Godzilla: Unleashed First Look

Tremble in your underpants, puny humans. The king of the monsters is coming to a Wii near you, and we've got a first look at the game.

A game like Godzilla: Unleashed just begs for an introduction by "movie trailer voice guy". You know, something like, "In a world where strange crystals have taken over Earth's major cities, monsters come to settle their differences in the only way they know how--through battle!" Recently, the good folks from Atari and Pipeworks Software stopped by to give us an early look at Unleashed for the Wii. This is the debut of the king of all monsters on the Wii, and as you might expect, the game's controls put a unique spin on the time-honored tradition of monster fighting games.

Godzilla lurks from out the ocean once more to do battle in major metropolitan areas.

The game follows the adventures of Godzilla and his monstrous enemies as they battle in huge urban environments, which, as noted, have been infested by strange crystals that mysteriously attract the planet's monster population. Once the monsters meet up, they duke it out in a way that proves to be highly destructible to surrounding structures in the area. Throughout the storyline in Godzilla: Unleashed, you'll follow four factions--the Earth defenders, the aliens, the mechas, and the mutants, all of whom play a part in the game's plot. As the producers told us, the plot is nonlinear, so which monsters you choose to fight at any given time in a level will determine who your ally, or your enemy, is as the story progresses.

Among the confirmed monsters playable in Godzilla: Unleashed (out of an eventual total of at least 16) are Godzilla 2000, Megalon, Gigan (from Godzilla: Final Wars), and Kiryu (aka Mechagodzilla). Though the producers haven't revealed the final roster, they did say the game will include both flying and burrowing monsters from the Toho pantheon, as well as new Toho-approved beasts to control. In the demo we played, we got to see Godzilla take on Kiryu, wreaking massive devastation in the process. The buildings surrounding the dueling duo showed off both full and partial destruction modeling, which, like the rest of the game, is in very early development. Still, with pieces falling off the building as you punch and kick your way around, it's easy to see the potential for some very cool destruction in the future.

The controls in Godzilla: Unleashed make use of both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk controller as you move your monster around the environment. Basic attacks, such as punches and kicks, are pulled off by pressing the A or B button on the Wii Remote. Over on the Nunchuk controller, you can duck by pressing the Z button and power up your special attack with the C button. To leap, you hold down the Z button and then move the controller up, and as you slowly return to the ground, you can get in plenty of attacks on the way down. Also, monsters will be able to lift up some of the smaller buildings in the game and toss them at opponents; to do so, you simply move both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk up to pick up a building, then make a throwing motion to toss it at your foe.

Among the coolest moves are the various ranged attacks, such as Godzilla's fire breath. When you fire your ranged attacks, you control the direction of the shot by twisting the Wii Remote left or right. The developers are planning to add a lock-on feature to help you hit your targets, but during the demo, it was fun to just let loose with a beam laser and lay waste to everything in your path. When two monsters lock their beams together, it results in a minigame where you bat the combined beam back and forth much like in a tennis game; the loser is the one who fails to deflect the opponent's beam in time. Monsters will have more than one ranged attack--for example, Kiryu will have a beam weapon but will also be able to fire homing weapons out of his back, which, frankly, is just awesome.

Something tells us our insurance rates will be going up after this.

In addition to the monsters you'll encounter during the game, you'll have to take on the puny Earth defenses. We saw only a few scattered tanks in the demo we played, but the producers assured us that military vehicles will be prevalent in the final version of the game. All of this action will take place in eight environments that are smaller, but more densely packed, than those found in previous Godzilla games, such as Godzilla: Save the Earth. As you fight, you'll have two meters to keep track of: one for your health and one for your energy, which will determine how long you can use your breath weapons.

With a nonlinear storyline in single-player and with multiplayer modes supporting up to four players, there's plenty to look forward to in Godzilla: Unleashed. The game is due for release toward the latter part of 2007, so there is lots of work still to be done on Godzilla: Unleashed for the Wii. Being the freakish fans of the big lizard that we are, we'll be keeping a close eye on the game as it progresses throughout the year.

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Discussion

29 comments
VG_Executioner
VG_Executioner

Ooooh no theres's go Tokyo.....and the rest of the world go go Godzllla!!!:P

Chris_555_TK
Chris_555_TK

What!? No BS "facts" like "CARDBOARD BUILDINGS!"?

yeahdogg
yeahdogg

"With japonese accent : GODZILLA!!!!!!!!!!!" @ m_machine024 Don't you mean "Japanese" and "GODZEERRA!!!" :D

klusps
klusps

Always loved Godzilla sense I was a kid, so I might be looking forward to this.

NejiKusa
NejiKusa

Hopefully the bad guy's will be the ones from final wars, instead of the planet x guys from monster o, that wasnt even a good movie!

markkilness
markkilness

this looks freaking awesome, and every one who hates it should be shot in the back!!!!! mwhahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

Just putting this out there, but. . .has there ever been a great Godzilla title? Paint me skeptical on this one.

couchpotatoe387
couchpotatoe387

For those who are incapable of fully reading the article and are quick to bash the game based on the few images they've seen, read the following: "the game, is in very early development (GameSpot)."

Davy-W
Davy-W

Looks good, but I dunno... @ m_machine024 : GODZIRRA!! : P

mtbsoft
mtbsoft

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mtbsoft
mtbsoft

Sounds pretty average to me, a typical port of a "button pushing" game onto the Wii with just a few additional motion based features to try to justify it as a Wii game. With all the capabilities of the Wiimote and Nunchuk, why do developers have to resort to using the buttons for most of the functions? I might rent this one once but I doubt I'll buy it.

EvilDarkGon
EvilDarkGon

Epic. Gigan just looks beautiful. Can't wait to see who else makes the roster.

DrewBlood08
DrewBlood08

If there is a game they need on the VC for Wii, its Godzilla. With side scrolling action like contra, fights with other monsters like Street Fighter, and a tactical map to move your monsters around on the map that game was the best godzilla game to date if you ask me...

aledem
aledem

great! can't wait to get!!

silent_seaxx
silent_seaxx

Wow, this looks really good.. I like the whole "whoever you choose to fight determines your ally & enemies," very interactive and choosey.

icup01
icup01

I Hope Orga and Destroya Get in this game

SM0
SM0

Yea this is gonna be the best!!! i hope godzilla 90s is in it

Gravidtron
Gravidtron

Whoah! Looks like ****

Four stars! I agree! This looks a million times better than the NES Godzilla game.

kamm
kamm

Whoah! Looks like **** It's so ugly it's horrible - why only losers develop for Wii, creating worse looking crap than crappy GC ports back 3-4 years ago?

Talal_Turtle
Talal_Turtle

RUN ITS GODZILLA OR KIYURU OR MOTH they should have king kong on this, like in the old days

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

The idea of a Godzilla game sounds pap, but after reading the report it doesn't sound half bad.

books83
books83

Definitlly going to keep my eye on this

SiriusXXX74
SiriusXXX74

I can't wait for this latest Gojira title to hit shelves!!! This title and Twillight Princess are 2 of the reasons (out of many) that I hope to het a Wii with my taz return! =(^.^)=

SyluxElite
SyluxElite

This might be good........................... :P

m_machine024
m_machine024

With japonese accent : GODZILLA!!!!!!!!!!!