Godzilla: Save the Earth

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Godzilla: Save the Earth
Godzilla - Save the Earth Coverart.png
Developer(s) Pipeworks Software
Publisher(s) Atari
Classic Media
Toho
Series Godzilla
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Xbox
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • NA November 2, 2004
  • PAL December 9, 2004
  • JP December 10, 2004[1]
Xbox
  • NA November 16, 2004
  • PAL November 19, 2004[2]
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Godzilla: Save the Earth is a fighting video game released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2. It was the first Godzilla title to be released for both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox game consoles. Based on characters and situations from the Godzilla film series, the game itself is the sequel to Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, released for the GameCube and Xbox in 2002. Godzilla: Save the Earth is followed by Godzilla: Unleashed in 2007 for the PlayStation 2 and the Wii.

Plot[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (Xbox) 64.01%[3]
(PS2) 61.92%[4]
Metacritic (Xbox) 63/100[5]
(PS2) 62/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B−[7]
EGM 5.33/10[8]
Game Informer 6/10[9]
GameSpot 6/10[10]
GameSpy 3/5 stars[11][12]
IGN 6.5/10[13][14]
OPM (US) 2.5/5 stars[15]
OXM 7.1/10[16]
TeamXbox 6.1/10[17]
X-Play 2/5 stars[18]
Detroit Free Press 2/4 stars[19]

Critical reaction to Godzilla: Save the Earth was mixed. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 61.92% and 62 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version,[4][6] and 64.01% and 63 out of 100 for the Xbox version.[3][5]

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."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps2/920436-godzilla-save-the-earth/data
  2. ^ http://www.gamefaqs.com/xbox/920435-godzilla-save-the-earth/data
  3. ^ a b "Godzilla: Save the Earth for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Godzilla: Save the Earth for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Godzilla: Save the Earth for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Godzilla: Save the Earth for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Butler, Tim (December 2, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ EGM staff (December 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth". Electronic Gaming Monthly (186): 106. 
  9. ^ Zoss, Jeremy (December 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth". Game Informer (140): 165. Archived from the original on May 28, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kasavin, Greg (November 5, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ Baker, Chris (November 11, 2004). "GameSpy: Godzilla: Save the Earth (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ Baker, Chris (December 7, 2004). "GameSpy: Godzilla: Save the Earth (Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ Lewis, Ed (November 2, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ Lewis, Ed (November 15, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Godzilla: Save the Earth". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. January 2005. 
  16. ^ "Godzilla: Save the Earth". Official Xbox Magazine: 68. December 2004. 
  17. ^ Fisher, Matthew (November 23, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ Speer, Justin (November 30, 2004). "Godzilla: Save the Earth Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on December 10, 2004. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  19. ^ 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. 

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