

Sony May 9 State of Play Recap: FF7 Remake, MediEvil, and More Thu, 09 May 2019 18:30:45 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sony's latest episode of its new broadcast series State of Play aired today and offered a brief look at some upcoming PlayStation 4 games, including the highly anticipated — and long-delayed — Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

The episode didn't provide much new information about FF7 Remake, which, unlike the recent Resident Evil 2 remake, actually has "Remake" in the title. However, it did present a new trailer for the game, showing off some of the highly realistic CG scenes that blend seamlessly into combat. We've got the new FF7 Remake trailer below.

More information will be shared about the game in June, presumably at E3.

The episode's other big highlight, as expected, was the MediEvil remake. Sony offered a lengthy look at the game's lush visuals, an overview of the story, and some gameplay, showing Sir Fortesque still has some meat left on those old bones — sort of.

MediEvil is set to release October 25.

The May State of Play episode revealed some new upcoming PlayStation 4 games as well. One of them is Riverbond, a multiplayer dungeon crawling adventure with emphasis on destroying anything and everything on screen.

It's described as a 4-player couch co-op game, and it also features crossovers from several other franchises in the form of character skins. These include Shovel Knight (from, you guessed it, Shovel Knight), a cameo from Enter the Gungeon, and the hero of Guacamelee, among others.

Two new titles that didn't get much mention are Predator: Hunting Grounds and Away: The Survival Series. The former is a multiplayer shooter developed by Illfonic and Fox Studios.

The latter places players in the fur of what looks like a flying squirrel with badger somewhere in the family tree. Players are tasked with navigating a world beset with natural disasters and enemies around every corner.

There's a new limited edition PlayStation 4 in the works as well, tying in with Sony's Days of Play campaign. More information about that will be released in June as well.


This month's episode might have been short, but it certainly shows the PlayStation 4 has a lot of life in it yet, despite Sony's next-gen console being in the works.

New State of Play Coming with Details on MediEvil Remake Mon, 06 May 2019 11:58:38 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sony announced that the next installment of its new State of Play presentation series will air May 9 at 3 p.m. PDT/6 p.m. EDT.

According to Sony's Social Media Director Sid Shuman, the episode is expected to be fairly brief, approximately 10 minutes long. It will primarily focus on information about the long-awaited MediEvil remake from Sony Worldwide Studios, with an "extended look" promised. However, other PS4 announcements and information about upcoming PS4 games will be included as well.

Shuman also said fans shouldn't get their hopes up about anything related to Sony's next-gen efforts (conspicuously not calling it PlayStation 5 still). Nothing will be mentioned about that.

The MediEvil remake was announced two years ago, and since then, fans haven't really heard much about it apart from a few tidbits. The first came from SWS Chairman Shawn Layden, when he confirmed the game was a full remake, not just a remaster. 

SWS is partnering with Other Ocean Interactive to build the game in the same ethos as the original. Unlike Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, which some might say was faithful to a fault, the remake is only built on the bones of the original game. That includes some key art directions and general designs, but is expected to be a full re-imagining on whole — though what exactly that entails remains a mystery until May 9.

MediEvil is one of the PlayStation 1's more niche titles that was often overlooked in the glut of 3D action adventure games that flooded the market during that generation. Nevertheless, it garnered a devoted following, earning its lovable dead protagonist, Sir Daniel Fortesque, his own fanbase in the process.

His part in the upcoming State of Play episode seems to suggest Sony is forging a unique identity for its new broadcast initiative as well.

Where Nintendo Directs will often focus on multiple big and small announcements, as the first SoP did, Sony looks to be steering away from that, favoring more focused mini-blasts of information about highly anticipated titles instead.

The new State of Play episode can be viewed on , , , and

MediEvil Comes To PS4 As A Remake, Not A Remaster Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:32:34 -0400 Zack Palm

It was announced late last year during the PlayStation Experience in 2017 that MediEvil was going to return for the PlayStation 4 at some point. Little details have arrived about this development, but, we have learned that when the game does show up, it's going to be far more than merely a remastered version. The MediEvil set to show up will be a full-on remake.

This insightful correction was brought up by Shawn Layden, the Sony Worldwide Studios chairman, during the 311 episode of the PlayStation Blogcast. You can listen in to hear the full conversation here.

The big takeaway from the away that Layden said, was this:

I think there have been some words that might sound alike but mean different things, like remake and remaster. This is a remake. We've taken the original game design and we've taken a lot of the key art, some of the other attributes of the game design and ethos, if you will. And we're working with a developer called Other Ocean Interactive, and they are remaking MediEvil in that design - the original MediEvil from PS1. The one that I worked on when I was in Tokyo.

