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Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee
Don't let the name fool you, <i>Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee</i> is not just a clone of Super Smash Bros. Melee, it is an original game that sci-fi fans everywhere will go wild for. Epic battles in real world cities with famous monsters like Megalon, King Ghidora, Rodan, and the all-powerful MechaGodzilla make this game one of the best fighters on the Cube today. Power-ups are scarce so you have little option other than to use every move in your arsenal to send your opponents flying.

You can fight in different sections of such cities as San Francisco, Tokyo and Monster Island with any of the 12 different characters. The visuals in the game are spectacular. The detail on the cities and monsters is absurdy well done, even the smallest detail isn't neglected. You can see the seemingly tiny cars you stomp on explode on the street below. The cities are also fully destructable, meaning if you jab at an opponent and miss or do a bit too much stomping around, you could take down buildings. As fun as this sounds (and it is), you have to make sure you don't overdo it. The army will attack whichever monster has done the most damage to the city with increasingly nasty weapons such as the freeze ray, which makes you a sitting duck for your opponent to hit you hard without chance of missing. The upside is, if you grab the other monster and toss him into a group of buildings, then the army considers him to have knocked them down and they start attacking him. It's a great sight to behold!

Controls are a bit clunky and do take some getting used to, especially if your used to the simple controls of SSB:Melee, once you have played for a while, it becomes easier to pull off those powerful attacks. As I mentioned earlier, the graphics are stunning and you even get a replay from different angles after every fight so you can watch in slo mo as that building you tossed smacks Rodan in his face. Oh, did I mention you can pick up and throw whole buildings? You can, and they do big damage too.

<i>Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee</i> is also a great multiplayer game. Up to four players can fight against one another in a last man standing match, a match to see who can do the most damage to a city in the given time, team battles, a survival mode where you fight against monster after monster and see how long you last.

It's got flaws though, for instance, when you first boot up the game, you have a weak choice of three playable monsters in 4 arenas, you must unlock everything else. Flying monster have a bit of a glitch too. Rodan can be soaring over the city and suddenly get hung up on an invisible wall and twitch there in mid-air for a few seconds before resuming flight. An option to change the sometimes ludicrously difficult computer players AI would also have been a welcome addition. Also the adventure mode is basically the same thing over and over, with rearranged monsters. There's no such thing as a perfect fighting game, but Godzilla made a fair attempt at being one. I give <i>Godzilla</i> a 6.5 and suggest you rent before you buy, as it may not be for everyone.

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