Godzilla: Save the Earth
|a game by||Pipeworks Software, Inc.|
|Platforms:||XBox, Playstation 2|
|User Rating:||7.6/10 - 14 votes|
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|See also:||Godzilla Games, Fighting Games|
Godzilla: Save the Earth is the second of three Godzilla fighting games that were released in the mid-00s. As a kid, I would have killed for Godzilla games like these over the garbage that I got for the NES and SNES! This was released on PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox with both versions being pretty much similar, although the Xbox version did offer online play which was cool.
The Vortaak Are Back
It is pretty impressive that they tried to keep a coherent story going with this series of fighting games, but Godzilla: Save the Earth does pick up where Destroy All Monsters Mele left off, well 2 years after. This time, mankind has figured out how to mess around with Godzilla’s DNA and this brings back the villains, The Vortaak from the first game.
They have brought a whole load of new monsters with them including Space Godzilla. The story is about you trying to fight off these monsters, all the while sending the Vortaak packing back to where they came from.
Destroy All Monsters!
The gameplay of Godzilla: Save the Earth seems to be something that people are really split on. This is a bit on the sluggish side, but I actually feel that is intentional. You are playing as giant monsters after all; they are not going to be nimble like Ken and Ryu! Each monster has their own attacks, and you are now much freer to use your energy beam attacks as the meter is not so stingy. You have a story mode to play through which will take you around 10 hours or so and if you like Godzilla, you will enjoy this. The game also has other “sections” that have you playing as a monster and needing to destroy areas, take down UFOs, or something like that. I found this to be a ton of fun. Playing as a monster and destroying a city is fun no matter how old you are. The game really does shine when you play against a friend. It has a pretty stacked roster of monsters to play as so figuring out which one you like best is great.
Big Rubber Monsters
The visuals on offer in Godzilla: Save the Earth are a bit of a mixed bag. I think that anyone who is familiar with this franchise is going to be able to instantly recognize the monsters. The animations are a tad on the stiff side, but it reminds me of watching the old Godzilla movies when I was a kid. The different cities all kind of look the same, but still smashing them up and using things like buildings as a weapon is awesome.
A Monstrous Roar!
The most disappointing thing about this game for me has to be the sound design. The music is just so quiet and outside of this game, I would not really care to hear it ever again. Even the monster effects are on the quiet side. I am not sure what happened here, but the whole game is far too quiet which can take you out of it.
Right of the bat, I have to say that Godzilla: Save the Earth is better than Destroy All Monsters Mele that came before it. This game just feels like it offers more and I like the slower deliberate pace of the monster battles. I think that fans of Godzilla will get a real kick out of this and even if you are not a fan, there is more than enough to make this a fun time.
- It has a large cast of monsters to play as
- Destroying a city will never not be fun
- Playing against a friend is an absolute blast
- I liked how they tried with the story
- The fighting may be a tad slow-paced for some people
- The sound is way, way too quiet in this game