Gigabash Review – A Kaiju Brawler On A Rampage
The first time I played anything similar to Gigabash was Rampage, but this game was much more linear in its offerings compared to Gigabash. If we talk about the content offered by the game, we have over 5 different kaiju fighters to choose from. Over a dozen levels and multiple modes that fans of the kaiju verse have been waiting for. In our Gigabash review, we take a look at what this brawler offers.
Gigabash is a straight forward kaiju brawler. You’re literally choosing between some of the most iconic characters in the genre like Godzilla, Mothra, and many others, but presented in their own unique style and name. Choose your local online game mode and you’re in.
There is an artificial story mode here that can be used to distract you. However, the game is definitely meant to be a multiplayer experience. If you and your friends want to unleash pure giant monster mayhem in one of the many different environments the game takes place in, all you need are controllers.
As I mentioned earlier. The gameplay is as simple as possible. You have your heavy, light, ranged and melee attacks unique to each monster. You are in a huge city-like map where you and your friends can live out your wildest fantasies. That’s it. The tutorial explains the game very well.
Playing 4 players cooperatively or competitively is the closest you’ll get to a Godzilla game where you can fight your friends in cityscapes and no Avengers will stop you.
Players can use basic, special, dash, and jumps in the arena, but also damage their opponent, and the environment helps charge a special meter called the S-Meter, which turns your monster into an even bigger one for a limited time transformed. You must combine these to do your best to survive in the arena.
Additionally, all of the environments around you can be picked up and thrown at the enemies, buying you time and damage and perhaps turning the game in your favor.
As the battle continues, each level has a volcano that slowly depletes everyone’s health inside. This encourages players to throw each other into the lava and stay out of the lava to preserve their health. There is no timer in the game, the lava is the timer.
monsters and stages
There are a total of 10 monsters and over 15 levels to choose from. While many of them are locked at the beginning of the game, you can unlock them by progressing in the game, completing the story, and using other methods.
The game modes offered in local and online co-op are also very generous. In online mode you have a team fight (2v2) and a duel (1v1). Quickplay allows you to find the fastest match by including all of the latter game modes in the search.
Getting into local co-op gives you a team fight for everyone, but it introduces a unique game mode called Mayhem, which is free for everyone but features mini-games instead.
There is a lot of variety here in terms of characters, stages and game modes. If you are looking for a change, you will find it here.
A great touch for the game is how it comes down to a 1v1. The loser is shot into space, ala Team Rocket takes off again. A very satisfying way to end the game, which is easily a new unique way to end the game after Mortal Kombat’s iconic deaths.
Despite being played on older hardware, the game still looks very good and has great sound design. Unfortunately, the PS4 version of Gigabash runs at 30FPS. The next-gen versions advertise 60 FPS at higher resolutions. Even if you buy it on PS4, you will still have a lot of fun if you plan to play online or with friends. It’s still an adorable game.
Fighting takes place over a helicopter view of the city and is the best way to experience the game.
The sound design is brilliant too. Each monster brings its own unique track, audio, personality, and other cues to the brawl. It’s really a game full of life and personality, which is a great thing when you’re making a fighting game of this nature.
Overall, the game has a strong presentation and is a highlight of our Gigabash review. While you’re far from seeing Tekken’s visuals, you get fully destructible stages instead. The ability to quickly jump into the action is also a great added bonus to the game, and provides some good, mindless fun that’s ready to be picked up and played if you’re keen on playing with friends.
Gigabash is a game that I would recommend to everyone, but also to a certain niche of people. If you’re a fan of Rampage or giant monsters overall, you’re going to have a blast. This is a fun casual brawler that has taken a lot of creative liberties to create a unique game that stands out, but if you’re looking for a serious game to devote time to, this won’t get you far.
While the developers’ efforts are more than admirable, the game can easily be classified as a party game. It can be played with a crowd at the right moment. Otherwise, only fans of the genre will see them take on the online component to rise to the top as the ultimate monster.
Ultimately, Gigabash is simply a game that you can buy when you want some fun to take your mind off other fighting games and just want to experience something new and different.
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This review is based on the PS4 version of Gigabash. The key was provided by Future Friends Games