Videos: Gundam Versus To Add New 3v3 Mode
As we get closer to Gundam Versus' release on July 6, Bandai Namco have provided a new video showcasing gameplay and new game modes! The biggest takeaway from the video...
Following the initial announcement regarding Macross Delta Scramble, we now finally have a promo video of the game in action. It’s clear Artdink has improved a lot since Macross 30, not least because they’ve been tasked with working on the Sword Art Online games. The result is that Macross Delta Scramble looks a lot like the earlier PSP Macross games they did but far more polished and competent. While the game only covers the initial batch of episodes in Macross Delta, it will also include guest pilots and mecha, with the YF-19 from Macross Plus (above) being notable. Personally, while I enjoyed Macross 30 I felt that their earlier Macross handheld games were more arcadey and fun to play. In that sense, Macross Delta Scramble is a nice continuation of that. Released on October 20th for Vita in Japan, you can pre-order Macross Delta Scramble here.
Hot off the recent release of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky comes the addition of the Full Armor Gundam in EXVS Maxi Boost ON! Described as an all-rounder unit with a penchant for ranged attacks, this 2500 cost unit is definitely no stranger to missile spam. From the video, it initially feels somewhat reminiscent of Full Armor Unicorn in its first form but with some good mobility. It also does not seem shy about getting in your face with a special melee move that blocks projectiles in front of you as you dash. We also get to see it purge its armor during the burst attack, but whether or not it remains off afterwards is another story. Once again, if you’re lucky to be living in Japan or Asia where they have Maxi Boost ON cabinets, you’ll be able to mess around with the new unit on August 16 on an early release. At the very least, check out the teaser trailer for it below!
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 Artdink came to mecha gaming prominence with the Gundam Battle series on PSP. They then shifted over to Macross on the PSP, with the likes of Macross Triangle Frontier being one of my favorite games on the system. Then after several BluRay Hybrid games for Macross Frontier and Do You Remember Love? we got a full-blown “flight action RPG” in the form of Macross 30. While fun it was technically quite limited and in that sense I am happy to see Macross Delta get the Vita treatment.
The game will cover the first 13 episodes of the series and will also feature guest characters from other Macross shows. The Delta focus makes sense, as Vita games require more asset work than PSP games do. The result being you can’t feature every variable fighter in existence, which is something Artdink’s Macross games did a pretty good job of. The game will also come as a standard or limited edition. The main difference between the two looks to be the number of featured songs, with the limited edition having 50 songs over the standard’s more minimal 20. Pre-orders for the game aren’t up yet but will be soon at places like Play Asia.
On July 25th, the Tieren Taozi from Gundam 00 will join the Gundam EXVS Maxi Boost ON roster. This will be Soma Pieres’ first foray as a solo competitor in the series, not counting her earlier outings as a co-pilot in the Gundam Arios and Gundam Harute. As a 1500 cost unit, it appears to be your run of the mill support unit in the vein of Gun-EZ and Dual Gundam Assault Shroud with a good balance of long range attacks, melee, and a slew of assists involving other Tieren. Considering there hasn’t been a console version of this game or the previous title announced, it’s going to be a long time before players outside of Japanese and Asian arcades will be able to get a hold of this unit. As always, we’ll let you know more when we find out!
While it wasn’t what most EXVS fans in the West were expecting, the long wait has finally ended as the English-localized Gundam Extreme VS Force released in the US and EU on July 12th for the Playstation Vita. Right out the gate, you’ll also get access to all the recent game updates that have been released in Japan that include new single player modes and brand new units. Make sure you check your updates list on your Vita before playing as the updates do not come pre-installed. Interestingly, the OST appears to be rather intact as the non-vocal versions of the respective Gundam shows still exist, unlike previous Gundam games that have been localized with generic soundtracks. Hopefully this will be well received in the West and will be the first to come in many more Gundam game localizations. Until then, check out the launch trailer below!
The VR Zone event space in Odaiba will be getting some changes to its playable game lineup, with one of these being a VOTOMS battle simulator (shown above). Released on July 15th, you will have to reserve a timeslot in order to visit the event (you can do that here). Each go costs around 700 yen and the duration of each battle will be approximately 8 minutes. I already visited VR Zone earlier this year and covered it for Forbes. It was an interesting setup and made me think that Bandai Namco is experimenting with VR for the arcades here in Japan. I am guessing this VOTOMS simulator also replaces the other mecha game, Argyle Shift that was developed by Sola Digital Arts (of Shinji Aramaki fame). It seems this new VOTOMS simulator was also developed in-house, which is a shame as I had hoped that they would have given it to Yuke’s, as their PS2 game was excellent. Getting to Odaiba isn’t too tough and I tend to use the Rinkai Line and get off at Tokyo Teleport. The walk to Diver City is a few minutes and it’s also where the life-sized Gundam is currently stationed. I will be checking out this VOTOMS simulator later this month, so will report back on that accordingly.
After a fair wait, the Assault Suits Leynos remake on PS4 is finally coming Westward on July 12th. I’ve already played the Japanese release and it’s not overtly great. It’s a real shame as Dracue made the excellent Gunhound but Leynos feels really vague in terms of its controls and movement. Compared to the pin-point precision expected of the player in the MegaDrive original, this PS4 remake is far more forgiving. It’s still a playable game though, unlike the PS2 version of Valken. This game is also not all that great visually either and after the amazing Leynos 2 on the Saturn, it feels like a big step back. Anyway, you’ll be able to check the game out for yourself on July 12th, so let me know what you think of it in the comments.
The English localised Asian release of Super Robot Wars OG The Moon Dwellers will be released on August 5th. While the Japanese version is out at the end of this month, I’ve held off on that version and have pre-ordered the Asian release. In the latest trailer (shown below) the game continues to look great and I can’t wait to finally play it. I am still in shock, albeit a rather pleasant type, that the game is getting an English version at all. The only sad point in all this is that winkysoft is no longer with us. If you haven’t already done so, you can pre-order the Asian release of the game here.
The latest footage from the upcoming PlayStation VR game Rigs looks actually decent (shown below). While it’s difficult to recreate VR based footage via straightforward video, the latest footage does a good job of conveying what the game will be like. It looks good too and better than I was expecting. My only minor gripe is that the weapon shot effects look somewhat lacklustre but I am willing to give the game some slack as it is a launch title for the new hardware and the rest of it looks good. The Japanese and Australian version of the game are listed for release on the 13th October, which would make sense as that also coincides with the release of PlayStation VR itself. It’s likely that the US release will be similar, considering how badly Sony needs games to support their new VR push.