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''War of the Monsters'' (known as Kaiju Daigekisen in Japan) is a 3D FightingGame for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, made by Incognito Entertainment (of ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' fame) and re-released on the UsefulNotes/PlayStationNetwork.

The game is set in the aftermath of an alien invasion of Earth where their [[GreenRocks 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 {{homage}}s to films in those genres.

The monsters you can play are:
* [[KillerGorilla Congar]] - [[Film/KingKong A giant gorilla.]]
* [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Togera]] - A huge, [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur-like]] reptile.
* [[BigCreepyCrawlies Preytor]] - A giant, mutated praying mantis.
* [[RealRobot Robo-47]] - A [[AtomPunk 1950s]] [[AmericaSavesTheDay US military]] combat robot [[ILoveNuclearPower with nukes.]]
* [[LivingStatue Agamo]] - A tiki-style stone behemoth.
* [[MagmaMan Magmo]] - A four-armed magma monster which mutated from a volcano.
* [[SuperRobot Ultra V]] - A brightly-coloured Japanese fighting robot.
* [[ShockAndAwe Kineticlops]] - A giant eyeball with a body made up of lightning.
* [[StarfishAliens Zorgulon]] - A huge alien, similar to the antagonists themselves.
* [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Raptros]] - A giant, fire-breathing dragon.

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!!This game provides examples of:

* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Most of the things you can unlock in the game are alternate skins for the monsters.
* AffectionateParody: Of [[TheFifties Fifties]] sci-fi and {{B Movie}}s, as well as {{Kaiju}} movies.
* AliensAndMonsters: An alien invasion is precisely what caused the monster to cause in the first place. The aliens also constitute the final foes after the player defeats all the other monsters.
* AliensAreBastards: They invaded Earth for no discernible reason. Of course they're bastards!
* [[AnIcePerson An Ice Ape]]: Congar's fourth skin is effectively him made of ice.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: From the star logo, it looks like Robo-47 was made by YanksWithTanks. Averted if the player character wipes out the task force sent with Robo-47.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The alien fuel that gives birth to most of the game's monsters.
* {{Area51}}: Rosdale Canyon.
* ArtificialBrilliance: 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 GangUpOnTheHuman 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.
* ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: Atomic Island is built of this trope.
** There are multiple "reactor towers" in the map. The biggest, [[ILoveNuclearPower if jump-attacked, regenerates your energy.]] Destroying the other four in the campaign exposes their inner giant electrodes and triggers [[StuffBlowingUp a nuclear meltdown.]]
*** The actual reactors are completely harmless, and their destruction is inconsequential.
** The center of the map has what appears to be a giant basin (which contains the aforementioned regen tower) and waste disposal furnace; which if jump-attacked, unloads a lake of [[LavaIsBoilingKoolAid radioactive lava]] into the pit, which contains [[NoOSHACompliance multiple buildings and roadways, and even a moving car.]]
** The sky is a sickly shade of green.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Duh.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Cerebulon. [[spoiler: 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.
* BeamSpam: Zorgulon's [=UFOs=] and Ultra-V's eye lasers.
* BehemothBattle: It's a FightingGame where you can play as different kinds of {{Kaiju}}. Or one of two HumongousMecha.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: All of Preytor's assorted skins are of some kind of giant insect. The default form is a giant green praying mantis, the second is a red ant, and the fourth is a hornet.
* BigRedDevil: Togera's fourth skin is a gigantic crimson demon that honestly could pass as the Devil were he a kaiju.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: 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.
* BodyHorror: Kineticlops is [[spoiler:a security guard who was hit by lightning after he was contaminated with alien fuel, mutating him into an eye suspended in lightning]].
* BoringButPractical: 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.
* BreathWeapon: Togera, Congar, Preytor, Magmo and Raptros' attacks.
* BullfightBoss: Goliath Prime's second stage.
* CaptainErsatz: Quite a lot.
** Togera is Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. His third skin serves as one for Mecha-Godzilla.
** Congar is Film/KingKong. He also has one for [[Film/KingKongEscapes Mechani-Kong]] with his third skin.
** Ultra V is Anime/MazingerZ. An alternate skin resembles [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva Unit-01]].
