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Genre: Action

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'Godzilla: Save the Earth' (PS2) Stumbles into Stores

by Judy on Nov. 3, 2004 @ 5:00 p.m. PST

"`Godzilla®: Save the Earth' takes the Godzilla® interactive experience to the next level, with the addition of online play, a deeper fighting engine, sharper and more detailed graphics, and fan-favorite monsters," said Wim Stocks, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Atari. "No other fighting game can come close to matching the amazing fun of four-player online brawls between titanic creatures. Godzilla® fans will love the authenticity of recreating their favorite film battles with more monsters than ever while fighting game fans will find a refreshing and completely fun change of pace from traditional console brawlers."

Both the PlayStation®2 and Xbox versions feature a robust online multiplayer component. Up to four players can smash, bash and trash opposing monsters and cities in gargantuan online melees. Players can fight head-to-head in the classic Versus mode; with three or four other players in free-for-all, team, or 1-on-3 Melee mode; or compete to destroy the city in the game's Destruction mode.

In offline play, gamers have several modes from which to choose, including Action, the single-player campaign battling Earth's foes; Challenges, a series of single-player mini-games to complete; Versus, the classic one-on-one showdown; Melee, the two-to-four player battle-fest; and more.

Responding to requests from the worldwide Godzilla® fanbase, Atari made certain that "Godzilla®: Save the Earth" would feature more than 18 classic Toho movie monsters, each carefully designed to recreate the authentic look and feel of the mega-popular film stars. Monsters returning from "Godzilla®: Destroy All Monsters Melee" include Godzilla® 2000 and Godzilla® 90s, King Ghidorah(TM), Gigan(TM) and more, while fan-favorite monsters joining the lineup include Mothra(TM) (both larval and adult form), Jet Jaguar(TM), Baragon(TM), SpaceGodzilla(TM), Moguera(TM) and more.

In the single-player game, Vorticia, the leader of the Vortaak, sends mind-controlled monsters to Earth to collect Godzilla® DNA -- "G-Cells" -- in order to create her own Super Monster with which to conquer the planet. As Godzilla®, the player awakens and must stop the brainwashed monsters from stealing G-Cells(TM) while at the same time freeing his fellow monsters from captivity. Throughout the game's missions, Vorticia sends waves of monsters, UFOs and other earth-threatening devices at Godzilla®.

The epic battle for earth rages across the globe in more than a dozen massive, destructible city environments based on real world locations, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Osaka and New York. Fantasy locations featured in the game include the infamous Monster Island from the Godzilla® films as well as the Vortaak Alien Mothership. Environments have been enhanced and enlarged, and now feature hills, oceans, harbors and mountains. All structures in the game feature advanced destruction mechanics, enabling them to be partially damaged or completely destroyed through multiple impacts. Striking larger buildings dynamically generates gouges before the buildings eventually crumble to the ground.

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