By: Uma Smith
If you would like to enjoy the hacking and slashing antics behind Koei-Tecmo’s titles, then this recent PlayStation 3 release should pique your interest. Instead of taking place in old-time Asia, you have the anime-robot theme making its way to this home console. Titled Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn, this gameplay formula is being “reborn” into a different setting.
Just like the other games within the world of Dynasty Warriors, the controls are pretty standard and easy to get acquainted with. Movement is easily executed with finesse and responsiveness while the button arrangements for attacks are very familiar and well laid out. Pulling off combo attacks has rarely been so satisfying.
Aesthetically, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn adds some nice touches to its character models and graphical details. On the other hand, the environments themselves seem to be pretty ordinary, and despite their colorful atmosphere the backgrounds can be quite generic in appearance.
As for the music, it’s a surprise how the soundtrack here contrasts to the typical Dynasty Warriors’ tunes. The latter seems more uplifting and dynamic while the former tends to lack any real excitement. Nevertheless, the audio effects themselves successfully keep the action lively and entertaining.
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn takes places in the future of a fictional universe. If you’re familiar with the Gundamanime series, then you’ll know the background story of mankind’s ability to travel beyond in space with the aid of the Mobile Suit Gundam. As they continue to expand amongst the stars, however, colonies that are created begin to develop tension with each other. Consequently, a military alliance called the Principalityof Zeon acts as a catalyst to a galactic war against the Earth Federation.
There are essentially two modes of gameplay to keep players occupied. First, there’s the official mode, which gives you the opportunity to take part in the events of the original cartoon series. Here, the featured stages will have you playing through key battles from the anime while acquainting you with the significant events.
Then there’s the ultimate mode where at least 20 story arcs are being offered. In this case, you’ll get the chance to use characters that aren’t necessarily present during the specific chapter of the story arc. As you progress further, more story arcs become accessible as the degree of challenge increases.
Being faithful to the anime, there are more than 100 characters to choose from. Each has their own set of special moves, which speaks volumes to the level of customization within Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn. You also have the option to choose a partner to assist you in performing special attacks.
With the leveling up of your characters as you progress further in the game, you’ll have more reason to revisit and play through to the end. Although it suffers the same issue of repetitive gameplay as expected from the Dynasty Warriors series, there’s still plenty of content to keep you entertained for hours on end. And given that you can play alongside another friend during your battles, the whole process of landing attacks and pulling off combos against a whole swarm of enemies can be very satisfying.
Although it may not be the most outstanding title amongst the Dynasty Warrior series, Gundam Reborn still has a significant amount of content and action to keep players on their toes. With the next gen consoles’ arrival, this title could be reason enough for the PlayStation 3 to be “reborn” in players’ eyes.