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Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2
Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 shows similar traits of boring, repetitive gameplay experienced in most warrior games by Koei. The Gundam series will surely take you to the future where Mech warriors show their mechanical prowess in huge battlefields, but there’s that same button mashing experience that will consume your 50 hours without giving you any strategic value.
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The Dynasty Warriors: Gundam series is based on the popular Japanese anime Gundam, which focuses on intense battles between futuristic robots called Mecha. Gundam 2 has all the features of the first game, but also includes several additional characters and many missions. There are few modes of gameplay such as the Official mode which is inspired from the original anime series and the Mission mode with non-linear missions. Both the modes are very similar and have the same hack-and-slash formula adopted by every Dynasty Warrior game.
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 lets you choose your favorite Mecha warrior from a huge list of characters. You will have to choose your mode and then wander here and there fighting blind and mindless enemies until you confront with an enemy officer. I did not find any difference between the missions, the same boring zone tour, the swarm of enemies attracted to you like bees getting attracted to honey and brain-dead mech warriors. However, I loved the upgrade system where one can level up and find new Gundam parts to enhance the robot. This little feature encouraged me to play more, but I soon got bored and totally confused with the main storyline in the Official mode.
There’s also a Versus Mode where you can play against your friend offline. You and your friend can select your favorite Mecha and battle for hours. The online mode allows a total of four players and all the missions are similar to single-player campaigns. All in all, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 is a typical beat-‘em-up style game that follows the footsteps of other DW games.
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Thankfully, Gundam 2 has shown some changes in the graphics department. You will rarely find those occasional stutters or framerate problems that were experienced in other Warrior games by Koei. But, the character models look featureless and duplicates of each other. The 3D environment is much unpolished and the cut-scenes are very flashy. All you see is the manga-quality animation in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 and nothing new.
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There is nothing special in the sound department as well. You will hear a good soundtrack with some repetitive voice-acting, otherwise there’s nothing new. The sound effects are good compared to its predecessors and I think sounds are the only positive aspect of the game.
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Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 takes one step forward to add more monotonous and repetitive missions seen in previous DW games. If you are a serious gamer looking for some good game, I would not recommend it to you, but if you are a Gundam fan, the game is surely for you. For all you first-time Gundam 2 players, may God be with you and help you to survive the repetitive agony!