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* AdaptationalBadass: Mechagodzilla 2 was in its film of origin built as a LongRangeFighter that suffered from CripplingOverspecialization to the point where it struggled in close quarters with Rodan, and was no match for Godzilla when he managed to get in close. In this series, it is just as capable in a fist fight as any other monster.

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* AdaptationalBadass: AdaptationalBadass:
** Godzilla 90's is only able to fight Destoroyah at his strongest when he undergoes a SuperPowerMeltdown, which also permanently gives him his Spiral Atomic Breath. In this series, Godzilla is able to fight Destoroyah without the need to undergo a burning form.
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Mechagodzilla 2 was in its film of origin built as a LongRangeFighter that suffered from CripplingOverspecialization to the point where it struggled in close quarters with Rodan, and was no match for Godzilla when he managed to get in close. In this series, it is just as capable in a fist fight as any other monster.


* DarkerandEdgier: While ''Unleashed'' doesn't completely abandon the campy tone of the previous games, there's a far more apocalyptic feel to the levels on account of the disasters going on, ranging from Sydney being frozen over to London floating in the middle of outer space, and the game abandons the ExcusePlot of the predecessors for a real story where it's made very clear that the world will end if you fail. You can even take over the planet yourself by beating the game as a kaiju from the Alien faction, or straight up destroying it by beating it as a Mutant.

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* DarkerandEdgier: DarkerAndEdgier: While ''Unleashed'' doesn't completely abandon the campy tone of the previous games, there's a far more apocalyptic feel to the levels on account of the disasters going on, ranging from Sydney being frozen over to London floating in the middle of outer space, and the game abandons the ExcusePlot of the predecessors for a real story where it's made very clear that the world will end if you fail. You can even take over the planet yourself by beating the game as a kaiju from the Alien faction, or straight up destroying it by beating it as a Mutant.

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* DarkerandEdgier: While ''Unleashed'' doesn't completely abandon the campy tone of the previous games, there's a far more apocalyptic feel to the levels on account of the disasters going on, ranging from Sydney being frozen over to London floating in the middle of outer space, and the game abandons the ExcusePlot of the predecessors for a real story where it's made very clear that the world will end if you fail. You can even take over the planet yourself by beating the game as a kaiju from the Alien faction, or straight up destroying it by beating it as a Mutant.


** The Story Mode in ''Unleashed'' gets in on this of four sides all opposing each other: Earth Defenders, Global Defense Forces, Aliens, and Mutants. The sides differ on how they deal with the crystals that arrived from a meteorite and start royally screwing up the Earth, sent by Spacegodzilla. The Earth Defenders goes out of their way to destroy the crystals, even though their efforts do cause massive property damage. The Global Defense Forces work to stop the monsters running amok from trampling all the cities, and try to maintain order throughout the course of the game. The Aliens are loyal to the Vortaak and want to use the crystals to conquer and enslave Earth. The Mutants wish to use the crystals for power and are willing to trample anyone to get it, whether they are monsters, humans, or aliens.

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** The Story Mode in ''Unleashed'' gets in on this of four sides all opposing each other: Earth Defenders, Global Defense Forces, Aliens, and Mutants. The sides differ on how they deal with the crystals that arrived from a meteorite and start royally screwing up the Earth, sent by Spacegodzilla. The Earth Defenders goes go out of their way to destroy the crystals, even though their efforts do cause massive property damage. The Global Defense Forces work to stop the monsters running amok from trampling all the cities, and try to maintain order throughout the course of the game. The Aliens are loyal to the Vortaak and want to use the crystals to conquer and enslave Earth. The Mutants wish to use the crystals for power and are willing to trample anyone to get it, whether they are monsters, humans, or aliens.


** The Story Mode in ''Unleashed'' gets in on this of four sides all opposing each other: Earth Defenders, Global Defense Forces, Aliens, and Mutants. The sides differ on how they deal with the crystals that arrived from a meteorite and start royally screwing up the Earth, sent by Spacegodzilla. The Earth Defenders goes out of its way to destroy the crystals, even though their efforts do cause massive property damage. The Global Defense Forces work to stop the monsters running amok from trampling all the cities, and try to maintain order throughout the course of the game. The Aliens are loyal to the Vortaak and want to use the crystals to conquer and enslave Earth. The Mutants wish to use the crystals for power and are willing to trample anyone to get it, whether they are monsters, humans, or aliens.

