Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxiboost ON Review - The Best Gundam Game • The Mako Reactor (2023)

Gundam games outside Japan and Asia have had a very weird history over the last decade. While many gamers in the West discovered these games through the Dynasty Warriors Gundam releases on PS3 and Xbox 360, those weren’t what many Gundam fans wanted. Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs debuted in arcades in 2010 before seeing a PS3 version in Japan a year later. This 2-vs-2 arena fighter has constantly evolved with new releases in arcades and home consoles but never really saw a release in the West barring a decent PS Vita release that lacked some important features at the time.

Bandai Namco then tried a home console take on Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs with Gundam Versus that was good but really felt lacking compared to the PS3 games in Japan. While all this was happening in the West, the arcade experience in Japan constantly improved leading up to Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON back in 2016 which is the fourth version of the super popular arcade game. Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON for PS4 is a port of this arcade game with additions and enhancements.

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For a lot of fans of Gundam games including those who have been importing the releases on PS4 and Nintendo Switch over the last few years, a home console version of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON seemed like a dream even for Japan. To have Bandai Namco Entertainment manage a worldwide localised release (including India) without any cut content feels like something no one ever expected but here we are.

In Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON, your aim in the core battles is usually to deplete your enemy team’s gauge to zero while keeping yours above zero. Your team gauge is depleted whenever you or your partner are destroyed and then respawn. The amount of gauge you lose depends on your mobile suit’s cost. A cost is assigned to each of the suits and there are more than 180 playable suits in Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON. This might have the largest roster in any fighter ever.

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Battles take place on various stages that have semi-destructible environments. You control a mobile suit and your aim is to attack enemies until they are destroyed to reduce their team gauge. You also need to move a lot to avoid the plethora of attacks from enemies. To do this you spend a lot of time boosting and evading. Boosting is a huge part of the movement in Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON. A lot of the basic controls are explained in the mission mode and in the menus as opposed to interactive tutorials that walk you through the basics. On-boarding is one key area where Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON falters. I was already familiar with the controls from Gundam Versus and from spending time learning during the open access periods pre-release but this game deserves a better and more newcomer-friendly tutorial. Not everyone will put in the effort of watching tutorial videos on YouTube.

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If you’ve played the Virtual ON games, this has a similar movement and lock on system where you are always targeting an enemy. You can quickly switch enemy targets with the search button which is mapped to O on the controller by default. You have a boost gauge that you need to keep track of alongside the various mobile suit-specific weapons. While there are a ton of playable mobile suits, the core attacks involve melee and shooting with different combinations.

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Gundam Versus on PS4’s main criticism barring core gameplay issues was the lack of single player content and an erratic online experience. I also didn’t like how so many mobile suits were locked behind paid DLC making the game seem like it had content cut to be sold piecemeal. The problems I had with Gundam Versus are not present in Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON and this game gets almost everything right.

For solo and offline play, you have the option to partake in free battles where you can set custom conditions and two mission or arcade-styled modes. The first is the Branch Battle mode. This can be played solo, in offline co-op with a friend, and in online co-op with a friend over the internet. This is basically the equivalent to an arcade mode from other fighting games. It is a lot of fun with varying difficulty depending on what path you take after each battle. The online co-op is especially a nice addition. There is even a LAN mode. I couldn’t test that but the offline split screen mode worked well.

Maxi Boost Mission mode has you using preset mobile suits initially as you learn how to play the game before you progress across a grid completing various missions with preset requirements to earn currency. This mode has you experiencing almost the complete roster and has multiple difficulty challenges.

When it comes to the online experience, I’ve had only a handful of disconnects or instances of lag while playing since launch. This includes trying the game with players across Australia, Germany, the USA, and Singapore from India. It is way more stable than Gundam Versus. You can either join or create a room through Player Match, play ranked matches, or play a casual match. In my testing, the Player Match room option is the most reliable to quickly get into games.

