okay. i just beat efmi, and while i defenitaly enjoyed it, the graphics were great, i thought the voice acting was great, there were some really good puzzles, etc. it was fun and i think that's pretty much the bottom line.
BUT there were some drawbacks. i think almost everyone would agree that monkey kombat while slightly amusing at first got very tiresome very quickly. i wasn't a big fan of the talking monkey or the secret of the monkey idol, and the ending sequence was somewhat lame and differed stylistically from the last 3 games. i always enjoyed the old run from LeChuck bits, but oh well.
what i see as the main flaw, however, came from the story. not that it was terrible, but the whole consumerism/capitalism social commentary was out of place in a monkey island game. it overshadowed the uhhh....
piratyness. it made it seem like aside from the tri-island area the rest of the world was normal and modern. i don't think there should be any mention of the rest of the world. it dosen't matter. there shouldn't be any mention of australia, there should be no mention of osh gosh. it should be self contained in the carribean, that is the world where the previous games takes place. and i think that's what flaws this game. each of the 3 previous games were set in this world and ignored the world outside. it was a familiar setting from movies, books, and comics. i know when i was kid i wanted to be a pirate. hell, i still do.
while an enjoyable game, i can't help but feel that efmi somehow cheapened the series.
please ignore spelling/grammar errors; i'm tired and can't be bothered to proof.