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Videos: New Units Announced For Gundam Versus PS4, Closed Beta GameplayVideos: New Units Announced For Gundam Versus PS4,... In their latest issue, Famitsu has announced some rather expected additions to the upcoming Gundam Versus for the PS4. Returning from the previous Extreme Versus series...

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NEWS: Gundam Versus Closed Beta Scheduled for March, Lottery Ticket Available on JP PSN NowNEWS: Gundam Versus Closed Beta Scheduled for March,... If you're wondering how to get into the upcoming Gundam Versus closed beta, now is the time to check the Japanese PlayStation Network Store! Recently announced on the gundam.info...

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Videos: Gundam Versus Closed Beta Test in March, New Footage From Taipei Games ShowVideos: Gundam Versus Closed Beta Test in March, New... Bandai Namco have announced they'll be holding a closed beta for Gundam Versus in March 2017. It'll be held in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. While details are...

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Videos: Baund Doc Added to Gundam EXVS Maxi Boost ON RosterVideos: Baund Doc Added to Gundam EXVS Maxi Boost ON... Jerid Messa's final mobile suit from Zeta Gundam returns to the VS series in Gundam EXVS Maxi Boost ON. Last playable in Gundam VS Zeta Gundam, the Baund Doc touts the transformable...

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Videos: First Gundam Versus (PS4) Gameplay Footage, New Mechanics InfoVideos: First Gundam Versus (PS4) Gameplay Footage,... Hot off the presses from the Gundam Games 30th Anniversary stream comes the first gameplay footage from the Gundam Versus alpha test! The game looks functionally like the...

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Reviews: Gundam Rise from the Ashes (7/10)

Posted on : 05-09-2009 | By : | In : Reviews

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rise_ashes.jpgBack in the day, many a Gundam game had the player pilot the RX-78-2, and consequently steer the neurotic Amuro Rey, through a treacherous future of civil war and political intrigue. This stuff sold, by the bucket load. They were generally pretty abysmal games, however. Thankfully, somebody at Bandai decided to correct matters.

This epiphany in Gundam gaming came in the form of Gundam Gaiden (aka “The Blue Destiny”). There were a total of three games released for the Sega Saturn that enabled the player to control a bog standard Federation “GM” mobile suit. A far cry from the uber-powerful eponymous Gundam. In short, the player was a grunt, and had to work their way through a series of particularly tough campaigns. Each “game” was merely a chapter in the overall plot as well, and also saw the player being awarded with progressively more powerful mobile suits as they progressed. The Gundam Gaiden trilogy of games is very much respected by many a mecha gamer, so you can imagine the fervour when Bandai announced a successor for this superb series of games on the (then) new Dreamcast console.

Despite the obvious graphical improvements, the biggest modification to the series was how you could directly control the actions of your wingmen. Admittedly the game’s focus was predominantly action based, but the real time tactics element added a whole new dimension to the, already very solid, gameplay.

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Features: Macross Pioneers

Posted on : 05-09-2009 | By : | In : Features

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macross_ace_frontier_cover.jpgWhat with the latest TV series, Macross Frontier, finishing a fairly recently ago and the new PSP game Macross Ace Frontier being released with another on the way, it seems that now is a good time to talk about a series that has often been given a somewhat unfortunate gaming treatment.

Of all the mecha franchises out there Macross is one of the most badly represented. This isn’t because developers want to sabotage the series but more down to the fact that each Macross game is actually comprised of three disparate gaming genres all vying for dominance via one control method.

To clarify, Macross is a series based around love triangles, giant aliens, music and, of course, planes that can transform into large robots. Naturally, each game focuses on these variable fighters, which results in a game that has to offer control for each of it’s three modes; fighter, GERWALK and battroid.

To say that that this is a pretty tough undertaking isn’t in any way an understatement. It’s actually, almost utterly impossible.

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Reviews: Soukou Kihei VOTOMS (8/10)

Posted on : 03-09-2009 | By : | In : Reviews

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votoms_ps2_coverThere are a few anime series tie-ins that are almost always functional travesties when it comes to gaming adaptations. One of those has been Ryosuke Takahashi’s Soukou Kihei VOTOMS. Every single game has treated Armored Trooper (AT) combat with a fastidiously rigid approach and missed the actual functional parameters of the mecha themselves. The problem lies with the Scopedog, the Gilgamesh’s multi-purpose and mass-produced AT.

In each of the AT’s feet you have hidden wheels that, once engaged, allow the mecha to effectively roller-skate at high speeds. In the series, the momentum of the AT has a direct role in how the mecha “banks” into corners, but the literal idiocy that ensues is down to the fact that, in the anime, the mecha are manually driven. This means tracking a target and rolling are controlled independently. Now in an AT you have sticks and pedals, so this approach makes sense. The sticks control the torso, turning and target tracking, but the pedals handle the rollers. All of this fits with that control setup, but mapping that directly to a pad will produce the functional equivalent of wrestling with a ferret. It’s overly complex and incredibly frustrating, something that multiple PS1 games have confirmed on numerous occasions.

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Features: Gundammit

Posted on : 02-09-2009 | By : | In : Features

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amuroray_crying.jpgOne of the PlayStation 3’s launch games, that of Gundam: Target in Sight, has drawn a fair amount of flak for being, well, rubbish. This criticism is wholly justified however but the consequent reasoning that all Gundam action games are rubbish is fallacious at best.

Like all licensed games, Gundam has had a chequered history in regards to gaming quality. There are some truly appalling entries into the gaming canon but there are also some equally fantastic entries too, it’s just unfortunate that the former receive more attention than the latter. As such, I think it’s only fair that the good Gundam games get their chance in the sun.

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