Release Date: Out Now
Players: 1-2, 1-4 with multitap
Our world is on the brink of apocalyptic annihilation, havoc and destruction reign over our lands. The battle lines of gigantic proportions are drawn... Yeah right, well that’s the blurb from the box. Or a better description might be: If you've already played Save the Earth, don't bother buying this, because unless you strain your eyes really hard this is ostensibly the same game minus online play, and its graphics and gameplay might break your PS2’s ageing heart. But then again, there's a reason why I'm not in marketing...
Yep, and the same problems return with this “new” Godzilla title. There’s no real feeling of scale or power (in much the same way as the Transformers games) and the graphics are poor. No, they’re worse than poor, they look like ‘placeholder’ or storyboard graphics for a current generation game, and that won’t do even for the grand old PS2 I’m afraid.
Gameplay? Oh yes, it’s a button basher, plain and simple, to pretend anything else would be preposterous, and while I don’t wish to do a disservice to my cat’s gaming prowess, I’m sure he could manage to beat me in a few fights if I taped his paws to the joypad. The controls are basically this: Punches are thrown by pressing the ‘X’ button, kick attacks are ‘Square’. Your strong attack is executed with the ‘O’ and ‘Triangle’ is for blocking. The ‘L1’ button is the grab button, ‘R2’ is jump, and ‘R1’ fires your long range weapon. This setup took a while to get used to but the main problems are the game’s reaction speed, or rather, the lack of it. The constant requirement of punching, kicking and “fierce” attacks are terribly sluggish, and that means that there's very little or no skill or timing involved in the combat. Grabs and throwing buildings and opponents seems the best bet and does the most damage, although this also seems to be a hit and miss affair as you can be stood right next to a building and your monster will blankly refuse to latch on to it and pick it up… Aaaargh!
- 20+ monsters to play with?
- Poor graphics
- Poor sound
- And unforgivably, poor gameplay