Developer: 13AM GAMES
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X, Stadia, PC
Reviewed On: PS4 Pro
Release Date: 15/03/2022
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
What do Ultraman, Giant Robots and Godzilla have in common? They fight giant Kaiju to save the world. Well, Dawn of the Monsters has this in spades and you’re the one in charge of these massive defenders of the little people.
Kaiju-like monsters called Nephilim have attacked Earth, and the only one who can beat them is the Defense Alliance Worldwide NETWORK aka DAWN. With DAWN being in charge of the only know defence against the Nephilim; Megadom, Ganira, Tempest Galahad and Aegis Prime. Play as one of these four titans of power and fight your way through the masses of Nephilim coming your way and finally stop their invasion.
The story is surprisingly well written and enjoyable. All the characters you will meet all have personally and a story. There is plenty to like here.
The first thing you will notice about Dawn of the Monsters is the art style. Dawn of the Monsters to me resembles a manhwa. These are South Korean comics. They still fit in a manga style to but as manhwa’s are mainly coloured and manga is not. It has taken a cell-shaded colour pallet that looks stunning and pops right out of the screen.
A Kaiju fighting game is only as good as the battles you are in. And Dawn of the Monsters has done a great job with these. Of course, you have the basic light and heavy attacks. The team also gets rage abilities that unlock as you progress through the game’s story called Rage attacks. These Rage attacks are special abilities that can attack, defend and boost stats. Each using one rage bar.
Rage is gained by attacking and beating the Nephilim with rage attacks. By performing these attacks, the Cataclysm meter will fill up. Once it is full, you can pull off a super powerful attack that basically kills everything on screen. Cataclysm is also used to perform finishers. Finishers insta-kill a low health enemy and drop a health orb.
The Nephilim are vibrant and cool looking from standard Godzilla styled Kaiju to ones that fly, have horns and so on.
The Nephilim Monarchs are where the game gets very exciting. These are female variants of The Nephilim that are not happy you are killing their young. They are bigger, stronger and faster than normal. They can also summon other Nephilim to help them. These fights are normally one-on-one battles to the death. And are by far the best looking monsters you will find.
Not quite perfect
There is one small thing that bugged me. There is no variation in the mission. It is just move from left to right killing hoards of Monsters. It would have been nice to break up the levels or the flow with varying missions.
Overall Dawn of the Monsters is a fantastic fighting game that is just not quite there. With great art style and story and fantastic fights. Just needs more variety in missions.
Dawn of the Monsters is still a must buy.