We all love reviews- they give you an early sense of a game, comic, movie, or tv show, and let you know if it’s worth your time and hard earned money. Most reviews are for products that have just come out. What if you missed it, though? What if, like everyone sometimes, you were late to the party? This column is for you. For the gamer that’s still interested in that game from a year ago, you just never got around to picking it up. Maybe it’s in the bargain bin now, or a “greatest hit” that can be found at a reduced price or maybe you can get it on the cheap used at your local Gamestop. However you go looking for it, we’ll get you up-to-date right here.
Gundam Epyon HacksThere are three things you should know about me right away: 1) I love Gundam. I’ve watched almost every Gundam series (although I’ve been conspicuously missing the latest series, pretty much everything from SEED on…sounds like another column!), and I really can’t get enough of the giant mechs fighting each other (for those keeping score, my personal favorite is Gundam X); 2) I love mindless hack-and-slash games; 3) Surprisingly, I’ve never played a Dynasty Warriors game.
If, like me, you haven’t played a Dynasty Warriors game, the basic gist of the series is this: You run around as an ancient Asian warrior, cutting through a nearly endless supply of ancient Asian enemies in an effort to secure the various fields of battle. For the Gundam iteration, you control a Gundam from one of the many series, complete with most of the original voice actors (both Japanese and English), and you run around, cutting through a nearly endless supply of Mobile Dolls and Mobile Suits, including some enemy Gundams in an effort to secure the various fields of battle.
There are two campaign modes. One takes you through the basics of the original Gundam series’ storyline, the other is an original story (appropriately titled “Original Mode”) that features a greatest hits selection of characters from various series and an all-new Mobile Doll Gundam. There are multiple characters to play each mode with, and they all have unique points of view on the story. Each Gundam does actually handle differently, and has unique special moves and combos. Of course, once you use Wing Zero, it’s tough to go back to the Mark One, but I digress.
The game play is the simplest button mashing affair it can be. You strafe, do quick hits, dashes, and gun blasts, then you do that some more. It may sound tedious to some gamers, but I love this sort of thing, as you can just let loose, and drop your mind out of the world for awhile. Again, with the unique styles of each Gundam, there are different ways that I know you can do it, Amuro!you’ll play, especially when it comes to combos. Each campaign will take an average of 4-6 hours, and with a start of three characters per campaign and several unlockables, this game has a LOT of replay. There are also some great interactions, especially between characters from different series in the Original Mode. Heero vs. Amuro, Char vs. Zechs; it’s match-ups that Gundam fans have dreamed about, finally in a game that’s not just playable, but FUN.
This is without a doubt the best Gundam game I’ve ever played, and has also made me want to play the other Dynasty Warriors games (there have been six main releases, with several spin-offs and expanded versions). Luckily, the sequel to this game, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 is on the way, currently listed as an end of March release, with “every feature ramped up to the mask” according to Will Curley, Sales Manager of KOEI Ltd. In the meantime, if you’ve got a PS3 or a 360 and have even a passing interest in all things Gundam, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam is a must own. I’ll be playing it all the way up to the sequel.