#1 Posted by BaneFireLord (2907 posts) -

I watched Pacific Rim yesterday and had a glorious time. Now I'm jonesing for a good video game dealing with the same sort of theme. With the XBLA game being a total turd, is there anything else that is thematically comparable in recent gaming memory?

#2 Edited by Deranged (1837 posts) -

Any mech game would probably be loads better than Pacific Rim, but most lack the whole "robot vs monster" deathmatch vibe.

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#4 Posted by TheHT (10786 posts) -

I think it's War of the Monsters on the PS2 I've heard good things about. According to one Giantbomb.com you can get it on the PS3N as well.

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#6 Posted by SunBroZak (976 posts) -

@theht said:

I think it's War of the Monsters on the PS2 I've heard good things about. According to one Giantbomb.com you can get it on the PS3N as well.

I played a whole lot of War of the Monsters back when it was released. Really good, mindless-fun game. A nice set of playable monsters and arenas, with a lot of buildings capable of being destroyed. It might not have aged entirely well, but I still think it's worth looking into.

#7 Posted by falserelic (5270 posts) -

Zone of the enders 1 and 2

#8 Posted by VierasTalo (636 posts) -

@theht said:

I think it's War of the Monsters on the PS2 I've heard good things about. According to one Giantbomb.com you can get it on the PS3N as well.

This. Play as the robot dude, fight the monster dudes. Victory!

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#10 Posted by Kyotsu (25 posts) -

Xenogears. You can even snag it on PSN. It is a must play, and features giant robots.

#11 Edited by Quarters (1623 posts) -

@oraknabo said:

Stole the words out of my mouth. MAN, I need to play that game again.

#12 Posted by XenoNick (1390 posts) -

If you're looking for giant mechs you can't go wrong with Zone of The Enders or Armored Core.

#13 Posted by biggiedubs (493 posts) -

No Kaiju, but there's a bunch of Front Mission games out there. Front Mission 3 being the best of the bunch, by my account.

And, although you don't do any fighting, Attack of the Friday Monsters! on 3DS focuses around a bunch of kids who live in town where Kaiju fight on the outskirts.

Or, you know, you could just watch Gurren Lagaan.

#14 Edited by Fredchuckdave (5156 posts) -

Primal Rage obv

Front Mission 3 is the best mech game of all time I suppose, but it doesn't have monsters and isn't a fighting game *gasp*

Xenogears is really fucking boring after the first 10-15 hours or so; Xenosaga is much more tightly paced plus it just has a better story overall, 2nd and 3rd one have independent mech combat which is generally pretty interesting.

#15 Posted by HerbieBug (4189 posts) -

Also, Virtual On.

Get leady!

#16 Edited by Nottle (1912 posts) -

I remember thinking the mech boss fights in Goemon's Great Adventure were pretty good.

#17 Edited by AgnosticJesus (539 posts) -

The Pacific Rim game on XBLA is unbelievably good. It's probably the best game released on Live in the last 2-3 years.

#18 Posted by Vance_Helsing (215 posts) -

The obvious ones were already mentioned in this thread but King of the Monsters and Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (fucking horrible title) are worth a look. The former's a Neo-Geo (and Nick Arcade) staple, the latter was a dumb Godzilla game, emphasis on dumb.

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#21 Edited by Mooninaut (13 posts) -

...is 1994 "recent"?

One Must Fall: 2097 is a hell of a giant robot fighting game, if you can get past the DOS-ass graphics. It has ranged attacks, combos, upgrades, throws, arena hazards, secret characters, secret levels, an extensive and ridiculous story mode, hyper moves, cheat codes, destruction moves, and characters with radically different play styles. One robot can teleport and alter time, another has wings, a third is a repurposed industrial demolition machine with huge chain flails, etc.

It's abandonware now, so there's really no reason not to grab it and fire up DosBox.

