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Godzilla is a 2014 video game developed by Natsume and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, and the first Godzilla game since Godzilla: Unleashed was released 7 years earlier, assuming that one doesn't count the mobile games for Godzilla (2014). The game was originally developed for the Playstation 3, with a Playstation 4 port. However, production of physical copies of the Playstation 3 version has ceased, and only the PS4 version is available as of February 2015.note  Tamashii Nations, the makers of the S.H. MonsterArts toyline, designed the character models for the monsters. The game was released in Japan in December 2014 and was be internationally released on July 1st, 2015.

The simple story, much like the Millennium series, is a standalone follow-up to a variant of the original film. After the original Godzilla attack in 1954, Japan studied Godzilla's energy and turned this "G-Energy" into a new clean power source. 60 years later however, a second Godzilla, a 50 meter version of the Heisei Godzilla, has emerged, seeking to destroy G-Energy plants and grow larger and stronger, fighting the JSDF and the various monsters that have climbed out of the woodwork, culminating in a clash with a third Godzilla.

In April 2015, it was announced that Japan would be getting a significant expansion pack for the game entitled Godzilla VS featuring online multiplayer and the ability to play as any monster in the game. Shortly afterwards, it was confirmed that the international release of the game features this additional content.

  • Heisei Godzilla
    • Burning Godzilla
  • Legendary Godzilla
  • Showa Mechagodzilla - 1975 version
  • Heisei Super Mechagodzilla
  • Kiryu
  • Heisei King Ghidorah
  • Heisei Mothra - Larva and Imago
  • Biollante
  • Jet Jaguar
  • Destoroyah
  • Final Wars Gigan (chainsaw hands)
  • Showa Hedorah
  • Battra - Larva and Imago (PS4 exclusive)
  • Spacegodzilla (PS4 exclusive)
  • Mecha-King Ghidorah (PS4 exclusive)
  • Showa Anguirus - 1970's design (PS4 exclusive)
  • Showa Godzilla - 1964 design (PS4 exclusive)
  • Showa Mechagodzilla - 1974 version (PS4 exclusive)
  • Showa Rodan - Original movie design (PS4 exclusive)

The first teaser can be seen here. The official site can be found here.

Tropes currently listed:

