1) Godzilla: Monster of Monsters (1989)
Ugh. Uggggh. I still get acid reflux thinking of this game. Godzilla: Monsters of Monsters is probably my second least favorite NES game of all time (next to Conan: The Mysteries of Time). The game takes place in space, so yes, no building crushing and once again there’s a misguided attempt to add some level of strategy to the game, as you have to play this weird board game in between levels. Once you get past the board game, Monster of Monsters is a side-scrolling action/shooter featuring incredibly bland levels and a main character that’s slow, painfully unwieldy and too big to dodge any of the enemies’ attacks. Surviving for more than 30-seconds is a Herculean task. Despite all this, I’m pretty sure I still rented this game at least two or three times.
The One Good Godzilla Game
But wait, it’s not all doom and gloom! There was at least one Godzilla game I enjoyed…
Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (2002)
Don’t get me wrong, Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee is no masterpiece, but its heart is in the right place and ultimately it’s good dumb entertainment. It’s essentially a wrestling game starring kaiju, which is what most Godzilla games should be, right? You can smash buildings, suplex giant monsters and unlike its sequel (the aforementioned Godzilla Unleashed) the game actually plays fairly smoothly. Also, because it was initially a Gamecube game it has a four-player Melee mode, which is a ton of smashy fun. If you must play a Godzilla game, this is the one to track down.
So, any terrible Godzilla games that I missed? Did I unfairly malign a Godzilla game you have some misguided nostalgia for? By all means, let me know.