|System: DS, Wii, PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Santa Cruz Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atari||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 20, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Besides the story mode, Godzilla Unleashed also has an Endurance Mode and a Survival mode, but both feature the same flawed combat system. It can be fun for Godzilla lovers to unlock and recognize the various monsters in the game, but there isn't much to be enjoyed beyond that. The monsters may look slightly different, but they all have basically the same attack, so there isn't much of a reward to unlocking new characters beyond the accomplishment itself.
Another complaint is the fact that there is no saving feature. If you want to finish the game, you must do so in one sitting. The game also doesn't warn you that you are going to lose your progress if you quit, so most gamers won't realize this, since auto saving is a feature that seems to be standard in most contemporary games.
The visuals in Godzilla Unleashed aren't particularly impressive. The monsters are recognizable, but only have a few frames of animation apiece. Some of the attacking vehicles appear to have nearly no animation, gliding across the screen as if they were being pushed. The cutscenes' still frames could be considered stylistic at best, but many may consider them to look like a bad flash animation.
The game does have a multiplayer mode which allows two players to attack the game, one controlling the top monster while the other controls the bottom. However, as expected, that doesn't make the game any more enjoyable.
In addition to the game modes, Godzilla Unleashed also has some extras, such as a model gallery to allow to you look at the game's monsters, a concept gallery, and an option to listen to the game's music. There isn't much to add to the game's replayability, however.
Overall, Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash isn't a game that can be recommended for any reason. The plodding and imperfect gameplay, poor visuals, nonexistent story, and terrible controls combine to create an experience best avoided. Fans of Godzilla may want to add this to their collection, but you may be offended by their treatment of everyone's favorite lizard this side of the Geico commercials.
CCC Lead Contributor / News Director