Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

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Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby Dai » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:05 pm

I used to have the Gamecube version of DAMM, but for some reason I ended up selling it years ago. I regret that now, but I can't decide whether to buy another copy of DAMM or get Save the Earth instead. Reviews tend to give Save the Earth a lower score, but I don't know if that's just from it not improving over the earlier game or if it's actually worse in some way; the reviews I've read don't address that point. So which do you prefer, and what are the differences aside from Save the Earth's larger roster? Also, is there much difference in performance and graphics between the PS2 and Xbox versions of Save the Earth?
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Re: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby canofhumdingers » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:54 pm

I'm pretty sure the graphics for save the earth on Xbox were noticeably better than on the ps2, but I only had the ps 2 version. As for which game to get, I'd go for save the earth. Some people say DAMM was more polished, and maybe it was, but I think the real issue people had with StE was that it is painfully obvious the game was pushed out well before it was actually completed. But even so, with StE you get pretty much everything you got with DAMM but with the addition of a much bigger roster, more and larger/better maps, more modes of gameplay including some fun mini levels (the underwater level where you chase down Ebirah is pretty cool). So even though you can tell there was supposed to be a more complete single player story mode that never saw the light of day, you're still getting a better over all package.

All that being said, if you can get Godzilla for the PS4, it totally blows ANY of the pipe works games out of the water by a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG shot!
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Re: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:20 pm

StE on Xbox looks better and plays better than the PS2 version. However the PS2 version should still have multiplayer support whether or not people still play it online is a different story.

As for the advantage(s) of DAMM if you get the Xbox version it supports custome soundtracks so you can play the game with actual Godzilla music.
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Re: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby Dai » Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:50 pm

Thanks for the info. I'll go with the Xbox version of Save the Earth for now. If that doesn't grab me I'll try the PS4 game, but from the videos I've seen it seems like the older games had a more rounded fighting engine, since you could block, throw enemies, throw rocks and buildings at enemies, etc. Am I wrong?
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Re: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby RaptorG » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:05 pm

Dai wrote:If that doesn't grab me I'll try the PS4 game, but from the videos I've seen it seems like the older games had a more rounded fighting engine, since you could block, throw enemies, throw rocks and buildings at enemies, etc. Am I wrong?


Your not wrong on the fact that you can't block or throw things in the PS4 game but you are also wrong on the fighting game/engine part. The PS4 game isn't a fighting game like DAMM and STE, It's more of a city destruction game where you fight bosses in the stage. It's more or less a spirit successor of the Dreamcast Godzilla Generation game so I wouldn't compare the two games together.
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Re: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:02 pm

Indeed Godzilla PS4 isn't a fighting game it's a simulation game and that's why I think the game got poor reviews is because people are thinking it's a fighting game.
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Re: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby canofhumdingers » Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:51 pm

RaptorG wrote:
Dai wrote:If that doesn't grab me I'll try the PS4 game, but from the videos I've seen it seems like the older games had a more rounded fighting engine, since you could block, throw enemies, throw rocks and buildings at enemies, etc. Am I wrong?


Your not wrong on the fact that you can't block or throw things in the PS4 game but you are also wrong on the fighting game/engine part. The PS4 game isn't a fighting game like DAMM and STE, It's more of a city destruction game where you fight bosses in the stage. It's more or less a spirit successor of the Dreamcast Godzilla Generation game so I wouldn't compare the two games together.


I would certainly compare them. Save the Earth is more focused on being a true fighting game, while the PS4 game leans more towards a "kaiju simulator" style. But it is still VERY much about monster combat. In the end, both games have gameplay modes that focus on monster combat, city destruction, and other minor goal oriented tasks such as destroy X number of helicopters or some such. It's just that these things are weighted slightly differntly and the mechanics vary. But you can't play the PS4 God of Destruction mode (where you fight six monsters in a row as fast as possible) and say it's not a fighting game. I really think it's down to the controls that make people say that. Specifically, the steering controls feel like a simulator. But the rest of the controls are straight up classic fighting game style - with attacks, dodges, and a list of combos. Yeah, you can't block, but that fits the theme of kaiju fights - they never really block in the movies do they? I still say if you like save the earth then you owe it to yourself to check out the new PS4 game, as its up the same alley, but way more satisfying. It's actually the best Godzilla game ever made, IMO.
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Re: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:15 am

The PS4 game I would say is a simulator with fighting elements in it a lot genres often get mashed together now.
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Re: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:54 am

STE is basically DAMM with more kaiju. I've always preferred the Nintendo Gamecube controller over Xbox or PS2 so I've played DAMM probably ten times as much as STE in my life. I also think the graphics and motion look smoother on DAMM for Gamecube than either version of STE. I think it really comes down to which of those consoles you prefer.
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Re: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee vs Save the Earth

Postby RaptorG » Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:42 am

canofhumdingers wrote:But you can't play the PS4 God of Destruction mode (where you fight six monsters in a row as fast as possible) and say it's not a fighting game.


Actually even if you mention just one mode of a the actual game, it still not a fighting game. I wouldn't called God of Destruction mode by itself a fighting game either (it's more of a Game mode). Personally in terms of video games, God of Destruction mode is what most gamers would call a "Boss Rush" mode. There are a lot of third person games out there (past and present) that has a boss rush mode where you are scored by time. God of Destruction is really no different in this aspect as it is basically just a mode where you just fight bosses after bosses. That would mean that those third person games out there can also be called a fighting game as well, which they really aren't. Fighting games do have time trial modes and speed runs, but the core concept of being a fighting game is totally loss from the PS4 Godzilla game.
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