Available on: PC, PS3, X360
As a little kid, I loved console games. I loved console games so much that I couldn’t understand how anyone could play anything using a keyboard, a mouse and/or a joystick instead of an all-purpose controller that you could just grab and melt your ass into the sofa or the living room floor. However, I loved the way home computer games looked. Especially point ‘n’ click games, these so called “graphic adventures”. You could say I was with Monkey Island from the very start. I read a walkthrough of The Secret of Monkey Island over and over again, even though I had no idea how the game was like, and stared at the promotional stills like a ghost. The game just looked and sounded so damn cool. In 1991, the same magazine that was responsible for this classy-looking walkthrough, gave about 96-98 points to Monkey Island 2, and soon named it the best game of all time, across all platforms. Somehow I believed that. Years later, I finally got my hands on a Monkey Island game, namely The Curse of Monkey Island, which I loved and still love, to this day, but I surprisingly found myself even more intrigued with the old games than I ever was. First, there was The Secret of Monkey Island, which I enjoyed very much. Then, there was Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, which downright blew my head off my shoulders. Now, in 2010, Monkey Island 2 returns. In high definition. With spoken dialogue. Me? I shit bricks, and love doing it.
The return of the masterpiece – and the strangest ending ever
Dominic Armato : Guybrush Threepwood
Alexandra Boyd : Governor Elaine Marley
Earl Boen : Zombie Pirate LeChuck
Neil Ross : Wally B. Feed
Phil LaMarr : Captain Dread
James Arnold Taylor : Largo LaGrande
Leilani Jones : The Voodoo Lady
Wally Wingert : Herman Toothrot
Patrick Pinney : Stan
Guybrush Threepwood, now a mighty pirate – in his own mind – travels the world in search of the fabled treasure of Big Whoop, keeping ghost pirate LeChuck’s beard with him as a memento of his greatest battle, and using it to gloat to just about everyone he meets on his travels. Guybrush doesn’t realize that all LeChuck needs to come back from the dead is one piece of living tissue from his body. Guybrush unknowingly steps on the toes of LeChuck’s former henchman, who manages to steal the beard and resurrect his former boss. Guybrush continues his treasure hunt with a vengeful nemesis breathing down his neck, as well as an old flame who has some fish to fry with him as well...
It’s needless to say at this point, assuming you’ve read any of the earlier reviews, that I have wanted this game to happen for well over a decade. Someone asked me “which game would you like to see remade?”, I yelled out “Monkey Island 2” in under a tenth of a nanosecond. We didn’t NEED the remake, as Monkey Island 2 was still, despite its lack of audiovisual prowess, the best game in the series. Yet, it’s more than just good to have around. Not only will some uptight hi-fi assholes who “can’t bear” the old school game finally be able to grow a pair and see the game as the masterpiece it is, but we veterans get those priceless dialogues, for the first time spoken to us by the very same actors that have been there for the past decade, getting prepared to do something this awesome. Now how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood...?
|The International House of Mojo.|
The graphics are still mid-school stuff combining high quality PNG-based environments with 3D characters, but it’s all a bit smoother than in the previous Special Edition. Some of the scenes in the original game require fleshed out, swift character animation, such as the final “battle”, and they have been recreated very nicely indeed. Voiceover work, as mentioned, is phenomenal. I’ve met a couple of guys on the Internet who love the original game so much that they simply can’t bear listening to the punchlines that made their childhood, but I’ve personally always WANTED to hear them, so I most definitely can’t and won’t complain. Among others, voiceover veterans Phil LaMarr and James Arnold Taylor step in to provide voices for characters we’ve never heard speak before. The music, however, is a bit of a letdown. The classic yet scarce instrumental themes sound excellent, of course, but the singing in the legendary “bone song” and Bart and Fink’s collection of pirate songs is just horrible. They could’ve rearranged the songs, and not just plant sung lyrics on top of the old melodies, at least I wouldn’t have minded.
|Would you buy a used coffin from this man?|
|Aboard Dread's ship.|
I still love the original game more, due to this one’s quite functional but still rough-edged interface; however, this version graces me with the options to have all I would ever want out of it: the option to go back to Classic Mode AND hear the voiceover work, which I consider the most important part of both Special Editions. No purist alive can condemn this game, ‘cause this time the developers thought of everyone from them to new players. I must give my points out solely to the new conversion instead of the game as a whole – but don’t let it fool you too much. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge is back, and shines as one of the greatest downloadable titles ever to grace the networks it’s available on. I feel this is one game you should consider downloading for your PC instead of a console, since point ‘n’ click still doesn’t feel the same on TV, no matter how well the game’s done.
Graphics : 9.1
Sound : 9.0
Playability : 8.9
Challenge : 9.0
Overall : 9.0
GameRankings: 85.50% (PC), 84.75% (PS3), 82.64% (X360)
World of Monkey Island has an extensive list of all of the game's numerous references to pop culture.