Video Game: War Of The Monsters
War of the Monsters
(known as Kaiju Daigekisen in Japan) is a 3D Fighting Game
for the PlayStation 2
, made by Incognito Entertainment (of Twisted Metal
fame) and re-released on the PlayStation Network
The game is set in the aftermath of an alien invasion of Earth where their hazardous fuels
have spawned giant monsters that battle one another in city environments. The game is presented in the style of a 1950's science fiction and monster movie, making homages
to films in those genres.
The monsters you can play are:
This game provides examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Of Fifties sci-fi and B Movies, as well as Kaiju movies.
- Aliens and Monsters
- An Ice Ape: Congar's fourth skin is effectively him made of ice.
- Applied Phlebotinum: The alien fuel that gives birth to most of the game's monsters.
- Area51: Rosdale Canyon.
- Artificial Brilliance: Used in the most annoying way possible as the AI turns out to pretty much be total coward. The second a fight stops going their way a CPU run, hide and grab at every single health power-up in the arena. The issue is only compounded by the AI's tendency to Gang Up on the Human leading to times injured monsters will run off and heal themselves while non-wounded monsters will swarm around you and kick the shit out of you.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Duh.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Cerebulon. After defeating his first two mecha-based forms, you might think that battling his physical form would be easier. You would be wrong. He has blindingly fast melee attacks, so much so that most characters can't get an attack in once his combo starts. You will then be thrown across the map, missing a large portion of your health.
- Behemoth Battle: It's a Fighting Game where you can play as different kinds of Kaiju.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Togera has spiked blades that extend from the back of his wrists during punch attacks. Robo-47 occasionaly has blades replace his hands for melee attacks.
- Body Horror: Kineticlops is a security guard who was hit by lightning after he was contaminated with alien fuel, mutating him into an eye suspended in lighting.
- Boring but Practical: Your monster regenerates attack energy most effectively by using melee weapons.
- To go into detail about Agamo, his special attack it to rip his head off and use it as a weapon. Most levels are typically littered with weapons a minute into a fight, so why use him? As mentioned earlier weapons restore energy, so odds are you'll always have a better weapon than what's lying around. In addition, this weapon can be made to explode on command, either when your opponent is dumb enough to pick it up after a throw or (with a bit of timing,) after it bounces off of them from a throw.
- Breath Weapon: Togera, Congar, Preytor, Magmo and Raptros' attacks.
- Captain Ersatz: Quite a lot.
- Competitive Balance: Played with:
- Cycle of Hurting: Happens a lot in Adventure Mode because of Gang Up on the Human. Get impaled, then get thrown, then get hit in the face with a gas tanker as you try to stand back up... All the while your health is getting lower and you're getting kicked further away from any debris or powerups you could use to turn the tide.
- Death By A Thousand Cuts: Robo-47 and Ultra-V's projectile attacks. Also, the military in adventure mode.
- Dem Bones: Raptros' 4th skin, making him a Dracolich.
- Deflector Shields: Cerebulon has this for its first form.
- Distaff Counterpart: One of Ultra V's bonus skins is Ultra VI, a female verson of the giant mecha.
- Drop the Hammer: Robo-47 will often tranform his hands into different weapons to attack, including a hammer.
- Earthquakes Cause Fissures: The earthquake that can be triggered in Baytown does this.
- Energy Beings: Kineticlops.
- Explosion Propulsion: Try throwing a tanker truck at an enemy, and watch them go sailing away into the air.
- Faceless Eye: Kineticlops.
- Fanfic Fuel: Beating the game with Raptros or Zorgulon unlocks a Making Of Video, rather than an Origin Movie. Some fans have has great fun speculating their origins.
- Flight: Raptros and Preytor are both the only monsters capable of maintaining flight, but Raptros can stay in the air much longer (and fly more smoothly) than Preytor.
- Flunky Boss: In the first battle against Robo-47, it sends an entire army at you.
- Gang Up on the Human: Good lord, this game loves this trope. Even if the cinematic shows you jumping into a fight between two other monsters, they will focus all their attacks on you. This generally takes the form of almost finishing 1 monster off, only to be stunned/impaled by the other while the first one runs for health. Even in "Free-For-All," expect the enemy to gang up on you, even if one of them could die in the next hit (which could win them the match in some cases). They'd rather fight you than win.