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** The Story Mode in ''Unleashed'' gets in on this of four sides all opposing each other: Earth Defenders, Global Defense Forces, Aliens, and Mutants. The sides differ on how they deal with the crystals that arrived from a meteorite and start royally screwing up the Earth, sent by Spacegodzilla. The Earth Defenders goes out of its their way to destroy the crystals, even though their efforts do cause massive property damage. The Global Defense Forces work to stop the monsters running amok from trampling all the cities, and try to maintain order throughout the course of the game. The Aliens are loyal to the Vortaak and want to use the crystals to conquer and enslave Earth. The Mutants wish to use the crystals for power and are willing to trample anyone to get it, whether they are monsters, humans, or aliens.


** Godzilla 90's Rage Attack in ''Save the Earth'' is a purple WaveMotionBeam meant as a reference to his Spiral Heat Ray.

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** Godzilla 90's Rage Attack in ''Save the Earth'' is a purple WaveMotionBeam WaveMotionGun meant as a reference to his Spiral Heat Ray.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: The normally heroic Jet Jaguar is one of the boss monsters trying to stop you from saving the world.


* VillainTeamUp: In ''Unleashed'', the Vortaak have united plenty of old foes together to help in their invasion of Earth. Mainstays like Godzilla's main ArchEnemy, King Ghidorah, and [[PsychoForHire Gigan]] are obligatory, but Orga has been brought back to life to fight again, the first Mechagodzilla was rebuilt to bolster their forces, and Megalon was loaned to them by the Seatopians for another go at wiping humanity out.



* VillainTeamUp: In ''Unleashed'', the Vortaak have united plenty of old foes together to help in their invasion of Earth. Mainstays like Godzilla's main ArchEnemy, King Ghidorah, and [[PsychoForHire Gigan]] are obligatory, but Orga has been brought back to life to fight again, the first Mechagodzilla was rebuilt to bolster their forces, and Megalon was loaned to them by the Seatopians for another go at wiping humanity out.


* MeleeATrois: Like in any 4-player fighting game, this can happen if all four available monsters are set against each other. On top of that, the military will sometimes join in to attack whichever monster is causing the most damage, or if there's a monster under a Power Surge or in Critical Mass they will prioritize those.

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* MeleeATrois: *MeleeATrois:
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Like in any 4-player fighting game, this can happen if all four available monsters are set against each other. On top of that, the military will sometimes join in to attack whichever monster is causing the most damage, or if there's a monster under a Power Surge or in Critical Mass they will prioritize those.those.
** The Story Mode in ''Unleashed'' gets in on this of four sides all opposing each other: Earth Defenders, Global Defense Forces, Aliens, and Mutants. The sides differ on how they deal with the crystals that arrived from a meteorite and start royally screwing up the Earth, sent by Spacegodzilla. The Earth Defenders goes out of its way to destroy the crystals, even though their efforts do cause massive property damage. The Global Defense Forces work to stop the monsters running amok from trampling all the cities, and try to maintain order throughout the course of the game. The Aliens are loyal to the Vortaak and want to use the crystals to conquer and enslave Earth. The Mutants wish to use the crystals for power and are willing to trample anyone to get it, whether they are monsters, humans, or aliens.


* BigBad:
** The Vortaak Queen, Vorticia, who tries to invade and conquer Earth multiple times.
** BigBadEnsemble: In ''Unleashed'', [=SpaceGodzilla=] goes rogue and starts operating independently and even against the still very much active Vortaak.

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BigBad: The Vortaak Queen, Vorticia, who tries to invade and conquer Earth multiple times.
** * BigBadEnsemble: In ''Unleashed'', [=SpaceGodzilla=] goes rogue and starts rogue, operating independently of and even against the still very much active Vortaak.



* InASingleBound: The monsters are capable of jumping as though they're on the moon. While critics complained that this breaks immersion, WordOfGod is that this was necessary to make melee combat between terrestrial and airborne monsters viable.

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* InASingleBound: The monsters are capable of jumping as though they're on the moon. While critics complained that this breaks immersion, WordOfGod is dev team member Simon Strange noted that this was necessary to make melee combat between terrestrial and airborne monsters viable.



* MythologyGag: Godzilla 90's Critical Mass form in ''Unleashed'' is his Burning form from ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah''.
* NaturalDisasterCascade: In ''Unleashed'', many of the cities are affected by the crystals in some...bizarre ways.

