Mecha Damashii New Spirit of Hot Robot Burning Sun, 06 Jan 2019 11:32:30 -0700 en-US hourly 1 Videos: Starwing Paradox Finally Gets Some Proper Gameplay Footage Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:21:41 +0000

Over at 4Gamer, they have a new interview with one of the developers behind the upcoming arcade mecha game Starwing Paradox. Released later this year in the Japanese arcades, it utilizes the talents of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto for the character designs and Ippei Gyoubu for the mecha. Up until now, the game has been looking great but we now finally have some gameplay footage of the game in action (shown below) and now I am not so sure about it.

Put simply, Starwing Paradox looks a lot like a multiplayer version of Another Century’s Episode R on the PS3 and that’s not good really. Admittedly, Starwing Paradox has a different control setup and a bespoke motion activated cabinet but even then, this kind of aerial ranged combat approach with analog boosting, as per the flawed Zone of the Enders games, doesn’t fill me with much hope.

However, the only thing here that gives me hope is that Byking is behind Starwing Paradox. They are a solid developer that made the initial Gundam Extreme Versus games, as well as crazily awesome games like Gunslinger Stratos. Admittedly, Byking also made Magician’s Dead and that was mostly terrible but I am still hoping that Starwing Paradox will turn out okay, despite this somewhat worrying gameplay footage.

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Videos: New Gundam Extreme Versus 2 Intro Video and PV Sun, 30 Sep 2018 06:55:13 +0000

As the arcade release of Gundam Extreme Versus 2 gets closer, Bandai Namco have finally revealed the intro animatic and several new mobile suits to the fray!

The new intro includes some new faces to the franchise, which now has a stunning roster of over 160 units! Some of these new units include the following:

  • Try Burning Gundam
  • Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex
  • Gundam AGE-1 Granza
  • Zaku Amazing
  • Montero
  • Astray Blue Frame D
  • Gundam Maxter

They’ve also released a new PV detailing some new additions to the gameplay system, including two new burst types:

  • Mobility Burst
  • Linkage Burst

Gundam Extreme Versus 2 will be entering Japanese arcades on October 30th, 2018. We’ll continue to update you with more information as it comes along. Until then, let us know what you think in the comments!

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News: Gundam Extreme Versus 2 Initial Roster And Location Tests Announced Fri, 04 May 2018 01:30:05 +0000

As the rest of the world has Gundam Versus on the PS4, Japanese arcades are gearing up for the upcoming Gundam Versus Extreme 2. On May 12 and 13, stores in Tokyo and Osaka will be able to play test the game for the first time. There’s also some confirmation on the playable roster, including three new entries to the franchise:

  • Tri Burning Gundam – new
  • Gundam Maxter – new
  • Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex – new
  • Hi-Nu Gundam
  • Nightingale
  • Extreme Gundam Type Leos II Vs
  • Gundam Kimaris Trooper
  • Astray Red Frame
  • Astray Blue Frame

As Gundam Versus appears to have floundered a bit since releasing last year, it will be interesting to see if they continue to share units between this game and the console version. As always, we’ll let you know more as it comes along. Let us know what you think of the three new units!

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Reviews: Super Robot Wars X (9/10) Sun, 08 Apr 2018 04:26:32 +0000 Since the end of the Z series, the Super Robot Wars games have tried to change up the setup somewhat, such as including series without mecha in Super Robot Wars V. Well, the latest Super Robot Wars X follows on from that and but a fresh isekai angle to the mix.

From the start, Super Robot Wars X wears its isekai, or alternate world, intentions on its sleeve. With the inclusion of such series as Aura Battler Dunbine and Machine Hero Wataru, the whole premise feels very fantasy themed. Something that is only emphasized further with the main OG mecha being a magic-oriented unit.

However, Super Robot Wars X does have its fair share of Gundam and more science fiction-oriented series included as well. On the former, we see the return of the Hi-Nu Gundam and the Nightingale for the first time since Alpha 3 and Reconguista in G also gets some nice amount of attention as well.

Compared to prior mainline console releases, Super Robot Wars X is quite straightforward, somewhat on the short side and rather easy. That said, none of these things actually detract from the game, as the package of content here is well balanced overall.

