Long Live the King
Godzilla Destruction is a new action game from TOHO Games that puts players in the shoes of the King of Monsters himself. TOHO is very familiar with the Godzilla property. They have two other games featuring the iconic monster already under their belt. Godzilla Destruction is loads of fun, and can at times be quite the challenge. The game plays like a mobile successor to classic games like Rampage and even Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee.
Each level of the game is made up of a group of stages. Each stage has players take control of Godzilla and destroy waves of enemies. Enemies include helicopters, tanks, and other military vehicles, with each level also featuring a boss fight in the final stage. Each stage is more difficult than the last. Luckily, between stages, Godzilla can receive boosts and upgrades for the next stage. Players are also able to purchase additional upgrades with points they’ve collected. These upgrades are not permanent however, and Godzilla will revert back to his vanilla self following completion of a level. As players progress through the game, items and gear can be acquired that will allow Godzilla to be leveled up and upgraded. These upgrades do remain permanent and are a big help in the more difficult levels.
It’s Not Easy Being King
While some early levels pose a fun challenge, later levels can become much more intense. As players advance and upgrade, the enemies upgrade their arsenal as well. These upgrades start as enemies that take two hits to destroy and build up to enemies that are much faster than Godzilla as well as enemies that can slow Godzilla down. As a result, many of the later levels ramp up the difficulty. In some of these levels, players are forced to rely much more on their own skills and strategies rather than the upgrades they’ve acquired. This can prove to be somewhat frustrating however, when considering how much the game has up until this time emphasized upgrades.
One downside of Godzilla Destruction is lack of total control. The player only controls Godzilla’s movement. In order to attack, players must put Godzilla in the right position to be able to strike enemies. While it would be nice to control Godzilla’s attacks, it also makes it more of a strategic challenge to defeat enemies when Godzilla’s attacks are reliant on the player being in the right place at the right time.
Another downside is that Godzilla Destruction follows the pattern left by many games and includes loot boxes and the option to purchase in-game content with real life currency. However, at no point does Godzilla Destruction try to pressure players into spending money and just leaves it as an option to speed up game progress. The game provides players with everything they need to be successful entirely free without much of a grind.
The game may have flaws and unnecessary purchasable content. However, these things are not enough to drag down an otherwise decently entertaining game.
Is It Hardcore?
Seems that way.
Godzilla Destruction is entertaining in all the right ways but can too abruptly become a difficult challenge. A fun game for players who grew up with Rampage and other Kaiju properties, but can take some time to really get the hang of.