Excerpt: As odd as it is to admit, I have a rather personal connection to Monopoly. From the period shortly following my parents' divorce through to my early adolescence, Charles Darrow's classic boardgame was a regular fixture in my life. Every other weekend my sister and I would pile over to our father's house, and on Sunday afternoons we'd regularly bust out Rich Uncle Pennybags and co.
Conclusion: The game is all about fun competition in making the best trades and decisions – with a good strike of luck too. If you keep end up on opponents properties, you will lose no matter on how good you are at making decisions and trades. The game is good at what it does – taking a board game into virtual fun with a bunch of good twists and ideas.
Conclusion: Of course, the concept's main attraction is the opportunity to see your properties develop. Upon purchase, each property features a quaintly decorated garden until you can afford to buy houses and hotels, and these, in turn, are built according to the worth of the property. For instance, the ultracheap Baltic and Mediterranean Avenue plots end up with tacky motels dominated by gargantuan flamingos, whereas the breathtakingly expensive Park Place and Boardwalk hotels...
Pros: Seeing your property develop is a nice visual treat, Entertaining minigame auctions, Plenty of options for custom play, Classic boards available, You can play as your avatar.
Cons: Some character voices quickly grow annoying, Poor pacing, Only includes two cities.
Conclusion: The only benefit of owning Monopoly Streets is the ability to play with friends online, as otherwise you could just stick to the regular board version. This is essentially just Monopoly with a few rule variations and a swanky 3D board, and is hardly worth shelling out for if you already own the original version. Plus, what’s better than bankrupting friends and family in the comfort of your own home, replete with wonderful paper money?
Conclusion: Concept: Bring one of the world’s most popular board games to game consoles…again
Graphics: Cute characters and a slick ground-level presentation look great, though you’ll probably skip most of the animations after a game or so
Sound: Uncle Pennybags offers running commentary, accompanied by a jazzy score
Playability: It’s a faithful version of the classic game, with just about every optional house rule imaginable
Entertainment: Monopoly has a bad rep for lasting...
Excerpt: Strike 1: The game crashed my 360 less than 30 seconds after starting it for the first time. Strike 2: The onscreen text is virtually illegible on a standard definition television which, when coupled with the rapidity said text appears then disappears, renders it all but impossible to see who owes how much to whom IN A MONOPOLY GAME. The game is missing a warning label emphatically stating: MUST BE PLAYED ON AN HDTV.