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September 29, 2004
Godzilla: Save the Earth - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
26/11/2004AtariPipeworks Software1-2$49.95

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Destruction of the city.
How many Godzilla movies do you think have been made? Five? Ten Perhaps? In fact over the 50 years since his first movie in 1954 there have been 27 movies in Japan, one more is in development now which apparently sees the destruction of Sydney, and the American movie, which while I didn't mind, certainly wasn't in the same mould of the Japanese movies. It comes as little surprise then that there have been numerous games over the years (ten in fact) celebrating the legend, and why not, massive monsters fighting in cities and destroying everything in the path. Godzilla: Save the Earth sees all the legendary characters from the movies return to battle it out. It doesn't get any better then this...

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Some of the great effects!
Godzilla: Destroy the Earth sees the epic battle for Earth range across the globe in more than a dozen massive, destructible city environments, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Osaka and New York. Environments have been enhanced and enlarged, featuring hills, oceans, harbors and mountains. All structures in the game have advanced destruction mechanics, enabling them to be partially damaged or completely destroyed through multiple impacts. Striking larger buildings will produce dynamically generated gouges that expose the internal skeletal structure before they eventually crumble to the ground.

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Nice lighting and colours.
Players will have nine game modes to choose from, including Action, the mission-based single-player game; Challenges, a series of single-player challenges to complete; Custom, where players can set the parameters of a fight; Versus, the classic one-on-one melee battle; and many more. The game also includes mini games. One of these is an on-rails type shooter while another is sort of a monster round up where you must throw them into selected "zones" around the cities.

Online gameplay has also been confirmed for Godzilla: Save the Earth (in America at least) and hopefully it will make it to PAL territories - more on that soon.

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Bzzzz.
Oh, did someone ask about which characters were going to appear in the game? Well at this stage Atari have only confirmed five characters, however there are 13 more to be revealed at a later date. Confirmed characters include Godzilla 2000, Space Godzilla, MechaGodzilla 3, Mothra, Moguera, King Ghidorah and what looks like MechaMothra (not sure if that's correct - check out the screenshot to the left here).

With Atari securing a deal with their American subsiduary Australian gamers will be getting Godzilla: Destroy the Earth much cheaper, with a RRP of only $AU49.95 (or $46.95 through Games Warehouse). This looks like exceptional value so keep an eye out for this game in late November.