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'Monsters vs. Aliens' the game, just as fun

April 23, 2009

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Monsters vs. AliensWhen it comes to monsters or aliens, I will always pick the monsters. With so many diverse creatures to choose from, who wouldn't? Coming off the heels of the best children's movie of 2009 thus far, comes the best kids game up to now.

'Monsters vs. Aliens' by Activision does what the best kids movie-tie in games do and that is expand upon the experience of the film in a faithful way and play off of everything children liked best about the movie in the first place. 'Monsters vs. Aliens' was all about the character and kids are going to love playing as The Missing Link, B.O.B., Ginormica and Dr. Cockroach P.H.D. Correction. The insectoid mad scientist is available but only in multiplayer mode and then he is only represented as a crosshair on the screen. Reminiscent of 'Mario Galaxy', as the second player, Cockroach can protect the primary player from enemies and collect items such as power-ups for them. Whoever is in control of Dr. Cockroach has to be very careful though as his weapon overheats very, very easily. So, take those shots but make them count, is my advice.

Monsters vs. AliensThe storyline closely follows the feature film with the monsters having to break out of the government prison, brawl with Gallaxhar's enormous robot and then there is a final showdown on the alien invader's mothership. There are a few deviations from the original plot including a 'Transformers' inspired throwdown with a gargantuan robot scorpion in the middle of the desert. All hail, the mighty Scorponok. Heh. Heh.

Even though the game is a platformer, the developers liven things by giving each character their own mode of play. As Ginormica your reflexes will be tested as you roller skate your way through disaster. The Missing Link's levels are all about cracking skulls and breaking things, mostly expensive alien technology. Even though B.O.B. believes that having a brain is "overrated", he is tasked with mazes and puzzles in the 'Monsters vs. Aliens' game. Makes sense, right?

Monsters vs. AliensOf all three characters, opening a can of whoop ass as The Missing Link is the most fun. Who out there doesn't love causing indiscriminate destruction and mayhem? B.O.B.'s thorny mazes might challenge the patience of younger players so mom and dad had better be prepared to chip in here and there.

And, no folks, at no time can you be the Mothra's twin: Insectosaurus. Man, it would've been great if you could at least level one city as the big bad bug but that is not to be. Sigh.

Quebec developers Beenox kind of boxed themselves in with 'Monsters vs. Aliens'. By relegating each character to a specific game mode, they made the gameplay very repetitive and therefore 'Monsters vs. Aliens' would probably bore most adults into oblivion. Kids on the other hand can and will overlook such things. They just want to kick alien butt and 'Monsters vs. Aliens' allows them to do that with authority.

Monsters vs. AliensMonsters vs. Aliens
Format: Xbox 360
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Beenox
ESRB Rating: E 10+
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Rating: 7.5 / 10


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