Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Hands-On

We check out the US version of Namco Bandai and Koei's merger of Dynasty Warriors gameplay and Gundams.

Although it sounds like a totally bizarre pairing, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam (known as Gundam: Musou in Japan) is arguably one of the most engaging Gundam games to hit the States in a good, long while. The game was released late last year for the PlayStation 3 in Japan and has since been slated to hit the US with an Xbox 360 version added to the mix. Namco Bandai had a localized version of the PlayStation 3 game on display at their recent press event to show off the upcoming game. While the playable game wasn't quite final, the game offered a sample of what to expect from the US version.

Fans of Gundam will spot some familiar faces.

The game offers three modes, official, original, and versus, that let you play as familiar faces from the Gundam universe. The official mode lets you take part in adventures from Gundam lore, while the original mode offers the chance to play against faces from the various Gundam story arcs. Finally, the versus mode lets you compete against a friend. Given the Gundam franchise's long history, the modes offer a wealth of characters and mobile suits. The official mode offers a total of six pilots to play through, while the original mode features more than 12 pilots. As far as the powerful mobile suits go, you'll find more than 15 to choose from. The catch, of course, is that you'll have to unlock a good chunk of the pilots and mobile suits as you play through the various modes.

Though the game features the basic action gameplay seen in the Dynasty Warriors games, you'll find some RPG-lite elements as well. Pilots will gain personal skills, which are unique abilities they can use in battle to boost their offense or defense. In addition, you'll come across parts as you destroy enemies. The parts can be used to buff up one of four attributes on your suit--fight, shoot, defense, and armor--when equipped. Fight affects your melee attacks, shoot affects your ranged attacks, defense reduces the damage you take from attacks, and armor increases the number of hit points your suit has. You can further enhance your mobile suit by pairing up specific parts with in-game mechanics that add additional bonus to the buff you gain from them. You'll have ample opportunity to get used to the various systems in the game thanks to a lengthy list of missions across both modes.

As the title suggests, this is Dynasty Warriors with Gundams.

The visuals and audio in the game are solid, though not as gratuitously flashy as many of the PlayStation 3 titles that have hit. The various mobile suits sport a clean look. The environments follow the same aesthetic and offer a solid amount of detail across the land- and air-based locales. The special effects used for the various mobile-suit super attacks offer some kick to the visuals. Audio in the game is coming along nicely, with extensive English voice-overs already implemented. However, purists can choose to play through the game with Japanese voice and English text if they want to keep it real. The music in the game is solid and mixes original and familiar tunes to frame the action.

While it may still sound a bit insane, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam is a surprisingly fun and addictive game thanks to its accessible gameplay. Though the beat-'em-up action may not be the most stunningly innovative thing you've ever seen, the fact remains that beating the crap out of mobs of enemies is not without its charms. The same holds true of giant robots. Add the two together, and you have a game that's fun and worth a try. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam is slated to ship this summer for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Look for more on the game in the coming weeks.

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172 comments
darthdominion
darthdominion

I like Gundams and plus it has so many unlockables that is worth playing through to get. A must-have on my list.

doodoonshii
doodoonshii

I believe that Dynasty Warriors 6 will be better.....but its whatever.

btime
btime

just played the demo, seems sort of monagomous. All the combos just continually repeat, and you basically just slash through enough enemies to fill up your special, do it again, and then repeat. No big deal, sorta disappointed.

btime
btime

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biomimetic13
biomimetic13

I've added it to my GameQ... I doubt I'll buy another Warriors Engine game. Maybe that new one Orochi. But thats it.

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

This will probably be the most disappointing games that ever came out, and i am not so keen on massive robots played in same style as dynasty warriors.... demo sucked bad and looks really bad.... :/

brad12d3
brad12d3

All I know is that when I was watching the gameplay videos, I couldn't help but be completely unimpressed by the enemy AI. I swear I only saw the player's character get hit maybe 2-3 times during the whole video, while the rest of the time all the enemies just sat still, waiting to be slaughtered. I can't get into a game with lame enemy AI, especially as bad as what I have seen in this game.

