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Activision has another solid movie-licensed game ready for fans of the upcoming movie. Monsters vs. Aliens might not be the most complicated or involved game out there for the DS, but fans of the film (mostly kids) will certainly enjoy reliving their favorite battle from the movie and solving some intriguing puzzles. Most of all, the game is fun and that’s all that matters.
Monstres contre Aliens est une adaptation soignée et se montre donc fidèle au long métrage. Même si le titre s'avère classique et prévisible, il demeure sympathique à jouer puisqu'il fait l'effort d'offrit une certaine variété dans le gameplay. Au final, si vous vous êtes pris d'affection pour ces bestioles, l'aventure vaut le détour tant que vous n'exigez rien de très original de la prise en main.
I guess the most important part about Monsters vs. Aliens is that I didn't hate playing it. For a two-hour diversion, there are worse ways to spend your time. I wouldn't suggest running out to buy your very own copy, but if you've got a son/cousin/neice who's into the movie, it'd be a good way to get them a movie game that isn't an abomination. And then you could play it when you're bored.
The biggest problem with Monsters vs. Aliens is its unbelievably short length. Within ninety short minutes I had beaten the game, gotten all the character upgrades, bought all the unlockables aside from some bonus puzzles, and completed all the bonus puzzles I had bought. So despite the fact that Monsters & Aliens is a lot of fun, it’s tough to recommend it as any more than a rental.
So in the end, I’m not sure how the developers would actually extend the game length while keeping it interesting, but they needed to do something because the game as shipped is far too short to provide any lasting value.On the one hand, the production values are pretty reasonable for a movie tie-in. The visuals and gameplay are competently executed, coupled with some excellent voice acting and entertaining dialog. On the other hand, this game is way too light on the content. I’ve played some short games in my time, and I at least expect a game to give me a weekend’s worth of entertainment. This one feels like you could finish it in the theater before the movie ended.
It has some fun in it for the young ones, but they will tire of it if they haven't already beaten it.
Monsters vs. Aliens is rather impressive in its ability to be completely unimpressive. Aside from the short length and complete lack of replay value, nothing about the game is necessarily abysmal. Much of the gameplay is completely run of the mill and its few strengths, the graphics and voice acting, are cut down to mediocrity by a general lack of imagination and effort. Generally mediocrity can be overlooked a little bit in games so obviously targeted to younger children, but the inexcusable lack of content ultimately makes Monsters vs. Aliens less than the sum of its parts. Remember, for the price of this game you could go see the movie three times, and that would give you an extra hour or two of material over the game.
It's not like the game didn't have at least a little potential; the engine is solid enough that it all runs well, and is even animated and modeled decently, but all that voice acting is wasted on cutscenes that jump all over the place or belittle what actual story the movie itself was trying to deliver. No one part of the game is exceedingly worse than the others, but rather they all combine to create a kind of listless malaise that makes you hate the fact that you even wasted a few hours playing through everything. So save yourself the trouble and don't. Please don't. I at least got paid to do it, and somehow I can't help but feel like I may be ripping someone off. Or maybe that's just anyone who ends up interacting with this game.
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