Gundam Versus Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Gundam Versus RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best Indie Games of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ej6p6/best-indie-games-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ej6p6/best-indie-games-of-2017 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:33:01 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

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So here we are with my indie games of the year. Now, let me tell you that this year has seen a lot of game releases. These are but a few within that grand ocean. Also, there's nothing wrong with liking triple-A titles, but I feel that if you stick to them alone, you'll miss some real gems in the world of gaming.

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Do you agree with this list? Do you not agree with this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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1. Danmaku Unlimited 3

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So here we are: The number-one indie title is Danmaku Unlimited 3. Now, this isn't the only shmup mentioned on this list. It is, however, the best, based upon how pure it is. This game is one of the best-designed indie titles and examples of its genre.

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The game takes place across five stages where you'll shoot down a large number of ships. The title features the smoothest of controls. There's a variety of difficulty modes to appease everyone of every skill level. The sprite work of your ship, enemies, bosses, and the stages themselves is highly detailed. Boss battles are nerve racking and demand your best. You can literally play this forever because you have your high score -- and the world's -- to beat.

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The game features an amazing rock soundtrack. I could mention more, but it bears mentioning that this was made by one person. Danmaku Unlimited 3 is available for PC, Android, and iOS.

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2. Drifting Lands

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Is there such a thing as an RPG shmup? If one doesn't exist formally, I would like to present Drifting Lands. Drifting Lands is a title based upon a distant future and a new age of exploration. You are a pilot tasked with protecting a caravan through both known and unknown space.

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Here, you'll find a fully fleshed-out narrative based upon the perils of futuristic exploration. You'll have a choice to use one of three ships; each focuses on a particular play style to suit any player.

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Now, your performance is based on your ship's equipment as well as your skillset. Of course, this is all well and good, but you still have to survive bullet hell and blow up thousands to progress your story. Did I mention that the soundtrack couldn't be any better?

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3. Cuphead

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Retro-inspired games aren't dead, friends. In fact, the best place to find them is on the indie market. To that end, we have Cuphead, a game inspired by the animation of the 1930s and mostly old-time jazz music.

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The game is also a callback to old-time games like Gunstar Heroes and Contra. Stages are pretty unforgiving, and bosses are ruthless. It's rewardingly difficult and a must-play for hardcore fans. More importantly, it's great to see a title that is so old-school in design be appreciated as this has. Cuphead is available for Xbox One and PC.

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4. Battle Chef Brigade

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 An indie title that was slow cooking for years. The wait, however, was worth it. Battle Chef Brigade is a mix of genres that come together beautifully. It's part adventure, puzzle, RPG, and cooking game. 

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What is most enjoyable about the game is the wealth of battle options. Well, I mean to say cooking battle options. You can focus on a variety of tactics, each with its own strength and weakness. It's great to know you can serve up defeat to a foe any way you see fit.

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The title is presented as an episodic story of a young lady becoming a battle chef. The game's difficulty/story escalates naturally as the cooking competitions get higher stakes. Also, the cast of characters is so endearing and helps flesh out the story so well that you want everyone to have screentime. Battle Chef Brigade is available on PC and Nintendo Switch.

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5. Nighthaw-X3000

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Nighthaw-X3000 is, at its simplest, a shmup -- a shmup that is very much inspired by the 1980s. Much like that time period, the game is very set in its particular aesthetics.

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You play as a reluctant pilot facing court-martial. Why? Well, aliens have invaded Earth and are threatening his downtime with liquor, so he's all too eager to risk losing his job to save the booze, er, the planet. 

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The game features stages and visuals you'd swear were ripped from ads. Stages are pastel-colored, and the game's music sounds like it belongs in Miami Vice. 

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You can collect power-ups to help you reach a new high score and stand a better chance. Also, did I mention that the soundtrack is awesome? Nighthaw-X3000 is available for PC.

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6. Beat The Game 

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Beat The Game is perhaps one of the weirdest games I played all year. A music producer find himself in a strange alternate world after a small bike accident. What follows is a bit hard to describe.

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Beat, essentially, is the video game form of what it's like to make a song. What does that mean? Well, an artist will often find the sounds he/she needs from interacting with the world at large. So, Beat will find tunes and songs from objects and people you bump into. Each discovery is meaningful and quite strange.

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Ultimately, you are tasked with putting on a performance with the sounds you've collected within the surreal sandbox. Beat is a journey all fans of music should experience. Beat The Game is available for iOS and Android.

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7. Toukiden 2

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If you've never played a monster hunting title, you're missing out on quite the experience, and there's no better place to start than with Toukiden 2.

