Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 Hands-On Preview

The sci-fi version of Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors series is receiving a third sequel, and we got to play it at the London MCM Expo.

While there have already been two games in the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam series on the current generation of consoles, this July, it will become a trilogy. We last previewed Gundam 3 back at the Tokyo Game Show, where, much like at the London MCM Expo, people love them a big robot game. Thankfully, Tecmo Koei has them covered with four demo pods for the public to play the game on, which is where we located ourselves on the first day of the show.

Gundam 3's new cel-shaded art style serves its anime inspirations well.

The headline feature of Gundam 3 is the online drop-in, drop-out co-op, which is a first for the series. Publisher Tecmo Koei is aiming to emphasise the importance of this upgrade by issuing postrelease downloadable content that will pretty much require you to play cooperatively in order to complete it. While we didn't get to experience this feature ourselves, it appeared as though the experience would be improved with the addition of a friend, at least in terms of helping to fend off the vast waves of enemies that we encountered.

For fans of the series, much of the appeal of the game will lie in its collection of characters from various series of the TV show. There are 60 playable robots and 70 playable human characters from the game, from across the Gundam universe, including fan favourite Gundam Unicorn. Because of this, the game will be the first time where many of these mechs have met, let alone done battle, and the beautifully detailed cutscenes look to do the source materials justice. In action, the game is just as impressive, with a new cel-shaded look that uses very fluid animation to bring the mechs to life.

Co-op play is the order of the day.

We played the demo in the company of a Tecmo Koei representative, who was thankfully able to offer us some tips on how to complete our section of gameplay. Standard attacks were performed with the PlayStation 3's square button, which were enough to cut through the mass of enemies, but you could also call in support characters using R2. Occasionally, close-quarters combat would result in a quick-time event, which required us to tap out four buttons correctly and in quick succession.

We enjoyed our time with the MCM-specific demo build at Tecmo Koei's area, and if you've enjoyed previous games in the series, then it's well worth scouting out the company's stand. Thankfully, we don't have long to wait for the finished game, as it will be released in Europe on July 1, on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

The 1st Gundam DW has a much better draw distance with enemies then DW 6 especially in co-op split screen giving you the feeling of being surrounded. It also offers a new feel if your tired of the repeated maps from the DW series. This new one looks to have very nice graphics. Hopefully it has a tweeked combat machanics so your not just bashing square all the time with the occasional triangle or circle.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

Ive always been fond of robots. But i was never one to follow the series. I watched Wing, and thats it. No reason in particular, just didnt follow it. For those of you who have followed this game and played the others, does this game actually have a fluent story line, based off the series, or does it just throw robots against each other? I love DW, and ive always wanted to get into Gundam. Think this is a good game to take a leap of faith for?

ShonenNinja
ShonenNinja

@mikezero83, anthonycg: Look up Gundam vs Gundam & Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus for the PSP. It's like Gundam vs Zeta Gundam and it includes all the series from the original to 00 and Unicorn. Unfortunately it's only released in Japan...

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

gotta say I'm impress by the visual... I've watch every Gundam since Wing

AlexPR_13
AlexPR_13

Ive been reluctant to get any of the first DWG games since they came out. I am a fan of DW games but Ive never been sure if it fits with gundam. Always wanted a more realistic, mission-based simulation to come out, much like Side Story 0079 for Dreamcast, that was a great game as well as Federation vs Zeon. BTW anyone know if the side story (0081 I think) game for the PS3 will come out in the US??

pcty
pcty

only watched gundam wing...

mikezero83
mikezero83

@anthonycg: i agree that a return to gundam vs zeta gundam would be incredible, and it would be amazing if they put EVERY timeline into one huge game. but i have to defend the beat-em-ups (only the gundam ones though) they are alot of fun just for the fact that in most of the gundam animes the gundams did kill most suits in 1 shot so it does make some sense, except for the THOUSANDS of enemy's, i really agree with you there.

anthonycg
anthonycg

They need to go back to the Gundam vs Zeta Gundam format and improve it. The models were far superior on PS2 and there was gundam damage. If your arm got blown off you lost whatever weapon was attached to it. You actually had to pay attention to what you were doing. The only difficulty in beat-em-ups is god-like hp whores and staying awake and maybe not breaking that one button from mashing too hard. And how is Zaft gonna afford 1,000 robots anyway? And 1,000 robots that get owned in two slashes? Good grief.... I hope they don't get a government bailout.

wexorian
wexorian

better graphic maybe, But same style gameplay they are not changing anythyng :D

Ovirew
Ovirew

Wait, another one? Really? Usually I thought a game series had to have a really strong following to merit a sequel, let alone two sequels. I guess them Japanese must really be into this borefest for it to have a third iteration? oO

Xvault77
Xvault77

lol, wtf?? You loved the first but hated the second???? The second just added a crap load to the first...what's there to hate??

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

not one but 3, will pick this up eventually

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Played the living daylights out of the first one, hated the second one, and now I am unnecessarily and stupidly hyped with high hopes for this one.

danteMdie
danteMdie

Is it english subbed or are we gonna take those retarded dubs? o_0

OceanLord33
OceanLord33

They seem to finally realize what they did wrong with the previous series, good looking new graphics, backgrounds and unicorn!!, can't wait to get my hands on it. As a gundam fan, i kinda agree on gamespot's bashing on the previous series, despite how much fun moments the previous series had given me it still has lots of room for improvements, gamespot's bashing is like bright's correction/slap if you know what i mean.