** Preytor is Film/TheDeadlyMantis. An alternate skin is ''Film/{{THEM}}!''
** Agamo is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daimajin Daimajin]].
** Raptros is [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Rodan crossed with King Ghidorah]].
** This is done with the arenas, too:
*** Baytown (and Mini Baytown) = San Francisco
*** Capitol = Washington, D.C.
*** Club Caldera = Honolulu
*** Gambler's Gulch = UsefulNotes/LasVegas
*** Midtown Park = New York
*** Tsunopolis = Tokyo
* CombatPragmatist: You want to win this game? Then learn how to fight ''dirty''! Throw radio antennae to spear enemies, blow them to smithereens with explosive gas tanks, pick up chunks of debris and bash monsters' heads in, use generators as massive tasers, or send a building crashing down onto someone's ugly head. You're frequently outnumbered by enemies that don't play fair as it is, so you have to be more cunning than them.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: Baytown, Capitol, UFO, and Rosdale Canyon don't have any civilians in them.
* CoolSword /{{BFS}}: The Excalibur Resort {{Expy}} in Gambler's Gulch has a massive sword, set in stone, that deals a LOT of damage and has a wide sweep. It breaks like any other weapon, sadly.
* CycleOfHurting: Happens a lot in Adventure Mode because of GangUpOnTheHuman. 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.
* DeathByAThousandCuts: Robo-47 and Ultra-V's projectile attacks. Also, the military in adventure mode.
* DemBones: Raptros' 4th skin, making him a {{Dracolich}}.
* DeflectorShields: Cerebulon has this for its first form.
* DistaffCounterpart: One of Ultra V's bonus skins is Ultra VI, a female verson of the giant mecha.
* DropTheHammer: Robo-47 will often tranform his hands into different weapons to attack, including a hammer.
* EarthquakesCauseFissures: The earthquake that can be triggered in Baytown does this.
* EnergyBeings: Kineticlops.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: With the exception of fire engines from Metro City.
* ExcusePlot: The aftermaths of a failed alien invasion has spawned a whole bunch of monsters. Take control of one of them and beat the others up!
* ExplosionPropulsion: Try throwing a tanker truck at an enemy, and watch them go sailing away into the air.
* FacelessEye: Kineticlops is one surrounded by electricity.
* {{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.
* FlunkyBoss: In the first battle against Robo-47, it sends an entire army at you.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Zorgulon and Ultra V's projectiles. Also, Cerebulon's mega-laser of death.
* GangUpOnTheHuman: 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.
* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: Triggerable in Tsunopolis.
* GlassCannon: The army's rocket trucks in the second Adventure mission.
* GreenRocks: The alien fuel. Bonus points for it having a SicklyGreenGlow.
* GuestFighter:
** [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Sweet Tooth]] is unlocked as an alternate costume for Agamo if you have a ''VideoGame/TwistedMetalBlack'' save file on your memory card.
** Kineticlops is unlockable in the game Downhill Domination.
* HelicopterFlyswatter: Monsters can swat, shoot, throw objects at, or even simply run into helicopters to destroy them.
* HerdHittingAttack: Every monster's close range special attack.
* HeroAntagonist: The HumongousMecha enemies to encounter in adventure mode are man-made creations designed to fight and kill monsters like you. That aside, chances are they're going to cause just as much destruction as you will, which calls their heroism into question.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The first stage of the first boss has you [[spoiler: throw his own explosives back at him.]] Cerebulon counts too, as [[spoiler: You fight his second form by... throwing pieces of his first form at him.]]
* HulaAndLuaus: Magmo's level.
* HumongousMecha: 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).
* ILoveNuclearPower: Robo-47 has a nuclear warhead...''for his ranged attack.'' Also, Atomic Island's central [[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics reactor tower]] rapidly regenerates monsters' energy.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Pipes and radio towers are used for this.
* ImprovisedWeapon: 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.
* InASingleBound
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: 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.
* InstantDeathRadius: Cerebulon's second form invokes this ''hard''. His only attack is an unblockable red lightning cannon with rather short range. [[OhCrap Did we mention he's a]] SuperPersistentPredator [[ThatOneBoss with one of the fastest running speeds in the game?]]