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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
** Godzilla 90's Rage Attack in ''Save the Earth'' is a purple WaveMotionBeam meant as a reference to his Spiral Heat Ray.
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Godzilla 90's Critical Mass form in ''Unleashed'' is his Burning form from ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah''.
* NaturalDisasterCascade: In ''Unleashed'', many of the cities are affected by the crystals in some... bizarre ways.



* ObviousBeta: ''Godzilla Unleashed'' was criticized for motion control issues, and Godzilla 1954 in particular is unpolished in comparison to the other monsters -- the camera goes above his head in his introductory cutscene, and he lacks a proper roar taunt. In addition, sometimes certain music won't play(King Ghidorah's theme won't play in Story Mode, while King Caesar's won't play in Brawl Mode).

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* ObviousBeta: ''Godzilla Unleashed'' was criticized for motion control issues, and Godzilla 1954 in particular is unpolished in comparison to the other monsters -- the camera goes above his head in his introductory cutscene, and he lacks a proper roar taunt. In addition, sometimes certain music won't play(King play (King Ghidorah's theme won't play in Story Mode, while King Caesar's won't play in Brawl Mode).



* PowerUp: ''Unleashed'' introduces the Power Surge crystals, which give the afflicted monster a special benefit when destroyed. Several missions involve confronting a monster under the control of five of these crystals, and the player must choose between taking down the monster(and getting the surge for themselves) or destroying the crystals; the latter is favored by Earth Defenders while the former is favored by Aliens. Normally they only last for 30 seconds or so, but they can be ended early to unleash a big shockwave.

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* PowerUp: ''Unleashed'' introduces the Power Surge crystals, which give the afflicted monster a special benefit when destroyed. Several missions involve confronting a monster under the control of five of these crystals, and the player must choose between taking down the monster(and monster (and getting the surge for themselves) or destroying the crystals; the latter is favored by Earth Defenders while the former is favored by Aliens. Normally they only last for 30 seconds or so, but they can be ended early to unleash a big shockwave.



** Darkness: A black crystal surrounded by darkness, blocks all ranged weapons(including the military).

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** Darkness: A black crystal surrounded by darkness, blocks all ranged weapons(including weapons (including the military).



** The Earth Defenders generally consist of natural monsters concerned with destroying the crystals to save the environment and as such are mainly opposed to the Mutants, but don't go out of their way to avoid destroying human buildings should they get in their way -- except King Caesar and Mothra, whose bios and backstories mention them as going out of their ways to protect humans.

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** The Earth Defenders generally consist of natural monsters concerned with destroying the crystals to save the environment environment, and as such are mainly opposed to the Mutants, Mutants but don't go out of their way to avoid destroying human buildings should they get in their way -- except King Caesar and Mothra, whose bios and backstories mention them as going out of their ways to protect humans.



* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: The army will start attacking whichever monster does more damage, and while army vehicles can be destroyed simply by walking into them, unlike in movies, they can hurt you, and the Mazers with the freezing beams can also freeze you in place and render you an easy target for your opponents. Fights against monster will do most of the damage, but the army is still something to take into account.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: The army will start attacking whichever monster does more damage, and while army vehicles can be destroyed simply by walking into them, unlike in movies, movies they can ''can'' hurt you, and the kaiju. The Mazers with the freezing beams can also freeze you kaiju in place and render you them an easy target for your opponents. Fights against monster monsters will do most of the damage, but the army is still something to take into account.


** [=SpaceGodzilla=] pulls a HijackedByGanon in ''Unleashed'', making him a DragonAscendant.

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** [=SpaceGodzilla=] pulls a HijackedByGanon in **BigBadEnsemble: In ''Unleashed'', making him a DragonAscendant.[=SpaceGodzilla=] goes rogue and starts operating independently and even against the still very much active Vortaak.


* BigBadEnsemble: In ''Unleashed'', the Vortaak have united plenty of old foes together to help in their invasion of Earth. Mainstays like Godzilla's main ArchEnemy, King Ghidorah, and [[PsychoForHire Gigan]] are obligatory, but Orga has been brought back to life to fight again, the first Mechagodzilla was rebuilt to bolster their forces, and Megalon was loaned to them by the Seatopians for another go at wiping humanity out.


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* VillainTeamUp: In ''Unleashed'', the Vortaak have united plenty of old foes together to help in their invasion of Earth. Mainstays like Godzilla's main ArchEnemy, King Ghidorah, and [[PsychoForHire Gigan]] are obligatory, but Orga has been brought back to life to fight again, the first Mechagodzilla was rebuilt to bolster their forces, and Megalon was loaned to them by the Seatopians for another go at wiping humanity out.


