Ultimate Godzilla (Johnsonverse)

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Ultimate Godzilla is a video game produced and released by Johnson Games in association with Toho, Kadokawa Pictures, Tsuburaya Studios, Studio Gainax, Universal, and Haruo Nakijima.

Development began in 2008. The game was released for Wii U, PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2013 to critical acclaim.


The game combines previous Atari/Pipeworks games and Grand Theft Auto's open-world sandbox and wanted levels. Every monster featured in the Godzilla universe (including the movies, games, comic, novels, and Godzilla Island), as are monsters from outside Toho (like Gamera, Ultraman, King Kong, Evangelion, and Cloverfield).

The health and energy system is the same as in Godzilla: Save the Earth, foregoing the cells. Monsters also have variations (if possible) of their projectile attacks. Upgrades for certain characters can also be purchased (for example: Kiryu's Shoulder Rocket Launchers, or Gigan's Chainsaws/ Godzilla 2004/1994 red spiral ray). Destruction of buildings is now physically correct; one small kick at the base of a skyscraper will bring it down. However, skyscrapers can fall on the player, and cause minor damage. Also, unlike the scaled-down worlds in the Atari/Pipeworks games, the world is to-scale, with real USGS topographical data. The entire Earth is available to roam, explore, demolish, and fight in.

Free Roam

In Free Roam, players can explore the open-world (all of it, even the deepest part of the ocean). Cities are waiting to be destroyed (or defended), the military will attack (or help) the player, and other monsters are everywhere.

When encountering monsters, they can be classed into several categories:

  • Friendly: These are monsters that are friendly towards the player. They are always willing to come with the player, and assist them in battles and destruction.
  • Neutral: These monsters are neither friendly nor hostile, and are often not looking to fight. If the player doed hit them, they will run in fear until the player provokes them into fighting, or they go down.
  • Hostile: These monsters are looking to fight. If you don't want to fight (or are in a hurry), steer clear, because they won't usually pursue you.
  • Evil: These monsters will ALWAYS pick a fight with you and pursue you until you are defeated (or vice-versa). These monsters are usually along the lines of Mutants and Aliens.
  • Scared: These are monsters who are scared by the sight of you. They have a special condition that puts their defense stat at zero, meaning they can be one-hit killed using a beam weapon. Doing so has no consequences, and can be a good way to earn XP.
  • Kaiju-Hunter: Instead of being called "Evil", Global Defense Force mecha units are referred to as "Kaiju Hunters". They will be deployed against you if your Wanted Level gets high enough.
  • Evangelion: These are the Eva units from Neon Genesis Evangelion and Monster World. These are the most powerful kaiju hunters, and defeating them is extremely difficult, if almost impossible, due to their coordination, battle strategies, and wide array of weapons. Conversely, playing as an Eva will cause every monster to run away from you (except GDF mechs).

Your Wanted Level will increase if you destroy too many buildings, destroy too many GDF units, kill too many people, or are playing with a monster with a bad reputation resulting from past events (King Ghidorah is a good example).


The game begins with a tutorial narrated by George Takei. You play as Godzilla 2000 for this tutorial. George acquaints you with the controls, options, and moves. Players then move Godzilla into San Francisco, where you are introduced to the wanted system, building destruction, and kaiju categories. The tutorial concludes with a fight against Zilla.


There are a total of 5 campaigns: Earth Defenders, GDF, Alien, Mutants, and Historic.

Earth Defenders

The player monster must go from city to city and defeat Alien and Mutant monsters. Point penalties are incurred for destruction, as Earth Defenders are "Human Lovers", except accidental destruction (IE being thrown into buildings, falling on buildings, reflected beam attacks). Conversly, points are gained for defeating monsters and mechas. The campaign ends with the defeat of Spacegodzilla and the destruction of the Vortaak once and for all.


The player mecha/cyborg must defend cities from waves of Mutant and Alien monsters. Point penalties are incurred for destruction of any kind, minus accidental or unintentional damage. Conversly, points are gained for defeating monsters and mechas, defending cities, and executing battle plans (if playing as an EVA unit). The campaign ends with the player assisting the Earth Defenders in the defeat of Spacegodzilla.