To explain, normally on the bigger console releases you tend to have multi-unit parties, but Super Robot Wars X eschews that for single units, as per the classic games, but still retains the 3D isometric grid map setup. This means you don’t need to worry about formations and the like, instead you simply focus on taking down your enemies.

The backend is also quite streamlined, despite being rather involved. You can upgrade your mecha and equip various parts to improve their performance. Pilots can also be tuned and have their abilities enhanced or whole new skills added.

The factory also allows you to buy special parts as well as sell ones you don’t need, not to mention do game wide upgrades on how you earn experience and upgrade currency, among other things.

One nice feature is the ability to train and use pilots that aren’t in your main line-up. This means you can help keep your pilots and their mecha relevant, as they earn you cash and experience points. This too is somewhat automated and you can auto-fill the pilots just to get the cash or stat boosts you need.

So the result of all this is a game that feels very direct in strategy, while backed up by a very streamlined backend unit management system. In short, this feels like a game aimed at mecha fans that are not overly familiar to the Super Robot Wars series and that in itself is no bad thing.

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The missions are also not overly complex and don’t tend to have special objectives in order to succeed. The SR points per mission are still present and acquiring those can be fun, as the requirements change quite a bit, but overall the missions are generally pretty straightforward.

This in turn ties into the game’s overall difficulty and it is safe to say that this is not a difficult game. If you manage your units properly and upgrade them after every mission, you will quickly end up with a roster of monsters that can often complete each mission on their own.

The final boss is also not at all difficult and can be dealt with quite easily. In addition, the game comes in at around 50 missions in all and that feels a bit on the short side.

To be fair though, you have multiple routes through the game, as per older games in the series, as well as two main characters with different endings apiece. Not to mention all the secrets you can unlock.

For me though, being able to use the Sirbine alongside the mighty New Nautilus, while the Hi-Nu Gundam brings up their rear is very nicely done. This is because the battle animations are simply stunning throughout and are effectively at the level of actual anime now. To the extent that most attacks feature re-purposed elements from the host anime itself, with both Nadia and Wataru being good examples of this.

While I still rate the roster of Alpha 3 and BX quite highly, the mecha you have available here are at least as good. Admittedly, if we had some Macross, Dancouga and Layzner units to play around with as well, then that would have made this the perfect Super Robot Wars game for me but the sheer love for Dunbine alone in Super Robot Wars X almost makes this game.

That said, considering the whole isekai aspect and the subsequent emphasis on Dunbine, the absence of series like Escaflowne does feel like a missed opportunity.

All this aside, even though Super Robot Wars X nails it in depicting the various mecha from the array of host anime included, the game itself is solidly done and is focused with it. Even though it is clearly aimed at bringing newer people into the Super Robot Wars series, there is still enough here that is done well to keep long-term fans very happy and as such this comes highly recommended.

Tamashii: 9/10

This review was undertaken on both the Japanese PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game. In addition, the version played was that of the premium sound release, which includes the original songs from each of the host anime included.

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Videos: Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 Announced For 2018 Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:43:16 +0000

Bandai Namco have recently announced that Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 will be hitting arcades in 2018. Unlike Gundam Versus, this is being positioned as a true sequel to the Extreme VS franchise which started in 2018. We can only assume this will continue the crazy manga-based story of jumping between Gundam timelines and universes to stop some wacky AI that threatens to destroy everything. And as to be expected from previously released Extreme VS titles like Maxi Boost and Maxi Boost ON, it probably will not head to the console space any time soon.

As always, we’ll let you know when more is announced! Until then, check out the teaser video below and let us know what you think!

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Videos: Build Strike Gundam, Farsia, Gundam Pixie, and Efreet Schneid Coming To Gundam Versus Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:43:24 +0000

Several new DLC units have been announced during the Gundam Games Announcement stream on January 16. Aside from revealing God and Master Gundam gameplay, we saw Missing Link units Gundam Pixie and Efreet Schneid, Farsia from Gundam Age, and a fan favorite in Build Strike Gundam Full Package from Gundam Build Fighters. We were also given proper release dates for the units below, including a separate G Sound DLC package for those that did not buy the Premium G Sound Edition:

  • Jan. 23: God Gundam, Master Gundam, G Sound DLC, Update 1.10
  • Jan. 30: Gundam Pixie, Farsia
  • Feb. 6: Build Strike Full Package, Efreet Schneid

As to whether or not the G Sound edition will be available outside of Japan is still yet to be determined. In regards to the units, perhaps we’ll be seeing more Build Fighters units now that the titular protagonist from the first series has been added. Until then, check out the video below to see Build Strike gameplay and the rest of the announcements as well, such as G Generation Genesis for the Switch and a tease of the new Gundam Breaker for the PS4!

