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"There is nothing we can do except watch helplessly... and hope that we are still alive to see which beast will win the WAR OF THE MONSTERS."
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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) in 2003, and eventually re-released on the Play Station 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 towards the films in those genres.

The monsters you can play are:

  • Congar - A giant ape, mutated from an astronaut chimpanzee that got hit by the alien's UFO and crashed into the Earth.
  • Togera - A huge, dinosaur-like reptile awakened and empowered after being hit by the UFO and smelling its nuclear waste.
  • Preytor - A giant, mutated praying mantis, created when a Mad Scientist fed the mantis the UFO's nuclear waste.
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  • Robo-47 - A 1950s-styled US military combat robot with nukes, brought to life thanks to gases from the UFO seeped into its storage.
  • Agamo - A tiki-style stone behemoth, brought to life by a native feeding the statue head goop from the UFO.
  • Magmo - A four-armed magma monster which mutated from a volcano.
  • Ultra V - A brightly-coloured Japanese fighting robot, brought to life by Japanese scientists using the UFO, who they quickly lose control of.
  • Kineticlops - A giant eyeball with a body made up of lightning, created when a security guard was hit by lightning after he was contaminated with alien fuel.
  • Zorgulon - A huge alien, similar to the antagonists themselves.
  • Raptros - A giant, fire-breathing dragon.

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This game provides examples of:

