Excerpt: Unreal Engine 3 powered visuals, a ton of monsters and a Geometry Wars-style control system sounds like a recipe for a highly entertaining PS3 game, but sadly for Monster Madness: Grave Danger that's not the case at all.
Excerpt: Monster Madness: Grave Danger is a spruced-up re-release of Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia , a game that wasn't well received when it was originally released on the Xbox 360. Although Grave Danger makes a few key adjustments, they aren't much of an improvement.
Conclusion: The gameplay is in very short bursts too, so you never really get into the game's atmosphere. You're simply set a task, you complete it, cut-scene, start over - which is exactly why if it was available as a budget downloadable title then it would have suited that kind of stop/start gameplay...
Excerpt: Not many of you bothered with Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia when it hit the PC and 360 at the end of last year and, really, you weren’t missing out on much. There were clever ideas behind the current generation’s stab at Zombies ate my Neighbours , but a slightly too prevalent budget title...
Excerpt: In this top down arcade styled shooter equal parts of horror B-Movies and old school video game techniques are combined in an attempt to make a slightly fun game. Unfortunately, in the case of Monster Madness Grave Danger, it might …
Excerpt: Simplistic downloadable titles such as Rocketmen, Commando 3, and other arcade/arcade-inspired titles are quickly becoming more and more common. Monster Madness: Grave Danger is one of the newest games part of this trend, but it isn't a downloadable game.
Conclusion: Compared to the original game, Monster Madness: Grave Danger is definitely an improvement overall, thanks to the vastly superior shooting controls and the ability to play the campaign online.
Pros: Dual-stick shooter controls are a great improvement over original game, Support for four players in online campaign mode, Good variety of ranged weapons.
Cons: Terrible pacing, Gameplay is repetitive and tedious, Unimpressive graphics and sound, Camera can't always keep up with online action, Respawn system removes all challenge.
An improved control scheme and online campaign support aren't enough to save Monster Madness from mediocrity.
27 August 2008
Summary: Released last year for the PC and Xbox 360, Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia tried to dress up the fun of classic top-down arcade games such as Gauntlet in the trappings of a schlocky monster movie.
Pros: Dual-stick shooter controls are a great improvement over original game, Support for four players in online campaign mode, Good variety of ranged weapons
Cons: Terrible pacing, Gameplay is repetitive and tedious, Unimpressive graphics and sound, Camera can't always keep up with online action, Respawn system removes all challenge