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Videos: Starwing Paradox Finally Gets Some Proper Gameplay FootageVideos: Starwing Paradox Finally Gets Some Proper Gameplay... 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,...

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News: Gundam Extreme Versus 2 Initial Roster And Location Tests AnnouncedNews: Gundam Extreme Versus 2 Initial Roster And Location... 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...

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Reviews: Super Robot Wars X (9/10)Reviews: Super Robot Wars X (9/10) 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...

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Videos: Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 Announced For 2018Videos: Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 Announced For... 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...

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Videos: Build Strike Gundam, Farsia, Gundam Pixie, and Efreet Schneid Coming To Gundam VersusVideos: Build Strike Gundam, Farsia, Gundam Pixie,... 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...

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News: Armored Core Battle TV is now online

Posted on : 09-03-2010 | By : | In : News

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As we previously posted, the online Armored Core Battle TV service is now live and hosting a selection of gameplay videos. This is currently hosting videos from the recently released Armored Core Last Raven Portable but there’s no reason why the same service couldn’t be offered for something like Armored Core 5. The videos themselves are also quite interesting and whilst it’s clear that the PSP controls do limit movement somewhat, the final result is a lot like the PS2 original. Naturally, a review of Last Raven Portable will be forthcoming.

Separately, the campaign code site for Armored Core 5 is also up and running. So if you have a copy of Last Raven Portable, then it’s time to collect your online trinkets!

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News: Gundam Assault Survive Shop Details

Posted on : 01-03-2010 | By : | In : News

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Over at 4Gamer there’s a nice update on Gundam Assault Survive’s shop and unit upgrading setup. For those that already played the Gundam Battle games, this meta-game back-end with all the unit upgrading will sound very familiar. However, it seems that Artdink have learnt from Macross Ultimate Frontier and allowed the player to short cut this grind with direct purchases. In addition, Assault Survive is unique in the sense it’s featuring non-UC timeline series, such as Gundam SEED above. It will be interesting to see how they resolve the disparate abilities of the mobile suits from Gundam 00, that all use the suitably mysterious GN drives as a form of power and propulsion.

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News: Last Raven Portable to use new Battle TV service

Posted on : 24-02-2010 | By : | In : News

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For the upcoming release of Armored Core Last Raven Portable, From Software will be offering a new service to players that choose to upload their arena replay data; Battle TV. This basically allows other players to access other people’s replay data online and view it for themselves. Whilst this is pretty interesting, it does beg the question why they didn’t offer an infrastructure option instead of setting up an Armored Core specific replay library. Players will be able to start uploading their videos on the 4th March and a special replay data movie will be assembled shortly after the service starts, showcasing a variety of “mad skillz” most probably.

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News: Senjou no Kizuna Update

Posted on : 23-02-2010 | By : | In : News

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Over at Game Watch they’ve covered the upcoming update for the cockpit-tastic Senjou no Kizuna. The update in question, Rev 2.12, includes an all new map set outside a colony as well as a much needed layout change on one of the pre-existing Jaburo maps. In addition, the article talks about a tournament in March of this year. In any case, it seems that Banpresto have been stepping up their updates as of late especially since Border Break has taken off recently.

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News: Retribution designs featured in Last Raven Portable

Posted on : 18-02-2010 | By : | In : News

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Over at Game Watch there’s an interesting update about the additional designs being featured in Last Raven Portable. Much like the last two PSP ports getting designs from the more recent Brave New World narrative, it seems that this game will receive a series of designs from Armored Core Retribution, a similar but older Dengeki side story. In addition to the three new designs in the arena, each of them wield a new shield arm part. The game is still scheduled for an early March release.

Separately, Silent Line Portable also received its Western release at the beginning of this month. Available via the American PSN store (for $14.95), From Software are similarly publishing this entry too. Admittedly, we were very much disappointed with the first PSP port but after putting a lot of time into the Japanese release of Silent Line Portable we are far more impressed. It’s still flawed though and partially limited in terms of controls due to its host hardware but it is by no means the abject catastrophe that Armored Core 3 Portable was. Here’s hoping that Last Raven Portable builds on this to produce something more functionally cogent.

