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Monkey Island 2: Special Edition Review

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TWeaK 10th July 2010, 11:33 Quote
Wow didn't realise this was out now. I preordered it as soon as I found out (and now have a spare copy of MI1SE) but thought there was a bit more of a wait. Will definitely get into it tonight as I never played through this one properly.

@Joe: I'm surprised they let you out of your cage to review this one, but I don't think I'd disagree that this game is awesome!
Blademrk 10th July 2010, 11:45 Quote
Not surprised one little bit that you'd give it a 10 Joe :D Definitely NEED to pick this one up.
jsheff 10th July 2010, 11:49 Quote
Going to have a to wait a while to play this. I still haven't played the first re-release, but I just picked them both up for £6.99 on Steam last week so I'm very much looking forward to reliving some memories!
pbryanw 10th July 2010, 14:57 Quote
Been playing MI:2 for the past two days and it is indeed excellent, and nostalgia inducing (I remember playing it when it first came out on the Amiga - it came on 11 floppies!)

Next up - an Indiana Jones & The Fate of Atlantis remake please :)
capnPedro 10th July 2010, 16:06 Quote
MST3K commentaries... genius!
Threefiguremini 11th July 2010, 11:04 Quote
Got them both for 6.99 too. Bargain. Finished 1 and downloading 2 now.
Cleggmeister 11th July 2010, 15:23 Quote
Just going to but this on Steam (I've never played a M.I. game before, even though I'm a "seasoned" PC gamer)! All I can find is Monkey Island 2 Special Edition LeChuck's Revenge. Is this the right title, and being a M.I. virgin should I be starting here or should I buy the earlier games in the series first?

Many thanks!

Cleggy.
CardJoe 11th July 2010, 16:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cleggmeister
Just going to but this on Steam (I've never played a M.I. game before, even though I'm a "seasoned" PC gamer)! All I can find is Monkey Island 2 Special Edition LeChuck's Revenge. Is this the right title, and being a M.I. virgin should I be starting here or should I buy the earlier games in the series first?

Many thanks!

Cleggy.

That is the correct title - The Secret of Monkey Island 2: Lechuck's Revenge Special Edition. What a mouthful.

You don't need to play the first one, but it is a good game too. There's only two real plot points that you need to know to understand everything in Monkey Island 2. Namely...

Guybrush Threepwood defeated the Ghost Pirate Lechuck, who fancies Governor Elaine.
And
Guybrush and Elaine fall in love at the end of Monkey Island 1
Cleggmeister 11th July 2010, 16:41 Quote
You're a good man Joe, many thanks!
GiantStickMan 11th July 2010, 18:57 Quote
Just finished this one tonight, it was fantastic. I love being able to toggle back to the original at any point just to marvel at how well the world has been re-imagined.
I'm hoping another re-make of a Lucasarts classic is on the cards soon. I'd love to see an updated Day of the Tentacle or something!
raxonb 11th July 2010, 21:26 Quote
Excellent game. The only bad side is I doubt there will be a MI3SE as it already reeks of awesomeness
Threefiguremini 11th July 2010, 21:32 Quote
I do kinda wish there wasn't that hint button. It's taking all my will power not to click it when I'm stuck...
raxxo 11th July 2010, 23:46 Quote
WOW! I absolutely love this game, I've played through it at least 30 or 40 times and even talked (forced) my newly wed wife play through all the TSOMI-games...

Best game ever imo
pbryanw 11th July 2010, 23:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Threefiguremini
I do kinda wish there wasn't that hint button. It's taking all my will power not to click it when I'm stuck...
Hehe, completely agree. Can't believe I completed this game as a twelve year old, but I can't go for longer then ten minutes without the hint button now :)

I wish they had taken a leaf out of Machinarium's book and made you play a mini-game before you got your hints. As it is, it's too easy to press that 'H' key for people of limited willpower - like me ;)
MaverickWill 12th July 2010, 07:56 Quote
Joe, did this not...

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CardJoe 12th July 2010, 08:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaverickWill
Joe, did this not...

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Alas, Clive said no...
MaverickWill 12th July 2010, 08:44 Quote
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a97/PsychoMaverick/mi.jpg

And yes, it's naff. I only have Paint on here.
Unknownsock 13th July 2010, 00:24 Quote
Wait, thats the first 10 I've seen on here!

I wonder why! :o
B1GBUD 13th July 2010, 00:56 Quote
Playing through the first one at the moment, must complete first before I delve in to this beauty..... the temptation is too much
FaIIen 13th July 2010, 05:45 Quote
wheres the intro of the game? you know, where guybrush is doing his thing with the monkeys. That's the most epic intro ever.
Eriku-Kun 13th July 2010, 13:52 Quote
Does it still have the horrible new controlmethod of the prvious Special Edition? I played half way the last one before i got too frustraded with it and quit. Since then i just havent gotten around to playing it again...much because of the rubbish interface.
Yemerich 13th July 2010, 14:27 Quote
I think someone (or everyone) is going to throw rocks at me, but i really don't think it deserves a 10.
Sometime ago, I was complaining that FO3 have nothing (aside the special system) to do with the previous ones, and ppl started to throw rocks at me because "a game need to evolute". FO3 got a +- 9 score.

And here we are athe the review of MI2. It's the same game with a graphic revamp and some minor tweaks. I've played Day of the Tentacle, Kyrandia, Indianna jones and the Fate of atlantis, kings quest when they first went at the market, but never actually played MI2 back then.

The game have some nice looking graphics, some really funny lines, nice music but that's all. The animations are still lame, walking arround isn't very fine, the pace of the game is too slow and i won't talk about the "back and forth" walking arround collecting itens to see if they fit somewhere.

"Blasphemy! That's a Lucasarts classic! It's an adventure! Bla bla bla".

Ok! It's a classic adventure with LOTS of fans. And it's a fun game too! But it IS outdated. It IS kinda boring. No inovations added just some tweaks.

I think the game deserves a 8,0 or 8,5 (afterall it is a GREAT reavamp) but NEVER a 10.

/me ducks for cover and waits for rocks
pbryanw 13th July 2010, 23:38 Quote
@Yemerich - Truthfully, I think you're right. Personally, if I hadn't played MI:2 when it first came out on the Amiga, and was coming to it anew, I'd probably have thought it deserved an eight or less. But it gets a ten from me purely for nostalgic reasons. I had a great time completing it when it first came out, and playing it with all new graphics excites me. Similarly, if Day of the Tentacle or Fate of Atlantis were remade, I'd love them in the same way ;)

For a more critical look at Monkey Island 2, I'd check out RPS's coverage of the game:
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/07/12/an-hour-with-monkey-island-2-special-edition/
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