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Most of the things you can unlock in the game are alternate skins for the monsters.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Fifties sci-fi and B Movies, as well as Kaiju movies.
  • Aliens and Monsters: An alien invasion is precisely what caused the monster to come about in the first place. The aliens also constitute the final foes after the player defeats all the other monsters.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Cerebulon and its ilk invaded Earth for no discernible reason. Of course they're bastards!
  • American Robot: Robo-47. He sports U.S. Air Force symbols, is loaded with appropriate chain guns and nuclear missiles, and comes with a Hammer of Justice. He even leads a U.S. Army battalion against the player's monster in adventure mission 2.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The alien fuel that gives birth to most of the game's monsters.
  • Area 51: Rosdale Canyon.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Used in the most annoying way possible as the AI is very cowardly. The second a fight stops going their way, a CPU monster will run, hide and grab 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 where injured monsters will run off and heal themselves while non-wounded monsters will swarm around you and kick the shit out of you.
  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: Atomic Island is built of this trope.
  • 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.
  • Beam Spam: Zorgulon's UFOs and Ultra-V's eye lasers.
  • Behemoth Battle: It's a Fighting Game where you can play as different kinds of Kaiju or one of two Humongous Mecha.
    • Special mention goes to the boss monsters Goliath Prime, Vegon and Cerebulon, as all three of these monsters are larger than the playable ones.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: 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.
  • Big Red Devil: Togera's fourth skin is a gigantic crimson demon that honestly could pass as the Devil were he a 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.
  • B-Movie: The game itself and the 'movie posters' for each level are generally like this, and the game is presented in the style of 1950's science fiction and monster movies, even down to the main menus taking the form of a drive-in movie theater.
  • 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 lightning.
  • Boring, but Practical: Your monster regenerates attack energy most effectively by using melee weapons.
  • Breath Weapon: Togera, Congar, Preytor, Magmo and Raptros all have variations on this kind of attack.
  • Bullfight Boss: Goliath Prime's second stage, where it uses its propellers to thrust itself at the player. The only real ways to avoid this is to either hide behind one of the three rock pillars or to hit Goliath with an unbreakable boulder.
  • Captain Ersatz: Quite a lot.
  • Combat Pragmatist: 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.
  • 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.
  • Conveniently Empty Building: Baytown, Capitol, UFO, and Rosdale Canyon don't have any civilians in them.
  • Cool Sword: 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.
  • 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 weak but rapid-fire projectile attacks. The military in Adventure mode is also generally like this, dishing out many individually weak attacks that gradually wear down a monster's health.
  • Dem Bones: Raptros' 4th skin, making him a Dracolich.
  • Deflector Shields: Cerebulon has one whilst in its first form, protecting its brain case.
  • Distaff Counterpart: One of Ultra V's bonus skins is Ultra VI, a female version of the giant mecha.
  • Drop the Hammer: Robo-47 will often transform its hands into different weapons to attack, including a hammer.
  • Dynamic Entry: Agamo is introduced in Adventure mode by kicking Magmo across Club Caldera and into a building. It's often seen in gameplay during large fights, as a duel between two monsters can be interrupted by a monster either jumping in or being thrown at the other two.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures: The earthquake that can be triggered in Baytown does this.
  • Easy Level Trick: Goliath Prime is a pain-dishing juggernaut of epic proportions, but you can use the indestructible boulder found in Rosdale Canyon to knock him out of his stances before he can hit you.
  • Energy Beings: Kineticlops, who is a massive being mainly comprised of electricity.
  • Energy Weapon: Zorgulon and Ultra V's projectiles. Also, Cerebulon's mega-laser of death.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: With the exception of fire engines from Metro City, which simply blink out in a flash of lights.
  • Excuse Plot: The aftermath of a failed alien invasion has spawned a whole bunch of monsters. Take control of one of them and beat the others up!
  • Explosion Propulsion: Try throwing a tanker truck at an enemy, and watch them go sailing away into the air.
  • Faceless Eye: 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.
  • Flunky Boss: The first battle against Robo-47 sees you fighting it and an armored column of the US military.
  • 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: Throwing projectiles at the UFO in Tsunopolis will trigger one of these.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • Kineticlops has a punishing ranged special, but very low durability.
    • The US Army's rocket trucks in the second Adventure mission are as fragile as any vehicle, but pack a mighty wallop.
  • 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 on the original version. On the PS4 port, it's unlocked automatically.
    • Kineticlops is unlockable in the game Downhill Domination.
  • 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.
  • Hero Antagonist: The Humongous Mecha enemies Robo-47 and Ultra V encountered 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • The first stage of fighting Goliath Prime has you throwing his own explosives back at him.
    • Cerebulon counts too, as you fight its second form by hitting it with pieces of its own mech, which are the only things capable of hurting it.
  • Hula and Luaus: Magmo and Agamo's level, Club Caldera.
  • Humongous Mecha: Ultra V and Robo-47, as well as various alternate skins. Even bigger than the player monsters are the first and final bosses, Goliath Prime and Cerebulon (though in the case of the latter, only its first two forms).
  • An Ice Person: Congar's fourth skin is effectively him made of ice.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Atomic Island's central reactor tower rapidly regenerates monsters' energy if subjected to a dive attack.
  • 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: Every monster can jump, but Robo 47 in particular has a rocket-assisted leap that can clear most buildings.
  • 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?
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  • Katanas Are Just Better: Ultra V uses a laser katana for its close range finisher.
  • King Kong Copy: One of the principal monsters (to the point he's featured on the game's cover) that you can play as is a gigantic ape called Congar, who's special attack is his devastating roar. He even scales a skyscraper during his introduction animation in story mode. His origin is revealed that he was a chimpanzee launched in a rocket that collided with a crashing flying saucer.
  • Knockback Evasion: Hitting L1 and R1 while positioned vertically if thrown will engage an Air Recovery, which sets you back on your feet and avoids a lot of impact damage.
  • Kung-Shui: Goes without saying, when the whole city is your arena. Buildings WILL be destroyed, and landscapes changed.
  • Living Lava: Magmo.
  • Losing Your Head:
    • Agamo's long-range special attack has him rip his head off and use it as a projectile.
    • Kineticlops' eye is used to the same effect during one of his victory poses.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: With enough energy orbs/powerups nearby, this can be done by Magmo, Robo-47, and Preytor.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Congar's attacks.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Vegon, the venus flytrap-like boss on Atomic Island.
  • Mighty Glacier: 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.
  • Monumental Damage: The Capitol level, meant to resemble Washington DC and its landmarks.
    • The Eiffel Tower collapses after being slammed into by a UFO in the intro cinematic.
    • The Coit Tower and Palace of Fine Arts can be leveled in Bay Town.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Magmo's got four arms of pain.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Atomic Island, in spades.
  • Not Zilla: Togera.
  • 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, facehugger-style.
  • Playing with Fire: Raptros' and Magmo's special attacks.
  • Punched Across the Room: All the time. Some attacks are specifically designed to launch enemies and will send them flying clean across the city.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: 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... And then the aliens come back anyway. Crap.
  • Red Shirt Army: Earth's military forces.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: A good way to rebuild your energy bar or find health is to destroy buildings, and frees up debris to hit your enemies with. It also gives points that can be used for unlockable skins and arenas.
  • Rocket Punch: Ultra-V can use this to yank monsters over to him and stun them.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: When Preytor devours a scientist in her origin video.
  • Shock and Awe: Kineticlops, with special mention given to its long-range special attack.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Smurfette Principle: Preytor is the only female monster of the bunch, seeing as how one of the unused demos show that she had lain eggs.
  • Spikes of Doom: Togera.
  • Spin Attack: One of Goliath Prime's signature moves in Adventure mode.
  • Spinning Paper: During the opening cinematic.
  • 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: Tanks are destroyed by the dozen in cutscenes, and deal next to no damage in actual gameplay.
  • The Tokyo Fireball: Tsunopolis, a city based on Tokyo that features a single UFO floating on the edges of the map. If the UFO gets hit with anything, it retaliates by causing a tsunami that crosses the whole stage.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The scientist that inadvertently creates Preytor by feeding the mantis some of the alien fuel. He gets Eaten Alive by her for his troubles when she grows.
  • Tripod Terror: Cerebulon, the final boss of Adventure mode.
  • Updated Re-release: The game was ported to PS4 with higher-resolution textures, 1080p support, and trophies.
  • Victory Pose: Whenever you win a round in a story mode, or in the 'first-to-X-kills' challenges.
  • Villain Protagonist: 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!
  • Visible Invisibility: Of the shimmering/vaguely distorted type, from power-ups. It doesn't work on the monster AI, though it does stop military forces from targeting you.
  • Viva Las Vegas!: Gambler's Gulch.
  • Waist-Deep Ocean: In the opening cutscene, Togera — an expy of Godzilla — is shown rising out of the ocean and standing waist-deep in front of a fishing vessel as the crew panic.
  • Wolverine Claws: Togera has these all over his body! The spikes on his wrists, shoulders, and legs can all be extended and retracted at will.
  • You Nuke 'Em: Robo-47 launches a homing tactical nuke as his long-range special. It hurts.
  • Your Head Asplode: Cerebulon, after you defeat its final form. Technically, Agamo as well, as part of his long-range special (the exploding head has already been replaced though).

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