- Giant Wall of Watery Doom: Triggerable in Tsunopolis.
- Green Rocks: The alien fuel. Bonus points for it having a Sickly Green Glow.
- Guest Fighter: Sweet Tooth is unlocked as an alternate costume for Agamo if you have a Twisted Metal Black save file on your memory card.
- Helicopter Flyswatter: Monsters can swat, shoot, throw objects at, or even simply run into helicopters to destroy them.
- Herd Hitting Attack: Every monster's close range special attack.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The first stage of the first boss has you throw his own explosives back at him. Cerebulon counts too, as You fight his second form by... throwing pieces of his first form at him.
- Hula and Luaus: Magmo's level.
- Humongous Mecha: Ultra V and Robo-47, as well as various alternate skins. The first and final boss as well (though in the case of the latter, only it's first two forms).
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Pipes and radio towers are used for this.
- Improvised Weapon: Damn near everything. If you can pick it up, you can use it to put the hurt on your enemies. If you can't pick it up, you can probably smash it and use the pieces to put the hurt on your enemies. Alternatively, throw your enemies at it.
- In a Single Bound
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: In the story mode, the military attacks Preytor and the player's monster with their own, cyborg Congar.
- In fact, most of the (living) monsters have "mecha" variations amongst their alternate skins, except for Kineticlops, Raptros and Zorgulon.
- Instant Death Radius: Cerebulon's second form invokes this hard. His only attack is an unblockable red lightning cannon with rather short range. Did we mention he's a Super-Persistent Predator with one of the fastest running speeds in the game?
- Katanas Are Just Better / Laser Blade: Ultra V uses a laser katana for its close range finisher.
- Losing Your Head: Agamo's long-range special attack.
- Kineticlops' eye is used to the same effect during one of his victory poses.
- Magma Man: Magmo.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Congar's attacks.
- Man-Eating Plant: The venus flytrap-like boss on Atomic Island.
- Monumental Damage: The Capitol level.
- The Eiffel Tower and the Great Pyramid during the intro movie.
- Old Save Bonus: Having Twisted Metal Black unlocks Agamo's 4th skin: Mecha-Sweet Tooth.
- Personal Space Invader: Preytor's long-range special attack. To clarify, it's a giant parasite. That latches onto your face.
- Playing with Fire: Raptros' and Magmo's attacks.
- Punched Across the Room: All the time. Some attacks are specifically designed to launch enemies.
- Rent-a-Zilla: Togera.
- Rewarding Vandalism: A good way to rebuild your energy bar or find health, and frees up debris to hit your enemies with. It also gives points that can be used for unlockable skins and arenas.
- Spikes Of Doom: Togera.
- Spin Attack: The move of choice for the first boss in one-player mode.
- Spiritual Successor: Not an intentional one, but this game pretty much plays like an updated version of King Of The Monsters.
- Start of Darkness: Completing the game reveals your chosen monster's origin.
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Squashed Flat: Toppling a skyscraper onto an opponent (or yourself) results in a One-Hit Kill.
- Tanks for Nothing: Played pretty straight. They are destroyed by the dozen in cutscenes, and deal next to no damage in-game. The missile trucks, on the other hand...
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: The AI not only knows exactly where all the health pickups are on the map, but also knows when they appear.
- The Tokyo Fireball: Tsunopolis.
- There's No "B" in Movie: The 'movie posters' for each level are generally like this.
- Too Dumb to Live: The scientist that inadvertently creates Preytor.
- Tripod Terror: Cerebulon, the final boss of the one-player mode.
- Victory Pose: Whenever you win a round in a story mode, or in the 'first-to-X-kills' challenges.
- Visible Invisibility: Of the shimmering/vaguely distorted type, from power-ups. It doesn't work on the AI.
- Viva Las Vegas: Gambler's Gulch.
- You Nuke 'Em: Robo-47 launches a tactical nuke as his long-range special. It hurts.
- Your Head Asplode: Cerebulon, after you defeat his last form. Technically, Agamo as well, as part of his long-range special (the exploding head has already been replaced though).