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PS2 Game Review: Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2

by: MD Weems ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Curious to find out if this next installment of Dynasty Warriors is worth the trouble playing or not? Well, here is your gamer's review of this title and why it just doesn't completely hit the mark with me.

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    Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2

    dynasty warriors box When it comes to this series of games, Dynasty Warriors rarely disappoints. Yet, this time, I have to say that it falls short of the mark with me as it's not what I expected from this series. While it does offer a fun game time, it's not near what the others are. So, if you are a true fan of the other Dynasty Warriors games for any of the consoles out there, you might want to steer clear of this part of the series, as it can really taint your outlook on the story line, the developers, and the game overall. Here is your gamer's review of Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2.

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    Story Line

    If you aren't familiar with the story line of the Gundam universe, you better get there before you start on this game or you will be hopelessly lost. Those that are familiar with it will be able to follow and understand why the main character, Char Aznable, can have a triple identity. They can also understand why "Master Asia" is named after a continent instead of just a tree or flower. There are tons of story lines and content behind each character in the game - so if you aren't familiar with any of it, this game will not do a good job of explaining and it will get frustrating. For those that have several hours, or weeks, to go through all of the characters in the game, you can actually play each one and follow their story line so you can try to piece together everything. Personally, I could not do it. I am familiar a bit with the Gundam story line, but man, this game does a horrible job of keeping it alive. So bad in fact, that I could not really follow anything past the basics of get the people out of the television before they get stuck in there forever.

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    Gameplay

    Basically in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2, you are going to find that you're doing the same exact thing constantly. I mean, it's so bad, that you'll start getting really bored and want to pull your hair out after a few hours. But, I do have to say that what you are doing is fighting some hard core robotical mobs - if that helps any. Most of the gameplay doesn't even start to scratch the surface of the massive amount of content that the developers put into the game and I don't understand why. There is so much more to the game and the story, so why not add some of this in the overall gameplay to keep you interested?

    No matter how long you play, what level you reach, you will be using the same moves, same buttons over and over and over, until your fingers are sore. There is no real change, no real adventure here, nothing in terms of replay value at all.

    The only thing that saves the gameplay a little bit is that there is literally a ton of different toons for you to choose from and even after you pick one, there are tons of suits for you to pilot. So, you have a massive array of choices when it comes to your toon - and even after that, what you look like. To me, this is a good thing, as most console games only give a tiny amount of choices for character customization.

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    Graphics

    Well, graphically, it's not superb, but it's not terrible either. I'm really middle of the road here. The graphics are anime, so expect that, and the battles are pretty well detailed. But, the colors and characters themselves are a bit... well, cartoonish for my tastes. You can see for yourself with some screenshots below. It's just ok for me, nothing great that I would really brag about to other gamers, yet nothing terrible that would come to mind either.

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    Images

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    Overall

    Overall, would I recommend Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2? No, I probably wouldn't. I got so bored playing this game that I literally was falling asleep. So, if you're looking for a game to get the kids to sleep at night, this is probably a good one. If you're looking for a high action, good story game - keep looking.