Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 Review

Developer(s):

Koei/Omega Force

Publisher:

Namco Bandai

Release Date:

April 22, 2009

Console(s):

PlayStation 2/PlayStation 3/Xbox 360

Player(s):

Single/Local 1-2/Online 1-2

Genre:

Hack and Slash

Rating:

T (Fantasy Violence)

-Marcus Lawrence

Mobile Suits clash once again in this Dynasty Warriors cross-up

Whether you want to believe it or not, there is something very enticing about the Dynasty Warriors games. We can’t seem to embrace it but we don’t exactly want to throw them away. I think Koei knows this and continues to make these titles just because they can. Plus who wouldn’t want to pilot a Mobile Suit and take down hundreds of enemies? Thus Dynasty Warriors: Gundam was born.

Now to get started with your DW: Gundam experience, there are two main modes that can be played. The first is called Official mode which allows you to pick key characters from the anime show. Amuro Ray, Char Aznable, Kamille Bidan and Judau Ashta are all playable characters during this mode. The missions you embark on are the ones directly from the anime series. So for any Gundam fans out there, you will feel right at home.

The next would be Mission mode and during this mode, players will have up to 40 playable characters to choose from. Ranging from popular Gundam shows like G-Gundam, Gundam Seed and Gundam Wing; fans will probably spot their favorites in the lineup. Each character has their own story missions exclusive to them but on the downside, these stories are told through text style scenes with the occasional cutscene thrown in. Plus, many of the missions get boring and repetitive fast. On the bright side, there are a ton of Mobile Suits to choose from like Wing Zero or Burning Gundam. All in all, there are over 60 Gundams to choose from which means players have an abundance of suits to pick. My favorite has to be the Nu Gundam that was piloted by Amuro in the anime series.

The main objective for both modes is to capture enemy fields and turn them into your own. This is done by destroying enough suits and lowering the field’s gauge to zero. At that point, you may or may not have to fight defense units or other ace pilots. The ace pilots will stand in your way plenty of times before you manage to  beat the mission. Depending on if the ace pilots are your allies or enemies, you will either lose or gain relationships with them. Relationships are needed to gain other extra missions or even licenses for Mobile Suits. There’s even a Mobile Suit lab that you can access to build custom parts for the Gundam you pilot. Parts can be found on the battlefield after you defeat enough enemies.

If you ever have a friend over and want to take down hundreds of enemies together, you can play co-op in the mission mode. However, there is versus mode as well; this is for when players want to see who the best ace is. From here, they can pick whatever pilot and Mobile Suit that calls to them. As for the online portion…there is none; nobody plays this game at all. I spent hours searching for a lobby but those lobbies were barren. The community is dead, so don’t bother if you’re looking for an online experience.

Pros:

  • It’s a Dynasty Warriors game… destroying hundreds of enemies is fun
  • Tons of choices between Mobile Suits; perfect for Gundam fans

Cons:

  • On the flip side, missions are bland and often repetitive
  • Not much replayability
  • You can literally beat this game within 4 hours

So as much as I want to say I enjoyed Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2, I can’t say I did. Even to the hardcore fans of the series, you won’t have a memorable time unless you can look past the major flaws. DW: Gundam 2 deserves only a rental at best or you can choose to just pass it by.

Verdict: 55%

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 Official Trailer

Dynasty Warriors has been around since the PlayStation days. Yet more and more of these games keep coming out. Spin-offs like these probably help bring new people to the series but do you think its worth it?