Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3

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Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3
DW Gundam 3.jpg
European cover art
Developer(s) Koei
Omega Force
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai
Series Dynasty Warriors
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action role-playing game, Hack and slash
Mode(s) 1-2 players
Distribution BD-ROM, DVD-ROM

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, known in Japan as Gundam Musou 3 (ガンダム無双3 Gandamu Musō Surī?), is a tactical action video game based on the Gundam anime series, and the sequel to 2008's Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2. It is developed by Koei/Omega Force and is published by Namco Bandai. The game was revealed in the September issue of Famitsu and was released on December 16, 2010 in Japan, June 28, 2011 in North America, in Europe on July 1, 2011 and it was released in Australia on July 12, 2011.

Differences from prior games[edit]

From previous Dynasty Warriors titles[edit]

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 follows in the style of previous Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors games as an action-oriented hack and slash with some tactical elements. Despite their similar heritage, Koei's Gundam titles have unique gameplay mechanics that help set them apart from Koei's core Dynasty Warriors series. For example: players are given more ranged combat options than in other Dynasty Warriors games, although melee combat is still the focus of the game. Also, units in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 are much more mobile, using their thrusters to dash, jump in mid-air, and (for some) even fly.

However, the greatest difference between Koei's Gundam titles (of which there are currently three) and Koei's Dynasty Warriors series is the core content: rather than using characters and story from the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the games draw their material from across the various Mobile Suit Gundam anime and manga series.

From previous Dynasty Warriors: Gundam titles[edit]

This Gundam title features a new, cel-shaded graphical style that brings the series visually closer to its animated roots, along with a new streamlined HUD that minimizes screen clutter. The enemy A.I. (a commonly criticized weak point in the Dynasty Warriors franchise) has been revamped, with enemy units now gaining the ability to reinforce and support each other in combat. Original mode has been put back in the game along with several teams (Amuro, Setsuna, Kou, and Kira).[4] Mission Mode has been expanded upon but rather than being one singular game mode it has been split into seven varieties:

  • History missions - reenacts events from the original Gundam series. Unlike previous titles, these type of missions are available for the Universal Century based story arcs -excluding Char's Counterattack- and alternate universes (Wing, X, G, Turn A, Seed Destiny and 00).
  • Collection missions - lets players seek designs for a category of MS, such as Zeon types, red colored MS, and others.
  • Memorial missions - when the player has reached certain milestones, such as shooting down 10,000 enemy units, these type of missions appear. They allow the player to obtain rare plans for their MS or rare pilot skills.
  • Challenge missions - difficult tasks for the player to put their skills to the test.
  • Friendship missions - opens the door for meeting other pilots by categorizing various characters into select missions. The players can choose to only fight alongside women, mobile fighters, or other such types of groups.
  • Relation missions - missions that boost the player's relationship rating with other pilots.
  • Special missions - if the player is low on gold, they can partake in these missions to get more.

Relationships are built in tiers (levels one to five) and building friendships with other characters has the ability to affect the player's character. Various actions, such as partnering with a character, will increase a character's relationship. Unlike the second game, relationship values do not decrease. When a character reaches a specific level of friendship, it can unlock new partners, power up the character's MS, or allow more operators for the player's character to select. The specific characters who affect these changes are shown as icons on the relationship level chart for the player's character. Additionally, creating various friendships is needed to unlock new missions.

There are over 300 different missions in this mode.

New features[edit]

  • Emergency dash - When players fight through enemies, often they will encounter a situation where they either block or get hit by an attack. This title seeks to add diversity by implementing an "emergency dash" system. If the player times their dash moments before they are hit, their character will perform a special evasive maneuver to get them out of danger. Emergency dashes drain a portion of an MS's boost gauge, however, so players need to use these escapes with caution.
  • Chance gauge - Mobile armors now have a tougher defense and come with a new feature for defeating them called the "chance gauge". The idea is to pummel the mecha repeatedly in order to fill up the meter located beside the mecha's name. When the gauge is filled, the player will then have a chance to cripple the giant and hit designated spots for critical damage. Mobile armors will still lose armor as the player hits it but getting the chance gauge filled is ideal for quickly taking them down and locating its weak spots.
  • Partner strike - A new attack feature for this title is the "partner strike". Like the "team assist" from Warriors Orochi 2, players can order a secondary pilot to accompany them into battle. To order a partner to attack, the player needs to sacrifice a portion of their SP gauge (or musou gauge). Partners can be chosen by players before they enter the battlefield.
  • Chain explosion - When the player finishes off an enemy character with an SP or charge attack, the defeated MS may explode and damage nearby enemy units. The effect can be identified by a unique pink explosion.
  • Missile base - Marked by a missile icon. Launches a destructive missile to blow up another field, marked on the game's mini map. If it is an enemy base, conquering the field can disrupt the order.
  • Catapult - Fields that are conquered may randomly generate a catapult for the players to use. These mechanisms allow a player to hop to a faraway section of the map within seconds using aerial travel.
  • Vanguard base - A stylized "C" icon. If the field is subdued with this active, their partner gauge and SP gauge will gradually increase.
  • Home base - Emblems for the organizations; a star is for the player's forces while the winged icon represents the station for enemy troops. When the pivotal position is taken down, the morale for the affected side will drop instantly to zero.
  • Fortress - Makes forces harder to decrease when present on field.
  • Mobile suits factory - Claiming a field with this facility can restore a small portion of army forces gauge.
  • Repair hangar - Restores the armor gauge for all allied pilots.