The player monster/mecha must go from city to city defeating Earth Defenders and GDF mechas. Points are gained for defeating monsters and mechas, as well as conquering cities and destroying military units and bases. The campaign ends with the death of Godzilla, the conquest of Earth, and a massive interstellar war between the Vortaak and Sterlans over Earth.


The Mutants decide to use the Vortaak Invasion as cover to cause mayhem. The player plays a free-form campaign to destroy cities and send mankind extinct. Points are gained for destruction of any kind and killing people. The campaign ends with the death of Godzilla, the defeat of the Vortaak, and the extinction of humans.


Play through all movies from the Godzilla series. There are three levels for each movie (including the Johnson-made movies).


The monsters are divided into four factions: Earth Defenders, GDF, Aliens, and Mutants.

Default Monsters

Earth Defenders

  • Godzilla 2000
  • Anguirus 1968
  • Rodan 2004


  • Kiryu


  • King Ghidorah 1991
  • Gigan 2004
  • Megalon


  • Destoroyah
  • Ebirah

Unlockable monsters

Earth Defenders

  • Godzilla 1954
  • Godzilla 1955
  • Godzilla 1962
  • Godzilla 1964
  • Godzilla 1965
  • Godzilla 1967
  • Godzilla 1968
  • Godzilla 1973
  • Godzilla 1974
  • Godzilla 1975
  • Godzilla 1984
  • Godzilla 1989
  • Godzilla 1992
  • Godzilla 1993
  • Godzilla 1994
  • Burning Godzilla
  • Godzilla 2001
  • Godzilla 2002
  • Godzilla 2004
  • Anguirus 1955
  • Anguirus 2004
  • Rodan 1956
  • Rodan 1964
  • Rodan 1993
  • Fire Rodan
  • Mothra 1961
  • Mothra 1992
  • Mothra 2001
  • Mothra 2003
  • Baragon 1968
  • Baragon 2001
  • King Caesar 1974
  • King Caesar 2004
  • Varan 1958
  • Varan 1968
  • Monster World Varan
  • Kumonga 1968
  • Kumonga 2004
  • Gamera 1968
  • Gamera 1995
  • Gamera 2006
  • Ultraman (Shin Hayata)
  • Gomora
  • King Kong 2005
  • Zilla Jr.
  • Obsidius
  • Gorosaurus
  • Zone Fighter
  • King Ghidorah 2001
  • Fire Lion (New)
  • King Kong 1967


  • MechaGodzilla 2
  • Jet Jaguar
  • Mecha-King Ghidorah
  • Robo-Kong
  • MechaGodzilla 4 (New)
  • MOGUERA 2 (New)
  • Unit-01 (Shinji Ikari)
  • Unit-02 (Asuka Langley Soryu)
  • Unit-00 (Rei Ayanami)


  • King Ghidorah 1964
  • King Ghidorah DAMM
  • King Ghidorah Unleashed
  • Gigan 1973
  • Mechagodzilla
  • Mechagodzilla 1975
  • Orga
  • Mogera
  • Hedorah 1971
  • Hedorah 2004
  • Dogora
  • Monster X/Keizer Ghidorah
  • Asuka Fortress
  • The Visitor (New)


  • Destroyah
  • Battra
  • Biollante
  • Cloverfield
  • Red King
  • Eleking
  • Bagan
  • Titanosaurus
  • Zilla 1998
  • Zilla 2004
  • Spacegodzilla
  • Krystalak
  • Kamacuras
  • Gabara
  • Megaguirus
  • Gezora
  • Kamoebas
  • Ganimes
  • King Kong 1933
  • King Kong 1962
  • King Kong 1967
  • King Kong 1976
  • King Kong 2005
  • Smashorah (New)
  • Koranga (New)
  • Lightning Bug (New)

