The hype is real and justified. Godzilla is the best pin ever made, period. I've been in the hobby for about 45 years. Prior to GZ, MM and LOTR set the standard. JP was fantastic, but GZ raises the bar. In every area I can think of, its just a superior table and effort. Start with the theme. Magnificent! The perfect marriage of camp and nostalgia. Cut scenes from old movies, the monster battles, "stay tuned for a message from Bonus". Brilliant! Japanese mode ups the camp factor, and its glorious. The Godzilla theme is perfect for pinball, and this table knocks it out of the park.
As for play, this table flows like no other. The number of looping, endless shots are higher on this pin than any I can think of. Ramps, loops, spinners. The loop behind the upper flipper. The huge number of secret combos and skill shots. The use of the building (on the Prem/LE) to change the ramp flows. The rotating jump ramp to the magnetic Mechagodzilla. And the cylindrical Newton ball that captures then redirects/throws your ball! It's all brilliant and innovative.
Any one of the following (interactive!?!) toys/mechs would have made this title a standout: Rotating jump ramp w/spinner; Collapsing and interactive bridge; Mechagodzilla bash toy with magnetic hold; incredible cylindrical Newton ball with magnetic capture, and of course: the collapsing sky scraper with physical ball locks and the ability to change ball paths and throwouts depending on level. Taken together, this is a stunning array of new innovation and fun in a single pin. GZ is the most-packed pin from Stern, ever. It rivals TZ in the number of unique toys, and flows and plays better than the slow and deliberate Lawlor design in Twilight Zone.
Add all the amazing elements of the theme, art, music, flow, and toys together along with a deep code with a ruleset that keeps you coming back for more - beginner or expert - and you have the best pin made yet. It earns all the hype. Nothing plays as well or is as fun in my collection as GZ. Took forever to get from the backlog, but worth the wait. Absolutely a blast and unequivocally recommended. The only pin I've rated a perfect 10. Perfection.