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Your current circumstances ask that you help defeat demons to keep the land safe. Your quest isn't a lonely one, as you'll be joined by some very colorful characters.

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You also have an array of weapons you can us to fight. Do you like big swords? Or maybe you want to punch things out with gauntlets? Whatever you like, you'll find them available. 

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You'll find yourself regularly in strange lands and up against some larger-than-life enemies. You'll be driven by a narrative that'll continue to ask you why you and the demons are there. Toukiden 2 is available for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and PC.

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8. Gundam Versus

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Gundam Versus exists in a weird place. The franchise is popular, anime-wise; the games, however, aren't that popular here in the West. So with the release of this title, we have a game that celebrates the franchise's history and gives people robot-on-robot action.

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Each unit plays differently and has their own set of abilities. Players can play a robust campaign and take part in online multiplayer matches with other players. The game may not blow you away, but it'll give you a competent robot-based action game. Gundam Versus is available on the PlayStation 4.

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9. Egglia: Legend of the Red Cap

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In my honest opinion, Egglia: Legend of the Red Cap may be the best JRPG you'll find on mobile released this year. It's a spiritual successor to Secret of Mana in all but name. So what that means is that it plays and feels like a classic.

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The game is ridiculously cute and bright. It features a simple format; you'll explore stages and slowly expand the world. In battle, you'll fight off wild monsters with swords, magic, and/or whimsical spirits -- all while discovering the mysteries of the world. 

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As a mobile game, you'll be rewarded with bonuses for playing daily. The game has a very cute and heartwarming story to boot. Egglia is available for iOS and Android.

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10. Battle Chasers: Nightwar

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In a year where we've seen many RPGs, I found Battle Chasers: Nightwar to be pretty unique, which is saying a lot since RPGs tend to be more than a little homogeneous. 

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Battle Chasers, in a nutshell, was built with modern sensibilities. It allows you to save anywhere. You can also tackle dungeons at higher difficulties for better treasure. These are but a few of the reasons why it stands out.  

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The gameplay is challenging and in-depth to the point where you have to always plan accordingly. The title also features a unique story penned by the same man behind the comic series upon which it's based.

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2017 has been a pretty good year for games. There's no denying that fact. There's so many games that release within a year that it's hard to keep up -- I can barely keep up myself. With all there is to offer, triple-A titles take up the limelight, understandably. 

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Now, I'm not saying the big-name stuff is bad. I'm just a fan of the little-known guys, so it's no secret that here at GameSkinny, I'm an indie/niche game aficionado. I feel that particular landscape tends to cover the path less traveled creatively. So to that end, here's my top ten list of indie/niche titles you shouldn't miss out on.

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2017's Best Anime Franchise Games https://www.gameskinny.com/truth/2017s-best-anime-franchise-games https://www.gameskinny.com/truth/2017s-best-anime-franchise-games Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:02:44 -0500 Josh Broadwell

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.hack//GU Last Recode

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PlayStation 4
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Like the Naruto legacy compilation, .hack//GU Last Recode puts together the second set of three volumes of the .hack// series from way back in the PlayStation 2 days. Unlike Naruto, this game offers an extra fourth volume to complement the original three. .hack// takes the meta concepts of Sword Art Online and runs as far as possible with them. You play as Haseo, one among many players of the in-game MMO, "The World," alternating between that and the "real world." When one of Haseo's friends ends up in a real-world coma as a result of in-game circumstances, he sets out on a journey to help her recover.

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In the process, he transforms a fair bit as well and is one of the more dynamic RPG characters, not to mention anime characters. Not many changes have been made overall to the original battle system, and while fights are not quite as involved as in Naruto, you'll still be pulling off special attacks and working with your party to overcome some challenging opponents. The fourth volume, Redemption, is not a full game -- running at around five hours -- but it's a nice way to round off an immensely satisfying journey.

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There might be a wealth of new anime franchise games on the horizon, but 2017 still has a lot to offer. Whether you're looking for collections of your old favorites or want to dive into something brand new, there's something from some of your favorite franchises just waiting to be your next game.

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Let us know in the comments if you're planning on picking any of these up!

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Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links

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Android, iOS
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Yu-Gi-Oh is one of the longest-running popular anime franchises, with new games -- and card sets -- released on a regular basis, and Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links­ is the latest of Konami's offerings. With all of the history and commercial success, you'd think a mobile Yu-Gi-Oh game could be just a cheap way to cash in on the series -- but you'd be wrong. Rather than bombarding you with complicated mechanics and more summons than anyone could know what to do with, Duel Links takes a more simplistic approach, teaching you the basics and pitting you against opponents that help you get used to the way the game works.

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But that doesn't mean it lacks challenge for series veterans. The game gives you a limited number of cards to work with at first, so you must make the best out of what you've been given. Of course, you can pay to unlock cards. But it's possible to play the entire game -- and be successful at it -- without spending any real money at all since the game gives you everything you need over a reasonable length of time. The challenge and joy of winning with the hand you've been dealt makes this a gem worth trying for both series fans and newcomers alike.

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

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PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Steam
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The Sword Art Online series is an interesting one -- a show about people taking part in a virtual game ... which means you're playing a game about people playing a game that isn't real. Anyway, the concept is a lot less complicated than it sounds and has produced some memorable characters and locations for several years now. The latest game, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, is rather different from its predecessors in a few ways. It takes place after the main story arc from the anime -- and previous games -- and places you in a much more relaxed setting. The result is one that suits fans of the series perfectly, allowing you to spend time getting to know your characters in greater depth and enjoy the game world without the pressure of an overly intrusive storyline.

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Along with side missions such as running your own store, you'll explore the world in MMORPG fashion, with three party members at a time, gigantic monsters at every turn, and some surprisingly deep -- and, at times, slightly obtuse -- character management that puts you in control of shaping your characters' stats and even personality traits, all of which aid you in battle.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

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Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 isn't new to everyone (though it was just released on the Switch not too long ago), opening it to an even wider audience. DBX2 isn't just a fighting game, even though you'll spend a lot of time doing that. It includes an interesting story with plenty of side quests and character management to keep you coming back for more, so it's as much an RPG-lite game as it is a fighting game. Fans will especially appreciate the inclusion of favorite characters, but it does a good job of remaining accessible to newcomers too, owing to the story itself.

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Your goal, as Goku, is to travel back through Dragon Ball's history to preserve the stasis of history against a mysterious threat bent on warping it. The combat is smooth, for the most part, and manages to provide a fair challenge even with the inclusion of some world-shattering special attacks. Plus, the Switch version includes motion controls and plenty of multiplayer support. It's a perfect balance between engaging gameplay and fan service, providing just enough story to serve as an excuse for journeying back through the series' major events without making it all seem ridiculous.

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Gundam Versus

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PlayStation 4
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Gundam Versus is another fighting game -- but it's a fighting game where you control massive robots with spectacular abilities, which naturally earns it a recommendation. Unlike Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Gundam Versus doesn't try to provide a narrative to help engage the player. Like most games intended primarily for multiplayer, the single-player mode is a bit lacking, and battles are not quite as dynamic as they could be. But that's where multiplayer comes in. As you'd expect from the name, the game's strength shines through in its frantic and tense multiplayer battles.

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You're put in charge of a gigantic robot -- that still manages to move smoothly and turn on a dime -- as you go up against your opponents, utilizing a variety of abilities pulled straight from a sci-fi fantasy. The real enjoyment, however, comes from the natural grace with which the Gundam themselves move, odd as that may seem given their appearance. Expertly guiding your robo-suit in battle and around maps becomes a sort of art, providing a sense of satisfaction when pulled off appropriately and making it oh-so-easy to go in for just one more match.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy

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PlayStation 4
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy is exactly what it sounds like -- a compilation of the four Ninja Storm games all together on one disc. The games are set in the world of Naruto Shippuden and feature all of your favorite characters from over the course of the series. There are adventure elements, including a vibrant world to explore and NPCs to become acquainted with. The real enjoyment comes from the fighting, though. Each game by itself is worthwhile, but playing them in sequence helps the unique traits of each stand out in relief.

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Progressing through in sequence charts the fighting system's changes from fairly simple (not exactly button mashing, but not much different) to one that requires you to carefully utilize your ninja abilities and genuinely be aware of what you are doing. It ends up being all about space, utilizing movement and knowing your opponent's patterns to end up victorious, while properly employing the vast array of ninja abilities at your disposal. It's all a nice balance for what could otherwise just be fan service and a collection of elaborate, pleasant-to-look-at, but ultimately empty, set piece attacks.

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Despite often being seen as niche, anime shows offer dynamic characters, sweeping stories, and in many cases are just plain fun. So it only makes sense that some of the biggest franchises have their own video games as an extra way for fans to immerse themselves even further into their favorite worlds. 2017 is in an awkward place for anime game releases. It's sandwiched between a number of quality titles from 2016 and even more highly anticipated games coming in 2018. But that doesn't mean there's nothing on offer here from some of anime's best-known franchises.

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We've put together a list of the 6 best anime franchise games from this year to help you find your way through this year's titles. Whether you're a fan of Naruto's fast-paced ninja combat or you're looking for a deeper experience from something like the .hack// franchise, there's something here for you, and we've even got some remakes and a mobile title for your consideration.

