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Videos: Marasai/Gabthley Added to Gundam Extreme Versus Maxi BoostVideos: Marasai/Gabthley Added to Gundam Extreme Versus... The next mobile suits to join the Maxi Boost roster are the Marasai/Gabthley combo from Zeta Gundam. Piloted by Jerid Messa, the 2000 cost unit allows you to switch between...

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News: Perfect Gundam and Marasai/Gabthley Coming to Gundam Extreme Versus Full BoostNews: Perfect Gundam and Marasai/Gabthley Coming to... More units are coming in the form of Perfect Gundam and Marasai/Gabthley for both Maxi Boost and Full Boost. Scheduled to be released on July 22nd, these two units will...

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Videos: Super Robot Wars BX Updated PromosVideos: Super Robot Wars BX Updated Promos We were recently graced with all manner of new promo videos for the upcoming Super Robot Wars BX. The first was an hour long conference that covered various things regarding...

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News: Rigs AnnouncedNews: Rigs Announced Amongst the rather amazing selection of games announced at Sony's PlayStation Briefing at this year's E3, was the game Rigs. Developed by Guerrilla Cambridge, Rigs is...

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News: Gundam Extreme Versus Force Trademark Registered In JapanNews: Gundam Extreme Versus Force Trademark Registered... According to Esuteru, Bandai Namco have registered the trademark to "Gundam Extreme VS - Force" in Japan. As it has been awhile since we've heard any news regarding a...

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Reviews: Gundam Seed Battle Destiny (7/10)

Posted on : 05-07-2012 | By : | In : Reviews

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Despite the ongoing and thoroughly erroneous myth that all Gundam games are awful, it’s always nice to play a new Gundam Battle game by Artdink. Pretty much every game in the series has given us hours of gaming pleasure (to a greater or lesser extent obviously). So to finally have another Gundam Battle game after Universe announced for the PS Vita, we were more than a little excited. Interestingly though instead of using the Universal Century timeline, the game is solely based around the Cosmic Era from the Gundam SEED saga.

Despite what many think, changing up to develop from PSP to Vita is no mean feat for a developer as small as Artdink. As the handheld is closer to PS3 levels of development, which means exponentially more art resources and greater code risks. Picking SEED was a relatively “safe” choice as after the original Gundam as it’s one of the pantheon’s most successful entries and if Artdink ballsed it up then the precious UC timeline brand would be untarnished on the new platform. Not to mention that Gundam Assault Survive didn’t really help Artdink in securing more UC timeline work.

In any case, we are very happy to report that Artdink didn’t balls up this new game at all and in fact it’s rather good indeed.

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News: Gundam Battle Operation reaches 300,000 downloads

Posted on : 03-07-2012 | By : | In : News

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Since the game’s release last Thursday, Gundam Battle Operation has already amassed 300,000 downloads. It’s worth understanding that this isn’t the same thing as sales but it’s not bad going. To commemorate this, Bandai Namco have offered some free energy (as in play tokens) via their site, sadly it only allows Japanese mobile phone e-mail addresses to be entered.

After playing it a fair bit though, we think the game is wholly awful. From the mobile suit handling to the truly appalling framerate, it all harks back to Target in Sight. We’re not alone in our scathing appraisal of the game either. We’ve not experienced any lag however, which some people have reported. For those few that are enjoying this though; would you still enjoy it as much if it had cost you the same as another boxed game?

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Videos: E.X. Troopers Promo and Story Update

Posted on : 30-06-2012 | By : | In : Videos

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A new promo for E.X. Troopers has been uploaded. Whilst it shows some more gameplay and characters, it still lacks a HUD so we’re not sure how much of the “game” we’re actually seeing. That said, if the boosting setup shown in the video is in any way present in the final game then we’re completely sold. It harks back to the rather glorious, if a little unwieldy (initially at least) Gunvalkyrie. Anyway, the other big news is that Dai Sato will be penning the scenario for the game. This is a pretty big deal, as Sato is responsible for some of the most lucid and eloquent scripts ever seen in anime. There will also be a promotional anime made by Satelight (Kawamori’s studio) too. Following on from that it also seems the game will feature co-op, but after Monster Hunter who’s really surprised about that? Especially in Capcom game where you fight giant monsters. Anyway, the more we hear about this game the more we want it. The new promo is shown below.

