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Sam & Max seasons version comparison?

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Hi everyone. Like many people lately I've come to know and love TTG's stellar games thanks to Tales of Monkey Island. I've been playing the crap out of that game and enjoying every single second of it. Of course it draw my attention towards other TT games such as Sam & Max, SBCG4AP. I downloaded the free episode "Abe Lincoln must die" and I'm sold! So now I want to buy both seasons.

I've tried searching the forums but haven't found anything so... What are the major differences between the different releases? I know that the PC DVD comes with a bonus disc with lots of goodies (besides the awesome cover) and that dowloading the seasons directly reports no bonus content but it's cheaper as I have to pay US$10 for shipping to Spain if purchased from the TTG store. I can also expect the XBLA version to have HD graphics and achievements while I'm unsure about the Wii version.

I like having physical copies of my games but which version would you recommend if that's not a problem? I must also specify that eventhough the English language is not a problem for me, I'd like to know if any of the releases supported Spanish subtitles.

Thanks in advance :) Long live to Sam & Max!
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  • I have ordered Sam & Max Season 1&2 and recieved my copies today. I glady payed the 10$ shipping and handling it cost for shipping to germany. And what to say. They rock. The goodies are good. Bloopers, Cutscenes and so on. There's a soundtrack sampler on the DVD and Wallpapers.

    Alltogether, I was glad I've bought S&M... I will also order the W&G DVD when the episodes are done, and I've preordered ToMI, so I can the collector's DVD at the end of this season. As for the XBox and the Wii version I cannot say anything.
  • All the bonus videos are available here on the site. Just click on "Sam & Max" on the game menu and browse the video section. Of course, the DVD has them in a significantly higher quality (DVD-9).
    Also the soundtrack sampler is available here in the shop (the free mp3 download page offers exactly what you will find on the season 1 DVD).
  • The xbla arcade version is good if you wanna play it on a hd tv.. The wii
    Port has a few problems.. The collectors DVDs are really good so u can't go wrong there..
  • LogicDeLuxe;158144 said:
    All the bonus videos are available here on the site.
    Not for season 2.

    I know that at least some of the Wii releases are localised. I don't know anything about the Spanish version specifically, though.
  • I think the Euro Retail version of Season 1 (PC) has different languages - there's a German and French dub, and some other languages as subtitles... not sure which. See if you can find it at a local games store (or even ask them). They might have Spanish subtitles.
  • Is the fidelity of the speech higher on the dvd version? I have the demo and the downloadable first episode and the speech quality is very low, with lots of distortion and associated tiny audio file symptoms. It's driving me crazy and putting me off from the game.
  • jubjub;160100 said:
    Is the fidelity of the speech higher on the dvd version? I have the demo and the downloadable first episode and the speech quality is very low, with lots of distortion and associated tiny audio file symptoms. It's driving me crazy and putting me off from the game.
    It actually happened the same to me with "Abe Lincoln must die" where all voices were normal but Sam's which was annoyingly low.
  • Ok, let's see...

    Retail PC version (http://game.es/ficha/ficha.aspx?SKU=053363)

    + Translated to Spanish, but voices in English.
    + No slowdown or other problems if you have a decent computer.
    + Package is actually quite nice (metallic case).
    + Pretty cheap right now.
    + Some of the extra content is included.
    - No widescreen
    - Could be hard to find depending on where you live.

    PC from telltale's site

    + Exclusive Steve Purcell's artwork.
    + No slowdown or other problems if you have a decent computer.
    + Nice extra content on the DVD.
    - No widescreen.
    - It's probably the most expensive version if you count shipping.
    - English only

    Wii version:

    + Wiimote and couch are usually more comfortable.
    + I think it had a price drop recently, but can't remember how much.
    + Widescreen.
    + Spanish subtitles, English voices.
    - Hard to find in some places.
    - Graphics lack the detail of the other versions. There is slowdown and some of the dialogue is cut before it's finished.
    - No extra content other than some artworks.
    - Apparently the subtitles get mixed with the environments when playing off an SDTV and are hard to read (I don't have this one so I couldn't say...)

    X-Box Live Arcade:

    + Widescreen.
    + Looks great on HDTVs.
    + Achievements.
    + Nice price.
    + Spanish subtitles, English voices.
    - The controls are not as good as the other versions (though I had no problems in the demo)
    - Digital download only.
    - No extra content (I can't remember if the artworks from the Wii version are there).

    Season 2 can only be bought from Telltale's store right now, both the PC & Wii retail versions will be out in early september with similar features most likely (PC has widescreen this time, technical problems might be fixed for the Wii version...) and hopefully the XBLA will make it some time around then too. It all depends on what you like the most since they are not that different. Considering their similar price and better performance, I'd go with either PC or XBLA, but if you want to play in a couch the Wii version should be good enough.
  • Thanks a lot LittleBuddy! Your summary is everything I could have longed for. I'll definitelly go for TTG's DVD as both season are only 40€ (incl. shipping to Spain) and I guess the extra content is well worth it, not to mention Steve's art.
  • LittleBuddy;160524 said:
    Season 2 can only be bought from Telltale's store right now
    There is at least a German version too. I don't have it, though, thus I can't tell which dubbed tracks, which subtitles and which extras are included. Anyone here have this version?

    As for the quality of the season 1 DVD, the audio files are the same as in the download version. If that is all you're looking for, you don't need the DVD.
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