RPG-veteran
RPG-veteran

this looks great,especially the large number of characters and mobile suits,and I see they finally put the death scythe gundam,great,and I hope gamespot doesn't bash this game like it did to the previous two

kstegall2
kstegall2

If it's the 3rd game in the series, wouldn't that make it only the 2nd sequel? I know, just bein a smartass.

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

I'm really digging the new graphical style of this game, it looks like a legitimate upgrade (unlike the second game).

AznEvan
AznEvan

I'm really stoked for this game!! 8D I've been waiting a long time for a great looking Gundam game! The first two Dynasty Warrior: Gundam games aren't very good...

Xvault77
Xvault77

@firstclassgamer Hey, yeah, ya know, you are right! I did play Zone of the Enders 1 and 2. Those were excellent games and it's a shame more were not made. Yes, 7.0 isn't bad, especially for a Gundam game but I just wish they would respect these types of games and come to terms that they have a huge fan base no matter what they say about them. For instance I am also a huge Dynasty Warrios fan as well and thoroughly enjoyed 7 most recently. Glad to know that someone like you has good taste in games.

flashn00b
flashn00b

I miss the days when Capcom made Gundam games. Who here remembers Federation vs Zeon?

iceuser
iceuser

my english is not that great

iceuser
iceuser

i hope this is the game that all gundam fans are waiting for. the first were not that good but what i have heard from this it is going to be great. the only problem that i can see in this game is the lag but hopfuly it wont be to bad. so it should be great. and also the new dynasty waarrior game was good so this be too.

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

@Xvault77 this game could be better if whoever made this game watched how Zone of the Enders was made (look it up one of the best robot games,"seriously") and put more depth in the story,moves, gameplay etc. Istead of just making it a hack and slash game the graphics, finishers on DWG 1 and 2 are awesome and all but its lacking something thats probably why game spot is always giving these DWG games a 7 and for a DW game a 7 is not that bad go back and look at some of the scores for other DW games oh yeah if you havn't seen or played ZotE look it up on you tube and let me know what you think

cameio
cameio

I already Preorder it :)

Xvault77
Xvault77

Yeah what gives with Gamespot and other sites giving it below 7.5? I know I have yet to play this one but I played the first 2 and I put endless hours into them. How many games still do that today hmmm? Yeah, Gamespot you better not give this lower than a 7.0 and say some lame excuse about hacking and slashing. That's why we love it! Who doesn't want to kick robot ass with tons of mobile suits to choose from!?

LunarEclipz
LunarEclipz

@mariner32 Its Deathscythe Hell, th guy who designed the Endless Waltz "Custom" versions also made his own designs for the five original Gundams in the series wich were dubbed Kai.

Vexx88
Vexx88

@salvucci91 I wish

Mariner32
Mariner32

The gundam I'm most looking forward to: Deathsythe Kai. These 5 weeks can't roll by fast enough.

TristanH12
TristanH12

I hope I can play with randoms? Im really intrigued in the game, my first. Setsuna will be awesome! @Flame_Blade88 wow you think they will score Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 that low?

dohji
dohji

Hope they add the whole shuffle alliance instead of just Domon and Master Asia.

sarak_zanmato
sarak_zanmato

great, I already finish this game, and then english version pop up, all my pilot reach level 50, and all suit is unlocked

ryan_sr97c_1
ryan_sr97c_1

i ddnt have a ps3 when the first 2 games came out and i had to endure playing the 2nd one on the PS2. while the gameplay was still awesome and fan service still at an all time high, it just never came close to the current gen experience. now i have a ps3 and not only will they be treating me out to a 3rd iteration of the game, theres a buttload of new gundams to boot: deathscythe, heavy arms, tallgeese, 00 and ribbons and the rest of the 00 gang via dlc. holi moli man i cannot wait!

Gohansephiroth
Gohansephiroth

Cant wait to get my hands on this one, the DWG games are my guilty pleasure, and i hope to whip some zeon rump with 00 raiser.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

I've always thought that a gundam-like mech game would be the perfect use of move controls, where you hold two controllers that serve like the controls of the mech, as if you were inside. You could switch between joystick-like flight control and one-to-one combat controlling each of the hands. Alas, great things that will never be.

salvucci91
salvucci91

HOW ABOUT ANOTHER ZEONIC FRONT?!

alchemist889
alchemist889

I really, really hope they put the PMX-000 Messala back in... but I'm buying it either way.

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

Having had the Japanese version since it's release, I'm still going to pick up the translated version. The game is just a lot of fun, it'll be cool to start over with it again.

otanikun
otanikun

Did they not learn from the last 2 games? They both bored me to tears, hopefully they would have corrected the issues this time around

Flame_Blade88
Flame_Blade88

Really looking forward to this game. Also looking forward to the 5.5 score GS will probably give it.

Eclipse-015
Eclipse-015

I have dynasty warriors: gundam 1 & 2 and i cant wait to get the third!!!!