Like clockwork, Bandai Namco has graced us with their weekly round of Gundam Side Stories DLC. This week we visit UC 0080 with the RX-78NT-1 Gundam “Alex” and the MS-18E Kämpfer. A prototype Federation mobile suit specifically developed for Newtypes, the Alex first appeared in the 1989 OVA Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket under the control of test pilot Christina Mackenzie. Also making it’s first appearance in War in the Pocket, the Kämpfer is a Zeon mobile suit designed for fast and efficient combat. The Kämpfer took on the Alex in 0080 but fell prey to it’s wrist gattling cannon. Both suits are now available on the Japanese PlayStation Store for 400 yen each. In addition to the new mobile suits, this week’s update includes VR Mission 106, which is free to download. It is a ground-based mission that incorporates the Alex as an enemy if purchased.
Following the new promo we now have 11 minutes of gameplay footage for Masoukishin F. It mostly shows the introduction of Sakito Asagi, a new character for this game. Bar that it’s good to see the whole game on show and not just the battle animations. It’s looking good too. The game is out on August 28th and you can pre-order it here.
With Altron, Gundam X, and Gold Frame Amatu Mina Custom DLC coming on August 6th, Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost is also getting a version update to coincide with its “Full Boost Midsummer Festival.” Details of the version 1.06 update include Vita remote play for single player modes and replays, Premium G songs being added to the normal BGM roster without having to replace the original game tracks (if you’ve purchased them of course), the saving of player room settings when creating a player room, custom BGM finally playing during replays, and burst type being saved to the suits in your favorites list, among other minor revisions.
Bandai Namco have also released a Full Boost centric video for the upcoming DLC units on the 6th of August. Altron, Gundam X, and Astray Gold Frame Amatu Mina Custom are all 2500 unit suits with the latter two being somewhat clonish, but not to the extent of the previous Full Boost DLC. Gundam X can switch between its normal form and X-Divider form at will, with the hyper bazooka moving to the normal X form. This is very reminiscent of the Next Plus version of Gundam X which could switch as well. Gold Frame Amatu Mina Custom also retains the special moves of the original Astray Gold Frame, but its melee set has been changed and looks to hit much harder as well. Altron looks very similar to Gundam Nataku of Next Plus which the inclusion of the beam tail range attack. Altron Gundam will cost 500 yen, whereas Gundam X and Astray Gold Frame Amatu Mina Custom will cost 400 yen each.
Banshee Norn, Strike Rouge Ootori, and Re-GZ will also be coming on August 27th and will cost 500 yen each. Their unit costs are 3000, 2000, and 1000 respectively. Banshee Norn is always in its Destroy form unlike the 2500 version and looks to be more of a well rounded 3000 suit with some pretty capable melee and special movement options. Strike Rouge Ootori is looking to fill another all purpose suit in the 2000 cost as well with all of its melee and range attack options. The Re-GZ looks to be the most interesting as it starts off in its BWS (Back Weapons System) Waverider mode as a mobile armor. This mode is not permanent as a timer will count down from 100 and will purge automatically when it hits 0 or when the player decides to do so themselves. The Re-GZ cannot return to this form until it respawns, making it another very unique 1000 unit suit. Make sure to check out the Full Boost videos of Altron, Gundam X, and Gold Frame below with the Maxi Boost versions of Banshee Norn, Strike Rouge Ootori, and Re-GZ just below!
Another week, another wave of Gundam Side Stories DLC, this time it being the RX-81 LA G-Line Light Armor. A variant of the RX-81 G-Line series, it made it’s first appearance in Kunio Okawara’s Missing Mobile Suit Variations. The Light Armor RX-81 saw a redesign by Katoki Hajime for the 2009 PS3 title Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record U.C. 0081. In U.C. 0081, the RX-81LA G-Line Light Armor was assigned to the Earth Federation Forces’s Phantom Sweep Team as a means to combat the Invincible Knights Zeon remnants. Now available on the Japanese PlayStation Store, the G-Line LA can be yours for the low low price of 300 yen. This mobile suit is playable in both ground and space based missions. It should be noted, however, that this week’s update does not include any new VR Missions, but we know that they’re coming based on the information provided in the Famitsu Visual Complete Guide.
What with the release of Masoukishin F not far off, Bandai are stepping up with a new promo video. Despite the omnipresent boob jiggle with the various female cut-ins, the game’s animations are looking pretty damn good. Bar that, the boxset is also pimped a bit too but apart from the soundtracks there’s not much else to really recommend it. In any case, we’ll be picking this up come August 28th and you can pre-order it here.
So it looks like we’ll be getting a few Virtual On Force VR’s and a Virtual On themed area added to the recently released Phantasy Star Online 2. It’s worth clarifying that these are just costumes for player characters and aren’t actually full blown VRs in the traditional sense. The Virtual On lobby will be opened at the end of July until the middle of August. A promo video of the new costumes are shown below, they kick in around the 2:31 mark.
Following on the heels of our report detailing future DLC courtesy of the Famitsu Visual Complete Guide, new downloadable content has been released today via the Japanese Playstation Store for Gundam Side Stories. Although it appears to be another reskin, the MG-14 Fs Gelgoog M Commander from Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory is now available for 400 yen. In addition, VR Mission 105 is also available for free. Mission 105 is a ground based scenario taking place in the ruins of a war-ravaged city. If Bandai Namco continues this trend, we should see VR Missions 106-108 along with the Zudah, G-Line Armor, Gundam Alex, Kampfer, GM Custom and GM Cannon II in the near future.
Following on from the somewhat improved set of DLC for Gundam Side Stories, there’s now a new mobile suit out. Specifically that of the mighty RX-79[G]Ez-8 Gundam Ez8 from the 08th MS Team OVA. At 300 yen it’s a bit cheaper than usual but this is likely because it shares animation and weapons from the already existing Ground Gundam types in the game. That said, the model is all new and that is something at least.
Following on from the last batch of disappointing DLC for Gundam Side Stories, we now have a new set released. Featuring the YMS-15 Gyan this is at least a new mobile suit rather than just cheap re-skin. Focused around close combat, the Gyan was a formidable mobile suit in the original Gundam series. It’s also more of a classic design for the fans and so that is at least something to be happy about. There’s also a new VR Mission available now too and it looks like a decent challenge as well.
Dreadnought Gundam is on its way to the Gundam Extreme Versus Maxi Boost roster in July. Coming from the manga Gundam SEED X-Astray, the Dreadnought Gundam is piloted by Prayer Reverie, the rival of Canard Pars and the Hyperion Gundam. In game, it is another addition to the 2000 cost units. With its Dragoon attacks and Red Frame assists, it definitely looks to be a rather interesting suit to use within that cost bracket. I do wonder when Shining will eventually enter the fray as well, but hopefully we’ll be seeing it soon and many other fan favorites as well. Make sure to check out the gameplay trailer below to see Dreadnought Gundam in action!