Monsters vs Aliens review

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GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Surprisingly not awful

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    Variety of character abilities

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    Decent God of War copying


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    Won't win prizes for originality

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    Many of the levels are a bit samey

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    Doesn't look spectacular

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Another summer, another animated movie, another game tie-in. There’s nothing surprising about Monsters vs Aliens apart from the fact that it’s not completely awful. The gameplay is divided between three monsters, each with their own distinctive abilities and levels. For instance, Ginormica, the giant woman voiced by Reese Witherspoon in the movie, skates along highways using cars as roller skates, while blue blob B.O.B. solves puzzles by swallowing guards and crates.

Best of all is the Missing Link, whose later stages borrow from God of War, combining platforming, combat and enjoyable quick-time events. It won’t win prizes for originality and many of the levels are a bit samey but as tie-ins go, this is far from monstrous.

Apr 27, 2009

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DescriptionBased on an upcoming DreamWorks animated movie, Monsters vs Aliens allows you to play as various characters, including The Missing Link, the macho half-ape, half-fish; the gelatinous, indestructible and always hungry B.O.B.; Ginormica, the 49-foot-11-inch tall woman and Insectosaurus, the 350-foot tall grub. 
Platform"PC","PS2","Wii","DS","Xbox 360","PS3"
US censor rating"Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+"
UK censor rating"7+","7+","7+","7+","7+","7+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)