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Review of Monsters Inc
Play as the NOT SCARY…BLUE and HAIRY…KIND and GENTLE…SULLY! Mike is not a playable character like he was in the PS1 version (Monsters Inc. Scream Team) but he hangs around in case you want some sarcastic advice.
The plot unfolds just as the movie did. Boo (a brown haired, innocent, little girl) has accidentally entered Monstropolis (the monster world). The goal is to get Boo back safe and sound before she is discovered by the CDA (Child Detection Agency). James P. Sullivan, better known as Sully, takes on the role of safely returning Boo with his sidekick’s help…the one-eyed, very cynical green friend, Mike.
There are eight levels to explore. While playing the levels, the player will interact with other monsters such as the evil chameleon – Randall and the CEO of Monsters Inc. – Mr. Waternoose. Playing as Sully, you will maneuver thru the levels collecting stuff like scream canisters, keys, and treats. Also, there will be mini games to compete in as well as problem solving. Just watch out for that slimy chameleon, he tries to screw you up when he gets the chance. I know what your thinking, this sounds like your run of the mill, kiddie type, platformer right? WRONG!!
The controls are simple to pick up but playing the actual game was a bit too laboring for anyone’s taste. After smashing crates, collecting many items, and activating a few switches that were “semi-obvious”, I continued on frantically running around and literally chasing my fury blue tail wondering what the hell else is expected of me. Do I move on aimlessly looking for items that just seem to be non-existing or just freaking invisible? This gets old after a while ya know what I mean? Sure, you can talk to some of the friendlier characters but their hints are quite useless. I guess what I am trying to say is Monsters Inc. is not real kid friendly…. Monsters Inc. is not even adult friendly!!
Here is the good news, bad news in reference to the graphics: Good news –The graphics in the PS2 version look better than the PS1 version (Monsters Inc., Scream Team). Bad news - Not by very much and way below what is expected on this console. Good news - The characters did resemble their counterparts in the original movie, Bad news - Sully looked a little freaky at times close up, almost as if he has been up for the past 24hrs. Good news -There is an abundance of movie clips that help tell the story and plenty of DVD extras, which I thought was pretty cool like Pixar sketches and artwork and cut-scenes from the movie.
The soundtrack of Monsters Inc. is entertaining and fits gameplay sufficiently. The sound effects were decent too. Unfortunately, the voice acting was not done as well. Sully did not really sound like John Goodman or Billy Crystal as Mike. Impressionist did these voices. I thought, the PS1 voices of Monsters Inc. sounded much better and closer to the original actor’s voices, go figure!
OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'Monsters Inc' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
This review was written by Loretta Mattie © Absolute PlayStation
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