Also available on PlayStation Vita and Switch
This is literally my new all-time favorite game. Over the course of three weeks, I sank over 430 hours into this game and added it to the VERY short list of games for which I've gotten every trophy/achievement. This game is (almost) literally everything I could possibly want in a video game - turn based strategy, giant space robots, huge explosions, gargantuan lasers...the only thing keeping it from being a LITERALLY perfect game for me is scantily clad anime girls.
SD Gundam G Generation Genesis is basically what would happen if you had a Fire Emblem/Gundam crossover. The mobile suits themselves are done in an SD (super deformed) style, but it's not so severely SD that it stops looking like actual Gundam mobile suits; they just looks a little shorter and fatter than normal. If you include the DLC - all of which can be acquired for around $15 although you'll need a Singaporean PSN account - there are over 500 mobile suits in the game, and it spans the first 100 years of the Universal Century, all the way from Mobile Suit Gundam to Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn plus Hathaway's Flash DLC. There are dozens of warships to choose from, over a dozen SFS sleds, and hundreds of pilots you can scout to serve on your teams (plus the ability to make your own custom pilots) along with dozens of modifications that you can produce and add to your warships and mobile suits to improve their performance.
For people like me who are still getting into Gundam lore and have only really seen the One Year War (although I did finish watching Zeta Gundam the day after I finished this game), the game's retelling of the stories is a great way to get interested in the series and games I haven't experienced yet. You do get some major plot point spoilers this way, but it only hits the major plot points, so there's still a TON of material that you won't see here. The fact that you get to experience (or, if you've seen a lot of Gundam, re-experience) so many parts of the Universal Century gives the game some fantastic depth and appeal.
The visuals are great, but the real star of the show is the music. It's music from the various games and series, naturally, but it's so freaking great. Gundam has some incredible (and, in certain series, thoroughly and excessively 1980s) music, and that music is preserved gloriously in this game. The voice acting - all the original Japanese - is also top notch. This really is the Gundam fan's Gundam game, and it thankfully got an English version in Southeast Asia for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita (if only Bandai loved us Americans) although the latter is pricey - the average price at the time of writing seems to be about $85. It's also been ported to Switch, although that version has yet to receive a Chinese or English release.
SD Gundam G Generation Genesis is perfection. Pure, unadulterated perfection. Okay, so it's not LITERALLY perfect; there are are some translation issues here and there, but that's really the only issue I noticed. It's NEARLY perfect. 99.99999% perfect. Just like Zeon Zum Deikun and Bright Noa. Literally the two most perfect human beings who have ever existed (albeit in a fictional world). The English version can be a little pricey to import - the average price seems to be around $60 right now although it fluctuates a lot - but it's SOOOO worth it. If you like strategy games OR Gundam, you need this game. Either or. It's a perfect game for fans of either. IT'S PERFECT.
My Rating - 5 Neps
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