[PSN Review] Sam and Max Season 2: Episode 5


Judgment day is at hand, and it’s time for a showdown with the guy downstairs to bargain for Bosco’s soul. But in the corporate wasteland known as Hell, not even the Freelance Police are safe from eternal damnation. Can Sam & Max fight free from Satan’s grasp, or have they reached the end of the line?

After already playing Sam and Max Save The World (Season One) on Wii, Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space (Season 2 on PC) and Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse (Season 3) on PS3, I find myself asking… myself: how fun is the Season Two release on PS3? Let’s find out, one episode at a time!

Welcome to hell! Well, not really. You ARE cordially welcomed to the GATE to hell, right here in the sewer under the office of Sam and Max! Apparently, the River Styx now flows below the Freelance Police Headquarters, and it has a one-way ticket for our sorta dynamic duo. Ok, that’s not true, but it makes it more dramatic than saying “go towards the mole and ask to be let into the train”. You must recover Bosco’s soul before it’s too late! But, actually, he IS already dead, and his corpse is next to the river Styx so… maybe there’s no real rush? Unfortunately, one does not get to ride the Soul Train that easily, so we must now find a Token that is only given to the dead. Since Sam and Max LIKE to be alive, they set out on a small quest to find the elusive Token of not-alive-anymore.

Thanks to the magic of videogame reviews, we now jump ahead without spoiling the actual solution to the puzzle, and we find ourselves in a very warm and fuzzy place: the Hell Inc. building! Kinky vampire Jurgen is working the receptionist desk of this fine corporation, and you must find a way to talk to the big guy in charge of this joint. If there is anyone that can help us save Bosco’s soul, it has to be the Devil himself, right? Because, Who can be more badass than Satan?

In order to accomplish our goal, we are tasked with revisiting adventures of episodes past in order to experience the specially tailored hell of the last few souls that made it here, thanks in no small part to the mischief, carelessness and loving nature of Max. Sam is not at fault here, since we all know that Max is the one that loves to screw things up, always for the best, always for the rest.

Will Sam and Max be able to rescue Bosco’s soul in time? Will they end up damning more souls to an eternal hell? Will peanut butter and jelly ever end their decades-long feud? You must play this final episode to find out that even if the truth is out there, it is always hidden by the ketchup.

What’s New, Beelzebub? is the final episode of the Beyond Time and Space, and it manages to take care of all the plot holes/unfinished business from the last four episodes… or at least it tried as much as it could. It has been a fun ride, and I look forward to even more crazy adventures next to the bunny and the dog.

Review

ProsCons
Very fun way of ending the season
He who rules over H-e-double hockey sticks
Season 2 is definitely over
Rating
90%

Cost – $19.99 (Full Season)

Disclaimer

Total amount of time played: 2.5 hours.

Love me some Sam and Max. Own all 3 seasons, the Anniversary DVD Boxset AND the limited edition Hardcover signed by Steve Purcell.

This review is based on a PS3 copy of Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space provided by Telltale Games.


Written by: EdEN - Owner / PR / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by Cheeto on May 10th, 2012 [ 29099 Points ]

    I’ve become more interested in Telltale Games releases after playing Episode one of the Walking Dead. I wonder if all the previous games are more of an interactive experience? Thanks for the review friend, time to take on a new challenge on your backlog ;)

  2. #2 by pedrolabate on May 10th, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    I’m glad you still appreciate you dose of Telltale games @eden ;p

    What have you been playing besides those?

  3. #3 by EdEN on May 10th, 2012 [ 139651 Points ]

    @pedrolabate: Hahaha, that’s why I placed the disclamer on the review. Keep the games coming!

    I’m currently playing Golden Sun DS, Vanguard Bandits (PSX), Bayonetta (PS3), Velocity (minis) and Lost in Shadow (Wii). Like to jump between games now and then to keep everything fresh hehehe.

  4. #4 by pedrolabate on May 10th, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    You got your PS3 fixed finally? I played Lost in Shadows just the other day, it’s cool but I wish it had more” shadow mechanics” and less cutting spiders ;p

  5. #5 by EdEN on May 10th, 2012 [ 139651 Points ]

    @pedrolabate: Give it a chance. It gets to be more shadows and less fighting in an hour or so. I’m about 4 hours from completing the game. It is huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge.

  6. #6 by insomniac247 on May 11th, 2012 [ 14 Points ]

    I really enjoy Telltale Games. Have to get these soon.

  7. #7 by EdEN on May 11th, 2012 [ 139651 Points ]

    @Cheeto: All other Telltale games releases are old-school, move, point and click games, and Jurassic Park is more of an “interactive movie experience” if you will. Lots of QTEs with dialog choices sprinkled in. I liked it, but it is definitely not for everyone.

  8. #8 by hobbes on May 11th, 2012 [ 30476 Points ]

    really enjoyed these, still need to work my through all 5, being a plus member netted me this, and this makes me want to pick them back up .. Plus membership rocks.

  9. #9 by wolfkin on May 11th, 2012 [ 6633 Points ]

    @Cheeto no. I haven’t finished BTTF or Walking Dead but as far as I’ve seen/heard most of the TT point and click games aren’t like Walking Dead they’re much more straight forward in terms of gameplay. Less action. Heavy emphasis on the story telling. That said the S&M games are supposed to be the only games out here that are actually funny intentionally and they do a good job of that.

    They’re good games and I’d recommend them blind but they aren’t Walking Dead.

  10. #10 by EdEN on May 11th, 2012 [ 139651 Points ]

    @hobbes: PS Plus has been the best deal ever for me. Got the 15 month deal, and renewed for another 15 months. Set till March 2013, and I’ll definitely up my sub again. All the free games, DLC, and discounts make it worth it. On that note, I think the one we got for free on PS+ is actually Season 3, and not Season 2.

  11. #11 by EdEN on May 11th, 2012 [ 139651 Points ]

    @wolfkin: Sam and Max games are crazy funny! The dialog and the situations are as crazy as it can get. I’m a big Sam and Max fan (as the disclamer says), so I’m looking forward to a Season 4!

  12. #12 by Oly on May 11th, 2012 [ 132130 Points ]

    Great review.. think I might have to pick this up!

  13. #13 by Kenny Fensom on May 13th, 2012 [ 125 Points ]

    might try this some time!


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