#22 Posted by The_Grindilow (429 posts) -

I had to go see Pacific Rim today after listening to the Bombcast, didn't even care that I had nobody to go with. Man that film is dumb yet great at the same time.

#23 Posted by bitscreed (4 posts) -

@mooninaut: I have so many fond memories of OMF: 2097. I played the shareware version for years.

#24 Posted by BeachThunder (11633 posts) -

@mooninaut: OMF is fantastic; also, I believe it's officially freeware.

Hm, maybe I should replay it again...

#25 Posted by Sinusoidal (1260 posts) -

Xenogears is really fucking boring after the first 10-15 hours or so; Xenosaga is much more tightly paced plus it just has a better story overall, 2nd and 3rd one have independent mech combat which is generally pretty interesting.

What? No. Xenosaga was three, 40+ hour games of incoherent boredom consisting mostly of cutscene. You're better off just watching the cutscenes spliced together on Youtube. At least Xenogears crammed all its convolution into one game, with many more outstanding moments of awesome, and some actual gameplay. Even if disc 2 was all fucked up.

#26 Posted by Godzilla_Sushi (1084 posts) -

The obvious ones were already mentioned in this thread but King of the Monsters and Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (fucking horrible title) are worth a look. The former's a Neo-Geo (and Nick Arcade) staple, the latter was a dumb Godzilla game, emphasis on dumb.

I agree that it was dumb and silly, but it was still neat! They had like 3 versions of Godzilla! And multiple robot versions of characters! Gah, it wasn't great. I just liked it a lot I guess. Part of the attraction was that they made two Godzilla fighting games which in itself is pretty bizarre and risky.

#27 Edited by BBAlpert (1351 posts) -

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee certainly has some redeeming qualities to it, but I don't know that I'd go as far as calling it good. Definitely better than it could have been, though.

@sinusoidal I don't know if this is true, but I heard that the main reason why disc 2 is the way it is was that Squaresoft ran out of money earlier than they had planned. So what was supposed to be a much more elaborate conclusion to the story turned into "shit, we need to wrap this up now. And we don't have any money for new assets, so just have everyone monologue in front of a black background or something!"

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#28 Posted by Example1013 (4833 posts) -

@theht said:

I think it's War of the Monsters on the PS2 I've heard good things about. According to one Giantbomb.com you can get it on the PS3N as well.

BEST FUCKING GAME EVAR!!!111!1!

#29 Posted by punkxblaze (2948 posts) -

@bbalpert said:

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee certainly has some redeeming qualities to it, but I don't know that I'd go as far as calling it good. Definitely better than it could have been, though.

I believe there was a sequel for the Wii that had more monsters playable as well. Dunno if it was any better than the original, though, as I never played it.

Maaan, how has no one made a good giant stuff fightin' other giant stuff game in the recent past? There's been such a mech resurgence with Mechwarrior Online and Hawken, too.

#30 Edited by OneKillWonder_ (1689 posts) -

I know it's not really the same thing at all, but watching the movie a second time kind of got me in the mood for Lost Planet. Since I only own the second one and don't really want to play it again, I bought the first for $5 last night since that Capcom sale was still going on. It sort of satisfies the need to destroy a variety of giant alien creatures, sometimes with mech suits.

I couldn't help but notice that the opening to Pacific Rim and the opening to LP1 are more than a little similar, though. It's actually really weird.

#31 Edited by TheMightySkullboy (57 posts) -

Earth Defense Force is pretty fun. You spend most of the time on foot, so it's not exactly Pacific Rim style, but there is a mech you can pilot. However, the mechs are pretty disposable and will blow up in like thirty seconds. You're better off just going it on foot most of the time.

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#34 Posted by RenMcKormack (1071 posts) -

@quarters said:

@oraknabo said:

Stole the words out of my mouth. MAN, I need to play that game again.

Not only is it Robot fighting and so forth. But the anime ness of it is very Pac Rim. or Pac Blue?

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