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GAME REVIEW – Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge

By Marty Mulrooney

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Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, an adventure game that many gamers still consider to be one of the greatest of all time, has finally been re-released and given the same HD makeover treatment that The Secret Of Monkey Island received last year. However, by attempting to  remake a game that remains precious to adventure gamers worldwide even today, LucasArts has not only faced the tremendous challenge of updating a classic without diluting any of the ingredients that made it so special in the first place, but also the task of improving upon last year’s Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition, which split fans down the middle with its bold graphical updates and somewhat clunky controls.

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GAME REVIEW – The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition

By Marty Mulrooney

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Released last year at the same time at Telltale’s new Tales Of Monkey Island, The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a remake by LucasArts of  the adventure game where it all began, in beautiful, fully orchestrated and fully voiced high definition. It is available on PC, Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and iPhone/iPod touch.

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Mini Interview – TOMI: The Trial And Execution Of Guybrush Threepwood (What Does Dominic Armato Think?)

By Marty Mulrooney

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After every new episode of Tales Of Monkey Island is released, Alternative Magazine Online of course posts a review. However, what we shall also be exclusively doing is asking Guybrush Threepwood voice actor Dominic Armato a few episode-specific questions every month, so that our readers can get some further insight to accompany the reviews. This month, it is of course all about the fourth chapter in Tales Of Monkey Island, entitled The Trial And Execution Of Guybrush Threepwood…

*Warning: Contains Spoilers*

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GAME REVIEW – Tales Of Monkey Island: Chapter 1 ‘Launch Of The Screaming Narwhal’

By Marty Mulrooney

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talesofmi_lechuck_conceptWhen Tales Of Monkey Island, and the forthcoming remake of The Secret Of Monkey Island, were announced at E3 this year, many adventure fans gasped in a mixture of shock and delight. Any adventure fan will surely tell you that adventure gaming, contrary to popular belief, never truly died. There have been some excellent adventures released in recent years, even if they have flown under the radar compared to the overwhelming explosion made by high-definition gaming and the PS3/XBOX360/Wii console dominance.

Yet the announcement that the adventure gaming series that every adventure gamer knows was being both remastered and expanded upon was a day many had thought would never come. The announcement that Telltale, consisting of many ex-Lucasarts employees who had already saved Sam and Max, would be helming the continuation of the story with downloadable episodes was also welcome news. The franchise was in safe, respectable hands. Even Lucasarts themselves were openly getting involved, whilst they also worked hard on their new Special Edition of The Secret Of Monkey Island (TM). Expectations were running high. Continue reading

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