A quality adventure game even though the restyling of the old locations on Mêlée Island and Monkey Island is a bit of a mixed bag. The ending is long, satisfying and almost as disturbingly weird.
EMI is not a bad game but it will never join its brethren in the panoply of gods of the genre. I for one would like to see LucasArts get out of the sequel to sequel to sequel business altogether and focus solely on new ideas.
Definetely doesn't deserve all the hate it had, at least back in the day. The graphics, at least for characters are not very appealing and the monkey combat was simply stupid, but everything else is just what you can expect from a Monkey island, definetely a good game in the saga, just probably not as good as the 3 previous ones.
Everything has already been said I think. Less than optimal controls, some annoying puzzles, and the "Herman bug" which necessitated downloading someone elses savegame.
Die hard Monkey Island fans should play it, but if you have no special feelings for MI, better stay away.
In regards to the 2018 re-release, the biggest flaw about EFMI is its horrific controls. I get it that it was a game that (for some reason) had a PS2 release, but the PC version should have been able to utilize the mouse as lining up Guybrush using use the arrow keys to get anywhere is just impossible. Not to mention the poor keybinds that spreads everything across the keyboard. Just what was LucasArts thinking?