War of the Monsters

a game by Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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Ah, the sounds of bustling traffic, people conducting business, a 100 foot praying mantis throwing a giant electrified eyeball through a skyscraper. That's life in the big city folks'you never know what's going to happen next.

This unpredictability is exactly what makes this game so much fun. War of the Monsters is a 'B'? movie lover's game that certainly has its share of uncertainty. Players choose from an initial list of eight different monsters (during the one player game) and pummel their way across the globe in an action packed display of carnage and insurance adjuster nausea.

Players might remember the 80' arcade hit 'Rampage'? where coin-dropping adolescents could select one of three monsters and proceed to decimate a city. In War of the Monsters, players pick their monster and go at it tooth and nail with the city getting caught in the middle. What makes for so much fun is that the cities themselves are alive with activity, cars zip by, people run for their lives, helicopters float about, and best of all, it's completely interactive. Imagine fighting against some giant robot in the middle of Las Vegas and you picking up a fire engine to hurl at your foe, or ripping the radio antennae off a skyscraper and using it as a spear. Yes, you can do all of this and more, and best of all, everything comes at you at a breakneck pace.

There are a couple of things of interest to mention in case you are still wondering whether or not you should pick up this title. First, the multiplayer is phenomenal, if you consider multiplayer to mean only two players. On a side note, I can't believe that this title was not released with the ability for online play, which it would have been perfectly suited for. Let's hope Incog adds it for the inevitable sequel. But as far as a two player game is concerned, you would be hard pressed to find a better title for rock-em sock-em, gimmie five action. Second, the way the single player game unfolds is really quite unique. Although you can only play as 10 different characters, you easily see over 30 giant monsters in which to fight, and fight you will. Each character comes complete with ranged attacks, special attacks and hand to hand combat moves. My personal favorite is the giant robot Ultra V. Ultra V is a throwback to the old Shogun-Warrior toys from the 70's with his shooting fists and space age look. Not that the other characters are bad, because they aren't. You could tell that the game designers really thought out how the characters would look and work. I could just about see how each character came to fruition in the developer's minds.

With the exception of some somewhat goofy camera work and the inability to do online play (not being able to use a multi-tap didn't help either) I really love this game. It's been a long time since a title kept me up till 4 am and this one has done so on two separate occasions. Interesting characters, excellent graphics and addictive gameplay make this one a winner.

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