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Monkey Island 5 SUCKS!

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Everyone is talking about Monkey Island 1-4, but few remember to mention fan-favorite "Monkey Island 5". This epic, 40-hour super experience is heralded for having all the features anyone who hates episodes could ever want.

But really, was it all that great?

First of all, it's just a re-tread of everything that has come before. Oh, have to get near-useless crew. How original. Banishing LeChuck's latest form, though admittedly this has become more of a series staple, I thought that they could have come up with better than a "glowy" Zombie LeChuck. I mean, really, what was up with that?

The ending was non-existent! We spend a HUGE chunk of this 40-hour game crafting the Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu. We found AGAIN all of these items that were in the other games, from a voodoo doll to the Ultimate Insult(ugh) to defeat LeChuck. And when we find all but the fizzy root beer...the game just ends. Abruptly. I mean, we didn't even get a conclusion until recently in Tales of that story. And while it was an epic ending, to be sure, wouldn't it have been more fitting to leave it in its own game? Surely Monkey Island 5 wouldn't have suffered so much if it didn't completely lack an ending.

Why did we have to go to so much trouble to get a monkey coffin, anyway? It wasn't used in the course of Monkey Island 5, so what is the point of that anyway?

And LeChuck stealing monkies? It's a bit hard to swallow, and this is for a series that can get pretty thick in shtick.

Speaking of LeChuck, even *I* can't believe how he ended up surviving the ending of Escape from Monkey Island.

Monkey Island 5 is a HUGE game, that's to be sure. But if one is to go by quality rather than quantity, it's obvious that it is a severe failure compared to Tales of Monkey Island already.

Yes, this is a play on the whole "After Monkey Island 5" business. Sue me.
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  • I understand that they couldn't get Denny Delk back to play Murray, but Adam West seemed like an odd casting choice.
  • The grossest part was by far scraping the Ultimate Insult off the top of LeChuck's giant statue head (that, for those uninformed, had somehow ended up taking the giant monkey head's place on Monkey Island).
  • I almost gave up when I had to dance the Hula with that horrible EMI-like keyboard control.
    Whose silly idea was it, buy the way, that you had to steal Wally's socks and to use them on the zombie rats? Not to mention the jungle labyrinth with the demon monkeys. One wrong move and you had to start from the beginning. Took me two days.
  • And they got Stan's jacket effect completely backwards! Stan was flat and static, and the plaid pattern kept jumping around!
  • Monkey Island 5 is the best monkey island okay! sure it needed the rock band controller in that one puzzle (a homage to MI3), and needed the 3-d glasses to get the monkey head, but the game was awesome! And really epic! I deleted everything on my 80 GB back-up drive just to install it! But what a joy it was! (And i really liked the fact that the manual smelled like monkey doo doo...nice touch lucasarts!)
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    Click on Cutless of Kaflu
    "You won't believe the adventures I went through to make this thing..."
  • if lucasart ever gets to make some new MI game, i actually kinda hope they'll nick a few ideas from this thread :D
  • Geez, why do so many people hate MI5? I think it was awesome and had so many great ideas! LeChucks base on the mars was a brilliant Zak McKracken reference!
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    Of course, but did Guybrush REALLY have to actually MEET Zak? That was a little too much crossover for me.
  • It was untitled " Monkey Island Chapter 5, LeChuck strikes back" and yet I really didn't expect to learn that LeChuck was Guybrush's father
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