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Gundam Battle Operation

Gundam Battle Operation Next is free-to-play, coming to PS3 and PS4

Check out the beta if you have a Japanese PSN account
Apr 30
// Chris Carter
Some time ago, Bandai Namco put out a free-to-play game called Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation on PS3. Now the time has come for a sequel -- Gundam Battle Operation Next. It'll hit both the PS3 and the PS4, and the...
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TF2 video

Take this! My love, my anger, and all of my sorrow!

Shiiiiiiiiining fingerrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Dec 05
// Steven Hansen
Don't cry, Rain. Our own battle has just begun.  I just want to watch stupid G Gundam all weekend with its nationally stereotyped gundam. It's like a 4th grader designed them all after reading through a world atlas.   That or just play Gundam Battle Assault 2. 
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PS4 and Vita

PS4 getting Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force, Ys, Gundam and Senran Kagura

A bunch of these are coming to Vita, too
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
More news from Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show conference. NIS is working on Disgaea 5 for PS4 after the recent Vita port of Disgaea 4. It's coming out in 2015. A new Hot Shots Golf meant to capitalize on the PS4's socia...
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Super Hero Generation

What?! Japan gets a Gundam, Kamen Rider, Ultraman crossover RPG

I'm not bitter (I hardly even know her!)
Aug 08
// Steven Hansen
Do we even have an American analog to this? Like if Transformers, Power Rangers, and, uh, another thing did a crossover RPG. My mind initially went to Speed Racer before remembering that it's Japanese. Then to Godzilla&...

Review: Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn

Jul 09 // Brittany Vincent
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn (PlayStation 3)Developer: Omega ForcePublisher: Bandai Namco GamesReleased: July 1, 2014 MSRP: $39.99 Of course, I couldn’t quite discern the quality of the release at a glance. Given the fact that this was my very first Dynasty Warriors Gundam departure, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn conjured images at first of executives attempting to cash in on the series one last time before the eventual demise of the PS3. Fortunately, I knew within my first few minutes of evaluation that I was wrong. This game flows so well in every aspect that, despite its eventual repetitiveness, it actually does an excellent job of quenching the thirst of this parched Gundam fan. And while fundamentally there isn't much in the way of classic Dynasty Warriors-styled battles here to coerce longtime fans of the series, there's plenty here for a Gundam diehard to get excited about. [embed]277640:54761:0[/embed] Despite being a hack-and-slash adventure of the Dynasty Warriors ilk, there are actually quite a few strategic elements to be found within the game. In the first few missions of each mode you find yourself simply killing enough enemies or capturing enough fields to progress. Later missions find you completing a myriad of objectives at once.In one particular mission in the original Mobile Suit Gundam story mode I found myself with simultaneous objectives, tasked with both rescuing White Base and securing the Jaburo control room. It was times like these I had to check the map and determine the ratio of enemy units to friendly units and make an executive decision as to which objective truly took priority. This lent an interesting lilt to the immersion factor of being in a Gundam on the battlefield and replicated many of the series’ most thrilling moments. In addition to Official Mode, where you follow the plot outlined in Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, Char’s Counterattack, Gundam Unicorn, Gundam SEED, and Gundam SEED Destiny, there’s Ultimate Mode. Here, you can follow a series of original missions and choose your own pilot and Gundam. I found this to be the more disjointed of the two, with pilots and mobile suits chosen seemingly at random for the stories. Maybe it’s just the purist in me, but I found it odd to see GMs and Zaku IIs fighting for the same side. The Ultimate Mode does add a lot of replay with unique scenarios and several “what-if” scenarios. The stars of the game are the mobile suits, though, and there are a lot of them. Over one hundred mobile suits and armors are waiting to be unlocked and upgraded. The upgrade system is simple, but can be frustrating, as it’s based on receiving plans and parts. Plans can be used to upgrade the general characteristics of your mobile suit such as melee, armor, thrusters, and more. Parts are used to upgrade your weapons, and the higher upgrades can take massive amounts of the higher-end golden parts to upgrade. Frustration sets in with the seemingly random nature of receiving parts and plans. It seems like the rule is the higher the difficulty, the better the drops, but I have received Class E plans for 8-star difficulty missions and Class A plans for one-star difficulty. There’s also a collectible card system in which you receive cards for accomplishing certain tasks that also reward you with parts and plans. I personally was playing mostly just to kill giant robots, but these aspects could cause some major headaches for completionists. Fortunately, while you’re eliminating said giant robots, you can enjoy crisp graphics, which are impressive both for the PS3 overall and how many units are on the screen at once. Each unit is lovingly rendered, although their textures can be a bit plain and muddled. I forgave this as there are hundreds of them rendered at once and the PS3 is a little long in the tooth. The backgrounds are varied and although plain, in my opinion out of necessity for the playstyle, they really give the feeling you’re not playing in the same old arena over and over. Particle effects are also rendered well, be it a beam sword or a funnel bit firing. The audio, in all honesty, is probably going to be the great divider when it comes to Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn. I love the original Japanese with the English subtitles, but this might turn some off to the game. With it being a budget-priced title I understand Bandai Namco’s decision not to hire a whole new team to translate voice audio into English. However, in the middle of battle it can be somewhat distracting to have to focus on fighting and reading subtitles, which definitely resulted in me missing out on some of the story. The background music, as an aside, is subdued but engrossing. It lends itself well to the pace of the game and is quite reminiscent of the soundtracks to the various Gundam series. All in all, I was quite pleased with this entry into the Dynasty Warriors Gundam series. However, I’m a Gundam fan and have been for a decade or more. I would have no problem recommending the game to other fans of Gundam or mecha in general, but for players who haven’t heard of either of those things, I’d be hard-pressed to even broach the topic. Additionally, the entry price for DLC is much too high for what you get and doesn’t add a ton to the game, which was one of its biggest turn-offs. For $30 USD you can get all the DLC, which brings the total up to $70. I purchased it because of my interest in the source material, but I suggest that people mix and match the DLC if interested in purchasing it at all. While to some (myself included), taking to the battlefield piloting the RX-78-2 Gundam and slaughtering thousands of Zaku and Dom pilots and facing off against Char himself sounds like heaven on Earth, a lot of people just don’t care about that sort of thing. Also, with the emphasis on Gundam SEED this game has, many of the other Gundam series are underrepresented, with the noticeable omission of an Official mode for Gundam ZZ entirely. It is possible that non-Gundam fans could enjoy this game on the merits of “beating up the bad guy robots” alone, but they’d end up missing out on the charm of what makes Gundam special. I can only hope with the new generation of gaming consoles we'll continue to see titles like this that are worthy of the legacy of the original IP.
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Go psycho with Gundams
When I was a kid, I loved watching Gundam Wing and the original Mobile Suit Gundam on Cartoon Network. The mecha genre has always been a personal favorite of mine so I tried to capture the same feeling while playing a video g...