DLC Monsters

Earth Defenders

  • Godzilla 2014
  • Godzilla Filius
  • Godzilla Earth
  • Rodan 2019
  • Mothra 2019
  • Scylla
  • Methuselah
  • Behemoth
  • Solomon
  • DragonLotus
  • Jinjizu
  • Tursacra
  • Saltora
  • Cavorstein

Global Defense Force

  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • MechaMothra
  • MechaAnguirus
  • MechaVaran
  • MechaRodan
  • MechaBaragon
  • MechaDestroyah
  • MechaTitanosaurus
  • Cyber Zilla
  • Anime MechaGodzilla
  • Robokomododon
  • Unit-03 (Kensuke Aida)
  • Unit-04B (Hikari Horaki)
  • Unit-07 (Mari Makinami)
  • Unit-08 (Toji Suzuhara)
  • Unit-09 (Mana Kirishima)
  • Gypsy Danger


  • Heart Eater
  • Nemesis
  • Demagorah
  • Gaonaga
  • Ikameijin
  • Nemesis Prime
  • Mulighan
  • Cryx
  • Trilopod
  • Magita
  • Mecha Gomora


  • Shin Godzilla
  • Servum
  • MUTO (Male)
  • MUTO (Female)
  • Shadow of Red
  • Ouroboros
  • Moratitan
  • Katyusha
  • Macrosaurus
  • Giga Shark
  • Taligon
  • Urogora
  • Shadowheart
  • Lycanoid
  • Iracundus
  • Bakuyoku
  • Grimmgarl
  • Ziemniak


  • Cthulhu
  • Yonggary
  • Gorgo
  • Reptilicus
  • The Giant Claw
  • Rhedosaurus (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms)
  • Knifehead

Other Modes


The Party Mode. The modes are as follows: Versus, Classic Destruction, Generations Destruction, Classic Melee, All For One, and five custom modes.

  • Versus: A one-on-one fight in the area of your choice. Best two out of three wins!
  • Classic Destruction: Compete to see who can get more points via destruction.
  • Generations Destruction: Race against the clock and destroy as much of a city as you can.
  • Survival: The Vortaak are sending every monster they can mind-control against you. How many monsters can you defeat before they defeat you?
  • Army Survival: Like regular survival mode, but with GDF conventional forces. How many waves can you defeat? More importantly, can you survive GDF mech units?
  • Classic Melee: Two teams of two monsters duke it out in this tag-team rumble.
  • All For One: Every kaiju for themselves! Be the last monster standing!
  • Custom Modes: Players can tweak the game rules to their liking.

Free Roam

As mentioned above.

Online Mode

Play against other players from around the world via Playstation Network, XBOX Live, Nintendo Network, or Steam. Can be played in either Free Roam or Brawl mode.


A Training Mode similar to that in the Super Smash Bros series. You can choose the area of the world map, your monster, and another monster. You can toggle military, enemy monster, weather conditions, and pick-ups.

Historic Campaign Missions

Each movie has three missions, all based on movie events from the Johnson series. You play as Godzilla in all levels except where noted.

Showa (Easy)