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Header image via MyAnimeList

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The Fight Wages on With Gundam Versus https://www.gameskinny.com/tjmia/the-fight-wages-on-with-gundam-versus https://www.gameskinny.com/tjmia/the-fight-wages-on-with-gundam-versus Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:27:09 -0400 Steven Oz

Remember those times as a child when you would rush home from school and turn the television on? When I did that, Mobile Suit Gundam would be airing on Toonami. Giant mechs versus giant mechs. These were stories on a grand scale, where each person was affected.

But this isn't true for the video games. The Gundam games have always been a mixed bag. Each of them has its own flair, but most of them have been fighting games since the release of Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon in 2001. Though each game in the series since has improved on its predecessor, none have been truly good games until now. 

The most recent iteration of mecha fighting, dubbed Gundam Versus, has hit shelves. And it seems that Bandai Namco has finally been able to take data and lessons from previous games and create a truly enjoyable Gundam video game experience.  

Gameplay

The objective of Gundam Versus is to work with your ally and deplete your opponent's life points while preserving your own. But the Gundams themselves factor into this equation, as players lose Cost Points whenever they respawn during a match.

You only have 100 Cost Points in a standard match, and the mobile suit you choose will range from 200 to 500 Cost Points. So while you may want to pilot that insane 500-Cost mecha, you'll end up losing the entire match if you die twice. But opting for that 200-Cost mecha will net you 5 deaths before you go down permanently. So picking suits isn't random at all -- you have to play a numbers game and consider how many risks you're willing to take. 

Gundam Versus also features a few different game modes, along with 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 online matches. Ultimate Battle mode pits you against a neverending wave of enemies and boss battles. Trial Battle is a solo play mode that has you clear multiple missions along a route. Free mode lets you test out mobile suits with a variety of environments, music, etc. In all of these, you can earn XP that can be cashed out for Strikers and other vanity items.

With 94 total usable mechs, there are a variety of mobile suits to choose from -- each with its own unique power, weapons, and very creative armor. Every conceivable playstyle will have a mech to match it, which was great to see. 

I have to say, though, that I felt overwhelmed by the sheet number of mechs. All 94 of them are split into 3 main types -- various (melee+ranged weapons), fighting (swords and sais), and shooter (guns and cannons). And each of those subsets has a few subclasses. And in addition to that, you can equip a striker that gives you a limited power to call yet another suit to your aid. 

After trying around twenty mobile suits with little to no success, I finally found one that suited me -- Gundam Sandrock Custom. A custom Close Quarters Combat Mobile Suit with a submachine gun and two curved blades, this Gundam suit felt balanced to me. Offensively, you can slice and dice your enemies with the curved blades. Plus, the speed of the suit fits nicely with the offensive weapons.

There are so many mobile suits, I could not try them all before writing this review. That might appeal to players who like variety, but it might also be a problem for newcomers to the series. While giving me every single Gundam in every Mobile Suit Gundam series is fine, new players may be overwhelmed.

Controls

The game's controls are fairly simple, even though it was adapted from an arcade stick layout. I would say this gives you a distinct advantage when playing. You only have to memorize one button instead of a button combo. The neat thing here is you can switch between the control styles if you want, as well.

One thing I would criticize the game for is the mechanic that has you auto-locking on enemies. While this works well for playing with your partner, alone it hinders your goals. Oftentimes I would attack an auto-locked enemy, but another enemy will come at me and throw me off -- costing me damage in a crucial fight. I could change the auto targeting, of course, but it transfers me to the enemy closest to the target and not the enemy closest to me. So it would have been nice to be able to turn off auto-locking or even have a semi-locking system instead.

Art Style

I chose the one with the cool shoulder armor

Gundam Versus is a gorgeous game. Nostalgia washed over me every time I played it. Beautifully rendered opening visuals make it seem like you are watching a battle, just like you might see in the anime.

Every single mobile suit in the game is exquisitely designed and detailed -- comparable to the Gunpla models based on these mechs.  Classic characters with their original Japanese voice actors make the world feel alive, and each battlefield tells a story of what these battles are about. I would play the free mode to just to wander around and soak up the atmosphere.

Along with that, there are so many classic soundtracks within this game. While I was playing my first match, I noticed the original G Gundam music. All of these elements add up to a developer that knows what their fans expect and provides it to them.

Verdict

All in all, Gundam Versus is a good game that reminds fans why giant robots are cool. If you're a fan of the Gundam series, you should feel right at home here -- though I would highly recommend that newcomers opt to play the tutorial. With so many suits to choose from and some messy UI design, some gamers might not enjoy it quite as much. But if you can look past those issues, this game is a truly enjoyable mech-fighting experience.