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Bandai Namco reveals new Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn pre-order DLC

Trial of Crimson and Red and Beargguy
Jun 11
// Chris Carter
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn is coming on July 4th, priced at $40. If you pre-order it you'll get extra content, but I wouldn't worry about it too much since the core game comes with 100 mobile suits by default. The conten...

Farts 'N' Crafts: a Lil' Gundam

Apr 28 // Max Scoville
In watercolor!
Today for Farts 'N' Crafts, I got a little artsier than usual, and decided to "dabble" in watercolor to draw a fairly hot topic: a certain Japanese robot of the Gundam variety. Probably not my best, but watercolor, mecha, and talking at the same time are kind of tricky.

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Breaking: my hair looks great today
Here's your Tuesday Newsday for the last week or so! Today, we got a sexy new Dragon Age III: Inquisition trailer, some HD footage of Star Citizen out of PAX East, announcements of a new Fatal Frame on Wii-U as well as a bun...

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Dynasty Warriors Gundam

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn coming to PS3 on July 4

What's more American than Gundam?
Apr 22
// Steven Hansen
Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn, previously announced for a summer digital PS3 release, has a date, July 4. It'll be $40. Nothing says Fourth of July like the laser light show that is exploding hundreds of mobile suits as you...
DTOID News for February 27th, 1999, apparently
Good evening, teens! Here’s today’s DTOID News update, which I’m turning into a weekly show so we can make more interesting things happen. Do you have Playstation Plus? Because depending on where you live, y...


Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn announced for PS3

Digital release coming to PSN this year
Feb 26
// Dale North
Namco Bandai has announced that Tecmo Koei game Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn will be coming to the PS3 as a digital release this summer in the Americas. Gundam Reborn smashes together several anime and manga series' worth ...

The upcoming Japanese PSN Gundam Game is Pay to Play

Jun 15
// Chris Carter
Free to play games can come in a number of different forms. Some of them simply offer you optional micro-transactions for cosmetic items, and allow you to play the game unfettered. Some F2P titles, which I refer to as "pay to...

Gundam solve their problems violently in Battle Operation

Mar 17
// Fraser Brown
Mecha fighting each other. Again. Why do we never see these mechanical behemoths hugging it out or discussing their problems like reasonable adults? I suppose the main problem there would be that most of those things seem to...