Partner strike types[edit]

Strike type Strike description Pilots
Funnel Newtype pilots support the player with their funnels. Amuro (Nu Gundam), Haman (Qubeley), Char Aznable (Sazabi)
Rush Partner engages a group of enemies in front of player with physical attacks. Master Asia (Master Gundam), Kamille (Z Gundam)
Screw The partner's attacks draw enemies closer to player. Duo (Gundam Deathscythe Hell), Full Frontal (Sinanju)
Lock on Partner will target the precise enemy the player is confronting. Heero (Gundam Wing Zero), Setsuna (00 Raiser)
Special Partner restores morale gauge or heals the player's lost armor. Cecily (Gundam F91), Sochie (Kapool)
Assist Moving around the player in a unique manner, the partner then targets nearby foes. Trowa (Gundam Heavyarms Kai), Emma (Gundam MK II)
Wide range All out, powerful attack that hits enemies in a wide radius, but takes longer. Four (Psycho Gundam), Dozle (Big Zam)

Online[edit]

This mode has four player online co-op for fifteen unique missions. These missions are designed to be impossible to complete alone and encourage teamwork with other players. During this mode, players can take the place of partner strikes for one another and initiate them to their desires called partner support. There can also be no doubles of the same character within player teams. Gold and experience earned in online mode is higher than playing a solo game.

During this mode, players can also find restorative items by collect lamps. A rank one lamp restores a fixed amount of armor for the team; rank two restores the armor to optimum settings. A rank three lamp has the same effects as the second rank except it also completely replenishes lost troops for allies. Knowing when to use a lamp is highly dependent on the team member who finds them. Players can communicate with one another using a voice communicator or with text.

Players can either join sessions already taking place or create their own for others to join. If there are no available spots, players can also place in tickets for a particular mission and character they wish to play.

Allegedly, more scenarios are planned for this mode.

Featured mobile suits and series[edit]

All series and almost all units (except for the Bolinoak Sammahn, Bawoo {Axis and Glemy's Rebellion types}, Geara Doga {Rezin Schnyder}, Gelgoog {Johnny Ridden Custom}, Jagd Doga, and Re-GZ) from Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 have returned for the series' third entry. This game also marks the debut of units from Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, After War Gundam X, and Mobile Suit Gundam 00.

In addition, characters not returning from the previous game are Gyunei Guss, Sleggar Law, Hathaway Noa, Quess Paraya, Johnny Ridden, Rezin Schnyder, and Kayra Su.

Mobile suits[edit]

New mobile suits marked with † are new, playable units to the series.

Mobile suit Gundam

Mobile suit variations

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

  • RX-78GP01-Fb Gundam Full Vernian Zephyranthes (Kou Uraki) †[4]
  • RX-78GP02A Gundam Physalis (Anavel Gato) †[4]

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

Mobile Suit Gundam F91

Mobile Suit Victory Gundam

Mobile Fighter G Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

After War Gundam X

Turn A Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

Mobile Suit Gundam 00

SD Sengokuden

SD Gundam Gaiden Sieg Zion Hen

Story mode teams[edit]

Those Who Understand (Earth Federation Special Force Heroes)

Amuro Ray-voiced by Tohru Furuya and Brad Swaile

RX-78-2 Gundam/RX-93 Nu Gundam

Kou Uraki-voiced by Ryo Horikawa and Scott Roberts

RX-78GP01-Fb Gundam Full Vernian Zephyranthes

Kamille Bidan-voiced by Nobuo Tobita and James Beach (voice actor)

MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam

Four Murasame-voiced by Yukana and Carol-Anne Day

MRX-009 Psyco Gundam

Judau Ashta-voiced by Kazuki Yao and Andrew Francis

MSZ-010 ZZ Gundam

Roux Louka-voiced by Naoko Matsui and Kelly Sheridan

MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam

Elle Viano-voiced by Eriko Hara and Lon Barnes-Smith

RX-178 Gundam Mark II (AEUG Colors)

Beecha Oleg-voiced by Shingo Hiromori and Jordan Schartner

MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki

Uso Ewin-voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi and David A. Kaye

LM314V21 Victory 2 Gundam

Heero Yuy-voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa and Brian Drummond

XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero

Sochie Heim-voiced by Akino Murata and Shannon Casorso

AMX-109 Kapool

Shinn Asuka-voiced by Kenichi Suzumura and Matthew Erickson

ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam

Kira Yamato-voiced by Soichiro Hoshi and Matt Hill

ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam

Setsuna F. Seiei-voiced by Mamoru Miyano and Brad Swaile

GN-0000+GNR-010 00 Raiser Gundam

Those Who Doubt (Neo Zeon's Red Comets)

Banagher Links-voiced by Koki Uchiyama and Brendan Hunter RX-0 Unicorn Gundam

Char Aznable-voiced by Shuichi Ikeda and Michael Kopsa MS-06S Zaku II Commander Type, MS-14S Gelgoog Commander Type, MSN-02 Zeong, MSM-07S Z'Gok Commander type, MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki, MSN-04 Sazabi

Kai Shiden-voiced by Toshio Furukawa and Richard Ian Cox RX-77-2 Guncannon

Hayato Kobayashi-voiced by Kiyonobu Suzuki and Chris Ippolito RX-77-2 Guncannon

Jerid Messa-voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue and Ethan Cole RX-178 Gundam Mark II (Titans Colors), RX-160 Byalant, NRX-055 Baund Doc, RMS-106 Hi-Zack, RMS-108 Marasai

Puru Two-voiced by Chieko Honda and Katie Rowan AMX-004-3 Qubeley Mark II (Red), MRX-10 Psyco Gundam Mk-II, NZ-000 Quin-Mantha

Seabook Arno-voiced by Koji Tsujitani and Michael Adamthwaite F91 Gundam Formula 91

Domon Kasshu-voiced by Tomokazu Seki and Phil Fulton GF13-017NJII God Gundam

Milliardo Peacecraft-voiced by Takehito Koyasu and Brian Drummond OZ-13MS Gundam Epyon

Trowa Barton-voiced by Shigeru Nakahara and Kirby Morrow XXXG-01H2 Gundam Heavyarms Kai

Athrun Zala-voiced by Akira Ishida and Samuel Vincent ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice Gundam

Ribbons Almark-voiced by Tohru Furuya and Michael Adamthwaite CB-0000G/C Reborns Gundam

Those Who Pass By (Axis Rebellion)

Garrod Ran-voiced by Wataru Takagi and Jeff Watson GX-9901-DX Gundam Double X

Paptimus Scirocco-voiced by Bin Shimada and Jonathan Love PMX-003 The O

Haman Karn-voiced by Yoshiko Sakakibara and Tracy Sutton AMX-004 Qubeley

Emma Sheen-voiced by Maya Okamoto and Lisa Christie RX-178 Gundam Mark II (AEUG Colors), RX-178 Gundam Mark II (Titans Colors)

Sarah Zabiarov-voiced by Kaori Shimamura and Maizun Jayoussi PMX-003 The O

Reccoa Londe-voiced by Masako Katsuki and Meredith Taylor-Perry PMX-001 Palace Athene

Rosamia Badam-voiced by Yuu Asakawa and Jennifer Bain NRX-055 Baund Doc

Elpeo Puru-voiced by Chieko Honda and Wendy Morrison AMX-004-2 Qubeley Mark II (Black)

Glemy Toto-voiced by Tsutomu Kashiwakura and Jordan Schartner AMX-107 Bawoo, AMX-106 Gaza D

Cecily Fairchild-voiced by Yumi Touma and Anna Cummer F91 Gundam Formula 91

Katejina Loos-voiced by Kumiko Watanabe and Nicole Oliver ZMT-S33S Gottrlatan

Loran Cehack-voiced by Romi Park and Annika Odegard SYSTEM ∀-99 ∀ Gundam

Lunamaria Hawke-voiced by Maya Sakamoto and Maryke Hendrikse ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam

Lacus Clyne-voiced by Rie Tanaka and Chantal Strand ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice Gundam

