Monkey Island 2 Special Edition Review
First of all, I’ve already made a whole video review that you can see below, so I’m going to keep this short, but it’ll be a bit different to my review in the video.
Now I was first introduced to the Monkey Island series when I was about 8 years old with The Curse of Monkey Island, the 3rd in the series. When I went back to play the first 2 games, I wasn’t used to the pixelated graphics and text for dialogue, but I learned to appreciate it. When I heard that Lucasarts were remaking the first game in the series, I was very excited about it, and when I played the game I felt like I was playing for the first time again. Now that I have played the special edition of Lechuck’s Revenge, arguably the best game in the series, I can safely say that I got the same feeling, and it was good to be back with Guybrush Threepwood once again.
I’m not going to say much about the story, as I’ve explained that in my video, but it is the same story we all know and love. The ambiguous ending is fully intact, no “secret” revealed and the puzzles are the same. There are a few dialogue lines changed for copyright reasons though, such as the Sam and Max visual cameos being changed, but it wasn’t a huge problem.
The graphics are top notch, and everything feels more alive, especially because of the added idle animations, which really bring something special to the atmosphere of the game.
The sound is excellent, and the voice acting is brilliant. I think my favourite voice was definitely Largo; he sounded exactly how I thought he would, and another honorable mention is Stan, who blew me away with his “coffin scene”.
UPDATE: Lucasarts have now updated the Steam download for the PC version of the game that has fixed a few problems in the game such as music not playing at the right time in classic mode, and most noticeably, the bone song has been synced properly. Yay! Ignore the part above and in the video where I mention the bone song.
I won’t anything about the bonus features, as I’ve talked about that in my video, and I want the experience to be a surprise.
Gameplay is improved far beyond the first SE, and it helped in a lot of situations that need fast timing.
To conclude, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition is Monkey Island 2, but better. Its still the best in the series, and I think it will stay that way for quite a while. I give it 8/10.
UPDATE: Thankyou Lucasarts for the update to Steam, therefore I rate the game a 9/10.