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. This enhanced version of the Xbox 360 and PC game Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia is better for the changes, but released over a year later into a more mature next-gen marketplace it seems even more dated and underwhelming than before.
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. Grave Danger doesn't look great, but it has a great sense of style. Not every game needs to look like a Pixar movie, it just needs to have personality and a good design sense, and Grave Danger fits the bill.
Excerpt: Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Those four words are all it took to get me interested in Monster Madness. If that doesn't make any sense, I assure you that my neighbors are alive and well; Zombies Ate My Neighbors was an SNES game in which you chose one or two (or maybe three) characters and blasted through suburbia with crazy weapons and all the while, a never-ending army of zombies tried to get at your brain.
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 perfectly. However, when I pay top dollar for my game I want immersion, atmosphere: I want to be part of something. With Monster Madness: Grave Danger, you never are.
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. While Xbox 360 owners have been playing Monster Madness for a while now, the PlayStation 3 version of the game has only recently arrived and while there are some redeeming qualities, the overall package falls short of...