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Visually, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON looks excellent when it comes to details and mobile suit designs. They have transitioned to 3D very well. The area where the visuals are lacking is environments. This is an arcade game from 2016 after all but some of the environments could’ve been improved for the home console release. Animations are slick and the various attacks are accompanied by great visuals. I love the small touches of the character cut-ins when you activate burst mode or some of the short cut-scene intros for certain characters. I had no frame drops either with the game running at 60fps on PS4 Pro during gameplay without issues.

When it comes to the music, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON has a good selection of new and old tunes from the anime. While only Asia and Japan had the more expensive premium sound edition, the game supports custom music importing through USB drives if you have any music you’d like to use in free battles or online battles. The game includes Japanese voice acting and has a decent amount of voice lines from all characters including multiple navigator options.

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Speaking of navigator options, you have loads to choose from initially and can unlock more through in-game currency. There’s also the ability to customise the interface skin with tons of options. You unlock these through progression or through in-game currency earned. Gundam Versus had a ton of paid DLC for suits but Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON includes everything from the get go in the base game with no paid DLC.

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The lack of a proper tutorial like other fighters is easily the biggest flaw in Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON. While fans of the series will no doubt watch videos and learn by practicing, this is definitely a barrier of entry for newcomers and more casual players. Hopefully this can be addressed in a future game or in updates for this.

Overall, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON exceeded my expectations in almost every way. I’ve been playing it everyday since launch and don’t see myself getting tired of it anytime soon. The sheer amount of variety and content available is staggering. While I hope the developers can improve the tutorial for newcomers, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON is easily the best Gundam game and one of my favourite games of the year. With a bit of improved on-boarding for newcomers, this has the potential to be a staple for all Gundam fans and newcomers to arena fighters. I can’t wait to see how it evolves with updates.

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FAQs

Which is better Gundam Versus or Maxiboost on? ›

This means that while Gundam Versus was a great game, Maxiboost ON is considerably better. The most obvious difference is that Maxiboost ON operates at a far faster pace, hence the “Extreme” moniker.

How many Gundams are in Gundam Versus? ›

Gundam is an arcade game that newly crossover with other Gundam in Gundam Vs. series. The game features up to 30 different Mobile Weapons, and a play system similar to previous titles in the Gundam Vs.

What is the most realistic Gundam series? ›

But at the end of the day, the show runners' decision to showcase different instances that are based on the reality of military life during missions, even if it may not be exciting to see, is the main reason why Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team is the most realistic Gundam anime ever made, by far.

Which Gundam has the most firepower? ›

Strongest: Gundam Wing Zero

Its impressive arsenal of firepower includes two machine cannons, two beam sabers, a handheld Twin Buster rifle, and a Wing Shield. It also features the Neo-Bird Mode, a high-speed flight mode for added speed and mobility.

Are real Gundams possible? ›

The simple answer is yes. In fact, scientists have been tackling various aspects of the technology since at least the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During that time, both Russian and American inventors explored the possibility of mechanically enhanced exoskeletons to aid humans in various physical movements.

What is the strongest Gundam in 00? ›

Intended to be a story that was all-encompassing for every Gundam timeline, the Turn A is the most powerful mobile suit ever designed.

Why is Gundam 00 the best? ›

Overall, Gundam 00 is probably my favorite of the alternate timeline Gundam series. Not only in terms of its story but also its sumptuous production values, something that this Blu-ray release only helps to demonstrate in wonderful audio and visual clarity.

What is the new Gundam game called? ›

Gundam Evolution is coming out on September 21, 2022 for PC. The game will also be available on Xbox and Playstation, but the release for the console version is not until November 30, 2022.

What is the highest grade Gundam model? ›

Perfect Grade / PG (1:60)

PG is the highest grade line of Bandai kits. The first PG Gunpla kit was a RX 78-2 Gundam model released in 1998, but an Evangelion Unit-01 kit labeled as Perfect Grade released the year prior. Only 19 kits have been released as 1/60 Perfect Grade since then.

Who is the king of Gundam? ›

Domon Kasshu | The Gundam Wiki | Fandom.

