TGS 2008: Gundam Musou 2 Hands-On

X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, O! We wear our button fingers down to a nub in this sequel to the sci-fi combat game.

TOKYO--Last year's Dynasty Warriors: Gundam started its life in Japan as Gundam Musou, a sci-fi take on the immensely popular (in Japan, anyway) Dynasty Warriors. Taking the place of traditional Chinese heroes and their thousands of onscreen minions, however, were another staple of Japanese pop culture: huge, armed mechs known as Gundams. The series did well enough to spawn a sequel, and today we took some time in the Sony booth to check out the PlayStation 3 version of Gundam Musou 2.

We won't pretend to be experts on either Gundam or Dynasty Warriors series lore, but having seen the original game in action, Musou 2 seems to be following in its mechanized footsteps pretty closely. After choosing your Gundam pilot from a number of eligible choices (all with their own different attributes), you hop in the Gundam bot of your choice (there was only one available on the floor demo) and head into battle.

If you've never played a Warriors game before, Gundam Musou might surprise you with the sheer number of enemies on the screen at once. Tons of onscreen enemies have been a long-standing feature of the series and, as in the Dynasty Warriors games and the original Gundam Musou, quantity can be a sometimes feeble replacement for quality. Although you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of enemies that you must fight, it becomes apparent pretty quickly that the vast majority of them won't attack you at all, and are really just there to be chopped down by your kick-butt energy sword or blasted to bits with your laser rifle.

In the fight we played, we were slicing our way through a horde of green Gundams who looked perfectly content to be utterly destroyed. However, before we got too comfortable with the button-mashing, a boss appeared in the form of...you guessed it, a really huge robot. At that point, it was time to ignore the green metal peons and go straight after the big guy. By attacking his legs, we built up a meter in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. Once it was full, we could unleash a special attack by pressing the circle button and watch as our Gundam visited a fury of attacks on the boss robot, sometimes knocking him to the ground in the process, where we could begin the process of softening him up or launching another special attack.

As it turned out, the boss battle was timed and, with about a minute to go before time ran out, we knew that we had to wear our little button-pressing fingers down to a nub to beat him down. Which is exactly what we did, culminating in a grand coup de grace that sent our enemy into the depths of the military/industrial hell from which he was born. Then, cradling our sore thumb and blinking wildly after being stunned by the frankly overwhelming lighting effects in the game, we stumbled off into the Tokyo Game Show floor to see what other strange delights we could find.

Will Gundam Musou 2 make its way stateside? A couple of years ago, we might have answered "never." However, considering that the original made its way here, there's a real chance that we'll see the sequel on US shores in the coming months. Stay tuned for more on the game.

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16 comments
wazzy1013
wazzy1013

i can't wait 4 this...i actually jsut restarted playing the old one (didnteven fully finish it). Personally, i wish they put in all the main gundams from the series.....like Heavyarms, Deathcythe, Tallgeese, Maxter, Rose, Bolt, list goes on and on

chappy_man
chappy_man

Quote ( demoman_chaos) "Deathscythe and Heavyarms" are " the undeniable best of that series" Agreed! And heres also hoping the game fairs a little better for gameplay than the first.

demoman_chaos
demoman_chaos

Hopefully, my favs from Gundam Wing will appear this time. Deathscythe and Heavyarms and the undeniable best of that series.

corkyhookahking
corkyhookahking

Gundam is one of the best animes ever all of them this game is going to be awesome and it has Free mode yay

Bumbrown
Bumbrown

All the Gundams that I complained weren't in the first game are here! Yay! Course if it doesn't come to the U.S. I think I might go insane, or learn Japanese and mod for international gameplay. Except for a game like this you really don't need to know what their saying do you.

TheNetworkZ
TheNetworkZ

I wish they would get rid of Wing and SEED/Destiny and replace them with better series.

JonGill
JonGill

better come stateside! shoooot

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Sounds good to me! Giant robot fighting action with Mobile Armors now! Yay!

ULTIMATEZWARRIO
ULTIMATEZWARRIO

i hope it has free mode, because the other one didn't, so once i beat the game there was nothing left to do

Andreas-Sword
Andreas-Sword

I think, "Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2" is better than "Dynasty Warriros Gundam 1" . And there are new mobile suits and new Series. For example V2 Gundam, Nu Gundam, Strike Freedom Gundam, Gundam F91 ... and new Series, SEED Destiny, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Char's Conterattack .... cant wait :)

SlashTheBassist
SlashTheBassist

of course there is little alteration to plot...its dynasty warriors is based off a book...an ancient book and the story is essentially always the same...i just love DW for some reason...and enjoy seeing the graphics get better while we get more enemies on screen

jadefury27
jadefury27

the first was pretty fun but very short i was disappointed that i was done with the first game and had all 1000 achievement pts in a week. and i hope the have a more diverse selection of gundams. i felt g-gundam and wing could've been better represented. something tells me this one's gonna gundam s\s-destiny heavy.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

Hope it has more depth in gameplay than the first one.

ottumatic
ottumatic

I never comprehend why people like Koei's games. It is so mind numbingly boring with the same gameplay mechanism, with a little alterations to the characters and plots here and there. I simply gave up on them after DW4.

lbjkurono23
lbjkurono23

I hope it does I loved the first one :D