nazraq
nazraq

i played the demo on the ps3, and it was so lame. even on a hi def tv it looked like a ps2 game. whats the deal with these underwelming next gen games. i know the demo was a work in progress, but the full game wont be much more. the only time a demo has been far from the final game is timeshift. demo came out over a year ago, and it's been rebuilt since then. my point is that this game is lame, and i want everybody to know it. kameo had more epic battles in it. don't pay these people to make bad games, or we'll get more bad game to pick from.

ascalon94
ascalon94

evryone seems t obe firghting on if the game wil be good or not. Everyone needs to see the game before they judge it

deadstar649
deadstar649

Oh my god this could actually be a decent gundam game I'll be watching this closely.

kevy619
kevy619

seems like a fun game to play with a few beers in you.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

I'll definetly buy this game.... I have a soft spot for gaint robots espicially Gundams :)

hikari33
hikari33

its funny how the most asian game alive is for the x-box 360

Shadow_Scythe69
Shadow_Scythe69

I havent yet to play this game, but previously love the dynasty warriors. After reading this, i would like to try it out.

Pheonix_Dragons
Pheonix_Dragons

I love dynasty warriors and I love gundams. So I'll probably LOVE THIS GAME. YEAH GIANT MECHS.

lilbus
lilbus

this game is sweet ima playthis game 24/7

mrbean667
mrbean667

Ha! Awesome, but downright ridiculous at the same time.

AgileNate
AgileNate

I love how the people who are not interested in this game tell you not to get it as if its gunna kill you if you dont listen to them.

V-Nine
V-Nine

I kinda still wish it was set in the Dynasty Warriors time period like originaly suggested. Would have made Cao Cao even more a pain in the neck.

yugofangs2
yugofangs2

This doesnt seem to be a good idea. Their was one other gundam game in my book that was successful. Encounters in space 2 for ps2. Had good combat. only thing was that it was hard to find people in versus. But otherwise very good. I`ve had all the Dynasty warriors and samurai warriros series. I`ve also had alot of the gundam series games. This doesnt seem to have as much promise. They just need to change the space battle.

lonewolf101
lonewolf101

zonetroperalpha: "please for the love of christ dont buy this unless ur a fan of gundam or dynasty wariors" Yes. Please DON'T buy this game unless you like it. Only the powers of a world class soothsayer could have suggested such a dangerously edgy idea... he must know something we don't...

tubbablubba
tubbablubba

Wow this is blowing my mind Take two ideas that aren't that well liked. Fuse them together and get a game that is getting a very positive review It makes no sense whatsoever Whatever it takes to make a good game

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

Dynasty warrior games are the best. I love the intense action and the amount of people on th screen at once.!!!Cant wait for this

TranRoxas
TranRoxas

gundam games have a history of being awful (except that 2d fighter for psx which was badass) and dynasty warriors is only fun for like 30 minutes, so i doubt this game is going to be close to decent. and miles, you cant tell me that the guy on rollerblades in sor2 wasnt wicked awesome

MilesTormani
MilesTormani

NightKiller34 i watch the video the A.I looks incredibly stupid like it always does,so there is no reason to buy it. ___________________________________________ Neglecting, of course, the fact that the Persians didn't seem all that smart in 300 either and I probably could've taken a few of them down myself (in real life). That didn't seem to bug all the fans of it. ... Seriously. The Dynasty Warriors franchise is all about being a sort of demigod of war and plowing through a bunch of expendable privates who had no idea just kind of world of chaos they were getting themselves into. It's that special kind of game that doesn't really need to give you 20,521 different ways to kill your opponent because, as GameSpot so generously pointed out, beating the crap out of mobs of enemies is not without its own innate charms, hence why a button-masher like Streets of Rage 2 got so popular. Fans of Gundam, the Musou series (Musou Orochi still looks awesome), or beat 'em ups in general will probably eat this game up if they give it the benefit of the doubt. I, personally, have an innate disdain for crossovers, but part of me just wants to try this game anyway for the obvious campyness (and thwacking of legions of moronic soldiers). I just hope it's not as horribly slow-paced as Dynasty Warriors 4 was. "Wait awhile and do nothing while our buddies infiltrate and open the gate." Ugh.

