Gundam, Dynasty Warriors carry on tradition
“Gundam, what a strong sounding name.”- Lacus Clyne, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny
Next to my love for Mega Man, I’m also a fan of the Gundam series. Since 1979, the space mecha anime has brought thought-provoking perspectives on issues of humanity and war, and has created a standard for all sci-fi series, especially anime with sci-fi and mecha elements. Through various series, merchandise (including video games for various consoles) and other media, Gundam and its studio, Sunrise Inc., has secured its place among the GOATs of global pop culture. Lyndsey and I have also taken a liking to the Dynasty Warriors game series. I thought: “What would happened if a Dynasty Warriors game was made with Gundam elements?” I got my answer in Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3.
In DWG3, you play as a chosen individual who has been selected to a pass a test of skill and determination. Your requests come from a mysterious Gundam suit that asks why humanity’s existence in the universe should continue. This test is conducted in four original story arcs that pair characters from various Gundam series such as the MS Gundam, Gundam Wing, G Gundam, Gundam 00, Gundam Unicorn and others who have heroic, villainous or neutral opinions to this mysterious Gundam’s test. These arcs also contain side mission that explains each represented series’ history, reinforce a group’s camaraderie or displays each mobile suit’s special abilities.
Control of these suits is easy whether you use the PlayStation 3’s analog sticks or control pad. Shooting and melee attacks are flawless, and good controls help to pull off some devastating combos to drive opponents back for a moment. In true Dynasty Warriors form, your character will have a partner or partners with similar abilities and lesser suits to help take down certain key areas of stages. I’m suggesting three pieces of advice when playing: Plan to take places such as repair hangers, suit factories and communication towers ASAP; know when to team up with your comrades to take on stronger suit; and, keep an eye on your side map to avoid being lost.
At the end of each stage, your character will be shown how many experience points he or she earned and how much gold was collected. These elements help you to earn new skills and more stronger suits. To help your character out, there is a tutorial stage with practice missions that will help them earn more points or to refresh basic skills.
The graphics were designed as if you are playing in an actual Gundam episode with special detail given to the suits and their surrounding environments. Namco Bandai and Koei did a great job with keeping the game’s formula simple: Keep Dynasty Warriors elements intact while adding Gundam elements.
The sound is on point with the addition of Dolby Digital Sound ensuring that every sound effect stays true to Gundam’s legacy of high-level anime action. Credit should also be given to the Ocean Group for assisting with voice casting, which included some of the original anime English voices performing their respective characters for the game. The replay value of DWG3 is very high and is perfect for a Gundam enthusiast or for a friendly scrimmage at your local anime convention.
Gundam is and will always be the absolute standard bearer in sci-fi mecha anime. DWG3 is an example of how to build an anime masterpiece and present it for a different medium. With its 40th anniversary, the Gundam name has earned the respect of many anime fans new and old with a quality title such as Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 to carry on the Gundam tradition.
- Gundam was not Sunrise’s only smash hit. They continued the trend with the Big O, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star and Code Geass, displaying Gundam design traits in each of those shows.
- Gundam has made its Hollywood appearance recently in the movie “Ready Player One” and will do so again in a live-action movie being developed and co-produced with Legendary Pictures (Pacific Rim, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, Hangover trilogy).
- Brad Swaile, Richard Cox, Brian Drummond, Michael Adamwaite and Kirby Morrow are five members of the English voice cast that reprised their original respective roles. Swaile and Cox played Amuro and Kai in the original Gundam and returned to voice Setsuna and Allelujah in Gundam 00. Morrow and Swaile also played Trowa and Quatre while Drummond voiced Zechs/Milliardo Peacecraft in Gundam Wing. Adamwaite voiced Ribbons in Gundam 00.