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Monster Madness Battle for Suburbia XBox 360 Review - -

Gameplay 8.1
Graphics 8.5
Sound 8.5
Value 8.0
Distributor: Red Ant
Review Date:
July 2007
John Williams


Monster Madness Battle for Suburbia

Monster Madness Battle for Suburbia is the latest arcade game for the XBox 360 that is vaguely reminiscent of games such as Gauntlet and Diablo with its top-down views and almost unlimited supply of enemies.

Fortunately the title contains 21st century graphics that go hand-in-hand with this classic gameplay that is heavy with cliché, stereotypes and a healthy dose of B-movie fun.

The story revolves around a small town that has become overridden with flesh eating zombies but fortunately for this sleepy hollow, you and your group of friends have taken upon the challenge of liberating the town.


  • 4-Player Cooperative Online Action. Mix local & online players as you try to survive the Monster's invasion. Each player character has unique items and affects how the story plays out.

  • Aim in any direction, including up and down. Hordes of Monsters attack you from all sides, but you can also utilize quick dodge-moves to avoid them!

  • Acquire Weapon Parts by defeating enemies and exploring your environments, and then use these parts to Build more powerful weapons and Upgrade the ones that you have. Carry these customized Weapons between games, and find rare Weapon Parts at the greater difficulty levels to build the Ultimate Weapons!

  • Find abandoned Vehicles, outfit them with deadly weapons, and ride in them to overpower your foot-bound foes.

  • Fight your way through 5 unique environments, such as "Suburban Nightmare", "High School Hell", and "The Shopping Maul", each with deranged Boss Monsters. Take back your turf from these evil fiends (and maybe impress your girlfiend while you're at it)!

  • Monster Madness is designed specifically for the Ageia NovodeX Physics platform, including use of the PhysX PPU. Interact with the environments physics to give yourself an advantage, such as creating barrides or throwing large objects.

  • Running on the Reality Engine, Monster Madness takes full advantage of the most advanced Shader Model 3.0 capabilities, including High Dynamic Range Rendering and fully dynamically lit & shadowed worlds.

Before engaging in the gaming environment, the player has the option of selecting one of four characters, each with their own look and style, depending on your preferred zombie butt kicking preference.

Thrown right into the crux of things when you first srart, your character must use whatever means available to them to assist in dispatching these otherworldly creatures and whether it's furniture, lawn mowers or guns, almost everything in the gaming environment can be used to dispatch these dastardly creatures from hell.

As you progress through the game, your characters can also upgrade their weapons and even their abilities, provided you find Larry, a trucker who happens to have a mobile store and appears at various stages throughout the game. Larry is not just a shop keep but also a sage who gives your characters advice on this otherworldly threat.

As mentioned before the game features a top down view and the combat is ridiculously addictive and easy to master. Although the title may seem like a button
masher, the title does offer the gamer a variety of maneuvers and methods.

The only downside of the title is that the combat does become repetitive as you fight you way through the legions of hell. What really sets the title apart from other games is the coop mode that is extremely fun whether through XBox Live or by having a group of friends over for some Gauntletish style of fun.

Graphically speaking, Monster Madness Battle for Suburbia is powered by the Unreal 3 engine which is actually quite strange as the game is not a first person or third person shooter and the graphics are not that overly detailed.

The background environments although detailed with objects are a little plain as are the characters. The title is reminiscent of a Saturday morning cartoon with its cell-shade menus and quite colourful gaming environments and what really gives the title that edge are the special effects. Needless to say, definitely a great title aimed at those younger gamers or for those older gamers that are over first person shooter and racing games.

As with the graphics, the title features a subtle soundtrack that assists in immersing you into this gaming world and match that with clichéd and overthetop voice acting and Monster Madness Battle for Suburbia really assists in transforming this title into a bad "B" movie that is actually quite fun when playing with other players over XBox Live or with friends.

In conclusion, Monster Madness Battle for Suburbia is one of those titles that is extremely needed on the XBox 360 as the majority of titles out for the console are just remakes of other games and this title is a breath of fresh air. Not the most innovative gameplay, this title is all about coop! Check it out!


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