In the realm of video games, demand for another Godzilla game or any other game in the kaiju genre has certainly spiked. Side scrolling beat–em up game Dawn of the Monsters has seen success and the newly released arena fighter GigaBash has recently announced Godzilla's addition to the game's roster. Furthermore, there is Platinum Games' independent project, Project G.G., that has been in development for two years. Thanks to GigaBash, fans are even calling for PipeWorks Ltd. to remake/remaster the trilogy of Godzilla fighting games. Out of any other game that could get announced, however, none would ever expect a pachinko game would be announced.
In Godzilla vs Evangelion, the events from Shin Godzilla and Neon Genesis Evangelion take place in the same universe. Years later, Godzilla appears in Japan while the giant robot called Eva Unit–01 was fighting giant alien lifeforms called angels. Suddenly, the giant space monster King Ghidorah has come to invade Earth leading to Godzilla and Eva Unit–01 to team up.
For those unfamiliar with pachinko machines, they are essentially slot machines, but you win marbles instead of cash since gambling for money is illegal in Japan. However, the marbles can be traded in parlors for cash as prize money much like how you can trade in tickets for a prize at an arcade. Godzilla is no stranger to pachinko machines as there have been two other pachinko games in the past: CR Godzilla 3S–T Battle and Godzilla: Pachislot Wars.
One of the first things I noticed about the cinematic trailer for the game is that it uses the same story for Godzilla vs Evangelion: The Ride at Universal Studios Japan. The ride was a 3D ride that had the audience as the civilians evacuating Tokyo II during Godzilla's attack and would land smack dab in the middle of the fight between Godzilla and the Evas. It was later learned the Godzilla was attracted to a strange energy source that was descending down to Earth and one blast of Godzilla's beam at the energy source caused King Ghidorah to appear. This would cause Godzilla and the Evas to team up and combine their efforts to defeat the monster.
The differences between the ride and the game are the designs for King Ghidorah and how the story plays out. King Ghidorah's design isn't the design from the ride (which a lot of fans would've liked to have seen more of). The design is the one from Godzilla vs King Ghidorah that is most commonly used. The only thing new added to Ghidorah was the reflector shield that the Evas have. The trailer seems to also suggest that King Ghidorah is being piloted or controlled by a human antagonist, which means Ghidorah is not attacking on its own volition. We get the reveal of the Goji-Eva hybrid in the game, which has never appeared in the ride. The hybrid is actually based on an X–Plus figure that was released in 2016/2017 as part of the Godzilla vs Evangelion cross promotion.
Honestly, I would have liked to have seen this as a one off movie. The animation just looks awesome and would have loved to watch it. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until someone records all of the scenes on a phone camera and uploads them to YouTube. And if anybody from Toho Co. is reading this, please consider releasing Godzilla vs Evangelion as a movie. I can more than guarantee it will be a hit with fans and nobody wants to watch it recorded from a phone. So please consider releasing this as a movie.
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