Also available on Xbox 360
Do you like giant robots? Do you like massacring dozens of enemies at a single time? Do you like nonsensical storylines that you still don't quite understand even at the end? Then Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 is for you! The plot is completely bonkers, and you don't even care. All you care about is blowing up hordes of giant robots.
The game plays pretty much exactly like your standard musou games. You run around, tear through ridiculously underpowered enemies like a hot knife through butter. You're not *quite* as powerful as in Dynasty Warriors or Warriors Orochi, but you still absolutely wreck your enemies. You can choose from a pretty large variety of Gundam characters, and there are four different "paths" that give you slightly different perspectives on the story. I played through with Amuro as I'm still a newcomer to the Gundam franchise and have only seen the original movie trilogy, so he was the character I knew. There's also something like 120 mobile suits from which you can choose although only certain pilots can use certain mobile suits.
The visuals look pretty impressive for the PlayStation 3 in my opinion. It doesn't look as good as something like The Last of Us or Uncharted 3, obviously, but it's definitely one of the better looking games on the platform. The audio design is similarly impressive; the music fits the action very well and it great to listen to, and the voice acting - while English dubs that not everyone will like - is fairly well done for most characters. There are obviously some characters who have voices that grate on my nerves - I'm convinced Heero is the most boring sounding character in any series ever - but by and large, the voice acting was pretty well done.
The gameplay is the highlight of the game without a doubt. In addition to the single player campaign with its three paths, you have access to a series of online missions that can be done cooperatively, something Colin and I burnt a whole night playing. The game's mechanics do feel a bit archaic compared to more recent Warriors games - you can't lock on to captain enemies (only a few "giant" bosses), and the game's pace generally feels a little slower, for example - but it's an enjoyable experience nonetheless.
Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 is a lot of fun, but it does show its age. It's seven years old now, and that's evident in some of the game's rather outdate mechanics. If you're a fan of musou games, then you'll probably enjoy it, and there's definitely a lot to love here for Gundam fans, but unless you fall into one of those two groups, I probably wouldn't run out and order a copy now. If you see it for less than $10, then yeah, pick it up, for sure, but unless you're a musou fan or a Gundam fan, I wouldn't pay more than $10 or $15.
My Rating - 3 Neps
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