I’ve played, and liked, all the Telltale games, to get that out of the way. Well, except Jurassic Park, but that was QTE theater, not an adventure game. The Walking Dead also doesn’t count (since it was more of a really good Visual Novel than an adventure game), despite the fact that I loved it. Still, in general, I like Telltale’s games.
My favorite series is probably The Longest Journey, with second favorite being Monkey Island (though it’s a really close call). My next favorite is the Blackwell series which would probably be tied with Monkey Island if the voice acting was better (and the games were a little longer).
In general, I hate old Sierra games – I guess I’m more of a LucasArts style person. Point systems also give me anyuerisms and doom me to looking up walkthroughs so I don’t miss 5 Arbitrary Points That Do Nothing™ because I’m allergic to replaying games and thus want to get all the points/see all the stuff the first time (though they’re not a total dealbreaker). In general, I don’t want to have to keep multiple save files in case I screw myself over from finishing the game.
Games that were “meh” for me include Machinarium which was cute, but just okay. I couldn’t even finish Botanicula, but I don’t actively dislike it, it just couldn’t hold my interest.
I was looking at The Book of Unwritten Tales, which seems like it might be up my alley and is generally well reviewed, but the trailers are kind of offputting. It’s hard to explain, it feels like they’re… trying too hard? The comedy feels just a little too blunt and full of itself (they have a character literally named Macguffin). Like they really, really want to be the next Monkey Island and they’ll tell as many cheap jokes as they can and hope enough of them stick until you only remember the good ones. Not to mention it feels like they’re trying to channel all the worst parts Peter Molyneux’s humor. All the really silly, dumb stuff in Fable and Dungeon Keeper etc. But I don’t know, maybe if someone can vouch for it.
I keep looking at Syberia, which sounds like it could be a very cool game, though I can’t find a whole lot of talk about it, good or bad. The reviews on GoG seem to be glowing, but reviews on store pages tend to be self-selected to the people who really like the game (or complaining for complaining’s sake), so I don’t put much stock in them to give me a good perspective on the game, especially not when they’re around one paragraph.
Also: special provision for horror adventure games. I don’t like jump scares. They’re okay if the atmosphere, pacing etc earns it, and they’re infrequent, but if it’s a game that tries to pass off things jumping out and making loud noises at you over and over as “scary” then I’m not interested. I prefer a looming sense of dread to being startled. (I guess most people would call it “psychological horror”).