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Season two, a disappoint?

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After playing episode 1 of the Devil's Playhouse I went back and played the first two seasons. Half way through the Season Two I noticed that the story wasn't as interesting as I once remembered it. Perhaps it's just the fact that Playhouse is just so good it blows it out of the water, but who knows. Anyone else feel the same way? Disagree?

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  • How can you say Devil's Playhouse has a better story when we're only 2/5ths of the way through?

  • @Rather Dashing said: How can you say Devil's Playhouse has a better story when we're only 2/5ths of the way through?

    Well, thus far it does. I mean, compared to talking babies, and emo vampires, there's really no contest.

  • Season 2 has the worst off all TTG-Episodes in it BUT the rest is great.
    I really thought they will never be able to make a better S&M-Season than 1+2 but well seems like they are on their way to achieve this so why should I complain about it....


    so in the end end: Season 3 is great so far but that does not make Season 2 a worse game. Storywise I would say Season 2 still wins. Nothing beats the last 2 Episodes of Season 2 right now in Season 3 but hey they have 3 more episodes to do that.

  • Why do you feel that there should be a contest in the first place, though? All three seasons of Sam and Max stand up just fine on their own, and it only stands to reason that Telltale would get better and better with each game they put out.

    And Telltale has stated many times that the method of storytelling in Tales of Monkey Island would have an impact on future releases. Had Monkey Island not entered the picture, the season 3 of Sam and Max that would've been out last year would've been more like the first two seasons, with episodes that generally stand alone connected in the end by a common plot thread, rather than a continuous story running the course of the whole season (although I admit that season 2 did shift in direction from the former to the latter about halfway through, with Ice Station Santa and Moai Better Blues not really tying to the other episodes until the end, but Night of the Raving Dead, Chariots of the Dogs, and What's New, Beelzebub? having a more continuous storyline).

    Which leads me to this: season two had a fantastic story. The first time I played it, I went through the first three episodes and then let it sit for a while. When I did finish it, I was kicking myself for that, because the last two episodes tied everything together so magnificently. It was brilliant.

    And so is The Devil's Playhouse. The Toys of Power storyline and the use of Future Vision and Astral Projection as story devices has been superb. And yes, if it continues on as it has so far, you might be able to say that it's a better story than season 2. But why would you want to? The Telltale Sam & Max games have are all amazing works, and it only makes sense that they should compliment each other, not be pitted against each other to see which one comes out on top.

  • I think that Telltale's method of storytelling has improved from Season 2. It kinda feels like its gone from being a play to a movie. I think that's somewhat what was said about the gameplay when they moved on from point-and-click, everything isn't just set along a horizontal stage now.

  • I guess what I'm trying to say is that the storytelling in Devil's Playhouse feels stronger than previous installments and that I had more fun/interest playing the two episodes of Playhouse than the episodes of Season two. To me, Season two seemed to rely on pop culture references a bit too much. Granted, it did have a great story on the whole, but the individual episodic stories left something to be desired.

  • @thedavehooker said: Well, thus far it does. I mean, compared to talking babies, and emo vampires, there's really no contest.

    Wait, by "talking babies, and emo vampires" do you mean Season 2 or Season 3? ;)

  • I think Season 2 is great, besides Maoi Better Blues, the worst episode of all S&M Episodes so far (let's hope that 'record' never gets broken)...

  • @Hassat Hunter said: I think Season 2 is great, besides Maoi Better Blues, the worst episode of all S&M Episodes so far (let's hope that 'record' never gets broken)...

    I comlpletely agree.

  • You at least should play 204 and 205.

    Contrary to 2D, 3D games don't age this well. You can reduce this effect by choosing the proper art form for a certain level of technology but if i remember things correctly the older games often had some texture/poly issues (too low res for the choosen art form). No problem in games like Strong Bad for instance but it makes certain scences in Sam&Max look kind of outdated, but as i said 204 and 205 are still good games.

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