I first saw SMI being played at my cousin's house when his family got a new computer, and that was a new game they got for it (the EGA version on diskette) when I was a little kid. My family had played King's Quest IV, and some time later I asked if I could borrow SMI from them. I do know that by the time I had played it, MI2 was already out.
However, with MI2, I hadn't played that one until I saw "LucasArts Archives, vol. III" in the store, which had the Monkey Island Madness CD as part of it. Sure, it's a good game, but the truth is I hated the ending. Having Guybrush end up in a stupid carnival at the end, suggesting the whole MI world was just his overactive imagination at an amusement park, with an apparently demon-possessed brother, just felt so stupid to me. If Ron Gilbert ever says that THAT is what the real Secret is, I'm going to be upset.
However, Curse was my favorite for ages after it came out, primarily because of the voice acting, Murray, and challenging mode of ship combat (among other things... there's nothing I don't like about CMI.)
I remember seeing Escape in the store during a time when Adventure games were basically dead. I remember that it was like $25 or so, and was disconcerted by the price being so low compared to other new games. I wondered at the time if EMI was shovelware. The game was new, why was the price so low? Well it wasn't TERRIBLE, but I could see at the time why Adventure games were dying or dead... since Sierra On-Line was gone, and LucasArts' two newest adventure games had terrible control schemes in a lame effort to make it feel like a console game (not to mention EMI's ending is anti-climactic.)
But you know CMI had been my favorite for, I guess 12 years now... and playing Tales just gives me that resounding feeling of exactly what it was like to play SMI for myself the first time and crack-up laughing at the insult swordfighting, or for the first time ever to hear Murray say "Alright then, ROLL! ROLL through the gates of Hell... must you take the fun out of everything?"... Playing Tales just warms my heart, so I voted for TMI as my favorite.
Last edited by Chyron8472; 01/27/2010 at 06:07 am.