Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
There was two video games that I grew up on, they were Punch Out on NES, and Curse of Monkey Island on PC. So when I was scanning games to play I saw a new Monkey Island game. Schweet, I thought. Schweet indeed.
It all starts of where Curse left off. Wanna-be pirate Guybrush Threepwood and Governor of Melee Island Elaine Marley just got back from they're honeymoon. Since they were gone for so long (several years) the town assumed that they were dead, and are trying to destroy their house. Elaine's governor job is being taken over my a Zombie-Ghost- Pirate LeChuck, Guybrush's old enemy.
Gameplay: Gameplay for this game is so-so, you walk up to an object if you can do anything with that object, it gives you a list of what you can do. Later in the game the gameplay get's harder. You have to look closer, in a certain part of the game entitled Monkey Combat (Mortal Combat) you have to learn different styles and moves, in a lake navigation game you'll have to grab a pen and paper and write stuff down, you'll have to learn how to operate a strange machine that gives you medical reports of the prothesis variety, andlearn how to make a good story. Once you get the hang of it it should flow pretty easily.
Fun: This game is so fun that I have permission to create a new word. This is the funnest game ever. With spoofs and jokes ranging from Starbucks to the J.F.K. Assasination, ( I'm serious they make fun of it) a game of Insult Arm-Wrestling with Ignatius Cheese, a pink boat,an evil-zombie-ghost-pirate, and all the TMs you will ever need.
Other: Graphics in this game are sketchy. I would've liked to see the animated graphics of the other games used in this, but in cut scenes they use what they have, and they make it look good. The music in the game is catchy, in scenes where you play very long. Let's just say they're not so catchy anymore. And the voices, perfect.
Bottom Line: This is a must have for gamerswho like a good puzzle, and fans of the series will worship this game. One word of advice though. Paitence. It's gonna be a long time 'til Lucas Arts makes another one of Guybrush's wild adventures.
Just as you start to question the gameplay, they give you a new variation of gameplay.
The 3-D graphics are new to the series, but Lucas Arts used them well.
Great music and voices. Greater things that come out of those voices.
You will finish this game, without food, without standing, shaving, bathroom, social interaction, and going outdoors.