[Note: A copy of this game was provided by the developer for the purposes of this review.]

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New Gundam Versus Trailer Details Different Game Modes https://www.gameskinny.com/4sc0o/new-gundam-versus-trailer-details-different-game-modes https://www.gameskinny.com/4sc0o/new-gundam-versus-trailer-details-different-game-modes Wed, 24 May 2017 15:13:41 -0400 Erroll Maas

The newest trailer for the upcoming Gundam Versus goes into detail about what to expect from its assortment of game modes, which include Tutorial, Free Battle, Trial Battle, Ultimate Battle, Extra Wave Mode, Casual Match, and Player Match.

The first mode covered is the tutorial mode, where players will learn the basic controls and mission types featured in the game. Free Battle will allow players to choose custom rules and settings while fighting against CPU opponents. Players will also be able to use this mode as a practice mode.

Trial Battle is a single player mode where players will select different mission routes and battle against CPU opponents. At launch, this mode will have 10 different routes that players can select, all with distinct difficulty levels.

Ultimate Battle is a survival mode where players can either play alone or online with friends to take out waves of CPU enemies. It is suggested by that players do what they can to enhance their mobile suits when choosing to play this mode. Extra Wave Mode is a one where players will take part in 3-on-3 battles, taking on a powerful boss opponent. Defeating bosses in Extra Wave Mode will let players unlock various upgrades they can use in future battles.

Last but not least, Casual Match is a versus mode in which players can choose to play 1-on-1 battles, 2-on-2 battles, or 3-on-3 battles. Its online counterpart, Player Match, allows players to host an online room with up to 18 participants where players will be able to set their own custom rules.

A Ranked Match mode, which lets players vie for leaderboard supremacy, is planned to be added sometime in July after the game releases in Japan.

Gundam Versus will release on July 6 in Japan, and at an unspecified date for North America and Europe on the PlayStation 4 sometime this fall. It will be the fifth entry in the Gundam VS series; alongside that, it will be the first Gundam game to see a Western release since 2005's Gundam vs Zeta Gundam, and the first mainline console Gundam title to have a Western release in over a decade.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more updates on Gundam Versus as the release date gets closer!

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New Gundam Versus Video Previews Giant Robot Fighting Action https://www.gameskinny.com/x3bxm/new-gundam-versus-video-previews-giant-robot-fighting-action https://www.gameskinny.com/x3bxm/new-gundam-versus-video-previews-giant-robot-fighting-action Mon, 15 May 2017 12:35:47 -0400 Erroll Maas

Gundam Versus, an upcoming fighting game based on the popular giant robot franchise, just released a new teaser video that gives us a brief look at its gameplay.

As you can see in the trailer above, the game will feature 2-on-2 battles and allows players to synchronize with their teammate and annihilate all enemies with fiery long-range gun combat and swift melee encounters. The game will also feature a variety of online and offline modes.

Players can also look forward to over 90 different Mobile Suits, with designs derived from the past 35 years of the entire Gundam franchise. Each playable Mobile Suit will come with its own weapon systems, as well as new mobility options for evading opponents.

Gundam Versus will be releasing for PlayStation 4 in Japan on July 6, 2017, with a Western release expected sometime in the Fall. A version of the game for Asia featuring English subtitles is also in the works. This will be the second non-Dynasty Warriors game to be released in Western territories since 2005's Gundam vs Zeta Gundam, and the first mainline console Gundam title to have a Western release in over a decade.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information about Gundam Versus as we get closer to release!

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New Mobile Suit Gundam Game "Gundam Versus" Announced for PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/mg4lp/new-mobile-suit-gundam-game-gundam-versus-announced-for-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/mg4lp/new-mobile-suit-gundam-game-gundam-versus-announced-for-ps4 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:42:59 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

During their most recent press conference several days ago, just prior to this year's Tokyo Game Show, Sony revealed a new game in the Mobile Suit Gundam Series titled Gundam Versus.

Mobile Suit Gundam was the first anime in the Gundam series, a series defined by gigantic fighting robotic mech-suits, and both it and the series that it spawned are often considered to be integral classics of anime that helped to define the medium. Gundam Versus marks the 15th Anniversary of the ongoing video game series based on the Gundam series. 

Sony revealed at their recent press conference that Gundam Versus is planned to be an action game, similar to the previous installments in the series, although now with the added feature of team battles, and more features to be announced later down the line. It seems likely that the game will come to west as well as Japan, but as of right now, no release date has been announced for either region.

You can watch the reveal trailer for Gundam Versus below:

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