Godzilla Proves He's King of the Monsters In His Latest Game
July 17, 2015
It was 1954 when Godzilla first smashed his way onto the big screen, and into the hearts of monster-movie loving fans. Since then, he has been a mainstay on the big screen, and on video game consoles (once they caught up to him). His first appearance in the world of game dates back to a 1983 release on the Commodore 64, with his most recent console release, Godzilla: Unleashed, landing on the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii back in 2007. In the past three decades Godzilla has appeared in a mixed bag of releases on a host of different platforms, with some being better than others, but virtually all of them have included the same semblance of components: smashing cities and fighting other kaiju. His latest release, simply titled Godzilla, brings together everything that is great about the film star, and give players the opportunity to reign down some epic destruction at the hands of this hulking monster and his frienemies.
Developer: Bandai Namco Games
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Godzilla is Bandai Namco Games' first foray into the classic Toho franchise, and they wanted to make sure it satisfied the series' longtime fans. It's clear that a lot of effort was put into recreating each of the monsters, bringing them to life in ways reminiscent of their big screen appearances.
After Godzilla's first appeared in 1954, scientists learned to harness the monster's G-Energy, and have since been using it to solve the world's power problems. Unfortunately, the generation of this power in mass quantities as awakened the King of the Monsters yet again, and he has returned to absorb as much of it as possible. This is where the player jumps in and they set out to destroy anything and everything that's using G-Energy, releasing the source, so that Godzilla can grow bigger and stronger. As with many of the movies, the humans want to stop the beast from destroying their way of life, and make feeble attempts to take down the giant as he progresses from energy base to energy base destroying the generators, growing bigger and stronger along the way. Throughout the game a host of famous faces from the Godzilla universe make appearances, from Mechagodzilla to Mothra, and they all put up a substantial fight. Each one can be unlocked, and upgraded as you replay the main campaign by either attacking or defending humanity for better times and increased destruction. Heck, if you just want to fight the monsters, you can jump into King of the Kaiju mode, and take them on, one after another, and see how you fare.
Sony platforms have a monopoly on monster-driven destruction this time around, with Godzilla exclusively landing on their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. PS3 owners will need to download the release if they want to check it out, whereas PS4 owners have the added option of picking up the retail release. The PlayStation 4 version also includes an exclusive, three-player online mode.
If you're a Godzilla fan, then this may be the game that you've been waiting for. Overall, the gameplay itself isn't the most compelling, and it can actually feel like a bit of a chore since you're initially controlling a giant, hulking monster, using tank controls (L1 and R1 to turn). However, if you can slog through that for a bit, the game opens up nicely as you get bigger and evolve, and actually provides an abundance of fan service throughout. It's worth keeping in mind that, like it's big screen counterparts, Godzilla isn't the world's most polished game - it feels a bit like it's a B-movie version of a game. However, it mostly works, in the same vein the Earth Defense Force franchise; at its core it's fun, but it won't look like a big flashy game. With a handful of different modes, a branching God of Destruction campaign, and an online component, Godzilla offers quite a bit of content, and makes for a great game for fans. Even if you aren't deeply steeped in the history of one of Japan's biggest exports, Godzilla is still actually pretty fun to play, especially if you're just looking for a game where you can mindless smash things … a gameplay mechanic that will never, ever get old.