Reviews: Macross Delta Scramble (9/10) The last major portable Macross game was Macross Triangle Frontier back in 2011, since then we’ve had Macross 30 on the PS3. That was a slower game dubbed as a “flight...
The sequel to the first freemium Gundam game by Bandai Namco is now finally out in the wild. Compared to the beta version Gundam Battle Operation Next is definitely an improvement, in regards to general movement and controls, but it’s still pretty underwhelming. Bear in mind we’re in Japan so server issues and lag aren’t really a problem but even then the game is not exactly great. While it may look similar to the Gundam Breaker games, the core team behind that didn’t work on this (which likely explains why the gameplay element feels so disappointing). In any case, the game is now out on both PS3 and PS4 so you can see for yourselves what it’s like.
A couple months ago, we reported that Bandai Namco had registered the trademark for Gundam Extreme VS Force. This is presumably the fourth version of the series, which I doubt coincidentally is why it is given the moniker “Force.” With TGS 2015 coming soon, it appears the game has been leaked to be shown at the Japanese games convention for the very first time. With their recent pledge to bring future games to both the PS4 and Vita, it would be very interesting to see if Bandai Namco does have a console version of the game in store. But according to history, this will more than likely be an arcade title with Maxi Boost coming to consoles sometime late this year or next. Either way, it’s good to hear some new information regarding the series’ future. Until then, let us know what new units and mechanics should be added in Force!
With the release of Super Robot Wars BX looming, we’ve been graced with a new promo. It shows a lot of new animation and the game is looking great really. Bandai Namco also announced a new Super Robot Wars mobile game but that looks pretty awful and isn’t being developed by the main team anyway, in fact it’s being done by Sega Games so that likely explains a lot. Thankfully BX is at least a proper game to look forward to. The game is released on August 20th in Japan and you can pre-order it here.
As part of the Midsummer Maxi Boost Festival, even more mobile suits will be released for the Gundam Extreme Versus Maxi Boost in the arcades. They are the Nightingale, 00 Qan[T] Full Saber and Perfect Gundam. The first two units will more than likely be 3000 cost, similar to their predecessors already in the game (Sazabi and 00 Qan[T]). It will be interesting to see what type of gameplay Nightingale will bring, whereas Qan[T] Full Saber will be even more melee oriented than the original version. Perfect Gundam will be a 2000 cost unit and the first entry from the Plamo Kyoshiro manga. We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of other units will be on the way during the next couple months. Let us know what you think of these new inclusions in the comments below!
Following the reveal we now have some initial combat footage for the Platinum Games developed Transformers Devastation. We’re loving the cel shading and the combat looks decent enough too but the whole aerial ramming in vehicle mode looks a bit odd. It will be interesting to see how it will play once it is released in October this year. We’re definitely excited for it though, which is a novel feeling to have for a Transformers games.
Hot on the heels of the brand new units that have already come to the console version of Full Boost are the inclusion of three more recently released Maxi Boost units! They are 00 Seven Sword G, Astray Red Dragon, and Tallgeese II. These units will be accompanying the Perfect Gundam on July 22 as part of the Midsummer Extreme VS. Festival DLC for Full Boost. Last year we received eight new units during the Midsummer Festival so it will be interesting to see if there are more along the way. Let us know what you think of these units in the comments below!
Due to all the pre-orders that Super Robot Wars BX has received, Bandai Namco will be including a download code for 2nd Super Robot Wars for those that buy the game at launch. This was the follow on to the first Game Boy game released in the same year, except this was (originally) on the NES. It also kickstarted the whole series to become a serious sit-down console game, rather than just something for a handhelds. The fact we’re getting this included with BX is a nice little touch. The game is released on August 20th in Japan and you can pre-order it here.
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 the two mobile suits. While the switching mechanic is currently unknown, this isn’t the first suit to allow you to change into different units during a match. The Kapools had a tag mechanic that allowed you to change between what was essentially ranged and melee mode. While that doesn’t appear to be the case in the Marasai/Gabthley combo, we’re sure there will be definite advantages to choosing either suit. Let us know what you think of this addition and be sure to check out the video below!
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 be the 9th and 10th additions to the Full Boost roster since the 1.08 patch went live in May 2015. While not much has been discovered regarding the units’ playstyles, Perfect Gundam’s addition represents another Gundam manga series to the EXVS franchise in Plamo Kyoshiro. As for the Marasai/Gabthley, it will be interesting to see if the switching mechanic is similar to the Kapool tag mechanic or is like Char’s Zaku II where some moves switch to Char’s Z’gok for a set amount of time. It is interesting to see that Bandai Namco is still actively supporting Full Boost through brand new units that have yet to appear in Maxi Boost, which raises questions about Maxi Boost’s eventual console release. Anyway, let us know what you think about these two new units in the comments below!