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Toys: VF-171EX Armor Parts Announced

Posted on : 29-06-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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As we mentioned a while back, the VF-171EX Nightmare Plus has been given the chogokin treatment (you can buy it here). Following on from that though, we now have the armored parts announced too. Released this December, the armored parts cost a pretty reasonable 5,040 yen. However, as with many of these optional toy parts, these are only available from the Premium Bandai site.

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News: HobbyLink Japan Site and Shipping Overhaul

Posted on : 29-06-2012 | By : | In : News, Videos

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Our good friends at HobbyLink Japan have rolled out a new setup for the site and shipping. The new system will allow you to track the details of your orders in realtime as well as control how you group your items together. Below is a pretty thorough video explaining the rationale behind all the changes and what that will mean to all their customers. Personally, we’re really glad that these changes have happened and they were a really long time in coming but the wait was worth it.

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News: Assault Gunners Release and DLC

Posted on : 28-06-2012 | By : | In : News

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As of today Assault Gunners is now available on the PSN store to buy, for a very affordable 1,480 yen no less. In addition to this there is also some day one DLC, moreover it’s entirely free as well. Don’t go crazy though, as the DLC is simply new voiceovers from some SDN48 members and here’s a video of them feigning interest too. Bar this rather hackneyed PR stunt, the game itself is actually pretty decent. Admittedly it’s based off the Destroy Gunners games made by Shade but Assault Gunners has far superior controls and looks a lot nicer too. Once we’ve played it a bit more we’ll be sure to post our impressions.

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Videos: Gundam Battle Operation Game Promo

Posted on : 26-06-2012 | By : | In : Videos

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This seems to be the final promo video before the release of Gundam Battle Operation this Thursday. As you’d expect, at over 5 minutes long, it doesn’t hold much back and shows a lot of the game in action. Despite the somewhat unfortunate monteisation structure, the sheer scope of this game is pretty ambitious. We’ll be posting our impressions not long after the game’s release.

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Reviews: Steel Battalion Heavy Armor (1/10)

Posted on : 25-06-2012 | By : | In : Reviews

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One of the few redeeming aspects of the original Xbox was that it held host to the first two Steel Battalion games. Truth be told, these were the games we bought the console for as well. From the fastidiously thorough functional approach to the wonderfully challenging learning curve, the original Steel Battalion games were something truly special.

Now we have a new game in the series. However, it now uses Microsoft’s latest control based interface; the Kinect. Utilising a mixture of gesture based commands and pad input, we now surely have a truly modern take on what made the original games so interesting? Sadly, this is not the case. In fact it is possibly one of the worst mecha games yet made.

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News: Eureka Seven AO Hybrid Game Screenshots

Posted on : 22-06-2012 | By : | In : News

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We now finally have some in-game screenshots for the forthcoming Eureka Seven AO BluRay Hybrid game. Set as a narrative bridge between episodes 8 and 9, the OVA on the disc is meant as a standalone release (hence the packaging of a game with it). The game itself, called “Attack of Legend”, will apparently allow players to pilot the new Nirvash (seen above) as well as classic LFO’s from the original series (as the plucky Renton Thurston is shown in one of the shots too). The BluRay Hybrid will be released on September 20th and cost 7,980 yen for the standard release and 10,500 yen for the limited edition.

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Toys: Riobot Jehuty Previewed

Posted on : 22-06-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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As was announced a good while ago, those pretty nifty people at Sentinel have finally previewed the forthcoming Riobot Jehuty (shown above). The Riobot range are primarily made of plastic but are normally beautifully sculpted with amazing articulation. Compared to the recent Revoltechs, which are nice enough for the price, this toy will be in a whole other league in terms of quality. No words on a specific release date or price, but the figure will be around 15 cm tall. In any case, this is one of our hotly anticipated toys and the pictures above only help to cement our conviction that it will be pretty damn awesome.

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