4th Super Robot Wars

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4th Super Robot Wars
Super Robot Wars 4 Front Box Art.jpg
Developer(s) Banpresto
Winkysoft
Publisher(s) Banpresto
Series Super Robot Wars
Platform(s) Super Famicom
Sony PlayStation
Sega Saturn
PlayStation Network
Release date(s) Super Famicom
  • JP: March 17, 1995
Sega Saturn (As Super Robot Wars F and F Final)
  • JP: September 27, 1997 (F)
    April 23, 1998 (F Final)
PlayStation
  • JP: January 26, 1996 (4 Scramble)
    December 10, 1998 (F)
    April 15, 1999 (F Final)
PlayStation Network
  • JP: July 6, 2011 (4 Scramble)
    November 19, 2011 (Both F and F Final)
Genre(s) Tactical role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player

4th Super Robot Wars (第4次スーパーロボット大戦 Dai 4 Ji Sūpā Robotto Taisen?) is a Tactical RPG game for the Super Famicom developed by both Banpresto and Winky Soft and published by Banpresto. It's the 5th entry to the classic Super Robot Wars series and the last entry to the Divine Crusaders Arc. It was first released on March 17, 1995 and received mostly positive, highly praising the improvements from the last game while criticizing the game's increased difficulty. The game is ported into the Sony PlayStation in January 26, 1996 under the name 4th Super Robot Wars Scramble (第4次スーパーロボット大戦S Dai 4 ji Sūpā Robotto Taisen S?).

The game is partially remade and divided into two parts on under the name Super Robot Wars F (スーパーロボット大戦F Sūpā Robotto Taisen F?) on September 27, 1997 for the Sega Saturn and on December 10, 1998 for the PlayStation. The sequel, Super Robot Wars F Final (スーパーロボット大戦F完結編 Sūpā Robotto Taisen F Kanketsu-hen?) is released later on April 23, 1998 for the Sega Saturn and in April 15, 1999 for the PlayStation. The game also became available for the PlayStation Network on July 6, 2011 (4 Scramble)[1] and November 19, 2011 (Both F and F Final).[2][3]

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay of 4th Super Robot Wars is literally similar to its predecessor, Super Robot Wars EX which uses battle sprites for animations. When a stage begins, the character receives introductory dialogue between playable characters, leading to the scenario on the battle field. To complete a scenario, the player must accomplish scenario objectives. Some scenarios are longer, with multi-part missions or have new objectives added as the story unfolds. On battle field, the player and enemy take turns to order their units with commands available, such as movement, attacking, forming squads and casting "Spirit Commands", a set of magic-like spells unique to each pilot. Once the scenario is cleared, more dialogue is exchanged between characters before the player is taken to an intermission menu. Here, units can be upgraded or optional parts installed, characters' stats and skills can be changed or upgraded, and other maintenance actions can be performed before the player continues on with the game.

Story[edit]

Note: The story is from the Remake Version.

4 Months has passed since the Inspector Conflict, the Earth Sphere is once again in peace. But the increased number of terrorists that appeared throughout the world caused by the Divine Crusaders escalates, and put economic strains into the colonies which leads to some colonies in rebelling again the Earth Sphere. Brigander General Jamitov Hymem formed the group Titans to strengthen the army against the terrorists.

As Londo Bell returns from La Gaias after the events of EX, Bright Noah decides to leave his position for a while in search for Lieutenant Quarto Bajena, who went missing for unknown reasons. He parted with the Getter Team under the direction of John Kowen for his search and unravel some events happening in the current world. Things go to worse as Ondora Poseidal declared war on the surface world and even worse, the Divine Crusaders is revived by Neo Zeon Leader Haman Khan under the name Neue DC to take over the Earth Sphere.

With the war escalates, an unknown army from another galaxy called the Guests has arrived in the Earth Sphere led by the United Solar System Army Commander, Teniquette Zezenan. The reveal themselves to be part of the Zovorg Alliance which is where the Inspectors originated. With no options left, the Londo Bell must initiate Operation Final with their last fight against the Zovorg for the survival of their planet.

Featured Series[edit]

Notes
^a 4th only.
^b F and F Final only.

Influence[edit]

The game became a huge influence to future Super Robot Wars Games and also to some series that debuted in the game. The game itself marks the first appearance of Shin Getter Robo from the Getter Robo Go manga in any medium. The remake version also debuted the Mazinkaiser, an variant of the Mazinger Z created by Go Nagai before becoming its own series in 2001.

The storyline of 4/F/F Final has also been used in the Original Generation games, with the most notable being in 2nd Super Robot Wars Original Generation.

Reception[edit]

Reception of the game is mostly positive, Famicom Tsūshin scored the Super Famicom version of the game a 31 out of 40.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0700npjj00573_000000000000000001.html
  2. ^ http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0700npjj00611_000000000000000001.html
  3. ^ http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0700npjj00612_000000000000000001.html
  4. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: 第4次 スーパーロボット大戦. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.327. Pg.39. 24 March 1995.
  5. ^ おオススメ!! ソフト カタログ!!: 第4次スーパーロボット大戦. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.335. Pg.115. 12–19 May 1995.