|System: X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Beenox||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Mar. 24, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Visually, Monsters vs. Aliens is on par with most other current-gen titles. The look of the game is remarkably close to the visual style of the movie, which is an impressive feat indeed. Even though there are a few jagged lines here and there, and the different environments are a little bit on the empty side, this game has tight animation and a killer look.
Controls in Monsters vs. Aliens is very simple, and the game does a good job of reminding you how each character controls differently (though the basic button layout is the same). No matter which character you choose, you will have a dedicated attack, jump, and action button. Although the games control tutorial is a bit on the lengthy side (it goes on for the first four levels), the controls are exceedingly simple and intuitive, and both young and old player will have no issues controlling their monsters.
The sound scheme in Monsters vs. Aliens is also very good, especially the voiceover. Much of the talent from the movie has returned to do the voice work for the game, including main characters Susan (played by Reese Witherspoon), BOB (Seth Rogan), and The Missing Link (Will Arnett). The voiceovers are all very nicely done, and there is a substantial amount of dialogue in the game. The background music isnt as exciting as the voiceover, but this is permissible, as you rarely go more than five minutes in the game without some type of dialogue.
Overall, I was very pleased with Monsters vs. Aliens. Although it does not feature the most challenging gameplay for a seasoned gamer, the puzzle-platforming style of gameplay recalled older titles like Crash Bandicoot, and it is fun to play for both kids and adults. It is certainly one of the better licensed games out there, and although you probably wont spend more than ten hours with this one, I doubt youd expect more from a game inspired by a 90-minute movie. For what it is, Monsters vs. Aliens is awesome.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor