News: Macross Delta Scramble Announced
It seems that Artdink are still with us and will be making the PS Vita exclusive Macross Delta Scramble to released on October 20th. Now, for those with a good memory...
News: The VOTOMS VR simulator is amazing!
So I got to check out the new Armored Trooper VOTOMS VR simulator at the VR Zone event space at Diver City, Odaiba. In short, it was amazing and very accurate to how the...
We always loved the Kow Yokoyama infused mecha designs, despite the fact the creative team behind it said that they weren’t mecha at all. Fun times. The game was good too and had a great arcade sensibility to it, it’s just a pity that the approach to monetization was completely awful. These days you can still play the game on PC but it will be interesting to see how Hawken will do once it finally reaches console.
The recently released Gundam Breaker 3 is getting its first set of DLC in June. The main part of this being based around a new set of missions featuring the Hyakushiki J and Break Dias (shown above). These being obviously modified variants of the Hyakushiki and Rick Dias from Zeta Gundam. Apparently, this DLC will be based around a famous match from long ago. The good news here is that this DLC will be entirely free. The other big addition is that the 6th form of the Gundam Barbatos will also be included in another update, along with other Gunpla and extra missions. For fans in Japan there’s also a fan meeting on June 11th, so we may go to that. As for a review of Gundam Breaker 3, much like the previous game we got sick of the merciless grind for parts (as well as the insidious monetization attached to that). While the game is functionally excellent, the balancing is still way off for a full priced console game. However, at least this first set of DLC will be free.
Occasionally the Super Robot Wars games do something unexpected and the handheld versions tend to do really go for it when they do so. Super Robot Wars UX had a Hatsune Miku inspired Fei-Yen and brought the Wings of Rean aura battlers onboard, in the case of BX though the roster went back a lot further.
To clarify, BX is the first game in the series to not only feature Galient but also Giant Gorg. For any self respecting mecha anime fan, those are two series that are both brilliant and it is surprising that it took them this long to be featured in Super Robot Wars. The result is probably one of the best and most faithful Super Robot Wars game in a very long time.
While we’re still not fans of the mecha design in the upcoming game game Rigs, it does look like it will be functionally good. Considering all the hype surrounding VR, much of it down to visuals rather than functionality, we’ve been pretty skeptical about how much traction it will have with gamers. From a mecha standpoint, it could really help to make you feel that you are a pilot but much of that is also down to how the game controls. The good news here is that Rigs looks like it really understand the latter as well. With PlayStation VR out at the end of the year and for a decent price at that, we will definitely be picking Rigs up come its release.
We’ve been keeping an eye on Dual Gear since its Indiegogo campaign was announced a while back. Using Unreal Engine 4 it looks to be an interesting blend of turn based strategy coupled with a more action based approach. While it’s sad to see the crowdfunding campaign not supported as fully as it could be, the game now has a demo on Steam. Visually it looks good too and we really appreciate the mecha design as well. Developed by a small team in Thailand, we hope this game gets the support and recognition it so clearly deserves.
To commemorate the series’ 25th Anniversary we will be getting a new Super Robot Wars game on both PS4 and PS3 later this year. However, this won’t be a mainline release and instead will be an OG (or Original Generation) game called The Moon Dwellers. In the latest promo video (shown below) the game looks very nice indeed but after winkysoft’s recent demise, this announcement is somewhat bittersweet as they were the original developer behind these games and helped out on recent OG titles as well. The other big takeaway from this is that the game will not have a Vita version, unlike the last two Z3 games (both of which were great fun). The good news here though is that the series is finally changing up to PS4 and that means a mainline release should not be far off, as these games share a lot of tech. In the meantime, we have a new Super Robot Wars game to look forward to sometime this year.
Kotobukiya’s excellent kit of Nineball Seraph is finally getting a re-release this February. The ultimate evolution of Nineball, Seraph first appeared in Armored Core Master of Arena on the PSone. It also popped up again in Armored Core 2 Another Age on the PS2 and even as a secret boss in Another Century’s Episode R on the PS3, with the latter also being an unlockable as well as a fully playable unit. Designed by Shoji Kawamori, Seraph was closer to an armored MT compared to the original AC version. It could also transform, something this kit also recreates. At 7,800 yen it’s a bit pricier than other kits in the range but it is a big kit to be fair. Though if you pre-order it from our friends at HobbyLink Japan you’ll get a nice discount. In any case, it’s nice to know that Armored Core isn’t entirely dead as the kits seem to be still nicely popular.
The upcoming PS4 port for Assault Suit Leynos is released finally on December 23rd. We’ve already had two demos of the game and from what I have played neither were very impressive. While I think Dracue are great, as Gunhound was fun, I am not sure they will do a good job on something more high end like this. The new trailer (shown below) does try and sell the game as best it can but even then this looks pretty wonky. Whether it will be as bad as the PS2 port of Valken remains to be seen but I am not holding out hope that this will be any good.
One of the major villains from the brilliant Armored Core Verdict Day is finally getting the kit treatment, in the form of Kotobukiya’s CO3 Malicious R.I.P.3/M Blue Magnolia Version. Like with Kotobukiya’s other kits in this series, parts are all interchangeable. The detailing and sculpt are also superb, so Kotobukiya still haven’t lost their touch. As with most kits, the price point is pretty decent as well. Coming in at around 7,800 yen it is easily available from most good import sites, though we recommend you get it from here. I really love all the Verdict Day designs, as they all look properly mechanical and beefy. It’s a pity the game didn’t do all that well, as it really was excellent. At least we’re still getting lovely kits of the designs though.
The recent Tamashii Nations 2015 event over last weekend was one of certain significance, showing off all manner of new toys it was interesting to see a very large resurgence of classic designs. The main contender being of course Macross, with the recently announced Macross Delta getting a good amount of love. With the series’ latest variable fighters on show (the new VF-31 is shown above). The big surprises on the Macross front though were the inclusion of the VF-4 Lightning III and VF-2SS SAP as part of the new VF HI-METAL R range. Not to mention the sheer volume of classic Macross toys on the way, with a huge DX Soul of Chogokin VF-1J being very notable.
Bar the huge Macross showing, there was a lot of other surprises too. From the Robot Damashii Sirbine to the Robot Damashii Patlabor mecha, it seems Bandai are finally pulling their finger out and really going after what fans actually want. The icing on the cake being the Super Robot Chogokin Giant Robo, which has been far too long in coming.
Overall it was an amazing show and had a lot of awesome toys on show and to look forward to. If you want to see more of the event then you can do so here and here.