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News: Next Gundam Versus game to be Unicorn specific

Posted on : 17-02-2010 | By : | In : News

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This is currently a rumour at present but it seems the next Gundam Versus game, that’s been hinted at on the official site, will be Gundam Unicorn focused. This would mark a return to the series specific approach that the games had prior to the Gundam vs Gundam shift a few years ago. This also means we’ll get to finally see both the Sinanju and Banshee in a game with any luck. In addition to this news, it also appears that the Unicorn Gundam will also make an appearance in Gundam Assault Survive and separately Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus will also receive some “Special Edition” DLC sometime in April. In any case, we’ll know for sure on these by the end of the week.

Update: It turns out that the next Gundam Versus game, Gundam Extreme Versus, isn’t series specific to Unicorn. However, there is still another Gundam arcade game in development that will tie into the series in some way.

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News: Gundam Assault Survive Trial Version

Posted on : 17-02-2010 | By : | In : News

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The upcoming PSP game, Gundam Assault Survive, will receive a demo via the Japanese PSN store tomorrow. It will feature missions from the original Gundam, Seed and 00 campaigns (as well as limited AdHoc support). Interestingly, the demo will be limited to total of 10 million downloads – so be sure to move quickly once it’s available!

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News: Original Gundam TV series streamed

Posted on : 15-02-2010 | By : | In : News, Videos

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As promised, Anime News Network our now streaming the entirety of the original Mobile Suit Gundam TV series (along with Gundam Seed, but we’re not to fussed about that to be perfectly honest). Unfortunately, this is the English dubbed version but the sheer cultural importance of the series outweighs this slight loss of fidelity. It’s also worth noting that the official continuity in the Universal Century timeline actually follows the movies and not the TV series, that said the TV series pre-dates the movies and as such is still worth seeing as it forms the fundamental base to the entire Gundam mythos.

In terms of games, there are many that try to re-enact the original TV series narrative but probably the most competent is the Namco effort Kidou Senshi Gundam Ichinen Sensou on the PlayStation 2 (videos of it in action are shown below). As it seamlessly linked both ground and spaced based combat with a surprisingly tactile third-person camera control setup. The titular RX-78-2 Gundam is also featured in the excellent Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus.

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Videos: Gundam Unicorn PSN Trailer

Posted on : 12-02-2010 | By : | In : Videos

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Despite already being premièred in Hong Kong, Gundam Unicorn is still yet to receive its public release. Whilst the Blu-Ray and DVD versions are scheduled for release on March 12th, PS3 and PSP owners will be able to download the first episode on February 20th. To show their intent, a lovely HD trailer has been released via the PSN (shown below). Every single trailer trailer thus far just keeps on reaffirming our expectation that Gundam Unicorn will be a wonderfully special entry into the Universal Century timeline.

The titular mobile suit from the novels and the forthcoming anime, designed by the brilliantly bespectacled Hajime Katoki, was also featured in the recent PSP port of Gundam vs Gundam Next (a game we loved when we reviewed it and which you can buy here).

Update: The first 7 minutes of the opening episode have also been released online, we’ve linked that below as well.

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News: Macross streamed

Posted on : 11-02-2010 | By : | In : News, Videos

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It seems that we’re in classic anime streaming season, with Zeta Gundam already available Hulu are now streaming the original Macross series in its 36 episode entirety. Admittedly this is the English dubbed version but the dub in question is from the recent ADV release, so it’s at least moderately competent and hopefully won’t cause haemorrhaging in your inner ear. It also goes without saying that the original Macross TV series is a classic anime show and is massively influential in terms of gaming. Despite numerous Macross games being available, the usage of transforming mecha in gaming primarily stems from this series (much more so than Transformers believe it or not). The original Macross was also given it’s own campaign in both Macross Ace Frontier and Ultimate Frontier on the PSP recently. We’ve also included the Japanese opening video below as well as the climactic section in the 1984 movie Ai Oboete Imasuka (mostly because we love the film beyond the capacity for rational thought).

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