Despite a few improvements over the years, the Rampage series hasn't aged all that gracefully, and is desperately trying to prove its worth (which ain't much) in a time of much bigger and better things. I consider it the modern equivalent of the heavily mocked and overdone Army Men series of the late 90s.
I still remember playing this game in the arcades, and then on my Atari 2600, which is the last time this series was interesting or novel. That was back in the 1980s, to give you some perspective on how tired and stale the premise has become, especially considering the only improvements over two decades have been cosmetic.
Anyway, you fire up the disc and are hit with a bevy of game publisher and developer logo animations you can't skip, then get to a basic menu offering campaign mode, where you unlock everything, and a handful of other modes like a time-trial and free romp. It seems most everything in the game can be played in multiplayer, but once you get a taste of what's inside, you may not want to drag anyone else into it.
I heard there are a ton of monsters to unlock in this one, so I jump into the campaign mode to get started. You can switch monsters at the end of each scene, but they all control pretty much the same and have similar move sets. The only reason I found to switch between them was, again, cosmetic.
Everything is a timed run. Get so many of some item in a certain amount of time is most of what you do. It's a race, with no real exploration, which would be impossible considering how painfully cramped the environments are. Forget sandbox gameplay; here you're playing inside an hourglass.
The monsters themselves look good and animate well (humorously at times), but the game relies too much on burp and fart jokes, and the fun of punching holes in a building, which only entertains anyone above the age of five for about 30 seconds. What's more, the game hasn't really evolved or grown at all in the past 20 years, despite leaps and bounds in technology.