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News: Border Break is Finally Coming to PS4 Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:19:36 +0000

Back in 2009, you may remember that we reviewed the awesome Border Break. Well, it finally seems that after nearly a decade the game will be getting a console port on the PS4. Not only will the game support mouse input, along with DualShock 4, it will also have an all-new story mode. The console version of Border Break will also come in two major flavors; an online free-to-play version and a boxed release with most of the content included. The free-to-play setup is actually not that far from how the game currently works in the arcades, so it will be interesting to see how it does. While there is no news yet on when this PS4 version of Border break will be released, there are plans for an open-beta sometime in February. It is also worth pointing out that the game is currently only slated for a Japanese release but considering the fact that the PS4 is region free means you will still be able to easily import and play the game.

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News: God Gundam and Master Gundam DLC Coming To Gundam Versus In January Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:58:05 +0000

It’s been a long time coming, but God Gundam and Master Gundam are finally joining the Gundam Versus roster as the next DLC units in January. While we’ve had several melee focused units already, none can compare to the master and student of the Undefeated of the East in G Gundam. We can expect their Maxi Boost ON versions with slight tweaks as they are both 500 cost units, which we haven’t seen in awhile from the last batch of DLC units. You’ll also get BGM tracks with each unit such as “Flying In The Sky” with God Gundam and “Trust You Forever” with Master Gundam. While it’s a shame we don’t see the rest of the Shuffle Alliance as assists for God Gundam, it’s good to see some G Gundam representation again in the latest Versus title.

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News: Aegis Gundam, GM Sniper II White Dingo Ver. and More Coming To Gundam Versus This December Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:32:26 +0000

This December, even more suits are being added to the ever growing Gundam Versus lineup. The first is Aegis Gundam, last seen in Gundam SEED Destiny: Rengou VS ZAFT II Plus and a unit that fans of the VS series have been requesting for awhile. It’s a 300 cost unit that brings the usual Mobile Armor shenanigans of mobility and firepower, including its infamous shield throw as a sub attack straight from the anime.

Next is the GM Sniper II White Dingo Ver. from the Dreamcast game Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise From The Ashes. As expected, it will be bringing the sniping toolset to the 200 cost series of units.

Another return from the EXVS series is Gundam AGE-2. One of the better 400 cost units in the previous edition, the AGE-2 mixes up the opponents with its maneuverability by switching between it’s normal and G-Strider mobile armor mode. As one of the titular AGE units, it can also switch to the Double Bullet equipment, giving the AGE-2 more firepower while sacrificing some speed.

Last but not least is the Mudrock Gundam, first playable in Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front. It will be a heavy firepower-based 300 cost unit looking similar to the Guncannon, but with more ballistic attacks.

All these suits will be dropping in December with the AGE-2 and Mudrock on December 5 and the Aegis and GM Sniper II on December 12.

Another unit to look out for that may be on the horizon soon is the Kaempfer, too. It was recently announced that it will be joining the Maxi Boost ON roster. As time has shown us, both Gundam Versus and Maxi Boost ON have been sharing recently released units, so here’s to hoping it will pop up in the near future!

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Videos: Atlas Gundam Gameplay Trailer in EXVS Maxi Boost ON Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:22:41 +0000  

Bandai Namco have released a gameplay trailer for Atlas Gundam in EXVS Maxi Boost ON. As the unit is also releasing in Gundam Versus as well, we can at least use this vid to see what the unit is capable of! As a 2500 cost unit (400 cost in Gundam Versus), the Atlas Gundam looks to focus on being a very slippery unit, allowing you to close in quickly or evade via special movement from its sub-legs. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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