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Dynasty Warriors Gundam (ガンダム無双)

Production

Publisher

Release

Japanese March 1, 2007 -
English August 28, 2007 -
Platform

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam (ガンダム無双 Gundam Musō?) is a video game based on the Gundam animated series. It was developed by Koei and published by Namco Bandai. Its gameplay is derived from Koei's popular Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.[1] The "Official Mode" of the game is based on primarily on the Universal Century timeline, with Mobile Suits from Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ appearing in the game,[2] as well as a few units from Mobile Suit Variations, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory appearing as non-playable ally and enemy units. The "Original Mode" of the game also features units from the non-UC series Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, and ∀ Gundam. A newly designed non-SD Musha Gundam designed by Hajime Katoki is also included.[3]

The game was originally released on March 1, 2007 in Japan[4] exclusively for the PlayStation 3 with the name Gundam Musou. A North American version was released on August 28, 2007, for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 under the name Dynasty Warriors: Gundam.[5] Dynasty Warriors: Gundam is the second next-gen Gundam game released in North America, following Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire. A Japanese Xbox 360 version is scheduled for release in Japan on 10/25/2007 under the name of Gundam Musou International. Unlike the Japanese PlayStation 3 edition, Gundam Musou International will feature both Japanese and English voice overs.

An expanded port for PlayStation 2 called Gundam Musou Special was released on February 28, 2008, featuring new scenarios and mobile suits.[6] It is unknown if this will be released outside Japan.

Modes of play

The single-player mode of Dynasty Warriors: Gundam is divided into two sections, Official Mode and Original Mode. Official Mode features six playable characters in stages set within the continuity of the Gundam Universal Century timeline. More specifically, they are events taken from the original Mobile Suit Gundam television series and its sequels Zeta Gundam and ZZ Gundam. Original Mode, by contrast, features an original, non-canonical storyline in which teams of mobile suit pilots comprised of the three aforementioned Universal Century series and three alternate universe series (G Gundam, Gundam Wing and Turn-A Gundam) investigate a mysterious planet headed on a collision course with Earth; however, the story behind Original Mode is almost the same as the crossover manga Mobile Suit Vs. Giant God: Gigantis' Counterattack, only with Musha Gundam replacing Gigantis (or Ideon in true case).

In both Official and Original Mode, some characters will switch from one mobile suit to another for certain stages. Completing a character's Original Mode will allow the player to replay any of the stages from that character's Official Mode using any unlocked mobile suit.

Official Mode playable mobile weapons and pilots

Original Mode only

Non-playable characters

Grunt Units/Non-Playable Units

Reception

On the first day of its release, Gundam Musou sold over a 100,000 copies, making it the first PS3 title to do so on its first day. Also, the game sold about 70 percent of its 170,000 -180,000 launch day shipments, making it rank third in overall sales — after Ridge Racer 7 and Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire.[7] IGN gave the game a score of 6.8 out of 10.

While Japanese game magazine Famitsu gave the game a total score of 33 out of 40,[8] English reviews have been either lukewarm or mixed with an average critic rating of 64% for the PS3 version and 60% for the Xbox 360 and Game Informer giving it a 5 out of 10. X-Play of G4 Tech TV Gave the game a solid rate of 3 out of 5 star, while GameTrailers.com gave the game 5.3 in average.

Voice actors

Japanese

  • Musha Gundam Mk-II - Fukuhara Kouhei

English

An option to change voice language between English and Japanese is available in the American and European releases on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as the Japanese release of Gundam Musou International for Xbox 360. Several English voice actors who originally voiced characters in their anime appearances did not reprise their roles for the game. (i.e. Mark Hildreth for Heero Yuy, Mark Gatha for Domon Kasshu and Jonathan Lachlan-Stewart for Kamille Bidan).

Trivia

  • So far, three games have been confirmed in the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam-series. The third game is in development and has confirmed to have (at least) most of the Ace Suits from Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 as well as the following new: Gundam Deathscythe Hell, 00Raiser (Double-O Raiser), Reborns Gundam, Gundam DX (Double-X), Unicorn Gundam and Sinanju. Furthermore, the third game will be using celshading graphics, rather than the graphics from the two first games.

References

  1. IGN: New Gundam Game for PS3. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  2. IGN: First Details: Gundam Musou. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  3. Gundam Musou Famitsu news.
  4. IGN: Gundam Musou Dated. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  5. IGN: Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Announced. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  6. Gundam Musou Special.
  7. Gundam Musou Sets PS3 Sales Record - Kotaku. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10.
  8. Gundam Musou Info.

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