Those Who Fight (Dynasty Warriors)

Anavel Gato-voiced by Akio Ohtsuka and Kirk Thornton (credited as Clair Ramsay) RX-78GP02A Gundam Physalis

Dozle Zabi-voiced by Tessho Genda and French Tickner MS-06 Zaku II, MA-08 Big Zam

M'Quve-voiced by Masahiko Tanaka and Ethan Cole YMS-15 Gyan

Ramba Ral-voiced by Masashi Hirose and Steve Olson MS-07B Gouf

Yazan Gable-voiced by Hochu Otsuka and Ryan Ballantine RX-139 Hambrabi

Full Frontal-voiced by Shuichi Ikeda and Jonathan Love MSN-06S Sinanju

Master Asia-voiced by Yosuke Akimoto and Michael Dobson GF13-001NHII Master Gundam

Schwarz Bruder-voiced by Hideyuki Hori and Michael Adamthwaite GF13-017NJII God Gundam,GF13-001NHII Master Gundam

Treize Khushrenada-voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu and Michael Dangerfield OZ-00MS2 Tallgeese II

Duo Maxwell-voiced by Toshihiko Seki and Scott McNeil XXXG-01D2 Gundam Deathscythe Hell

Gym Ghingham-voiced by Takehito Koyasu and Scott McNeil CONCEPT-X 6-1-2 Turn X

Knight Gundam-voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto and Lucas Gilbertson Knight Gundam

Downloadable Content Characters

Marida Cruz-voiced by Yuko Kaida and Cheryl McMaster NZ-666 Kshatriya

Graham Aker-voiced by Yūichi Nakamura and Paul Dobson GNX-Y901TW Susanowo

Lockon Stratos-voiced by Shinichiro Miki and Alex Zahara GN-006 Cherudim Gundam

Allelujah Haptism-voiced by Hiroyuki Yoshino and Richard Ian Cox GN-007 Arios Gundam

Tieria Erde-voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya and Samuel Vincent GN-008 Seravee Gundam

Non-Playable Characters

Astonaige Medoz-voiced by Shingo Hiromori and Alistair Abell

Henken Bekkener-voiced by Jurota Kosugi and Michael Dobson

Chan Agi-voiced by Mitsuki Yayoi and April Banigan

Nanai Miguel-voiced by Yoshiko Sakakibara and Jenn Forgie

Audrey Burne-voiced by Ayumi Fujimura and Laura Rushfeldt

Kyoji Kasshu-voiced by Hideyuki Hori and Michael Adamthwaite

Kycilia Zabi-voiced by Mami Koyama

Tiffa Adill - voiced by Leda Davies

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic (X360) 65/100[13]
(PS3) 58/100[14]
Review scores
Publication Score
GamePro 3/5[16]
IGN 4.5/10[15]

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 received mixed reviews, gaining an aggregated score of 58/100 based on 18 critics for the PlayStation 3,[14] and 65/100 based on 26 critics for the Xbox 360.[13] IGN gave the PS3 version a scathing review, citing lack of content and "repetitive bullshit" in the game.[15] By contrast, GamePro commended the game for its "excellent cel-shaded graphics" and intact Japanese audio, but they criticized the controls and repetitive gameplay. Finally, Eurogamer gave the game 8 out of 10 stating " If you have never tried a Musou game before, this is where you should start."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "真・ガンダム無双 | バンダイナムコゲームス公式サイト". Gundam-musou.jp. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  2. ^ "A site for KOEI Information. A community for every Warrior". KOEI Warriors. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 Releasing This July". GamingUnion.net. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "A site for KOEI Information. A community for every Warrior". KOEI Warriors. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  5. ^ a b http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/pp191/koeiwarriors/BlackKite/gm3-61.jpg
  6. ^ Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode) is accessed via Unicorn Gundam (Unicorn Mode)'s SP Attacks.
  7. ^ Burning Gundam in the International release
  8. ^ Dark Army in the International release
  9. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  10. ^ a b Anime series version
  11. ^ http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/pp191/koeiwarriors/BlackKite/sitenews/gm3-n7.jpg
  12. ^ "『ガンダム無双3』シナンジュ出撃!!関連スクリーンショット・写真画像". Famitsu.com. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  13. ^ a b "Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 (Xbox 360)". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  14. ^ a b "Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 (PlayStation 3)". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  15. ^ a b "IGN review". IGN. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  16. ^ "Review: Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 (360/PS3)". GamePro.com. 2011-07-05. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  17. ^ "Eurogamer Review". Eurogamer. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
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