Godzilla: Unleashed Review
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Godzilla: Unleashed box art
System: Wii, PS2, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Pipeworks 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Atari 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Dec. 5, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Fans of Godzilla will find a lot to enjoy with this game. The game has been crammed full of different monsters from different Godzilla films, bringing the total available monsters to a whopping 23, including some monsters created specifically for this game. The only problem is that you have to jump through quite a few hoops before you've unlocked the entire gallery of playable monsters. For most, you have to find the monster in the game, which then only unlocks your ability to purchase that specific monster…if you've already unlocked that monster's faction. Add the fact that most of the monster cost a ridiculous amount of credits, which ensures that you have to play through the game's stages a few times to earn enough, and completionists will find themselves playing Godzilla Unleashed for a long time to come…although that may have been the developer's intentions.

Godzilla: Unleashed screenshot

The visuals in Godzilla Unleashed are decent considering the Wii's power. There isn't anything in the game that is particularly awe-inspiring, and the monsters all look fairly like their movie counterparts and animated just as clumsily. The camera doesn't do a great job of giving the best view of the action, as it seems to arbitrarily move between a view behind your back or to the side.

The Wii version of the game is notably better than the PlayStation 2 version of the game, however. If you've played the PS2 version and have been turned off, you might want to check out the Wii version before writing the game off completely. The Wii version boasts superior visuals, better (if unresponsive at times) controls, a few more monsters, and a better variety in the objectives.

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Overall, Godzilla Unleashed is a decent monster bashing experience on the Wii. If you're a fan of Godzilla, you'll find a lot to enjoy with this game once you get beyond the flawed and unresponsive controls. Just be certain to approach the game like a brawler in the vein of a gigantic Final Fight with monsters instead of a Tekken or Virtua Fighter game, and you'll be able to enjoy the game.

By D'Marcus Beatty
CCC Lead Contributor / News Director

Features:

  • Multiplayer modes supporting up to four players.
  • A completely redesigned massively destructive 3D fighting system.
  • Innovative and re-playable non-linear storyline.
  • 23 playable monsters including classic and new Toho (original creators of Godzilla) approved monsters.
  • A minimum of eight intensely destructible environments featuring partial building pieces and updated physics.
  • Inventive fighting mechanics including power-up upgrades, breath weapons, hand-to-hand combat, grappling moves, and more.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    3.0
    Graphics
    Visuals are decent if not extraordinary.
    2.8
    Control
    The controls are imprecise at best, unresponsive at worst.
    2.7
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Largely forgettable soundtrack and voiceovers are bad.
    3.8

    Play Value
    Tons of replayability, and unlocking all of the monsters is a long process.

    3.1
    Overall Rating - Fair
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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