(no, this isn't "con" as in "scam" or "rip-off" but more like "pros and cons")
My first post was going to be a great big slobbering THANK YOU! but since I just finished Rise of the Pirate God a few hours ago, I better get the few annoyances that I've had with the games off my chest first, lest they become clouded by all the stuff that ToMI gets right:
[*]#1, Irritating user interface
The menus were horribly unresponsive even though the game ran perfectly fine at the highest Detail setting, speaking of which, what's up with that cryptic scale of 1-9? Puzzles like that should remain within the gameplay itself.
Was there a hotkey for quick-saving? I prefer saving before every cutscene so I can rewatch them at a later time but the game did not allow saving when you did not have control of your character, nor did it let you skip slots so you could fit a save in from earlier. The ability to name saves would've been nice, but the descriptions made up for that.
The inventory items could've used some better-looking icons, and a less cumbersome way of using an item on another - what was wrong with just dragging their icons over each other, like in the main view?
The movement controls kept getting Guybrush caught up in some corners.
Some inconvenient camera angles, especially in the Manatee's Belly and other such large locations.
[*]#2, Lack of night-time locations
I don't know about other fans, but for me one of Monkey Island's trademarks has been the nice touch of beginning your adventure on islands that were always shrouded in an eternal night for some reason. I was disappointed to see only 1 previously-visited island get a night-time version, so that didn't count much.
Also, lack of islands in general, for that matter.
[*]#3, Generic and unmemorable recurring characters
Having utterly uninteresting, and even annoying, guys like D'Oro, Bugeye and Hardtack make recurring appearances really brought the game down by several points for me, especially when the arcs in which they reappear seemed rather tacked-on (the nonsensical charges in the trial, and the reclamation of your body using already-visited locations.)
That was rather un-Monkey Island-like; you're only supposed to bring the freaks back! (the kind that stand out from the generic "shopkeeper" throwaway/extras crowd)
[*]#4, Obvious but tedious puzzles that end up being chores
OK, maybe I kept playing the game for a bit too long in one sitting all the time, but if even a walkthrough-guide (just for those parts) can't help you tolerate a particular sequence of puzzles any better, you know that they've been designed very badly;
No, I don't mean the "mazes" - I like those and accept them as a Monkey Island trademark, but when you had to keep running back & forth so much to reclaim your body, or had to make sure the Pepper was uncovered before you got that hilarious trepanning, it just becomes a souring chore that can really put a speedbreaker in your enjoyment of the game:
There shouldn't be so many stopgaps for the player between realizing what to do to solve something, and executing that plan.
[*]#5, Drop in quality during the semi-final Episode
Although Stan and Pox'ed Elaine were just awesome, this episode on the whole felt like a rather weak effort, as if TellTale had gotten fed up or the series hadn't been doing well, and had thrown in filler-quality material for the heck of it.
I mean, yeah, nevermind the shameless recycling of all but 2 or 3 locations from the first episode, but the return of some very-dull faces (read #3) along with a weak set-up (it would've been a LOT better if the charges were for all the stuff that you actually pulled in earlier games, not some "WTF?" crap you couldn't care about like paralyzed cats, stolen Xs and thigh-burns.)
and personally, I don't hold this against the game, but I would've preferred LeChuck on our side for good :p a la Barbossa, even though substituting the Voodoo Lady as the potential big baddie for a while was kind of worse..
Other than that, I totally love Tales (and TellTale) for re-igniting this series, after the nail-in-the-coffin that Escape threatened to be, but that's another story :D