A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No messages; it's a straightforward monster brawler.
Positive Role Models
You play Godzilla, who must destroy cities, vehicles, battle other monsters. Other than trying to find more G-Energy to fuel growth, strength, no motive, backstory.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Heavy focus on combat, violence isn't too graphic or bloody, clearly fictional. You punch, slash, stomp, tail-whip, use your atomic breath to take down enemies. Awarded points for destruction; screams can be heard during human radio chatter.
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Products & Purchases
Game built on Godzilla lore, includes multiple movies, games, other media.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Godzilla is a combat-themed action game where giant beasts wreaks havoc in cities and fight each other to the bitter end. Players will master melee and projectile attacks, unlock new abilities, and attempt to grow bigger and strong by finding and consuming G-Energy. There's no blood or graphic violence, and it's fantasy-based, but fighting is the name of the game here. Parents should be aware that monster fans may be interested in checking out other Godzilla-themed merchandise after playing this game, whether that's movies, toys, or other products, and that multiplayer is unmoderated, potentially exposing players to inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
Only major fans with low expectations will find value in this overpriced, repetitive, and lackluster action game. Godzilla moves slowly around the cities -- he's enormous, so not much of a shocker there -- but you might find yourself yelling "hurry up!" at your screen. When you engage in a battle against another monstrous rival, there isn't much strategy. You trade blows, perhaps use one of your special abilities, and hope you remain the victor. You can't block or use countering moves, which would add more strategy. The only interesting twist is the trade-off with G-Energy; you'll earn more by smashing buildings and vehicles, but the more you destroy the more likely the rival monsters will come out and try to chip away at your power.
Visually, the iconic movie monster, set pieces, and special effects aren't very impressive. It looks like a last-generation title, which might be fine for PS3 gamers with aging hardware but likely will disappoint those with PS4 hardware. Truthfully, mediocre graphics aren't a big deal if the gameplay is compelling enough (look at Minecraft, after all). At least there are a few modes, including online play for the PS4 version, the ability to make your own Godzilla, and multiple camera angles so you can see the action from all sides. Only superfans or easily amused casual gamers will get something out of this disappointing title.
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