Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee

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Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee
Godzilla - Destroy All Monsters Melee Coverart.png
Cover art for the North American Xbox version.
Developer(s) Pipeworks Software
Publisher(s) Atari
DreamWorks Classics
Toho
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Xbox
Release date(s) GameCube
  • NA October 8, 2002
  • PAL November 15, 2002
  • JP December 12, 2002[1]
Game Boy Advance
  • NA November 11, 2002
  • PAL November 15, 2002
  • JP December 11, 2003[2]
Xbox
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee is a fighting video game produced by Pipeworks Software, Inc. and released for the Nintendo GameCube on October 8 and November 15 in North America and Europe respectively. The game was later released for Game Boy Advance as Godzilla: Domination! on November 11 in North America and November 15 in Europe (the same day that the GameCube version was released); and much later for the Xbox with additional content in North America and Europe in April and May 2003 respectively. A planned PlayStation 2 release was cancelled. The plot involves an alien race known as the Vortaak invading the Earth and assuming control of the planet's giant monsters, sending them to attack cities across the globe. One monster breaks free from the Vortaak's control, and battles the other monsters in order to drive off the Vortaak.

Gameplay[edit]

The player plays as a one of several giant monsters (eleven playable characters: Anguirus, Destoroyah, Gigan, Godzilla 90s, Godzilla 2000, King Ghidorah, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Megalon, Orga, Rodan, and Mechagodzilla). Via punches, kicks, and limb attacks (usually a tail-attack), each monster can attack others and also use their surroundings. Army forces (missile and "freeze" tanks) and the monster Hedorah (which slows a monster's energy regeneration ability) are also present and sporadically attack all monsters. Extras include bonus orbs, which can provide a finishing move or summon the monster Mothra for an airstrike. Extra features include choice of several locations, and a "destruction" mode (in which players compete to destroy buildings in a city) and "melee" mode (in which up to four players can compete simultaneously).

Playable Characters[edit]

  • Gigan - Unlocked by Megalon or already unlocked.
  • Godzilla 2000 - Unlocked by Godzilla 90's.
  • Mechagodzilla II - Unlocked by Mecha-King Ghidorah when all other monsters are unlocked (except Orga).
  • Mechagodzilla III - Available only in the Japanese Game Cube version and North American Xbox version; Unlocked by Mecha-King Ghidorah when all other monsters are unlocked (Except Orga), or by beating the game on hard mode with Orga after unlocking all other monsters.
  • Orga - Unlocked by Godzilla 2000 when all other monsters are unlocked (with the possible exception of Mechagodzilla 3) and have beaten Adventure Mode.
  • Rodan - Unlocked by King Ghidorah, Gigan and Anguirus.

Non-playable[edit]

  • Mothra - Summonable assistant.
  • Hedorah - Randomly appearing enemy; slows down energy regeneration.

Scrapped[edit]

All of the monsters (except for Godzilla 1954, Biollante, Moguera (Showa) and Mechagodzilla (1974)) appeared in the sequel Godzilla: Save the Earth. Moguera (Showa) has never made an appearance in an Atari Godzilla game.

Version differences[edit]

The US version of the GameCube version has Mechagodzilla 2, while the Japanese version has Mechagodzilla 3 (Kiryu). The Xbox version contains both versions of Mechagodzilla, improved graphics, two new fighting arenas (Boxing Ring, Vortaak Homeworld) and custom soundtracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (GC) 73.42%[4]
(Xbox) 70.55%[5]
(GBA) 48.87%[6]
Metacritic (GC) 73/100[7]
(Xbox) 71/100[8]
(GBA) 53/100[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 3/5 stars[10]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (GC) 7.17/10[11]
(Xbox) 6/10[12]
Game Informer (GC) 8/10[13]
(Xbox) 7.5/10[14]
(GBA) 4.5/10[15]
GamePro 4/5 stars[16][17]
(GBA) 1.5/5 stars[18]
Game Revolution C+[19][20]
GameSpot (GBA) 7.2/10[21]
(GC) 6.9/10[22]
(Xbox) 6.4/10[23]
GameSpy (GC) 3.5/5 stars[24]
(Xbox) 2/5 stars[25]
(GBA) 1/5 stars[26]
GameZone (GC) 8.1/10[27]
(GBA) 7/10[28]
IGN (Xbox) 8.5/10[29]
(GC) 8.4/10[30]
(GBA) 5.5/10[31]
Nintendo Power (GC) 4/5[32]
(GBA) 3.6/5[33]
Official Xbox Magazine 7.9/10[34]
The Cincinnati Enquirer 3.5/5 stars[35]
Entertainment Weekly B[36]

The game was met with positive to mixed to negative reviews from critics. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 73.42% and 73 out of 100 for the GameCube version;[4][7] 48.87% and 53 out of 100 for the Game Boy Advance version;[6][9] and 70.55% and 71 out of 100 for the Xbox version.[5][8]

Entertainment Weekly gave the GameCube version a B and stated that the game's biggest blunder "is that it just isn't campy enough."[36] However, The Cincinnati Enquirer gave the same version three-and-a-half stars out of five and stated that "while the game has a variety of game-play modes, they aren't very deep once you've mastered the basics."[35] The Village Voice also gave the Xbox version a score of 7 out of 10 and stated that "When buildings light up—Big Ben, say—you can let your opponents know what time it is by picking up the structure and hurling it at them."[37]

References[edit]

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