Rampage Total Destruction

Format: PS2
Midway Games

5 037930 072895
Age Restrictions: 12+
28 April 2006

Rampage: Total Destruction is the next evolution in the Rampage series. While the game retains the core elements that made the Rampage series so popular - giant monsters, massive destruction and a humorous theme - new mechanics and play modes make Rampage: Total Destruction a unique gaming experience. With dozens of new monsters to collect and play, new levels of destruction, and an interactive 3D environment, Rampage: Total Destruction unleashes the chaos like never before...

Rampage: Total Destruction offers a fresh take on an arcade classic complete with everyone's favourite monsters: George (ape), Lizzie (Godzilla-like dragon), and Ralph (werewolf), along with a variety of new monsters to collect and play. Virtually everything in the environment can be damaged, broken, and utterly destroyed with plenty of hilarious results. Aided by power-ups, the Rampage: Total Destruction monsters are capable of acquiring a number of upgrades throughout the course of a single campaign.

I remember (showing my age here) playing both the original Rampage and Rampage World Tour arcade machines. So I was eagerly anticipating playing Rampage: Total Destruction.

At first I got all tingly and nostalgic as I took control of George the ape and started smashing buildings to pieces. In my childish memory, this is exactly as impressive as I remember the arcade versions being. However, thanks to the fact that both the original arcade versions are available to play on the disc, I soon realised that those old games were not as I remembered them.

While the introduction of the old games are a great touch, I doubt you'll play them more than once. The new game, on the other hand is another kettle of fish altogether.

It is the additional characters (there are over 20 to collect) that keep this game fresh. To be honest, once you've bashed one city, you've bashed them all. This game does get incredibly repetitive very quickly. But, and this is what surprised me, you won't get bored of it too quickly. And when you do, you'll still keep coming back to it time and time again.

You get to travel around the world to destroy various cities. I say "travel around the world", but in reality it's several USA locations, London and Hong Kong. In the one player mode it's simply a case of smashing your way through each level. For each section you are given a task to complete (like eat 5 police officers, or collect 10 bananas) and if you manage to achieve this you are rewarded with bonus points, or a new special move. As you progress, you'll also unlock other playable monsters that you can play at any time. So, when you get bored of playing as one character, you can quickly change to another beast before the next level starts. Also little touches like being thrown in the air if you step on a water fountain, or accidentally stand on a roundabout in the kid's park, help to add much to this classic game.

But it's the multi-player mode where all the fun begins. There's nothing like fighting over destroying a building to get your blood boiling. The fact that this retails at under £15 is another reason why you really have no excuse for picking up a copy.

Nick Smithson

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