Dynasty Warriors: Gundam - PS3 Review
If you've owned a Playstation 2 then you would more then likely be familiar with Koei's Dynasty Warriors series. The games have a loyal following and the news that there would be a Dynasty Warriors: Gundam title was met with much fanfare. That game has been released and we thought we'd take a look. Now we do have to point out that we know little about the Gundam universe so we're judging this game primarily by the technical and gameplay merits alone. If you're a Gundam fan then you're likely to get much more from this title then we did, however we still feel that the storyline was rather weak overall, and the experience did little to expand our knowledge of the franchise.
|Generic enemy soldiers look bland.|
The really isn't much of a story to speak of in this game. Essential you will take part in the battles from the Gundam universe spanning from the Universal Century to the Future Century as any of your favorite heroes and villains! Turn the tides of battle as you lead your troops against impossible odds. Your ever-strengthening will and skills will determine the outcome of the wars simultaneously blazing throughout the Earth and outer space!
In terms of gameplay, if you've ever played one of the Dynasty Warriors titles then you'll know exactly what to expect. Each of the levels is littered with thousands of enemies, and you'll be killing the vast majority of them before you complete the mission. The mechs which you control come from the six different TV shows (apparently) while the title comes with two main game modes. Official mode covers the One Year War, Gryps Conflict and First Neon War while the Original mode which includes a different timeline and story mode with Gundam characters and storylines which could never actually match up in the 'real' animes. Each of the modes includes different characters to control. As with other games as you progress further into the game you also unlock new items and abilities.
|Obviously we don't have Japanese text!|
Unfortunately Koei have missed some big opportunities with this title. They could have introduced the Gundam universe to a large audience however we sadly learn little about it through this game and as someone who knows little to nothing about the universe I walked away with about the same amount of knowledge. Another big disappointment is the lack of online gameplay. Despite having a 2-player mode the lack of online gameplay is very disappointing given the perfect gameplay vehicle that is being provided for such thrills.
|Draw distance is decent enough.|
Koei have always managed to push the graphics on the platforms their games are on, at least in terms of the scope of the battlefield. The same could be said of this game, except that the game really doesn't look too much better then a high resolution PS2 game with poor models and bland backgrounds. The movement of the mechs looks a little stiff as well which, given the power of the PS3, is quite disappointing. Fortunately the fog of war that affected last-gen title has been dramatically reduced in this title. The frame rate is solid enough for the game, especially given the number of mechs on-screen at once. The mechs themselves though are pretty poorly modeled, particularly the generic enemy based models. Sure, we understand that they are generally blocky looking in real-life (well, their other media) but they really are quite bland in this game.
|A fantastic looking game, no doubt about it.|
Audio in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam really is also quite disappointing. The voice cting is, well, pathetic while the music and sound effects aren't anything to get too excited about at all. With the Gundam license and the move to next-gen systems I really hoped that Omega Force and Koei could have pushed the envelope with something epic and exciting, but it was not to be.
|Another impressive screen.|
I have to admit that while I was quite excited about the prospect of getting this game after playing the demo the final version didn't live up to expectations. The Gundam universe is one which I am not overly familiar with, but this game doesn't leave me with much more of an idea then when I started. Still, if you're a Gundam and Dynasty Warriors fan then this game should keep you busy for quite a few hours.
Review By: Dave Warner
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|GRAPHICS||Hitting next-gen systems only I really expected more graphically.||57%|
|SOUND||Nothing in this game screams out as a great audio experience.||63%|
|GAMEPLAY||Despite the technical issues this remains a fairly entertaining game.||71%|
|VALUE||Lengthy, but I would be surprised if you don't tire before the end.||63%|
|OVERALL||Dynasty Warriors: Gundam was a great idea and with a strong developer and track record we expected something good, if not great. The final product is average at best and really only for hardcore fans sadly.||64%|