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Videos: Gundam Versus Adds Pale Rider, Gundam Guison Rebake, G-Self Perfect Pack and More As Upcoming DLC UnitsVideos: Gundam Versus Adds Pale Rider, Gundam Guison... Hot on the heels of Update 1.03 launching later this week, Bandai Namco have recently provided the latest set of playable Gundam Versus DLC units that will arrive in August....

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News: Bandai Namco Announce Gundam Versus Open Beta in North America & Pre-Order BonusesNews: Bandai Namco Announce Gundam Versus Open Beta... From the 2017 San Diego Comic Con Gundam Fighting Games Panel, Bandai Namco announced North American players (and probably Europe) will get to try out the Gundam Versus...

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Videos: Gundam Versus Update 1.03 Adds Ranked Battles, Extra Trial Missions, And A New Survival ModeVideos: Gundam Versus Update 1.03 Adds Ranked Battles,... Set to release on July 27, the next update for Gundam Versus will add ranked battles, extra trial missions, and a boss survival mode. In typical ranked battle fashion, you...

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Videos: Gundam Versus Releasing in North America on September 29, Gundam Virtue Added To RosterVideos: Gundam Versus Releasing in North America on... At Anime Expo in Los Angeles this weekend, the Gundam Versus team announced the game will be releasing in North America on September 29, 2017. For those of you who have...

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News: Bandai Namco To Sponsor Gundam Versus Tournament At EVO 2017News: Bandai Namco To Sponsor Gundam Versus Tournament... As we get closer to the Japanese release of Gundam Versus on July 6, Bandai Namco have announced they'll be sponsoring an official Gundam Versus side tournament with AnimEVO...

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News: Super Robot Wars V Looks Palpably Amazing

Posted on : 17-06-2016 | By : | In : News, Videos

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Following the news that Super Robot Wars V is coming out next year on PS4 and Vita, as well as the awesome fact the game is getting a full English localization, we now have some very nice screenshots of the game to look at. The obvious weirdness in this iteration is the inclusion of Yamato 2199 but on the flipside we get Crossbone Gundam (shown above) and Hathaway’s Flash. As the game is getting an Asian release it also means Bandai Namco can bypass a lot of the licensing nonsense in the West and localize the game accordingly. Not to mention that both the PS4 and Vita are region free, means Bandai Namco has found a wondrous loophole to bring Super Robot Wars westward. Sadly, the game is out next year so we have a fair while to wait but in the meantime you can pre-order the English release here.

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News: Hawken is coming to PS4, Sadly still Freemium

Posted on : 13-06-2016 | By : | In : News, Videos

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Along with Hawken coming to Xbox One, the game will also be released on PS4. The latest trailer (shown below) also clarifies that the game will also remain free-to-play on consoles. Considering that whole monetization setup killed Hawken on PC, I had hoped they would have gone back to the game’s origins and do something more standalone. I still think the fact that Hawken wasn’t released as a straightforward downloadable arcade game on the 360 is one of the biggest missed opportunities of the last console generation.

The game is now being handled by Reloaded Games and 505 Games. Thus far, they seem to be doing a better job than Meteor Entertainment did, as they pretty much killed the community through overt greed and incompetence. I feel sad for the old team at Adhesive Games though, as seeing their work resurrected like this must be difficult.

That said, Hawken is finally getting a wider release. Let’s hope that this time the game survives a bit better and finds the audience on console it so badly needs.

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News: Super Robot Wars OG The Moon Dwellers gets its English release on August 5th

Posted on : 24-05-2016 | By : | In : News, Videos

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We now know that Super Robot Wars OG The Moon Dwellers will have its Asian version released on August 5th. This version of the game will also be localized into English, with subtitles being available throughout (though thankfully retaining the original Japanese voices). While the Japanese release will be made available on both PS3 and PS4, it seems the Asian version will only be on PS4. As winkysoft are sadly no more, this looks to be more of an in-house game at Bandai Namco. It’s looking lovely though but it’s sad to think that much of the engine gruntwork was likely down to winkysoft. You can pre-order the game here and by all means check out the English trailer for the game below.

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News: Stardust Galaxy Warriors, an overlooked gem

Posted on : 14-05-2016 | By : | In : News, Videos

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Last November; Indie developer Dreamloop Games released Stardust Galaxy Warriors to Steam, and… well. It seems hardly anyone noticed. Ourselves included.

What is it? It’s a casual, mecha themed shmup game featuring local co-op. It’s also sporting some great stage visuals, as well as an incredibly fun soundtrack which you can actually listen to here! It’s also available for purchase on Steam. You can choose from 4 different mecha, each with their own abilities, as well as selecting your weapon setup before launching. The game also boasts some light RPG elements, as you can choose different upgrades after beating a stage. This game certainly is fun, and if you’re the kind of person who likes to customize their experience; you can switch things up in the options. Giving you the options for things like enemy durability, fire rate, and more. The game can change as you want it.

With just 38 reviews on steam right now, this title really didn’t receive a lot of attention. Something I don’t quite understand. While researching the game in order to write this small article, I’ve found those who have played it seem to love it. The devs are nothing to turn your nose up at either it seems, as they’re quite passionate and really care about providing a quality product. As this Steam review I found highlights. I really look forward to seeing what Dreamloop has in store for the future. You can view the trailer for Stardust Galaxy Warriors below.

