Sam and Max Episode 5: Reality 2.0

Review

posted 6/4/2007 by Cyril Lachel
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But beyond all of that, this Sam & Max episode excels because it's just one of the funniest games of the year. I thought I laughed a lot during the past few episodes, but nothing could prepare me for the humor in Reality 2.0. If you're a fan of video games, the internet and other geek culture, then this Sam & Max game is a must-play. I hate to oversell it, but this game made me laugh more than all of this year's network sitcoms combined. Not that that's saying much. And not only is this insanely funny, but it also has one of the greatest final acts of any video game I have ever played. By the time this game is over you will feel like you've accomplished something.
 
Much like all of the episodes in this first season, Reality 2.0 is a fairly short adventure that will only take you a few hours to complete. While I didn't exactly time myself to see how long it took me to beat, I will say that it felt like this episode was a bit longer and more involved than past games. Obviously your mileage will vary based on whether or not you get stuck on any of the puzzles. Even though I had relatively no problems solving the puzzles in the first few games, Reality 2.0 had a few moments that had me genuinely perplexed. Part of the problem is that when you initially enter the alternate reality portion of this game it's not exactly obvious what you're supposed to be doing. Thankfully the world is so much fun to look at and enjoy that you won't even care that your path isn't clearly laid out for you.
 
If you've played any of the previous Sam & Max episodes (or any point and click adventure game, for that matter), then you'll know exactly what to do in this game. As usual the game is controlled by you pointing at where you want Sam to go and then clicking the button to make him move. Outside of that you will have to pick up items, use the objects in your inventory, and talk to all of the people you meet on this crazy adventure. The gameplay as not changed at all; nor should it considering that this is part of a larger season.
 
Speaking of things that don't change; the graphics in Reality 2.0 look exactly like they did in the previous four episodes. Thankfully this isn't a big deal because the game looked good from the first episode one. The most memorable parts of this episode have nothing to do with fancy graphics; instead it's about the style and what it emulates. Sam & Max may not be as detailed as Gears of War or Crysis, but that shouldn't keep you from having a great time playing this quirky adventure game.
 
One thing that Telltale Games always gets right is the music and voice acting. The music in this episode is especially good, especially when it plays homage to classic video game tunes. The voice acting is also great; the actors who play Sam and Max are incredibly funny and know how to deliver great one-liners. Comedy is hard, yet Sam & Max couldn't make it look any easier if they tried.
 
It's easy to love a game like Reality 2.0, it tells one of the best stories in the season, it's full of laugh out loud moments, and most gamers will get a kick out of all of the classic video game references. If you've never had a chance to experience a Sam & Max game then this is a good starting point, even if it is relatively late in the season. If they could charge by the laugh then this game would cost thousands of dollars, it's that funny. These Sam & Max episodes are getting better with each passing game; it's definitely a shame that it's all coming to an end next episode.
 



B+
If you like to laugh then you owe it to yourself to pick up this fifth episode of Sam & Max. Reality 2.0 is not only the best game in the series so far, but it's also one of the funniest games of all time. It's full of great in-jokes, tons of video game references, and some of the most memorable characters ever created. Whatever you do don't miss this episode of Sam & Max Season 1!


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