What is the most popular Gundam in Japan? ›

First off, here's the Top 10 from Japan:
  • Hathaway.
  • Gundam (0079)
  • SEED.
  • Z.
  • 08th MS Team.
  • Iron-Blooded Orphans.
  • 0083 Stardust Memory.
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What is the saddest Gundam series? ›

Zeta Gundam is easily one of the darkest Gundam series ever created. If the franchise was into showing the effects of war in the original series, Zeta shows the toll war takes on the youth. Zeta Gundam had characters dying left and right, especially towards the end of the series.

What is the easiest Gundam to build? ›

1) High Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Revive

This kit is an absolute gem for those who are new to the hobby. It's a simple, yet satisfying build that will leave you with a nice completed piece.

What is the shortest Gundam series? ›

Mobile Suit Gundam-san is the shortest running non-OVA installment in the series with a total of 13 episodes, while most other series run between 43-50 episodes. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 was the first long Gundam series that was split into two halves of about 25 episodes, rather than continuing for a full run.

Which Gundam has the best design? ›

Gundam Wing is arguably the best Gundam series of the '90s. It created a new generation of fans, and the mobile suit designs continued to improve as the series continued. The Wing Zero was piloted by Heero Yuy, and it looked phenomenal in the Endless Waltz movie.

What is the very first Gundam? ›

Mobile Suit Gundam (Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム, Hepburn: Kidō Senshi Gandamu), also known as First Gundam, Gundam 0079 or simply Gundam '79, is an anime television series, produced and animated by Nippon Sunrise.

Is Japan making Gundams? ›

Gundam Factory Yokohama, which is a Gundam Factory in Yokohama, is constructing an 18-meter-tall, 25-ton Gundam robot.

What is the biggest Gundam ever? ›

The Patulia is the largest mobile armor to date to appear in any Gundam series.

Who is the strongest Gundam? ›

Top 10 Most Powerful Gundam Mobile Suits of All Time
  1. ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam. [asa2]B000JCES48[/asa2]
  2. RX-78GP02A Gundam “Physalis” ...
  3. Gundam 00 Raiser. ...
  4. Gundam Wing Zero Custom. ...
  5. GF13-017NJII God Gundam. ...
  6. Age-3 Gundam. ...
  7. Double X Gundam. ...
  8. RX-0 Unicorn Gundam. ...

Who is the most powerful Gundam pilot? ›

Heero Yuy was the main character of Gundam Wing, and of course the most powerful member of the group as well. He piloted the Wing Gundam, and in doing so embarrassed most of the OZ forces for quite some time.

Are mech suits real? ›

Giant mech suits are normally something you'd see in science fiction or the movies: Think of the Power Loader in Aliens. Prosthesis is ready to change all that. It's a real-life, powered exoskeleton with a human at the controls -- and it's ready to race.

How tall is the real life Gundam? ›

Positioned outside the Gundam Factory in Yokohama, Gundam measures 18 meters (59 feet) tall and weighs 25 metric tons (approximately 55,000 pounds), Sora News 24 reported.

Is Gundam real robot? ›

Transformers and Gundam might be in the same genre as both of them are robots or “mecha” (short for mechanical), but are they the same? No, they are not. Gundams are part of the mecha subgenre, Real Robot. Meanwhile, Transformers fall into the category of Super Robots.

What is real Grade Gundams? ›

Real Grade (RG) (リアルグレード, Riarugurēdo?) is a line of Gunpla kits by Bandai that was introduced in 2010 as part of the Gundam 30th Anniversary commemoration project. These consist of Mobile Suits from both the Universal Century and the Alternate Centuries.

What does 00 mean in Gundam? ›

In After Colony the GUNDAM acronym is defined as "Genetic on Universal Neutraly Different Alloy-nium Mobile suit".

How did Gundam 00 end? ›

The conflict ends in a final showdown between Ribbons and Setsuna with the latter emerging victorious. Following the final battle, the Federation disbands the A-Laws and works towards a genuine global peace while Celestial Being returns into the shadows until another intervention is needed.

Who is Gundam 00 villain? ›

Ribbons Almark is the leader of the Innovators and the main antagonist of the Mobile Suit Gundam 00.

