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Old monkey island games before tales?

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Hi everyone, i tried to search if this had already been asked, but this forums search gives me a headache >< so i browsed a bit and didnt see anything, anyway..

This is probably pretty obvious, but about how important is it to play the older monkey island games before playing tales?

I recently tried the tales demo and I really liked it and was thinking of buying it, but then i realized i should probably play the others first, so i just wanted to know if it was all that important, are they best played in order or do they each stand alone as their game/story?

Secret of MI and MI2 look fairly easy to get if so, but curse and escape look kind of expensive to get >< would skipping those two matter too much?

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  • Boat fights were funny. I can't think of anything about Curse that I don't actually like.

  • @doodo! said: Boat fights were funny. I can't think of anything about Curse that I don't actually like.



    Same! theres so many easter eggs in it as well.

  • 1+2, in my opinion, are the best in the series. 3 is still great, 4(Escape) is the weakest entry. It wouldn't be nearly as painful if it weren't for the console-intended/inspired controls.

    You can tell it was developed primarily for PS2. Direct controlling Guybrush feels awkward, and the way you sort of "slide" when you go near an object is obnoxious, and can make getting the right context cue for an item difficult at times.

    Story-wise, puzzle-wise, it's fine (though a few are the sort that don't really have any logical explanation, and have to have a bit of guesswork, but they're all a bit guilty of that), it's just those controls that make it my least favorite.

  • @doctoress said:
    You can tell it was developed primarily for PS2.

    Yeah, kinda like how Grim Fandango was developed primarly for PS2.

    Oh wait...

  • @StarEye said: Yeah, kinda like how Grim Fandango was developed primarly for PS2.

    Oh wait...

    I think he's talking more about the segments which require precise control in EMI, like the lava pit, which arn't present in GF, or the fact that the keyboard short cuts suck, or the fact that the PS2 had a feature so it memorised the MK moves in game and as a result had an extra mini game and had more bonus features in general then the PC, or all of the above.

    EMI wasn't that much worse then the other MI's imo, if you take out the plot hole with Herman and improve the controls.

  • I found that interface awkward in Grim Fandango too, on the PC anyway. It's my only real complaint about GF.

  • @Grojak said: I think he's talking more about the segments which require precise control in EMI, like the lava pit, which arn't present in GF, or the fact that the keyboard short cuts suck, or the fact that the PS2 had a feature so it memorised the MK moves in game and as a result had an extra mini game and had more bonus features in general then the PC, or all of the above.

    EMI wasn't that much worse then the other MI's imo, if you take out the plot hole with Herman and improve the controls.

    This would imply that the game was primarly developed for the PC, then IMPROVED for the PS2. If it was primarly developed for the PS2, then it would not have improvements. And there's a lot of elements you seem to have forgotten in GF.

    About the game, though, I don't 100% agree. It's a good game, but there were plenty of parts that I didn't like at all, and that was not because of the story. The whole second half of the game wasn't particularly good, imo. Melee and Lucre were good, mostly, but the rest was just not quite up to LucasArts (tm) par.

  • if anyone is having trouble getting hold of 1 & 2 and have an xbox you can download the games remastered on xbox live - yay!

  • The special editions are available for PC as well, so I don't see how anyone would have trouble getting hold of the digital versions of them.

  • The special editions are on Steam (PC), Xbox 360, PS3, IPod, IPhone and IPad. Pretty much the only thing you can't get them on is the Wii (as far as I know).

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