The Pipeworks ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' trilogy is a 3D FightingGame series developed by Pipeworks Software, Inc. and published by Atari. Gameplay consists of an array of light and heavy attacks that can be altered with input from the directional buttons, as well as ranged attacks that consume energy. Health and energy can be regained with power-ups that sporadically appear, and energy can also be replenished slowly over time. It consists of three games and a few spinoff titles:

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The Pipeworks ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' trilogy is a 3D FightingGame series developed by Pipeworks Software, Inc. and published by Infogrames, later renamed Atari. Gameplay consists of an array of light and heavy attacks that can be altered with input from the directional buttons, as well as ranged attacks that consume energy. Health and energy can be regained with power-ups that sporadically appear, and energy can also be replenished slowly over time. It consists of three games and a few spinoff titles:


* ElementalPowers: Starting with ''Save the Earth'' attacks have been given "elemental" properties, and each monster has certain move types that it's weak to and resists. They are [[PureEnergy Alien Energy]], Blunt, [[MakeSomeNoise Concussive]], Edged, [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]], [[StuffBlowingUp Explosive]], [[AnIcePerson Freezing]], [[PlayingWithFire Heat]], [[ILoveNuclearPower Nuclear]], and [[PoisonousPerson Poison]].

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* ElementalPowers: Starting with ''Save the Earth'' attacks have been given "elemental" properties, and each monster has certain move types that it's weak to and resists. They are [[PureEnergy Alien Energy]], Blunt, [[MakeSomeNoise Concussive]], Edged, [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]], [[StuffBlowingUp Explosive]], [[AnIcePerson Freezing]], [[PlayingWithFire Heat]], [[ILoveNuclearPower [[AtomicSuperpower Nuclear]], and [[PoisonousPerson Poison]].


* ClimaxBoss: Critical Mass King Ghidorah in ''Unleashed'', unless of course you're playing on the Alien side. The Atoragon is also this unless you're allied the GDF. To a lesser extent, Biollante, despite being a normal foe, often winds up with her own boss mission simply titled "Biollante".

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* ClimaxBoss: Critical Mass King Ghidorah in ''Unleashed'', unless of course you're playing on the Alien side. The Atoragon is also this unless you're allied the GDF. GDF.
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To a lesser extent, Biollante, despite being the unlockable monsters have their own hidden boss missions that must be unlocked in a normal foe, certain way and are centered around defeating them in a straight 1v1, but Biollante in particular often winds up with her own boss mission simply titled "Biollante"."Biollante"(though getting the mission without reaching certain requirements will not unlock her).



* InASingleBound: The monsters are capable of jumping as though they're on the moon. While critics complain that this breaks immersion, WordOfGod is that this was necessary to make melee combat between terrestrial and airborne monsters viable.

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* InASingleBound: The monsters are capable of jumping as though they're on the moon. While critics complain complained that this breaks immersion, WordOfGod is that this was necessary to make melee combat between terrestrial and airborne monsters viable.



** In ''Unleashed'', destroying the rock formations and boulders on Monster Island will cause the military to turn on you. Let me repeat: ''they treat rocks and boulders as human-built structures''.

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** In ''Unleashed'', destroying the rock formations and boulders on Monster Island will cause the military to turn on you. Let me repeat: Read that again: ''they treat rocks and boulders as human-built structures''.



* NaturalDisasterCascade: In ''Unleashed'', many of the cities are affected by the crystals in some...bizzare ways.

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* NaturalDisasterCascade: In ''Unleashed'', many of the cities are affected by the crystals in some...bizzare bizarre ways.



* WeatherAndEnvironment: In ''Unleashed'', many of the cities are affected by the crystals in some...bizzare ways. London: A chunk of the city quite literally breaks from the earth and hangs high in the sky.
* WingsDoNothing: Despite having wings, Destoroyah is incapable of flight in every game except ''Double Smash''. This, along with his vulnerability to Heat instead of Freezing, was a result of concerns that letting him fly would make him too overpowered.

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* WeatherAndEnvironment: In ''Unleashed'', many of the cities are affected by the crystals in some...bizzare ways. London: A chunk of the city quite literally breaks from the earth and hangs high in the sky.
* WingsDoNothing: Despite having wings, Destoroyah is incapable of flight in every game except ''Double Smash''. all three games. This, along with his vulnerability to Heat instead of Freezing, was a result of concerns that letting him fly would make him too overpowered.overpowered(not that it stopped him, but for a different reason as detailed above in CycleOfHurting).



