Hollywood plans well for the hot and dreary days of the summer. They dish out a healthy offering of blockbuster films filled with superheroes, middle-aged mercenaries, transforming robots and plenty of other onscreen characters that warrant huge production budgets.
Japan’s most badass mega lizard is going to cause a ruckus this summer in the planned reboot film that we can’t wait to see. GODZILLA! The Godzilla trailers give us confidence in the fact that this will be the film that will wipe away the taste of disdain we’ve had for the big guy ever since Godzilla 2000.
But before you run to the movie theaters and partake in the big screen destruction of Godzilla, prepare yourselves and play these monster-filled and mayhem fueled video games. Honor the mega lizard and live out your dreams as a rampaging lizard with a gamepad in hand.
Back when Midway was still a thriving video game publisher, they supplied your local arcade with everything from hyper violent shooters to addictive racers. If you’re in the mood to tear down some buildings and smash some puny humans, you should pick up any of the games tied to the Rampage series. Make sure you pick Lizzie if you’re looking to replicate the Godzilla experience. Climbing buildings and punching helicopters with a giant lizard is always a great time.
King of the Monsters (series)
While it may be fun pounding buildings and people into mush, there’s a lot more fun to be had smashing other gigantic monsters. SNK’s famous line of mega monster fighting games will give you the chance to go toe-to-toe with several other enormous beats. King of the Monsters and its sequel are super tough wrestling games that let you do battle in the cities you’ll stomp all over and destroy. The Godzilla lookalike here is none other than the beast known as Geon.
War of the Monsters
This underrated PS2 fighting game pays homage to the campy but always enjoyable Kaiju film genre. The stages are much wider and varied, so there’s plenty of elbow room and tons of things to tear apart. War of the Monsters features a roster packed with all manners of throwback beats and robots. Togera is the big lizard of this 3D fighter, so make sure you select it when you’re in the mood to smash tanks and stab a giant gorilla with a TV antenna.
Godzilla Generations: Maximum Impact
If you have the import bucks big enough to bring this on-rails shooter over to the States, then go ahead and cop Godzilla Generations: Maximum Impact. This Japan-only Sega Dreamcast title gives you two different methods towards Godzilla’s rampaging madness – walking a straight path through the city while shooting down airplanes and smashing buildings and going one-on-one with some of the monster’s biggest rivals. There’s a lot of simple joy to be had here as you use your laser breath to knock enemies out of the sky, plus this is one of the better ways to take control in a fight against King Ghidorah.
Remember that King of the Monsters game we mentioned a while back? Well, consider Godzilla: Domination as a sort of true-to-form rendition of that series with actual big baddies from the Godzilla roster. The Game Boy Advance powered this 2D fighter and the always awesome developers at WayForward Technologies put this title together. You have free reign here to go ham on an entire city while fending off three other players in a four player battle royal. Of course you can play as Godzilla, but you also have the option to select MechaGodzilla, Rodan, Megalon etc.
Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee
Once Godzilla and his motley crew of city destroyers got introduced to the original Xbox and Nintendo Gamecube audience, greatness ensued. Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee was sort of like a love letter to the movies and campy plots that was present in them all. The plot revolving around this fighter (a race of aliens took control of several monsters in order to use them to destroy Earth, but you take control of one monster who breaks free of their mind control and try to stop the others) gave gamers a simple reason to just beat up anyone they pleased. Getting to take control of several different Godzilla’s from bygone era’s was such a cool nod to Toho’s famous lizard.
Godzilla: Save The Earth
In this direct sequel to the last game on this list, Godzilla has to contend with those damned aliens once again. Only this time, you have to not only fend off massive beasts but also make sure planet Earth stays intact. That’s pretty hard to do since you’re stomping all over Godzilla’s home planet. Godzilla: Save The Earth improves the 3D fighting gameplay that was introduced in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and widens the roster a bit with additions like SpaceGodzilla, Jet Jaguar, Mecha-King Ghidorah, and more.
And here we have the final release in the trilogy of Godzilla fighting games that got placement on the PlayStation 2, Nintendo Gamecube and original Xbox. Godzilla: Unleashed upped the ante by splitting up the game’s monster cast into four playable rosters who all had different end game goals. You could either defend Earth, capture it or just flat out destroy it. The Wii version is the better of the bunch, thanks to the wider roster of playable monsters. If you’re dying to play with lesser known Godzilla creatures such as Gigan and Fire Rodan, then this is the game for you.
The final Godzilla game on this list takes its elements from the upcoming 2014 movie that is sure to rock movie goers later this summer. The concept of this mobile Match Three puzzler is pretty strange (we were expecting a home console release that let us take direct control of Godzilla and lay waste to the cities seen in the move trailers), but we’re willing to keep an open mind and check it out. From the looks of things, your progress on a puzzle board that’s filled with similar icons results in the onscreen damage that your Godzilla avatar causes. Mobile puzzling and Godzilla together might make for a surprisingly addictive combo.
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