Let’s rewind to E3 2009. I’m inside LucasArts’ conference room. I’m a few minutes early for the Star Wars: The Old Republic presentation. They have food and drink in both corners of the entrance. I’m told to help myself, but I can’t find anything that isn’t bloated with sugars and salt. I’m told to look around and watch a few games in action before the demonstration starts. I see a man dressed as a Stormtrooper leaning against a wall in the back center of the room. I approach him and ask if his feet hurt.
Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (Steam, Xbox LIVE Arcade [reviewed])
A worn keyboard with a sludge-filled arrow key, swampy but responsive... An optical mouse with a scaly and slick, almost snakelike, mouse pad... An archaic OS with accompanying visual tree, bursting with brilliant blues and dazzling reds... These are the tools I used when I played Secret of Monkey Island the first time. And I loved it. Learned from it. Wished it would never end.
The new additions -- that is, what makes the Special Edition special -- don’t alter the core game for better or worse. They are garnish on an otherwise delectable dish.
Secret of Monkey Island is an accessible point-and-click adventure title with genuine wit, a heaping of tacky humor and more than a few intelligent puzzles. In the game, you are Guybrush Threepwood, a simpleton who sets out on a mission to become a mighty pirate: the kind of man with a single eye and a knotty leg. The story starts small, but quickly mutates into an epic quest as Guybrush stumbles into Elaine Marley’s clutches and crosses the evil-undead-voodoo-cursed pirate LeChuck.
A new inventory system and verb system were created for the Special Edition. Both are drop-down menus that require the use of a cursor. It’s an intuitive system, but not a streamlined one, especially when navigating with a controller. Combining items becomes a pain. The action, usually a timed affair, requires the use of two different drop-down menus. It can get messy.
Score: 9.5 -- Superb (9s are a hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.)
THE VERDICT - Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
Reviewed by Brad Nicholson
|7:00 PM on 05.23.2013|
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