* BoringButPractical: Compared to the other monsters and their flashy specials, Rodan's specials are...simply flying across the screen really fast. However, "really fast" is all he needs; all three can do surprising damage and being fast means they're hard to avoid, and since Rodan has a big Special stat he can use them a ton.

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* BoringButPractical: Compared to the other monsters and their flashy specials, Rodan's specials are...simply flying across the screen stage really fast. However, "really fast" is all he needs; all three can do surprising damage and being fast means they're hard to avoid, and since Rodan has a big Special stat he can use them a ton.



* FrictionlessIce: The two "Glacier" levels feature this. Mothra, being constantly flying, is immune.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Mecha-King Ghidorah]] in ''Domination''. The rest of the game is about a meteor that is projecting magnetic waves that are driving monsters insane. After seven stages fighting other monsters, you have a level on said meteor and where you fight [[spoiler: Mecha-King Ghidorah]].



* HardLight: Unlike most monsters, Mechagodzilla throws up a giant prism of hard light to block.

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* FrictionlessIce: The two "Glacier" levels feature this, though downplayed since your monster will eventually skid to a stop. Mothra, being constantly flying, is immune.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Mecha-King Ghidorah]] in ''Domination''. The rest of the game is about a meteor that is projecting magnetic waves that are driving monsters insane. After seven stages fighting other monsters, you have a level on said meteor where you fight [[spoiler: Mecha-King Ghidorah]].
* HardLight: Unlike most monsters, who just duck or bring their arms in front of their face, Mechagodzilla throws up a giant prism of hard light to block.



* CheckpointStarvation: Want to play story mode? Okay then, you just need to clear it in one go. There are no checkpoints or saving your current story where it is now. The game itself does autosave anything you unlock, though.



* CopyProtection: Downplayed. It doesn't change how the game plays and you can still play everything normally, but illegitimate copies of the game are altered somewhat; "Double Smash" doesn't appear in the title screen, Earth vanishes from the background of the Cairo stage, and you can't unlock the second half of the Monster Manifests.
* CheckpointStarvation: Want to play story mode? Okay then, you just need to clear it in one go. There are no checkpoints or saving your current story where it is now. The game itself does autosave anything you unlock, though.

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* CopyProtection: Downplayed. It doesn't change how the The core game plays and you can still play everything be played normally, but illegitimate copies of the game are altered somewhat; "Double Smash" doesn't appear in the title screen, Earth vanishes from the background of the Cairo stage, and you can't unlock the second half of the Monster Manifests.
* CheckpointStarvation: Want to play story mode? Okay then, you just need to clear it in one go. There are no checkpoints or saving your current story where it is now. The game itself does autosave anything you unlock, though.
Manifests.



* NaturalDisasterCascade: These are among the effects of the crystals, like in ''Unleashed''.
** Tokyo: The city is mostly underwater, but unlike the main Wii game there is no storm, instead being clear skies. The tsunamis awaken Titanosaurus and Ebirah from the deep, and they start rampaging through the city.

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* NaturalDisasterCascade: These are among the effects of the crystals, crystals afflicting each location in the game except Monster Island, like in ''Unleashed''.
** Tokyo: The city is mostly underwater, but unlike the main Wii ''Unleashed'' game there is no storm, instead being clear skies. The tsunamis awaken Titanosaurus and Ebirah from the deep, and they start rampaging through the city.



** Cairo: Crystal activity causes the city to break off of the Earth and levitate in space. The crystals cause the Sphinx to come to life and Mechagodzilla to go rogue.
** Atlantis: The city rises up from the depths of the ocean.
** Paris: Torn apart by giant flowers, thorns, and vines, Biollante and Megaguirus make their home here and begin wreaking havoc.



* WeatherAndEnvironment: Like in ''Unleashed'' the locations aside from Monster Island are afflicted in odd ways by the crystals.
** Cairo: Crystal activity causes the city to break off of the Earth and levitate in space. The crystals cause the Sphinx to come to life and Mechagodzilla to go rogue.
** Atlantis: The city rises up from the depths of the ocean.
** Paris: Torn apart by giant flowers, thorns, and vines, Biollante and Megaguirus make their home here and begin wreaking havoc.

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