Preview: SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online

Nov 16 // Wesley Ruscher
SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online (PC)Developer: SoftmaxPublisher: OGPlanetRelease: December, 2011The first thing enthusiasts will notice about SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online is (like the "SD" suggests) this title brandishes the super-chibi style of Gundams that are fun for all ages, and not the traditional style mechs of the animes. Some may be disappointed with this design choice, but it's hard to be upset for very long once you see how adorable these tiny little badasses are in action.Perhaps what makes them so infectious is the games unique and clever way of distributing each Gundam. Whether it be through real or in-game currency, players unlock new Gundams by spending money on capsule machines. (You know, the things you once crammed quarters in at the front of the grocery store to get a giant sticky hand or stale skittles.) The thrill of opening up these rare and powerful Gundams adds tremendously to the game's childlike charm, but it's not the only means of acquiring powerful units. Blueprints are also offered as a way of cashing in lower-level Gundams (as spare parts) to make stronger mechs for those who have bad luck with the capsule machine's randomness. Every Gundam can also be fully customized when it comes to paint and stickers -- just like building a model kit at home. Paints can be added individually or, for faster results, by using preset schemes and there are even high-gloss finishes. Unfortunately, there's no mixing and matching of parts to create crazy Franken-Gundams. On top of altering the look of each Gundam, players can also adjust the skills of their mechs with experience earned from battles. With the right augments, a class C Gundam can hold its own against a more powerful class A, which currently is the highest rank.Combat in SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online is very fast and intense -- at least in the co-op mission I played during my preview. My first go tossed me, with a developer of the game, into a highly chaotic fight where we were tasked with taking down four much larger "boss" Gundams. As someone who is used to the traditional WASD keyboard and mouse setup, getting the feel of my mech was instantaneous. Scrolling the mouse wheel (as well as the 1 through 4 keys) cycles weapons and double tapping any direction results in a quick effective dash. [embed]215948:41778[/embed]With this knowledge at hand, I was ready to make scrap metal out of the opposition with my sword and blaster. Trying to run and gun by yourself will -- as I quickly and repeatedly found out -- lead to very fast death. Fighting the giant Gundams with their irksome troops running interference, on first attempt, proved to be too much for us. It's not a one-death sort of situation in a co-op mission, but boss Gundams can pack a series punch -- which for me meant getting constantly trapped in its deadly laser blasts -- leading to many deaths and our ultimate failure.But we were not going to let this defeat crush our spirits. Enlisting the help of a third player (co-op supports up to four) I took, along with my team, a newly found respect for the tactical aspect of SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online's skirmishes. The city environment our encounter took place in offered many tall buildings to snipe and hide from. This cover became extremely beneficial when the boss Gundams would fire their massive laser beams. With this much more coordinated attack, we were able to effectively draw fire from our enemies and flank them 'til victory was had. The game may have a simple look, but fans of Gundam young and old will find plenty of challenge in the tough-as-nails AI. As a third-person MMO (I use that term loosely), SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online's biggest draw is in its player-versus-player combat. Up to 12 players can duke it out in four different modes that range from points, tag, stock, and greed. Battles can range anywhere from 6v6 down to smaller 2v2 matches and some modes even allow for units to be swapped during the middle of combat from a support ship. While I didn't get a chance to try this mode out, it's apparent from a design standpoint that PvP is the game's focus. There are 30 PvP maps to fight in, where as of now, co-op only offers nine missions and the brief single-player only has two.SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online has a simple look, with very generous minimum computer specs needed to play, but the combat mechanics strike a balance that should offer a rewarding experience for those who invest the time. I only worry that there may not be enough content to keep the more casual fans entertained for the long haul. Regardless, diehard Gundam followers have a lot fan service to look forward to when the game launches in early December.

The Gundam series is unarguably one of the most influential anime series to have ever left the shores of Japan. I mean, what's not to like about it? It has giant robots, crazy space battles, and enough compelling content ...


Gundam 3DS game getting a sexy Char Aznable 3DS model

Oct 09
// Tony Ponce
Monster Hunter is getting a 3DS bundle. LovePlus is getting a 3DS bundle. Gosh darnit, Gundam needs a 3DS bundle of its own, too! The upcoming SD Gundam G Generation 3D, to be released on December 22, will drop alongside sexy...

Check out Namco Bandai's Japan office!

Sep 21
// Allistair Pinsof
While Dale North slaved away, covering the pre-TGS Sony Press Conference, Hamza and I traveled to Shinagawa, Tokyo to check out some Namco Bandai games, last week. Since Hamza loves Gundam, I love the Tales series and everyon...

SHOCKED ANIME FACES! Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 shots

May 20
// Jim Sterling
Here are some screenshots for Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, which features anime faces looking at each other, mouths agape. That's what the game is about, I think.  The title's looking pretty hot. I haven't bothered with th...

Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 looks pretty tasty

May 10
// Jim Sterling
Here are some combat screens for the Tecmo Koei/Namco Bandai crossover of power, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3. As already noted, the series has taken a cel-shaded approach this time, and it's looking seriously hot.  I'd lov...

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