Monopoly for the PlayStation 3: Hasbro’s Casual Gaming Classic Comes to the PS3 and Other Consoles
Coming out of the throes of the Great Depression, the real estate game, Monopoly, rapidly gained popularity among those wanting a taste of a life they only imagined. In the current Great Recession, does the modern version of this classic still resonate in the same manner?
Featuring modern graphics that take full advantage of the capabilities of the PlayStation 3, Monopoly contains the original version of the game which uses the original game board along with others from various exotic locales. There is also a faster-paced, “Richest Edition”, with a host of mini-games that provide a new take on the classic.
Monopoly for the PlayStation 3 Features
- 2 Main Game Modes (Monopoly Edition, Richest Edition)
- 12 Mini-Games (Part of the Richest Edition and also Playable Separately)
- No Multiplayer Online Mode
- No PlayStation Network Trophies
The Classic Original Monopoly Game
The “Monopoly Edition” of Monopoly for the PS3 features the same gameplay that has captivated gamers since the 1930s. Players roll dice and move their pieces around the game board acquiring properties as they go, and paying rent when they land on properties they don’t own. Once all the properties in a color are purchased – a Monopoly – the user can purchase houses and eventually hotels to drive up the rent.
The game nicely supports various house rules which are implemented when starting a new game. All the other familiar game elements are there, including Free Parking, Jail, Community Chest, and Chance. Hasbro and Electronic Arts have developed a spot on version of Monopoly that plays like the original.
The Monopoly Edition also includes different game boards that are unlocked buy acquiring stamps for the gamer’s passport. Stamps are earned by purchasing properties in the game. Some of these newer game boards are graphically stunning, especially the Future Board and the Chocolate Board. Despite the extra sheen, the gameplay remains the same when using these boards in the Monopoly Edition.
Monopoly Richest Edition Misses the Boat
The “Richest Edition” version of the game ramps up the speed of Monopoly and introduces 12 action-based mini-games that add to the chaos. Essentially adding a time limit to the original game by enforcing a finite number of rounds, the Richest Edition is a fun take on the original, but ultimately not as rewarding as the Monopoly Edition.
Frankly, considering what Monopoly for the PlayStation 3 lacks – namely multiplayer online play and PlayStation Network Trophy support – it is easy to question why development time was spent on the Richest Edition and a bunch of half-baked mini-games. Fans of the original Monopoly will still find enough fun playing the Monopoly Edition to warrant a purchase.
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