Movie Mission 1 Mission 2 Mission 3
Gojira Destroy 15 ships in 20 minutes Evade the navy Destroy 70% of Tokyo in 30 minutes
Godzilla Raids Again Battle Anguirus in the Antarctic Battle Anguirus in Osaka Work with Anguirus to destroy 70% of Osaka in 10 minutes
King Kong vs Godzilla Fight the Giant Octopus as King Kong Get to the Skyscraper as King Kong Battle Kong
Godzilla vs King Ghidorah Raise hell in the countryside as King Ghidorah Have a sparring match with Rodan Work with Rodan and Mothra to defeat King Ghidorah
Monster Zero Defeat King Ghidorah on Planet X Destroy 60% of Sydney as Rodan in 5 minutes Work with Anguirus and Rodan to defeat King Ghidorah
Godzilla Mothra Ebirah: Battle for the Whales Defeat the Alpha Ebirah Defeat Mothra as the Alpha Ookundru Destroy the Red Bamboo base
Son of Godzilla Defend the egg and defeat two Kamacurus Learn from Godzilla as Minya Defeat Kumonga
Destroy All Monsters Destroy 80% of Moscow as Mothra in 5 minutes Work with Rodan, Mothra, and Manda to destroy 60% of Tokyo in 5 minutes Work with the Earth Defenders and kill that bastard King Ghidorah!
Godzilla vs Gabara Defeat Gabara Destroy 60% of San Francisco in 5 minutes Defeat Gabara as Minya
Space Amoeba Destroy 40% of Sendai in 5 minutes as either Gezora, Kamoebas, or Ganimes Defeat the Ganimes as Anguirus Work with Anguirus to defeat Kamoebas and Gezora
Godzilla vs Hedorah Kill 500,000 people in 5 minutes as Hedorah Defeat Godzilla as Hedorah Defeat Hedorah
Godzilla vs Gigan Destroy the industrial area in Tokyo as Gigan Defeat Gigan Work with Anguirus and kill this new King Ghidorah!
Godzilla vs Megalon Destroy the listed targets as Megalon in 30 minutes Survive 5 minutes against Megalon as Jet Jaguar Work with Jet Jaguar to defeat Megalon and Gigan
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla Defeat Anguirus as Fake Godzilla Defeat Godzilla as Mechagodzilla Work with King Caesar to defeat Mechagodzilla
Terror of Mechagodzilla Destroy 80% of Tokyo as Mechagodzilla or Titanosaurus Kill Titanosaurus! Destroy Mechagodzilla once and for all!
Godzilla vs Mogu Destroy 4 waves of GDF units as Mogu Destroy 40% of Tokyo as Gigan, King Ghidorah, or Mogu Work with Rodan and Varan and defeat all three monsters
Godzilla vs Redmoon Have a sparring match with Gomora Destroy 60% of Morioka as Redmoon or Erabus Work with Gomora and defeat Redmoon and Erabus
Godzilla vs Asuka Fortress Defeat the EDF blockade as Asuka Fortress Destroy 60% of Tokyo as Asuka Fortress Defeat Asuka Fortress

Heisei (Medium)

Movie Mission 1 Mission 2 Mission 3
Godzilla 1985 Defend Monster Island from the Soviets Destroy the Soviet Navy on its way to Tokyo Defend Tokyo from the Soviet invasion
Godzilla vs The Communists Destroy the Soviet Navy defending Vladivostok Defeat Sonic Boom Work with Anguirus and destroy ALL of Moscow in 15 minutes
Godzilla vs Biollante Destroy the EDF as Biollante Destroy the rogue EDF forces Defeat Biollante
Godzilla and Mothra vs Bagan Destroy 70% of Tokyo as Bagan Defend Tokyo Tower as Mothra Do the best you can to support Mothra's battle with Bagan
Godzilla vs King Ghidorah 2 Destroy 60% of Tokyo as King Ghidorah Defeat Godzilla as King Ghidorah Defeat King Ghidorah
Godzilla vs Battra Destroy all of the corporations in Tokyo as Battra in 5 minutes Destroy 60% of Tokyo as Battra Work with Mothra and defeat Battra
Godzilla vs Alien Godzilla Destroy Kyoto as Alien Godzilla Defeat MG-1 as Alien Godzilla Work with MG-1 and Rodan, defeat Alien Godzilla, and rescue Godzilla Jr.
Godzilla vs Spacegodzilla Defeat M.O.G.U.E.R.A. in space as Spacegodzilla Destroy 50% of Tokyo as Spacegodzilla Work with M-1 and defeat Spacegodzilla
Godzilla vs Destoroyah Destroy 40% of Hong Kong in 5 minutes Defeat Aggregate Destoroyah as Godzilla Jr. Defeat Godzilla as Destoroyah
Mothra Leo vs Desghidorah Destroy 40% of Hiroshima as Desghidorah Defeat Mothra as Desghidorah Work with Mothra Leo and defeat Desghidorah
Godzilla vs Shiigan Destroy 45% of Rio de Janiero in 5 minutes as Shiigan Defeat Biollante as Shiigan Work with Biollante and defeat Shiigan
Mothra Leo vs Garu-Garu Destroy 10 sources of pollution as Garu-Garu Destroy 5 nuclear power plants as Daghara Work with Mothra Leo and defeat Daghara
Mothra Leo vs Grand King Ghidorah Destroy Denver, Phoenix, London, and Beijing as Grand King Ghidorah Defeat Mothra Leo as Grand King Ghidorah Defeat Grand King Ghidorah
Godzilla vs Zilla Destroy 90% of New York City in 10 minutes as Zilla Defeat Godzilla as Zilla Work with Anguirus and Rodan to defeat Zilla