Where should I start with Gundam? ›

The Universal Century is a perfect place to start with Gundam as it holds the most history and lore, providing anyone who wants to become a fan of the franchise with more than enough to sink your teeth into.

Is there a Lego Gundam? ›

About Gundam

The Lego Gundam is based on the original model RX-78-2. It is the most recognizable design of mobile suit gundam worldwide. The full-scale 1:1 model in Yokohama, Japan is based on RX-78-2. It also made an appearance in the “Ready Player One” movie.

What is the latest Gunpla? ›

Latest December 2022 GUNPLA Lineup! Figure-rise Standard Miorine Rembran and SDW HEROES Sun Quan Gundam Astray He Yan Xiang Hu Ship Today! HG 1/144 Chuchu's Demi Trainer and HG 1/144 Dilanza (Standard Type/Lauda's Dilanza) Ship Today! The Latest November 2022 GUNPLA Lineup!

Is Gundam versus a good game? ›

Gundam Versus also feels great to play, the act of actually piloting a Gundam, dodging enemy fire, and reciprocating in kind, is really engaging. The controls are fairly basic with multiple attack buttons for ranged and melee attacks, along with some limited boost and flight functionality for survivability.

Which Mobile Suit Gundam is the strongest? ›

Strongest: Gundam Epyon

The close range companion to Gundam Wing Zero, Gundam Epyon was designed for one purpose: close quarter combat. While both Gundams are piloted by Heero Yuy during Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Gundam Epyon is later piloted by Zechs Merquise, Heero Yuy's rival in the series.

Is Gundam one the best anime? ›

The Gundam franchise is composed of some of the most critically acclaimed anime of all-time. Here are the best of them. The Gundam series, created in 1979 by Yoshiyuki Tomino, is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.

What is the best Gundam Build series? ›

Best Gundam Build series
  • Gundam Build Fighters (2013–2014) TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Comedy. 7.3.
  • Gundam Build Fighters Try (2014–2015) TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Comedy. ...
  • Gundam Build Divers (2018– ) TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy. ...
  • Gundam Build Divers Re: Rise (2019– )

Which Gundam series is the darkest? ›

Zeta Gundam is easily one of the darkest Gundam series ever created. If the franchise was into showing the effects of war in the original series, Zeta shows the toll war takes on the youth. Zeta Gundam had characters dying left and right, especially towards the end of the series.

Is Gundam more popular than Dragon Ball? ›

According to Bandai Namco's financials, Mobile Suit Gundam is currently outselling Dragon Ball, but this is not expected to last long-term. The Mobile Suit Gundam franchise is currently outselling Akira Toriyama's beloved shonen Dragon Ball.

What is the most watched Gundam? ›

The 15 Best Gundam Series According To IMDb
  • 8/15 GUNDAM 0083: STARDUST MEMORY.
  • 7/15 GUNDAM: IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS.
  • 6/15 GUNDAM 0080: WAR IN THE POCKET.
  • 5/15 MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM.
  • 4/15 MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: 08TH MS TEAM.
  • 3/15 MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM WING.
  • 2/15 MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00.
  • 1/15 ZETA GUNDAM.
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Can Godzilla beat Gundam? ›

1/10 Would Lose To: Godzilla

The mech's weapons could possibly have a similar output to Mechagodzilla, but Godzilla's atomic energy could probably melt through the Gundam. While the white Mobile Suit has tanked nuclear blasts, Godzilla's atomic breath far exceeds the destructive force of just one.

What is the No 1 anime? ›

Anime Top 10
Top 10 Best Rated (bayesian estimate) (Top 50)
#titlerating
1Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (TV)9.08
2Steins;Gate (TV)9.04
3Clannad After Story (TV)9.02
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Which Gundam should I start with? ›

The Universal Century is a perfect place to start with Gundam as it holds the most history and lore, providing anyone who wants to become a fan of the franchise with more than enough to sink your teeth into.

What Gundam is Pewdiepie building? ›

Finished my custom Gundam Avalanche Exia build. No means perfect but came out pretty clean.

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