Godzilla: Save the Earth

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Godzilla: Save the Earth
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Developer(s)Pipeworks Software
Publisher(s)Atari, Inc.
SeriesGodzilla
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
Xbox
ReleasePlayStation 2
  • NA: November 2, 2004
  • PAL: December 9, 2004
  • JP: December 10, 2004
Xbox
  • NA: November 16, 2004
  • PAL: November 19, 2004
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer

Godzilla: Save the Earth is a fighting video game released in 2004 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Based on characters and situations from the Godzilla film series, the game itself is a sequel to Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee. Godzilla: Save the Earth was followed by Godzilla: Unleashed in 2007.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay is identical to the previous game, although it plays at a more sluggish pace and allows monsters to use their beam attacks more frequently. New additions included elevated terrains, a challenge mode, online play for the Xbox console, and a slightly more cohesive story mode that includes limited traveling sections and underwater levels. The game introduced seven new playable monsters: Baragon, Jet Jaguar, Megaguirus, Moguera, Mothra, and SpaceGodzilla. Biollante was going to be included (as she was fully programmed into the game), but was cut due to licensing reasons.

Plot[edit]

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 victorious roar, having saved the Earth yet again.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PS2Xbox
1UP.comB−[1]B−[1]
EGM5.33/10[2]5.33/10[2]
Game Informer6/10[3]6/10[3]
GameSpot6/10[4]6/10[4]
GameSpy3/5 stars[5]3/5 stars[6]
IGN6.5/10[7]6.5/10[8]
OPM (US)2.5/5 stars[9]N/A
OXM (US)N/A7.1/10[10]
TeamXboxN/A6.1/10[11]
X-Play2/5 stars[12]2/5 stars[12]
Detroit Free PressN/A2/4 stars[13]
Aggregate score
Metacritic62/100[14]63/100[15]

Godzilla: Save the Earth received mixed reviews on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[14][15]

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."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butler, Tim (December 2, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b EGM staff (December 25, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth". Electronic Gaming Monthly (186): 106.
  3. ^ a b Zoss, Jeremy (December 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth". Game Informer (140): 165.
  4. ^ a b Kasavin, Greg (November 5, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Baker, Chris (November 11, 2004). "GameSpy: Godzilla: Save the Earth (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  6. ^ Baker, Chris (December 7, 2004). "GameSpy: Godzilla: Save the Earth (Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  7. ^ Lewis, Ed (November 2, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  8. ^ Lewis, Ed (November 15, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Godzilla: Save the Earth". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. January 2005. Archived from the original on June 3, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "Godzilla: Save the Earth". Official Xbox Magazine: 68. December 2004.
  11. ^ Fisher, Matthew (November 23, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Speer, Justin (November 30, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on December 10, 2004. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  13. ^ Huschka, Ryan (January 9, 2005). "'Godzilla: Save the Earth' (Xbox)". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on January 19, 2005. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Godzilla: Save the Earth for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Godzilla: Save the Earth for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 29, 2014.

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