monsters-vs-aliens-review

The Monsters vs. Aliens game plays out several of the movie’s scenes in the battle against Gallaxhar. An invading evil alien that has numerous robots on his side to accomplish his goal which is to conquer earth, of course. Now it’s up to you to play as a group of super-powered monsters to fight off these aliens and defend earth from this evil villain. Simple but classic.

TitleMonsters vs. Aliens
Platform(s)PC, Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS
PublisherActivision
Developer(s)Beenox, Amaze Entertainment (Nintendo DS)
GenreAction-adventure
Release(s)NA: March 24, 2009
AU: March 26, 2009
Mode(s)Single-player, Co-operative Multiplayer
esrb-rating-everyone-10+EVERYONE 10+ - Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.

Video Game Trailer:

The recently captured Ginormica aka Susan who plays a pivotal role in the movie. The half fish-half ape creature unthawed from a block of ice named “The Missing Link” and “B.O.B.” a gelatinous mass. While Dr. Cockroach whose insect-like appearance is an unfortunate side effect of a experiment gone wrong.

Dr. Cockroach is technically a playable character but he is only available to play in co-op mode. However, in co-op two people can play simultaneously, only one can play on screen. The second person can play as an off-screen Dr. Cockroach, who only appears as a reticule on screen.

The Monsters vs. Aliens gameplay has some fun moments but becomes highly repetitive. The voice over from the cast makes the audio somewhat nice. Replay value is pretty low. Players will play as four of the movie’s characters.

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The second player can use it to assist in combat by shooting lasers at enemies or picking them up with a tractor beam to get them out of the way. I thought it was a good way to play with your kids but a little boring. Monsters vs. Aliens spans four chapters and about 25 missions. The entire thing takes about 8 hours to finish the story mode. Of course, it depends on your skill level.

You will collect thousands of molecules of DNA during the levels that you can spend to purchase nodes in a giant DNA strand. Each node represents artwork, level commentary, monster upgrades, movie stills, or mini-games. These mini-games are good fun if you want to get away from the main game for a while.

Graphically, the Monsters vs. Aliens is about par for a kid’s movie title game. The characters look very similar to their characters in the movie which is nice. The environments look OK but the level of detail is pretty low. Graphics are like most kids games, nothing flashy.

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As for the audio, the sound effects and background music are done well enough to hold your attention. The voice-work is top-notch thanks to Reese Witherspoon (Ginormica), Seth Rogen (B.O.B), Will Arnett (The Missing Link) and Rainn Wilson (Gallahxhar), which are the voices from the movie.

As far as replay value, there are 35 mini-game challenges that you can unlock. Online leaderboards and a good list of unlockables that varies from movie stills to level commentary. So it won’t keep you busy for long.

Overall, Monsters vs. Aliens is a good kid’s game and I have to remind myself of that sometimes. The achievement junkies who are looking for easy points will be fine. For the full 1000 achievement points you are easily looking at 10-12 hours of game time depending on your skill.

The game is worth a rental for most people, or it might be a good buy if your kids really loved the movie. The Monsters vs. Aliens is available on just about every platform. Give it a try.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
FUN FACTOR - The game play has some fun moments but becomes highly repetitive.
8
GRAPHICS - Like most kids games. Cartoonish.
7
SOUND - Good voice acting. Background and effects helps keep your attention.
8
MULTIPLAYER - In co-op two people can play simultaneously, only one can play onscreen though.
5
SINGLE PLAYER - 4 chapters and about 25 missions. About 8hrs game play.
7
CONTROLS - Typical kids game. Not to hard to master
7
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