Throwback Thursday Review – Tales of Monkey Island – Episode 5: Rise of the Pirate God

After last episode, I had to see how this series ended especially after what happened to Guybrush. Even though I kind of seen it coming, I mean even the title of the episode said it plainly, I was still a little surprised. Sometimes title’s can be misleading and I thought that was what episode 4 was doing, but it totally wasn’t. Shocking. Keep reading to see what I thought of the episode as a whole.

I really thought I had seen where this episode was going especially with the demise of Morgan. I mean, throughout the episode I was secretly hoping that Guybrush would ditch the wife and end up with Morgan and now that they were both dead. Anyway, I was wrong and thoughout the episode Guybrush fights death itself to return to Elaine, who is now LeChuck’s demon bride, and live happily ever after. With a little help of both Morgan and Elaine, LeChuck is destroyed and everything in the world is set right again. Upon delivering LeChuck’s spirit to the Voodoo Lady, Morgan is granted her life back, and they all lived happily ever after.

While I was a little disappointed with the ending, I just could never actually get to liking Elaine throughout the whole series and thought that Guybrush was better suited for Morgan, I thought that it was fitting and the series as a whole came together full circle. This episode was much of the same as before with all of the fetch and come back quests, I really didn’t mind them this time around knowing that this was the final episode. After this episode I will say that even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the series I was hoping that they would do another series that maybe focused on Morgan.

The real downside of this episode and series as a whole is the playability. It’s like this with almost every Telltale game and I wish they would just get it right for once. I can’t stress enough how much the movements were awkward and there were the problems with the loading times along with some lag. These types of things really take away from the game and ends up hurting the game as a whole in the end.

Overall for this series, I really enjoyed the graphics. I thought that they were fitting for the theme of the game and fitting for the game as a whole. That being said, these types of graphics don’t always work for every game but when you have graphics that are fitting for a game it does enhance overall gameplay.

Finish this episode and do everything it has to offer and you’ll get your final 11 trophies. While there isn’t a platinum for this game, if you played through every episode you will end up with a total of 55 trophies to add to your gamer card which isn’t bad and you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment since you completed the whole series.

As always no multiplayer.

Overall I give this episode a 4 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Great final story that wraps up the series nicely.
+ Fitting ending, even if it wasn’t the ending I wanted.
+ Nice graphics throughout the course of the game that were fitting to the game as a whole.

What’s Not So Great:
Common Telltale problems that I’ve talked about so much I don’t even think I need to detail them out anymore.

Even though I enjoyed how this series ended and enjoyed this series as a whole a hell of a lot more then Back to the Future, I’m still going to say that if you aren’t a Monkey Island fan then to wait until this one goes on sale. If you’re expecting The Walking Dead or even The Wolf Among Us type gameplay and quality from this game you’re going to be sadly disappointed.

This being the final Throwback Thursday Review, I want to thank everyone who stuck around for a little over a year and read these blogs. I really enjoyed going back and reviewing all of the games that I either got the platinum on or got the 100% on and I really hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences. My weekly Thursday blogs will continue though and since I really couldn’t decide whether to just answer some questions about video games that I got asked or do character profiles, I’ve decided to do a little of both. I’ll be starting off next week with my first Frequently Asked Video Game Question that I found popping up in my search box quite often.

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