Millenium (Hard)

Movie Mission 1 Mission 2 Mission 3
Godzilla 2000 Defend Monster Island against the Vortaak military forces Destroy 40% of Tokyo as Orga in 5 minutes Defeat Orga
Godzilla vs Megaguirus Command the Meganulon to eat 500 people in 10 minutes Destroy the EDF forces as Megaguirus Work with Rodan and defeat Megaguirus
Godzilla vs Alien Godzilla 2 Destroy the EDF blockade defending Seattle as Alien Godzilla II Defeat Kiryu as Alien Godzilla II Work with Kiryu and defeat Alien Godzilla II
Godzilla vs Alien Godzilla 3 Destroy 60% of Tokyo in 5 minutes Work with Kiryu and Mothra and defeat Alien Godzilla II Carry Alien Godzilla II out to sea as Kiryu
Godzilla vs Anguirus Baragon & Varan Destroy 80% of Tokyo as Ghost Godzilla Defeat Anguirus, Baragon, and Varan as Ghost Godzilla Excise Godzilla I's vengeful spirit
Destroy all Monsters 2 Defeat the Vortaak invasion force Defeat Hedorah Work with Anguirus and Rodan and defeat King Ghidorah, Gigan, and Megalon
Godzilla Save the Earth Defeat Alien Godzilla in San Francisco Defeat Spacegodzilla as MOGUERA Work with MOGUERA and defeat Spacegodzilla in Tokyo
Godzilla Final Wars Defeat Zilla, Kumonga, Kamacuras, Ebirah, and Hedorah in 30 minutes Free Anguirus, Rodan, and King Caesar from the Xilien mind-control Defeat Destoroyah in the rubble of Tokyo
Godzilla vs Jirass Destroy 30% of Los Angeles as Jirass in 5 minutes Defeat the EDF as Jirass Defeat Jirass
Godzilla & Gamera vs Zedus Destroy 40% of the village in 5 minutes Eat 4,000 people in five minutes Work with Gamera and defeat this man-eating bastard!
Godzilla Unleashed Complete the listed objectives as they come up (basically, play Godzilla Unleashed story mode) Defeat Obsidius in Seattle and Krystalak in New York Work with Anguirus and Kiryu and stop Spacegodzilla from returning to Earth
Godzilla vs Cloverfield Destroy 90% of New York in 10 minutes as Cloverfield Defeat Mechagodzilla and MOGUERA as Cloverfield Defeat Cloverfield
Godzilla vs Yonggary Destroy 70% of Seoul in 5 minutes as Yonggary Support the North Korean invasion, but don't arouse suspicion as Yonggary Defeat Yonggary
Godzilla: Super Fight Defeat your opponents as they come Escape the Vortaak Prison Complex Defeat King Ghidorah, Gigan, and Mechagodzilla
Godzilla: Defender of Sendai Defend Sendai from the Titanosaurus invasion Defeat Komododon Defeat Smashorah
Godzilla 2012 Destroy all of the cities listed in your objectives (no time limit or percentage threshold; just destroy until there's either nothing left to destroy, or until you get bored) Work with Anguirus and Rodan and destroy the Vortaak homeworld (warning: this is a very long mission; remember to save often!)

