In this video http://e3.gamespot.com/video/6211409/, at 8:42, we can see the inventory, that you bring on the right. What do you make of it?
Generally, I think i prefer always-visible inventory, like it was in Monkey 1 and 2. Monkey 3 had a seperate inventory view as a chest, wich wasn't bad and had you dragging the items. As for the 4th, its probably most confusing of all as for the inventory goes with rotation of items, part of it because of the keyboard contols.
I also love some more details and extra options in it.
As for Tales, i like the design because of nice choice of colors and pirate motives for the look of it. Its not distracting also, but we can probably say more after we take on controls and interface.