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Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge

That's the Second Biggest Remake I've Ever Seen!

Monkey Island 2 is headed for the PlayStation Network, and LeChuck wants revenge.
Author: J.D. Cohen
Published: March 11, 2010
Monkey Island 2, one of the most beloved adventure games in history, is returning this summer in the form of Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge. The title may be a bit of a mouthful, but the game should be nothing but pure adventure bliss. That's not to say that there won't be additions, though. Like last year's Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, we're going to be treated to quite a few improvements.

Perhaps most impressively, they are once again going through the trouble to record voiceovers for all of the dialogue, making this the first ever talkie version of Monkey 2. A remastered musical score is boasted of, which hopefully means upgraded voices over the old midi instrumentation while keeping the iMUSE interactive music intact, with its subtle, moody layerings. Naturally, the graphics are being completely redone to be HD-friendly.

The previous release did a decent job of making the old SCUMMy point-and-click format work on a console controller, but they're taking things further this time. Now there will be an option to directly control the mighty pirate Guybrush Threepwood with a control stick, which may be more intuitive. In addition, the hint system is back, so those who didn't grow up wrestling with the mind-bending capriciousness of adventure game puzzle logic can enjoy themselves. A new option will exist to highlight interactive objects, removing the need to flail around the screen in the ancient ritual of pixel hunting.

As if this package wasn't sweet enough already, audio commentary from the original creators will be included, for a little behind-the-scenes pleasure, along with glimpses of the old artwork. The special edition of Secret featured the ability to switch seamlessly between the old visuals and the new, which necessitated using the old game engine underneath, a decision that seemed to limit the remake in some unfortunate ways, so it's probably good that they aren't binding themselves to that level of replication this time.

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Breaking news update: LucasArts has also revealed that the prior Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be coming to the PlayStation Network as well, so PS3 owners will soon be able to experience both classic games.