antovald20 wrote:I never played this game, so can someone please tell me the story?
Across the globe, crystals begin to grow. They come in several different flavors, and all of them are imbued with immense power. Specifically, these crystals hold the sort of power which monsters thrive on, and so their appearance drives monsters from all around the globe to the cities infested with these crystals.
Each location infested with crystals begins to experience bizarre weather, toxic gas, volcanic eruptions - it's as if the planet has gone crazy.
At this point, the story breaks into four different pieces. I'll go over them one at a time:
GLOBAL DEFENSE FORCE:
The GDF sends its robots to the various crystal-infested cities, and begins to destroy the crystals. Unfortunately, the GDF quickly discovers that smashing the crystals releases energy which monsters (and GDF robots) absorb - driving them crazy with power. The GDF changes their mission - now they need to stop monsters from absorbing the crystal energy!
Playing this story, you control one of the GDF robots. You need to protect the cities, and prevent any monsters from absorbing too much crystal energy. Of course, the easiest way to fight the super-powered monsters is to absorb some of that crystal energy yourself - but just a bit, right? You can stop any time...
General Gyozen, commander of the Gotengo, is upset that the GDF cannot be effective against the monsters, so he hatches a crazy plan to convert the Gotengo into a weapon fueled by the most unstable of the crystal formations. The energies from the crystal drive him fully insane, such that the GDF is forced to send their own forces against him.
The peaceful earth defenders, most of whom live on Monster Island, become restless. They break free of the island, and make their way to the crystal cities. They know that the crystals are damaging to the earth's balance, so they want to destroy them and purge this corruption. Unfortunately, the easiest way to eliminate the crystals is to wade through the cities to destroy them - which angers the GDF and causes harm to both sides. The Earth Defenders are also trying to stop any monsters from gaining Power Surges through prolonged exposure to the crystals - which is a tall order.
Ultimately, the Earth Defenders and the GDF are fighting on the same side. But they realize that too late because...
Queen Vorticia of the Vortaak has been secretly living on earth as a human scientist, researching earth's monsters and looking for a weakness. She is one of the first people to realize the power of the crystals, and her influence is what exposes MOGUERA to the first of the Power Surges - making him go crazy in downtown San Francisco. Realizing that the crystal power could finally allow the Vortaak to defeat earth, she signals the mothership to return to earth, and sends her Alien monsters to secure as many power surges as possible.
She nearly succeeds, too. King Ghidorah absorbs so much energy from the crystals that he grows to nearly double size, and takes on six monsters by himself in lava-filled Seattle. Unfortunately, too many other monsters come seeing his power for themselves, and the mothership is shot out of the sky over San Francisco - crashing into the bay. Queen Vorticia was ready to fight the Earth monsters and the GDF, but she did not count on...
The mutants are not a proper faction - they are lone power-crazed monsters who simply live to destroy and gain personal power. Monsters from the other three factions all have a chance to join the Mutations, by simply gaining power and destroying the city wantonly. The Mutations include some of the most powerful monsters of all - Biollante, Destoroyah, and Megaguirus. Newcomer monsters Krystalak and Obsidius are de facto members of the Mutants - both of them grew from sentient crystal masses in New York and Seattle, respectively. New York has the strongest infestation of crystals - which centered around a giant crystal egg which Krystalak hatched from.
But the king of the mutants is, naturally, Space Godzilla. Thought to be dead after StE - Space Godzilla's consciousness was actually split into thousands of crystal shards - which managed to find their way back to earth. Yes - the "power crystals" every monster has been fighting over are actually pieces of Space Godzilla - trying to get back together. If any one monster manages to absorb enough crystal energy, then Space Godzilla's consciousness is able to re-assert itself, and he becomes reborn from the crystal masses - charged with all the power of earth's monsters.
In the game, if you gather all 7 Power Surges, you get the "Tyrant!" ending, in which you must fight 9 other monsters by yourself, and try to take over the earth instead letting Space Godzilla get to it first.