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News: Hawken is coming to Xbox One

Posted on : 11-05-2016 | By : | In : News

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Remember Hawken? The game that promised so much, only to dash all of that against the jagged rocks of an abysmally implemented free-to-play business model. Well, Hawken still survives and while the companies behind the scenes have shifted around somewhat the game still limps on. However, the good news here is that finally Hawken is coming to console. As a Taiwanese rating entry lists the game as coming to Xbox One courtesy of 505 Games. Bear in mind though, Hawken was originally meant as a console game so it seems that it is finally coming home.

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.

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News: Gundam Breaker 3 Gets DLC In June

Posted on : 11-05-2016 | By : | In : News

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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.

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News: Gundam Mobile Suit Sounds for Fallout 4’s Power Armor

Posted on : 04-05-2016 | By : | In : News, Videos

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If like me you saw Fallout 4’s power armour, and began to imagine the Gundam or mecha related possibilities in that through modding. Then like me you’re probably pretty disappointed, and a little confused at the lack of such mods. Even after almost 6 months since release, and more than a week since the G.E.C.K was released… Nadda, zip, zilch, and boy have I looked.

It’s not all bad news however, as mod author Artesia58 came up with a sound effects replacement mod named Ultimate Robot Sound that replaces the standard power armor sounds with ones from Mobile Suit Gundam. Not only that but an optional file also replaces the laser rifle’s stock sfx with that of the Gundam’s famous beam rifle, the V.A.T.S noise with the Newtype flash, AND replaces the “flames” paint scheme for the T-45 power armour with a Char’s Custom scheme instead. Over all I’m pretty impressed, and it works really well in game. It’s just tons of fun.

I went ahead and made a small video to demo the mod, which you can view below. So if you’ve got Fallout 4 and you really want a little more Gundam in it. I can’t recommend this mod highly enough.

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News: Armored Core, Tron Bonne On Sale At PSN

Posted on : 28-04-2016 | By : | In : News

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As part of their Golden Week sale, Sony’s PSN store is offering deep discounts on the original PSone Armored Core and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne. Each are available for $2.99, and 25% cheaper than that with PS Plus. I’m not sure what mechanical war machines have to do with Golden Week, but it’s clear evidence that Japan has cooler holidays than anyone in the West.

For those of you asking if Tron Bonne counts as a true mecha game: if it’s a machine, if there’s a pilot, if it has legs, and if one of those legs could stomp a human skull into mash, then that’s a mecha. Sale ends on May 2nd.

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News: Gundam Extreme VS Force Releasing in the West on July 12, 2016

Posted on : 22-04-2016 | By : | In : News

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Great news for people who were waiting on the western release of Gundam Extreme VS Force. According to Gematsu, the game will be launching in the Americas on July 12, 2016 for the Playstation Vita. When the game released in Japan late last year, it was smashed by fans for mainstay units having a reduced moveset compared to its predecessors and not having certain gameplay modes that were usually launched with other Gundam VS titles, such as Free Battle and Course Battle. Recent patches have added these modes for free to bolster the amount of playable content to include more playable units and other quality of life additions. Hopefully the western release will have these patches already built in, but if they don’t you’ll more than likely have to patch the game right away before you play. While it might not tick all the boxes if you’re looking for the Extreme VS fix, it is a decent single-player portable Gundam game that you finally don’t have to import.

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News: Dual Gear Steam Pre-Alpha Demo First Impressions

Posted on : 17-03-2016 | By : | In : News, Opinion

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Having completed the playable demo available via Steam, here a few of my first impressions for the upcoming indie mecha game Dual Gear.

No bugs encountered, just a few rough edges. As expected. Game play was pretty intuitive, and I didn’t really need to bother with the tutorial at all. Battle system is a real time, strategy/turn based hybrid with movement based auto counter attacking. So positioning will be key. AI is pitifully stupid right now. You can avoid most damage by using terrain as cover. The AI will attack you as if you’re out in the open. Graphics are pleasing, clean. Needs some refining, as I am seeing a lot of jagged edges even with all settings maxed on 1080p. Speaking of. The game doesn’t appear to be a graphical power house but it was really working my GTX970. Even experiencing some odd surges in power needed. In spite of this, it still ran above 60 frames per-second without issue.

The UI could use a bit of work. Just to make things a tad clearer. The info it displayed felt muddy, not obvious as to what it was telling me. The mecha featured were well designed aesthetically, and made me quite eager to see what the customization will add to that. The combat was fun to engage in. The missiles and long range cannon were really fun to use, and made short work of enemies. Melee was confusing at first. Looks like it’s a timing based attack(at least with the sword). The blowing off of limbs is fun to watch as well. You can free aim weapons, but it didn’t appear to me that you could specifically target areas of the body. As long as your reticule was on the enemy, you just fired center mass.

This demo was simply fun. It really does remind me of games such as Front Mission, Armored Core, and a bit of Sakura Taisen

Now, you must keep in mind. All of this is Pre-Alpha. So a it is very early build of the game we’re seeing here, all of this then is subject to change. Although it’s already shaping up to be a great new mecha intellectual property.

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