  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Biollante is listed as one of the 'invading' kaiju trying to destroy everything, rather than a defending one, unlike her film counterpart who was on humanity's side.
    • Legendary Godzilla is another Invade kaiju, despite being Heroic Neutral in the movie.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
    • Heisei Godzilla will start off at 50 meters tall, and as the game progresses can grow upwards of 100 meters tall.
    • Legendary Godzilla is set at 108 meters, towering over most other kaiju.
    • Destoroyah, at 100 metres tall in every encounter, has a very specific set of requirements for him to spawn, and when he does, it always happens in the lower levels, normally when Heisei Godzilla is around 60 metres in height. Have fun fighting a 100m Destoroyah who towers over you! The only time you'll be fighting him on even footing is if you're playing Invade mode as Burning Godzilla, where he'll be the True Final Boss.
  • Attack Reflector: Super X2 has its Fire Mirror, as in canon. Attacking it at the wrong time will result in it reflecting your attack back at you.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In addition to the military trying to stop Godzilla, none of the various invading kaiju appear to be affiliated with each other and will equally pose a threat to you.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Mothra and Battra are opponents in both their Larva and Imago forms.
  • Big Entrance: All the Kaiju have an intro cutscene in the PS4 version that gives them one of these. Most of them are even Mythology Gag references to their previous appearances.
  • Bonus Boss: Destoroyah: he only spawns under two very specific conditions and is always 100 meters no matter what.
  • Boss Rush: King of the Monsters Mode.
  • Breath Weapon: As usual, Godzilla's main means of ranged attack is his atomic breath. Different forms of Godzilla's breath weapon are unlockable with different range and damage effects, including the Spiral Beam from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the mistier breath of the 1954 and Showa films, and Minya's smoke rings. King Ghidorah's gravity bolts and Heisei Mechagodzilla's mega buster also qualify.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Chujo, one of the possible military leaders, is this, doing everything by protocols.
  • Chainsaw Good: Gigan has his chainsaw hands from Final Wars.
  • Cool Ship: The Gotengo/Atragon is one of the bosses (in its Godzilla: Final Wars Neo Gotengo design), as are the Super-X, Super-X II and the Super-X III. They are stage bosses/hazards, and will also appear in the PS4 version's multiplayer mode, attacking the players as they fight each other.
  • Discontinuity Nod: In Anguirus's entry in the game's kaiju guide, it says he fought a monster called Gigantis, which was banished from our plane of existence.
  • Dual Boss:
    • Sometimes you'll end up facing a monster and a warship at the same time. Biollante and the Super-X II are the most common matchup (though if you're on the hero or antihero path, the Super-X II will attack Biollante alongside Godzilla). If you're really unlucky, you could find yourself fighting all three Super-X warships at once. And if you're really unlucky, you'll face Gotengo and King Ghidorah at the same time.
    • At the end of the normal difficulty God Of Destruction route if nothing is unlocked the Final Boss is Super X and Super X2 at the same time. The Hard Mode difficulty's normal Final Boss is all three Super Xs at the same time.
    • The True Final Boss of God of Destruction mode is Legendary Godzilla and Super X3.
  • Fighting Game: Many fans are hoping for the game to be this. Though those hopes were kiboshed when it was confirmed to be single-player only, the game will be getting an expansion that allows one to fight as any monster they want, bringing the game closer to the genre. The addition of online multiplayer appears to fully play this trope straight.
  • Final Boss:
    • If nothing is unlocked, the Super Xs act as the Final Boss of the God of Destruction mode, with the easy difficulty route having Super X by itself, the normal difficulty having Super X and Super X2, and the hard difficulty having all three at the same time.
    • If conditions are met, Super Mechagodzilla or Kiryu can be the final bosses. Legendary Godzilla and Super X3 are the True Final Boss if Godzilla reaches 100 meters.
    • Invade and Defend mods have Heisei Godzilla as the Final Boss, with Burning Godzilla as the True Final Boss. If playing as burning Godzilla, Legendary Godzilla is thee Final Boss with Destoroyah as the True Final Boss.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: The operator during story mode theorizes that Godzilla's rampage is because of this. Battra is also among the Invading kaiju and is presumably attacking Japan for this reason as well since this was his motivation in the source material.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: One brief shot from the teaser shows Godzilla stepping on a tank.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Pretty much all of the invading kaiju come out of nowhere when you fight them, with the presence of Showa Mechagodzilla, Biollante and Spacegodzilla especially being jarringly unexplained given their elaborate film origins. Jet Jaguar and Mecha-King Ghidorah are rare heroic variants on this, being mech's who appear out of nowhere and who's presence confuses the military, but both are Defenders.
  • Humongous Mecha: All three Mechagodzillas and Jet Jaguar are appearing.
  • Kaiju: It is a Godzilla game.
  • Karma Meter: Godzilla can be played as a hero,note  an anti-hero,note  or a villain.note  If you're a "hero", the human military will ignore you and focus their firepower on enemy kaiju. Cause too much destruction, and the humans will send out mechas to put an end to your rampage.
  • Lethal Joke Item: Among the unlockable breath options are Minya's Smoke Rings, which do heavy damage and when combined with grappling, become one of the most effective ways to damage an opponent.
  • Mle Trois: Multiplayer mode can have up to 3 kaiju all duking it out against each other. It's also possible for God of Destruction mode to have three way battles between Godzilla, the military and whichever Invader monster your fighting at the time if you cause too much destruction.
  • Metal Slime: Destoroyah, who rarely spawns on Stage 4 instead of the Kaiju who was going to appear there. If he defeats you, he'll be replaced with the monster he replaced, meaning you only have a single chance at fighting him each time he appears.
