Monsters vs Aliens
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To compliment the box office smash Monsters
vs Aliens which is currently screening worldwide, Activision have
released the movie interpretation of the game which was developed by
Beenox Studios and revolves around a group of monsters who have been
conscripted to save the Earth from an impending alien invasion.
you start droning about movie based games which at times are generally
of poor quality, Monsters vs Aliens is actually one of the better arcade
action games and plays quite well on the 360. It should be mentioned
that this game is aimed at the younger market so those looking for
something complex are best to look elsewhere.
Play as your
favorite monsters from the film – The rag tag team of monsters are
tough, funny and sometimes misguided, but all together are a force
to be reckoned with, both in their alien battling abilities and wise
cracking personalities. Players relive their hilarious antics from
the movie and create an all-new adventure in an epic battle to
conquer mankind’s biggest threat, Gallaxhar and his giant alien
gameplay as different monsters – Challenges stay fresh and lively
through more than 12 distinct levels as players switch between
characters, each with vastly different capabilities and sizes.
The Missing Link:
Utilize his skillful acrobatics to cling to and scale various
surfaces. His agility and brut strength lets him take down enemies
of all sizes.
B.O.B.: The gelatinous B.O.B. can swallow and spit out enemies and
objects, stretch, bounce, stick to walls and ceilings and seep
through grates and cracks.
enormous size allows players to race through the city using cars as
rollerskates and her sheer strength comes in handy to lift heavy
objects and brawl with the robot army.
Ph.D.: As the brainiest of the group and the mission giver, Dr.
Cockroach, Ph.D. is playable at any time in co-op mode to assist
with slowing down enemies, overcoming obstacles and grabbing
Command this enormous 350-foot tall monster in epic battle sequences
against giant robots. Insectosaurus shoots silk and has a piercing
sonic scream that will have enemies running.
locations from the movie and more – Visit cool locations from the
film and beyond including the streets of San Francisco, Gallaxhar’s
huge overcompensating mothership and the super secret government
containment area. Game exclusive levels, areas and locations include
the inside of a 400-foot tall mining robot, a giant scorpion robot,
a deeper look into the monster containment facility and Gallaxhar’s
Work as a team in
co-op mode – A second player can pick up a controller and drop in at
anytime as Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. As the most brilliant scientist in
the world, players can blast and beam away enemies with tricky
gadgets, plus reach hard to access places that only the smartest of
cockroaches can get to.
For those who have not seen the movie which
we highly recommend that you do, you can check out the IMAX review
story revolves around Susa (aka Ginormica) who was hit by a meteor on her
wedding day and unfortunately for her, she began to grow uncontrollably.
Eventually reaching "giant" size, she was captured by a secret military
organisation who have been attempting to keep the existence of such
creatures secret from the public.
During her incarceration, she meets
some other friendly monsters that include a jelly like creature called
B.O.B., a lizard man named The Missing Link, a super intelligence
cockroach named Dr. Cockroach and finally a giant insect called
Insectosaurus. The story contains everything from action, comedy and a
touch of romance and needless to say, it's one of the better Dreamworks
In the game, players must complete a variety of objectives in order to
progress to the next level. Best of all, the player is not just limited
to one character and you have access to Ginormica, B.O.B. and Dr.
Cockroach. Each of these characters has their pros and cons, whether
it's Ginormica who uses cars to skate or The Missing Link uses his super
lizard like strength to smash things into the ether, each characters is quite diverse in terms of control and combat. The gameplay
of Monsters vs Aliens is quite different as it involves quite a few
genres such as a skating, adventure and fighting.
The Missing Link reminds me
of Lizzie from Rampage as he smashes his way to victory, however kids
will definitely enjoy B.O.B. who interacts well with the gaming
environment such as climbing walls, shooting blobs or eating things in
his path. The game even contains an almost first person shooter
experience where you can use weapons.
Although this is generally quite
slower than the other methods of play, it does help break up the
monotony of arcade games. Apart from the main arcade adventure play, the
game contains quite a few different mini-games that are littered throughout.
Another interesting twist is the DNA labs that allows you to access fun things like
weapon upgrades, scenes from the movie and even more mini-games. All in
all, quite a sturdy game for kids!
Graphically, the title is quite reminiscent of the movie with colourful
environments and characters that almost look like their IMAX 3D
counterparts. The loading time between levels is a little slow, however
the graphics are rather impressive for a movie based game. The special
effects and lighting go hand in hand with the gameplay mode and match
that with a great musical score and professional voice acting, this is
the perfect compendium for kids who loved the movie.
In conclusion, Monsters vs Aliens is a good game for the kids and
considering that it's the school holidays in Australia at the moment or
you want to give your children something to do over the Easter break
than this game is for them. Good gameplay, some frustrating levels,
Monsters vs Aliens is definitely worth the entry price. Check it out!