Work with the Earth Defenders and defeat all of the Vortaak monsters!

Johnson (You've Got Balls of Steel to Even ATTEMPT This Campaign)

Movie Mission 1 Mission 2 Mission 3
Vocaloid & Godzilla Defeat Clone Godzilla Defeat King Ghidorah, Gigan, and Megalon as they appear on the map Defeat Evil Godzilla as Mecha-King Ghidorah 4 (MKG-4), then defeat Mechagodzilla before the power-up sequence is complete
Vocaloid & Godzilla 2 Defeat Glacies as MKG-5 Defeat King Ghidorah, Gigan, Megalon, Orga and Megaguirus in Washington DC Avenge Luka and destroy Mechagodzilla!
Vocaloid & Godzilla 3 Lock down the area of Tokyo Bay marked on the map as Destoroyah Destroy 70% of Tokyo in 5 minutes as Godzilla I Defeat Godzilla I
Sgt. Frog: The Great Rescue (DLC) Work with V-Unit and Destroy Seatopia Destroy 50% of Tokyo as Megalon in 5 minutes Work with Jet Jaguar and defeat Megalon as Godzilla II
Nemesis (DLC) Destroy Tokyo as Duncan or Tornaq Avenge Konata's father and kill Duncan and Tornaq! Defeat Nemesis


In the store, you can spend points to buy new monsters, upgrades, and world map areas. Players can also view concept art, monster animations, and clips from Godzilla movies.


The following upgrades can be purchased in the store.

  • Shoulder Rocket Launchers: Mounts rocket launchers to Kiryu's shoulders. These deal high damage.
  • Wrist Masers: Mounts maser cannons to Kiryu's wrists. These are very deadly, so steer clear if you see Kiryu with one of these when in Free Roam!
  • Chainsaws: Replaces Gigan 2004's claws with chainsaws. These are the ultimate in destroying buildings.
  • Garuda: Transforms Mechagodzilla 2 into Super Mechagodzilla. No monster will dare came near you!
  • Head-Spinning Mechanism: Allows Mechagodzilla 1 to spin his head. This allows you to put up a force-shield, and fire your eye lasers in any direction.
  • Lasers: Replaces Mechagodzilla 1's rockets with lasers. Perfect for defeating other monsters.
  • Armor-Plating: Increases MOGUERA's defense at the cost of speed.
  • Auto-Repair System: Allows GDF mecha units to regain health over time.
  • Quick Heal: Gives monsters Godzilla's amazing regenerative abilities. Those F-18's can't kill Zilla now!
  • Red Spiral Ray (Only Godzilla 1994 and Godzilla 2004): When Godzilla's radiation meter reaches maximum he gets the red spiral ray which is capable of decreasing 2 health cells if used wisely.
  • Kangaroo Kick: Gorosaurus can kick some serious butt when he uses this move!
  • AT Field: Equips the EVA units with a shield, reducing the amount of damage taken. Also slows your movement. Should only be used in defensive situations.
  • Eva Comm Systems: Allows communication between Eva units, granting many offensive, defensive, and support battle plans and formations. When together, all three Evas will use the callsign "Alpha Squad". Spike Spencer, Tiffany Grant, and Michelle Ruff all reprise their roles from Monster World.


Monster Themes

Earth Defenders

Global Defense Force




Famitsu 40/40
Gamespot 10/10
GameTrailers 9.9/10
IGN 10/10

The game was received with universal acclaim.

Gamespot called the game "a masterpiece". The game was called "true to its title", and the review noted that "this game will appeal to all audiences, giant monster fans or not". The only negative remark about the game said was that the game would become a major source of insomnia. IGN made a similar statement, calling the game "truly ultimate and addicting". Famitsu magazine gave the game a perfect 40, one of only few games to recieve this score.

Fan reaction was overwhelmingly positive. They praised the game for its huge roster, the inclusion of fan favorites, gameplay, and especially free roam mode. The game has gained a huge YouTube following, with parodies, dubs, and Machinima videos rampant.