UniQ
UniQ

Well cool, I like gundamn and dynasty warriros was fun but seriously, how can this work? In DW you was in ancient chinapeople used bows but spears and such was the main weapon, no probs here as they are going close to you. BUT IN THIS?! When you look at the picture it jsut looks stupid, are they gonig to hit you with their damn guns? They could just stand in a ring and kill him 5 times over with beam rifles, really, or pick up the SWORDS if they are going into melee

henry4th
henry4th

Great, it's time to go gun-ho again! Seriously, this will be fun for casual gamers. Games don't need to be compicated with thousands of plots and puzzles and special moves to be fun. Shooters are the same since the beginning of half life 1, so was beat-them-up type of games.

A5H19
A5H19

Adam_the_Nerd Ok, why again do we need this? The first Dynasty Warriors was ok. After the 2nd it just became boring. And have any of the Gundam games EVER been good ones? ( I know the shows are though ) I mean, you're combining a dead game franchise with a crappy game franchise. As they say "two wrongs don't make a right." ========================= The 2nd DW sucked, it didn't even have any voice acting. The 3rd and 4th DW games were the best. The 5th one blows IMO.

TheGreatPhoenix
TheGreatPhoenix

hate to admit it, but the reality is that in the gundam series, figths pretty much are always like an DW game :P always mowing trough the cannonfodder.... so I can't say I'm suprised about it, that doesnt make it worthwile though....

darthdandin
darthdandin

its still going to be the same as dynasty warriors. no change but characters and move. it may not even be worth renting!!

zonetroperalpha
zonetroperalpha

please for the love of christ dont buy this unless ur a fan of gundam or dynasty wariors

zonetroperalpha
zonetroperalpha

This lloks like a combination of 100 year old dynasty wariors which hasnt changed much since the begining and gundam which is also a repetetive hack and slash with fewer enemys and maybe a special move thats really flashy, was thrown in the game to make it look beter.........thats it a gundam game with more enemys PLEASE dont get ur hopes up!

Delta-08
Delta-08

Man "Combinations" like this should be good

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

theclaw, this isn't EVEN the same kind of game. Give it a whirl when it comes out.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Hmm. More battles between giant robots. Do I need this if I already have the two Xbox MechAssualt games, and Chromehounds?

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

Freeking sweet a Gundam game for the Xbox 360! I'm so excited! I really hope they pull this one off and it comes out to be an amazing game!

DeltaTeam
DeltaTeam

nice, finally a decent Gundam game for us North Americans, definetly shecking it out

AgileNate
AgileNate

I'm interested and I'm not much of a Gundam fan.

freakykidd
freakykidd

The idea is compleatly insane. Which is why I must buy it. Heres hoping for a PAL release.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

Why don't the devs of the Dynasty Warriors games ever try to improve the formula. I have played all the games...each time blindly thinking it would be better than the last. Thing is the last game that actually tried to improve was Dynasty Warriors 4 sure they are only on Dynasty Warriors five right now...but that isn't mentioning all of the damn spin offs each game has.

xRuNnIngShaDoWx
xRuNnIngShaDoWx

Whoever buys this game, may god have mercy on your soul.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Ok, why again do we need this? The first Dynasty Warriors was ok. After the 2nd it just became boring. And have any of the Gundam games EVER been good ones? ( I know the shows are though ) I mean, you're combining a dead game franchise with a crappy game franchise. As they say "two wrongs don't make a right."

NightKiller34
NightKiller34

i watch the video the A.I looks incredibly stupid like it always does,so there is no reason to buy it.

Juventus_10
Juventus_10

If the game gets a good review I'll go out and rent it. I doubt that will happen though because Gundam wing games are always terrible and Bandai has been involved in the production of some of the worst games ever. I also reckon the game would get boring after about 10 min.

crazypete36
crazypete36

first of all the DW franchise isn't crappy at all. Ok BIG DEAL that one button does everything..actually it doesn't you use other buttons as well for better combos. People play the DW/SW franchises and say "gameplay wise" it sucks. However, other people play it to see how historically accurate it is due to them knowing the history of it. Now I have played DW: Gundam and I gotta say it's awesome!

kajtrooper
kajtrooper

what happened to another good playstation exclusive game franchise?

KevComesRipping
KevComesRipping

I see a Burning Gundam screen shot, this game has officially sparked my interest in the Gundam series again, G Gundam was the only good thing to come from the Gundam franchize, along with the Battle Assault games, but those, were mostly interesting just because they kind of played like Street Fighter and the G Gundam characters were in it, I'm keeping my eyes peeled for this game.