Godzilla: Save the Earth
|Godzilla: Save the Earth|
|Developer(s)||Pipeworks Software, Inc.|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multiplayer|
Godzilla: Save the Earth is a fighting game released on November 2, 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox game consoles based on characters and situations from the Godzilla film series. The game is itself the sequel to the 2002 game Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee which was released for the GameCube and Xbox in 2002. Godzilla: Save the Earth is followed by game Godzilla: Unleashed released in 2007 for the Wii and PlayStation 2.
The storyline of Save the Earth takes place two years after Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee. The story involves mankind getting hold of Godzilla's DNA, known in the game as "G-Cells." The Vortaak learn of this, once again returning to Earth, controlling a vast army of monsters, including their ultimate weapon: SpaceGodzilla. The player faces down many controlled monsters in different locations. In the climax cut-scene, Godzilla confronts SpaceGodzilla in a final duel. Godzilla blasts off SpaceGodzilla's shoulder crystals causing a black hole to form. SpaceGodzilla is sucked in and apparently killed, forcing the Vortaak to retreat while Godzilla lets out a roar of victory having saved Earth yet again. This time around, new monsters are added as well as more detailed arenas including hills, elevated highways, and waist-deep water. Another addition is Challenge Mode, in which the player must attain goals other than simply defeating their opponent. Also for Xbox there was an online play. This mode is now offline.
Excellent defense, good speed, medium attack and weapons.
Excellent speed, good attack, defense and weapons.
Excellent weapons, good attack and defense, bad speed.
Excellent speed, good attack, medium defense and weapons.
- Godzilla 90's
Good attack and weapons, medium defense and speed.
- Godzilla 2000
Good attack and speed, medium defense and weapons.
Good attack, defense and speed, terrible weapons.
Excellent attack and defense, good weapons, bad speed.
Excellent defense and weapons, medium attack and speed.
Good attack, defense and speed, medium weapons.
Excellent weapons, good attack and defense, bad speed.
Excellent speed and weapons, good attack, medium defense.
Good attack, speed and weapons, bad defense.
Excellent speed and weapons, bad attack and defense.
As adult: Good speed and weapons, medium defense, bad attack. As larvae: Good defense, medium attack, bad speed and weapons.
Excellent attack, good defense, medium speed and weapons.
Excellent speed, medium weapons, bad attack and defense.
Excellent weapons, good defense, medium attack, terrible speed.
Enemy on mothership challenge.
Enemy on underwater challenge.
Was removed due to the fact that Atari had no idea if her final design was approved by Toho, was then locked, however it was discovered that Simon Strange had left her in the game and she can still be used via hacking, though she is in an incomplete state, only able to use her basic attacks
Was scrapped because Atari could not acquire the license, so Titanosaurus was replaced by Megaguirus (much to Simon Strange's delight); Concept art of Titanosaurus still remain in the gallery.
Was scrapped because it would be impossible to create his model without redesigning the whole game engine.
According to Strange, he would have been the next choice after Hedorah.
According to Strange, he would have been the next choice after Varan.
Was to be a secret character; scrapped due to two other Mechagodzillas present in the game.
- Godzilla (1954)
Was to be a secret character; scrapped due to two other Godzillas present in the game.
- Super Mechagodzilla
Was going to replace Mechagodzilla 2; was scrapped due to the extra time it would be required to fit on the Garuda, and to add in the new moves.
- Battra (Playable)
After Super X-3 was confirmed to be an airstrike, Pipeworks decided to make Battra a playable character, however Atari wanted them both to be airstrikes, so Battra being playable was scrapped, however the Battra introduction by the announcer was used later in Godzilla Unleashed.
- Gigan (2004)
Was originally going to be playable side-by-side with its Showa counterpart, however due to budget, this version of Gigan was scrapped.
On the cover of the game, Rainbow Mothra is featured but it was a mistake on Atari's part.
Vehicles can cause damage to the kaiju, depending on which kaiju has the most health.
- New York
- San Francisco
- Monster Island
- Los Angeles
- Mothership (Always dark)
- Boxing Ring (from Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee)
- Asteroid Belt (Challenge mode only)
- Ocean (Challenge mode only)
Critical reaction to Godzilla: Save the Earth was mixed. The game holds a rating of 63% on Game Rankings. 1UP gave the game a "B" score, saying: "Godzilla: Save the Earth is a fun game and a worthy sequel to Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee. If it had been afforded a little more finesse (especially regarding the Challenges) and a little more authentic Godzilla flavor, it'd be even sweeter. The fact is, though, that unless you're a Godzilla fan, there are better games of this general type out there (War of the Monsters and Def Jam: Fight for New York come to mind). Still, the kaiju in Godzilla's universe are way cooler than grown, sweaty men in tights. This game's just the thing if you need to administer a quick and dirty slap-down. Just be sure to pick up the prettier Xbox version if that's an option for you."
IGN gave the game a score of 6.5 out of 10, saying: "While Save the Earth is still fun with the manic action of beating up three friends, there's still not much to do when there is just one computer controlled opponent to fight. It also makes the game look that much worse when the simple graphics and animations have to be seen up close and personal. If there was more variety in the single-player game and more of an adventure, or even more fights with multiple enemies, it would have been a little more intriguing. As it is, there's barely anything that's new and even the online addition barely makes this aging game look any better."
GameSpot gave the game a 6 out of 10, saying: "This particular game at least features a large, diverse cast of playable monsters (though most of them are initially locked away). However, it lacks the dramatic look and full-scale action that's made its namesake a cinematic icon. Godzilla's most ardent fans will be able to forgive some of this game's faults, but anyone else might as well give it a pass." GameSpy gave the game a score of 3 out of 5, saying: "If you've ever longed for an online version of Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, you've pretty much got it in Save the Earth. Just don't expect many other enhancements."