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March 10 2009
Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
23/4/2009THQKoeiOmega Force
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-2None$89.95
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Note all the enemies on the map.
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Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 on PS3.

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Damn, that's a lot of enemy mecha!
One of the earliest games released on the Playstation 3 was Koei's Dynasty Warriors: Gundam. While being based on the Dynasty Warriors franchise this isn't set in ancient China but rather in a futuristic mech based world. Prepare for some battles on a massive scale with the death toll set to reach into the thousands rather then hundreds. So what's the storyline you ask?

In the future, rebel space colonies launch a brutal war of independence with a series of coordinated orbital strikes against planet Earth. The chaotic assault signals the dawn of a new age of combat and the ultimate instrument of warfare is born, the Mobile Suit.

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A Gundam 2 battle in space!
For those of you unfamiliar with this franchise Dynasty Warriors provides large scale battles with hundreds, and often thousands, of combatents in the field. Sure, you won't see all these characters on-screen at once, but there will be dozens at a time. Interestingly the battles take place both on ground, and in the reaches of outer space.

Mobile Suit Gundam 2 includes new stories featuring mecha from the latest Gundam anime, plus mecha from Char's Counter Attack and more. With mecha parts collected throughout the course of the game, players will be able to adapt a Mobile Suit which can be piloted into combat.

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A 35 string combo in Field F.
For the first time, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 will let players engage in melee battles against colossal enemies such as the Psycho Gundam. The massive Psycho Gundam can quickly reconfigure their bodies into titanic mobile fortresses which can move with remarkable speed. However, highly-trained pilots can utilize their own Mobile Suitís speed, agility, and of course firepower to defeat these deadly juggernauts.

While this game supports 2-players on a single console it seems somewhat disappointing that a couple of years into the PS3 life cycle there is still no support for online gameplay. While lag may be an issue to some, if technology has advanced enough to allow Street Fighter IV to allow online gameplay, Koei should be able to manage it in this game.

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Graphics are passable, not great.
Visually Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 looks, well, adequate. First the not so impressive - the backgrounds - which have always been a problem for the franchise. Yes, they are bland and lacking detail. But quite the opposite is the detail on the characters in this game. Each of the Mobile Suits is superbly detailed, and looks, from my untrained eyes at least, accurate to their counterparts. Hopefully the game will have a solid frame rate.

If you liked the first Dynasty Warriors: Gundam then there is a good chance that you are well aware of this upcoming sequel, especially as it has been out in Japan for a few months now. With a release now scheduled for late April after a slight delay, fans will want to get this game on pre-order now.