Godzilla: Save the Earth Monster Profiles - SpaceGodzilla, Mothra, MOGUERA
Take an exclusive look at three new monsters from Atari's upcoming brawler Godzilla: Save the Earth.
Back in the old days, fighting games were simpler distractions that pitted the guy-in-the-white-shirt against the guy-in-the-red-shirt in a best two-out-of-three match. They also didn't have as many giant monsters. But that was then, and this is now--and now is the time that GameSpot has the pleasure of bringing you these exclusive monster profiles from Godzilla: Save the Earth, the upcoming brawler for the PS2 and Xbox that stars Godzilla and a great many of the gigantic, city-smashing reptile's friends and foes. The game won't be available until November, but until then, get the info on these mighty monsters, and see exclusive footage of each one in action on the PlayStation 2 and on the Xbox.
The fearsome SpaceGodzilla was seemingly the result of a freak mishap. In the 1994 motion picture Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Godzilla's enemy Mothra ends up bringing part of its wounded enemy's "G-cells" through a black hole. After being bombarded with many different types of radiation, this remnant of Godzilla's essence somehow fuses with a mysterious crystalline life-form that ends up cloning itself into SpaceGodzilla--a look-alike monster that is just as good at smashing things as Godzilla but also has the ability to travel through space, as well as the ability to unleash spectacular energy-based attacks (thanks to its alien heritage).
The 88,000 ton SpaceGodzilla towers over most cityscapes at a height of 394 feet and is a fearsome opponent in battle. In the game, SpaceGodzilla isn't as fast on its feet as some other monsters, and it also doesn't possess the exceptional close-combat skills that some of the game's more physical critters do. However, it can use its alien powers to conjure up crystals from its own body structure to fling at its enemies, and it also possesses telekinetic powers that can be employed to strike enemies from a distance. Additionally, these powers can be used to pick up and hurl enemies through the air.
Though Mothra has a fearsome reputation, the enormous insectlike creature is actually the peaceful defender of Infant Island. Mothra first crossed paths with Godzilla in the aptly named 1964 film Mothra vs. Godzilla. The gigantic insect defender nobly put its own life on the line in a battle with the evil King Ghidorah in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, a film in which Godzilla and Rodan ignored the threat of the three-headed, dragonlike creature in favor of fighting each other, which nearly led to Japan's destruction. Mothra was able to successfully hold off Ghidorah until Rodan and Godzilla put aside their differences to deal with the new threat.
Something of a lightweight at a mere 16,500 tons, Mothra will actually fight with two different styles in the upcoming game. As a larva, Mothra takes the form of a gigantic caterpillar that can stun its enemies with a weblike spray that incapacitates its foes and lets Mothra get in close to deal even more damage. Adult Mothra takes the form of a gigantic moth that has the abilities to both fly and blast enemies with energy beams from its antennae.
First appearing in the 1957 film The Mysterians, "MOGUERA," the gigantic robot, was an alien invader whose design was later copied by the UN Godzilla Countermeasures Center. The earth-built MOGUERA (an acronym for "Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aero-type") was designed--with supervision from Russian scientist Alexander Mamiroff--to be Earth's answer to the powerful (and sometimes temperamental) giant lizard. Considering the ratio of how many Godzilla movies have been made to how many MOGUERA movies have been made, you can probably guess how this one turned out.
The robotic MOGUERA stands tall at 394 feet and weighs in at a whopping 176,000 tons. Despite its much heavier frame, MOGUERA actually possesses the mobility of most flying monsters. Speed and maneuverability are its primary weapons, though it also possesses many powerful man-made armaments, like pulse cannons, grenades, and electromagnetic pulse bombs, among others.
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