* {{Kaiju}}
* KatanasAreJustBetter / LaserBlade: Ultra V uses a [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon laser katana]] for its close range finisher.
* LosingYourHead: Agamo's long-range special attack.
** Kineticlops' eye is used to the same effect during one of his victory poses.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: With enough energy orbs/powerups nearby, this can be done by Magmo, Robo-47, and Preytor.
* MagmaMan: Magmo.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Congar's attacks.
* ManEatingPlant: The venus flytrap-like boss on Atomic Island.
* MightyGlacier: As ironic as it is to call him a glacier, but this is Magmo in a nutshell. He hits the hardest and is the most durable of the monsters, but he runs slowly, his missile attack is sluggish, and a lot of his attacks have a bit of a windup. Agamo also applies to a lesser extent.
* MonumentalDamage: The Capitol level.
** The Eiffel Tower and the Great Pyramid during the intro movie.
** The Coit Tower and Palace of Fine Arts can be leveled in Bay Town.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Magmo'a got four arms of pain.
* NoOSHACompliance: Atomic Island, in spades.
* NotZilla: Togera.
* OldSaveBonus: Having ''VideoGame/TwistedMetalBlack'' unlocks Agamo's 4th skin: Mecha-Sweet Tooth.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: Preytor's long-range special attack. To clarify, it's a giant parasite. That latches onto your face.
* PlayingWithFire: Raptros' and Magmo's attacks.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: All the time. Some attacks are specifically designed to launch enemies.
* PyrrhicVictory: The game begins with this, for humanity as a whole. The alien menace was defeated, but the fuel used to power their spaceships has spilled all over the world and created all kinds of gigantic monsters the human race is not equipped to fight.
* RedShirtArmy: Earth's military.
* RewardingVandalism: 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.
* RocketPunch: Ultra-V can use this to [[YouWillNotEvadeMe pull monsters over to him]] and stun them.
* ShockAndAwe: Kineticlops.
* ShoutOut
** Three in-game storefronts are named after [[Characters/ClassicalMythologyMinorDeities the Greek muses Calliope, Clio, and Erato]].
** An [[http://img.neoseeker.com/v_concept_art.php?caid=41525 early art concept for Robo-47]] features the numbers [[Literature/LesMiserables 246-01]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Preytor is the only female monster of the bunch, seeing as how one of the unused demos show that she had lain eggs.
* SpikesOfDoom: Togera.
* SpinAttack: The move of choice for the first boss in one-player mode.
* SpinningPaper: During the opening cinematic.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Not an intentional one, but this game pretty much plays like an updated version of ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters''.
* StartOfDarkness: Completing the game reveals your chosen monster's origin.
* StuffBlowingUp
* SquashedFlat: Toppling a skyscraper onto an opponent (or yourself) results in a OneHitKill.
* TanksForNothing: 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...
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The AI not only knows exactly where all the health pickups are on the map, but also knows ''when'' they appear.
* TheTokyoFireball: Tsunopolis.
* TheresNoBInMovie: The 'movie posters' for each level are generally like this.
* TooDumbToLive: The scientist that inadvertently creates Preytor by feeding the mantis some of the alien fuel. He gets EatenAlive by her for his troubles when she grows.
* TripodTerror: Cerebulon, the final boss of the one-player mode.
* UpdatedRerelease: The game was ported to PS4 with higher-resolution textures, 1080p support, and trophies.
* VictoryPose: Whenever you win a round in a story mode, or in the 'first-to-X-kills' challenges.
* VillainProtagonist: You're a giant monster or mecha that has gained self-awareness, and the only thing you care about is blowing stuff up and taking out the competition. Human lives mean absolutely nothing to you!
* VisibleInvisibility: Of the shimmering/vaguely distorted type, from power-ups. It doesn't work on the AI.
* VivaLasVegas: Gambler's Gulch.
* WolverineClaws: Togera has these ''all over his body''! The spikes on his wrists, shoulders, and legs can all be extended and retracted at will
* YouNukeEm: Robo-47 launches a tactical nuke as his long-range special. [[CaptainObvious It hurts.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler: 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).
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