  • Misbegotten Multiplayer Mode: The game was designed as a single-player, but the the PS4 version includes exclusive content to set it apart from the PS3 version, namely the addition of an online multiplayer mode with the ability to play as monsters other than Godzilla.
  • More Dakka: The three Mechagodzilla are stuffed chock full of weapons, and Heisei and Kiryu even have shoulder cannons.
  • Multiple Endings: Your endings are based on your actions in the game.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The tutorial is a black-and-white rampage through 1954 Tokyo as Heisei Godzilla.
    • Just like in Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, Godzilla can briefly fly using his Atomic Breath and do his victory dance from Godzilla vs. Monster Zero as an attack.
    • Godzilla 2014 is an extremely powerful melee fighter, but his Atomic Breath only has one charge, he can't use the Nuclear Pulse, and his radiation stores takes longer to replenish than Heisei Godzilla's. This is in keeping with the movie, where it was Cast from Hit Points and only used as a last resort.
    • Most of the monsters entrance scenes are these to their past appearances. For instance King Ghidorah appears in a massive explosion of fire that condenses into him and Mecha-King Ghidorah arrives from the future.
    • If you hit the Super-X II's fire mirror with a breath attack while it's low on health, it'll cause it to explode like in Godzilla Vs Biollante.
    • Attacking Mechagodzilla II with a grab attack while he's low on health will remove his head and reveal the backup head from Terror Of Mechagodzilla. He'll even continue to fight.
    • Finishing Gigan with a breath attack will blow his head up like in Final Wars.
    • The True Final Boss of God of Destruction mode changes to Destroyah if you're playing as Burning Godzilla.
    • The concept of Godzilla being attracted to power sources is derived from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. And in both cases, the reactors in question are new clean energy sources created as a response to Godzilla.
  • No-Sell: Super Mechagodzilla is immune to Godzilla's breath weapon, and will use it to charge and fire his very powerful Plasma Grenade weapon. You'll have to resort to melee attacks to beat him.
  • Out of the Inferno: One screenshot shows Heisei Godzilla staring down Legendary Godzilla, who is silhouetted by an explosion.
  • Pre-Explosion Buildup: Godzilla's nuclear pulse attack is one power.
  • Purposefully Overpowered:
    • King Ghidorah is extremely powerful, and his beams make short work of a city in Invade mode, allowing him to reach 100 meters very quickly. He's also one of the most powerful monsters in Godzilla canon who regularly wipes out entire civilizations by himself, so he really wouldn't be King Ghidorah otherwise.
    • Burning Godzilla has the single most powerful beam in the entire game, capable of taking out nearly half of some monsters' entire health bar in one hit if powered up with a roar. This is again completely in line with his canonical portrayal.
  • Regenerating Health: The first Godzilla game to fully utilize this. Your health automatically heals when you take damage. Just remeber that, unlike the movies, you're not invincible, and the damage you take can overwhelm your healing.
  • Scenery Gorn: The teaser shows Godzilla doing what he does best: tearing a city apart, with detailed destruction and debris.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Kiryu's appearance appears to be based off of his Tokyo S.O.S. appearance with shoulder cannons. Heisei Mechagodzilla is in its Super Mechagodzilla mode, with the Garuda warship attached to its back with its twin laser cannons slung over its shoulders.
  • Shown Their Work: Hedorah takes little damage from most melee attacks, but is badly hurt by Godzilla's breath weapon, just like in the movie. Legendary Godzilla can even kill him with just two breath attacks.
  • Spiritual Successor: The game itself appears to be a spiritual successor to the obscure Godzilla Dreamcast games, Godzilla Generations and Godzilla Generations: Maxium Impact in which there are alot of fixed camera angles while fighting hordes of JSDF and Super X's of the former and the fighting monsters of the latter, with none of the improbable jumping physics of the Atari games.
  • Technical Pacifist: If Hatogaya is the leader, he at least starts out hoping that they won't have to harm Godzilla and if they just let him get his meal he'll do less damage. This has some validity, given most means the player has of destroying the military attacking will likely cause more collateral damage. whether he keeps this mentality or not depends on the player's actions.
  • True Final Boss:
    • God of Destruction's Final Boss is the Super Xs normally, but certain actions can change it to Super Mechagodzilla or Kiryu. The ultimate final boss is Legendary Godzilla and Super X3 at the same time.
    • The Invade and Defend Modes' normal Final Boss is Heisei Godzilla, but getting to the 100 meter mark unlocks Burning Godzilla as the True Final Boss. If you play as Burning Godzilla and reach the same mark, Destroyah is the True Final Boss.
  • Truer to the Text: Compared to the Pipeworks ''Godzilla'' Trilogy, and one of the most faithful Godzilla games to date. The monsters don't 'moon jump' anymore (in fact the only monsters capable of jumping are the ones who can actually fly), all the monsters only have powers they canonically possess, beams are more accurately portrayed (special note is Mecha-King Ghidorah, who's central head finally has the proper beam rather than just a different colored gravity beam) and the monsters move much more like they would in the movies rather than being able to run everywhere.
  • When Trees Attack: Biollante once again appears in her second form.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The final battle of the regular Single Player campaign has Legendary's Godzilla facing off against the Heisei Godzilla. However, with Godzilla having entered his Burning phase by this point, this can be a Curbstomp Battle, but Legendary Godzilla is also still capable of easily killing the player if he gets into melee range, on top of the Super X3 being fought at the same time if not defeated before he shows up. Playing Legendary Godzilla in Invade Mode also leads to this, as Heisei Godzilla is the Final Boss, with Burning Godzilla as the True Final Boss.