Layden's statement directly contradicts the marketing message presented to the first announcement, which you can see in the trailer posted above. We were initially led to believe the MediEvil set to arrive on the PlayStation would be a 4K remaster.

Though, a new trailer is set to arrive on Halloween to correct this issue. Additional details will inevitably come with this trailer. Look for it soon!

For more details on this story, stay close to GameSkinny as we learn more.

10 least spooky skeletons in games Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:18:51 -0500 Clint Pereira


What did we learn about skeletons today?


They're skinless people who are often forced into a role. A lot of them are musically-inclined. And we're all very confused about whether they're supposed to be scary or not.


Skeletons could have been scary once, but now nobody's sure what to do with them anymore. As it stands, they tend to be cast as throwaway enemies and comic relief.


1. Mr. Bones from Mr. Bones


Proof that glowing eyes doesn't automatically make you scary.


In this game, you play as a skeleton with weird chimp-like features who is frantically trying to run away from other skeletons while losing his limbs. It's not uncommon to hop around on one leg or your spine. Truly, Mr. Bones demonstrates how beleaguered the life of a skeleton army soldier must really be.


Oh, and he turns his skeleton friends good with the power of music. Yep.




2. Dry Bones from the Mario series


Dry Bones used to be vaguely threatening, if a bit slow-moving. In more recent iterations, like in Mario Party 7 and Mario Kart 8, he looks more like a plushy. Even Luigi is scarier than this pile of bones.


3. Papyrus from Undertale


I take it back. David is not the silliest-looking skeleton.


What can I say about Papyrus? He is a cartoon villain with an actual Skeletor laugh who is terrible at his human-hunting job. In fact, the army he's trying to get into is full of adorable, fluffy dogs, and they're still better at hunting down humans. Instead of trapping and/or killing the human he's after, they go on a date and become best friends.


Not a good representative of skeleton-kind.


...just don't tell his brother I said any of this, though, or I might have a bad time.


4. David from Shin Megami Tensei 4


Boss fight difficulty aside, David is the silliest-looking skeleton in existence.


For one, he's not even wearing his Elizabethan-era clothing correctly. He should be wearing leggings underneath those puffy dealies. Also, his name is David! How unspooky is that?


It's like he got out of bed, forgot to put pants on, and said, "Here I am. Let's fight. Or play music. Whatever."


5. Manuel Calavera from Grim Fandango


Manny is just a guy trying to do his job. Unfortunately, corruption and the skeleton mob keep getting in his way.


Grim Fandango is proof that skeletons are just regular people... who don't have any of their skin or organs.


6. Spinal from Killer Instinct


Meet Spinal, the loincloth-wearing badass from the Killer Instinct series, because nothing says "dangerous" like a bright orange sweatband and buck teeth.


Spinal's newest iteration is a bit more intense, but his original model is anything but terrifying.


7. The Skull from F-Zero GX


Every time I see this guy's face, I'm tempted to do a Skeletor impression. Nice calves, bud. What is that, a laser tag vest?


I don't know whose idea it was to resurrect the greatest racer of all time, but why they felt the need to file down his teeth is beyond me.


8. Sir Daniel Fortesque from MediEvil


Sir Daniel Fortesque doesn't want to scare anyone. He just wants to prove himself after his first chance at heroism was ended with an arrow in his eye.


Probably the scariest thing about him is imagining what he looked like as a human. Probably something like Nigel Thornberry.


9. The skeleton warriors from Castlevania 64


Castlevania loves its skeletons. But Castlevania 64 didn't really seem to try to make the skeletons scary or threatening. They just kind of annoyingly throw themselves at you like so many bony gnats.


Pictured above is the aptly-named "bomb skeleton." It lights a fuse on its head, jogs after you, then explodes after a few seconds. Not the skeleton army's brightest.


10. Jackal from Abyss Odyssey


What's weird about this suave skeleton is that he is both an enemy mob with a rapier and an NPC who likes to play guitars and tell stories.


Maybe he's just on his lunch break?


I was just Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, and it seems like prime time to talk about skeletons. As in, those creatures that everyone says are supposed to be scary but never actually are.


For one, everyone has a skeleton. Skeletons are just our bones walking around. Skeletons also pretty easy to break. When they die, they usually fall apart or their head pops off in a comical fashion.


And yet, video games insist on throwing hordes of skeletons at players. Here are the least spooky members of the skeleton army.