I've been playing The Secret of Monkey Island on the 360 for the last few days. My virgin experience with the series. I'm in love.
As I've mentioned before, I was never a pc gamer. I didn't own a computer growing up. Yet, I'm a big fan of these classic point-and-click adventure games. In my limited experience with them (playing them at a friend's house for a few hours,), I have always been intrigued by them.
About 5 hours into the game I can see that all the praise this title has received has been well earned. The writing is exemplary. I have laughed out loud plenty of times. The setting and atmosphere is also fantastic. Since, like I said, this is the first time I play this series I was pretty surprised to see how much this game seemed to have influenced the Pirates of the Carribean movies. Pretty cool.
One feature I absolutely love with this "Special Edition" is the ability to switch between the original version and the new version with HD graphics and audio. I'm constantly changing between versions to compare them and the effect of the transition is very impressive. Even though it is almost 20 years old, the original version's visuals have a lot of charm to them. I'm actually looking forward to playing through this game again using just the original visuals.
Best Live Arcade game I have purchased in a while. I hope they release the sequels.