|System: X360, PS3, PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Omega Force||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Apr. 21, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
I found the versus modes in Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 to be very enjoyable, and it was nice to be able to play both locally and online with these modes. Although they are more of an accessory to the main game, I felt they were more enjoyable than the regular modes, perhaps because they were the only modes where the gameplay actually felt varied.
Technically, this game really doesnt impress. Although the visuals are not offensive, they suffer from an overall lack of polish, and most Gundams are represented by blocky shapes reminiscent of the earliest anime series, rather than the slick, highly featured models that weve seen in more recent shows. The plot scenes in the Mission mode are an especially annoying facet of the visuals, as they only consisted of stoic characters with changing facial expressions against a textured background.
As far as the sound is concerned, your perception of this title will largely depend on your experience with the anime. Many of the Gundam animes have been localized very terribly, and even though purists have balked at the English dubbing, most fans have found it to be a source of humor. In short, yes, the voices are bad, but you just cant help laughing at the bad acting and poorly-executed one-liners. I frequently found myself bowled over with laughter and had to pause the game just to catch my breath. If you are expecting serious and meaningful dialogue, you will be sorely disappointed by the sound in this title. But if you dont mind a poor voiceover, then you will probably get some serious entertainment from it.
If I said I didnt enjoy Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, that would be a lie. It is a fun game. However, the monotony of the series is really starting to wear out its charm. Doing the same thing over and over is really fun for a handful of hours, but I just cant commit any more to it than that, which makes its $60 price tag just a little too high. Although there are plenty of good facets to Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, the game overall suffers from a huge been there, done that issue, which is my chief complaint. If youve never played a Dynasty Warriors or Musou game before, and you dont mind repetitive game structure, then youll probably enjoy this title. But for my cash, I would like something just a little deeper.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor