Review: Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn (2023)

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When I was a kid, I loved watching Gundam Wing and the original Mobile Suit Gundam on Cartoon Network. The mecha genre has always been a personal favorite of mine so I tried to capture the same feeling while playing a video game as I had watching Gundam anime and pretending that I was Heero Yuy or Amuro Ray.

With interest in Gundam on the rise in the US after the Cartoon Network runs, some of the games were finally localized for North America. I thought I’d finally be able to play through the stories I loved so much, picking up Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo as soon as it came out and the disappointment I had in that game resonates with me today. It sure didn’t feel like I was in command of the mobile suit that won the One Year War. I felt like I was in control of a robot-shaped RC car.

Luckily, I was finally able to find the game that would finally reproduce the warm and fuzzy feelings that viewing Gundam for the first time did so long ago, and who would have thought it would have come in the form of a Dynasty Warriors game?

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Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn (PlayStation 3)
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Released: July 1, 2014
MSRP: $39.99

Of course, I couldn’t quite discern the quality of the release at a glance. Given the fact that this was my very first Dynasty Warriors Gundam departure, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn conjured images at first of executives attempting to cash in on the series one last time before the eventual demise of the PS3.

Fortunately, I knew within my first few minutes of evaluation that I was wrong. This game flows so well in every aspect that, despite its eventual repetitiveness, it actually does an excellent job of quenching the thirst of this parched Gundam fan. And while fundamentally there isn’t much in the way of classic Dynasty Warriors-styled battles here to coerce longtime fans of the series, there’s plenty here for a Gundam diehard to get excited about.

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Despite being a hack-and-slash adventure of the Dynasty Warriors ilk, there are actually quite a few strategic elements to be found within the game. In the first few missions of each mode you find yourself simply killing enough enemies or capturing enough fields to progress. Later missions find you completing a myriad of objectives at once.In one particular mission in the original Mobile Suit Gundam story mode I found myself with simultaneous objectives, tasked with both rescuing White Base and securing the Jaburo control room. It was times like these I had to check the map and determine the ratio of enemy units to friendly units and make an executive decision as to which objective truly took priority. This lent an interesting lilt to the immersion factor of being in a Gundam on the battlefield and replicated many of the series’ most thrilling moments.

In addition to Official Mode, where you follow the plot outlined in Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, Char’s Counterattack, Gundam Unicorn, Gundam SEED, and Gundam SEED Destiny, there’s Ultimate Mode. Here, you can follow a series of original missions and choose your own pilot and Gundam. I found this to be the more disjointed of the two, with pilots and mobile suits chosen seemingly at random for the stories. Maybe it’s just the purist in me, but I found it odd to see GMs and Zaku IIs fighting for the same side. The Ultimate Mode does add a lot of replay with unique scenarios and several “what-if” scenarios.

The stars of the game are the mobile suits, though, and there are a lot of them. Over one hundred mobile suits and armors are waiting to be unlocked and upgraded. The upgrade system is simple, but can be frustrating, as it’s based on receiving plans and parts. Plans can be used to upgrade the general characteristics of your mobile suit such as melee, armor, thrusters, and more. Parts are used to upgrade your weapons, and the higher upgrades can take massive amounts of the higher-end golden parts to upgrade.

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Frustration sets in with the seemingly random nature of receiving parts and plans. It seems like the rule is the higher the difficulty, the better the drops, but I have received Class E plans for 8-star difficulty missions and Class A plans for one-star difficulty. There’s also a collectible card system in which you receive cards for accomplishing certain tasks that also reward you with parts and plans. I personally was playing mostly just to kill giant robots, but these aspects could cause some major headaches for completionists.

Fortunately, while you’re eliminating said giant robots, you can enjoy crisp graphics, which are impressive both for the PS3 overall and how many units are on the screen at once. Each unit is lovingly rendered, although their textures can be a bit plain and muddled. I forgave this as there are hundreds of them rendered at once and the PS3 is a little long in the tooth. The backgrounds are varied and although plain, in my opinion out of necessity for the playstyle, they really give the feeling you’re not playing in the same old arena over and over. Particle effects are also rendered well, be it a beam sword or a funnel bit firing.

The audio, in all honesty, is probably going to be the great divider when it comes to Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn. I love the original Japanese with the English subtitles, but this might turn some off to the game. With it being a budget-priced title I understand Bandai Namco’s decision not to hire a whole new team to translate voice audio into English. However, in the middle of battle it can be somewhat distracting to have to focus on fighting and reading subtitles, which definitely resulted in me missing out on some of the story. The background music, as an aside, is subdued but engrossing. It lends itself well to the pace of the game and is quite reminiscent of the soundtracks to the various Gundam series.

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All in all, I was quite pleased with this entry into the Dynasty Warriors Gundam series. However, I’m a Gundam fan and have been for a decade or more. I would have no problem recommending the game to other fans of Gundam or mecha in general, but for players who haven’t heard of either of those things, I’d be hard-pressed to even broach the topic.

Additionally, the entry price for DLC is much too high for what you get and doesn’t add a ton to the game, which was one of its biggest turn-offs. For $30 USD you can get all the DLC, which brings the total up to $70. I purchased it because of my interest in the source material, but I suggest that people mix and match the DLC if interested in purchasing it at all.

While to some (myself included), taking to the battlefield piloting the RX-78-2 Gundam and slaughtering thousands of Zaku and Dom pilots and facing off against Char himself sounds like heaven on Earth, a lot of people just don’t care about that sort of thing. Also, with the emphasis on Gundam SEED this game has, many of the other Gundam series are underrepresented, with the noticeable omission of an Official mode for Gundam ZZ entirely.

It is possible that non-Gundam fans could enjoy this game on the merits of “beating up the bad guy robots” alone, but they’d end up missing out on the charm of what makes Gundam special. I can only hope with the new generation of gaming consoles we’ll continue to see titles like this that are worthy of the legacy of the original IP.

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FAQs

Is Gundam reborn a remake? ›

Gundam Reborn is technically the fourth in the series, once again but also serves as a kind of remake through the story of the beginning to dish for and add.

Is Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn? ›

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn , AKA Shin Gundam Musou (真・ガンダム無雙) in Japan, is the fourth installment in the Gundam Musou/Dynasty Warriors Gundam series by Tecmo Koei. The game features over 120 units, as well as new gameplay elements and the return of space battles among other things.

How many mobile suits are in Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3? ›

Based on the Gundam anime series, and the sequel Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 features 50 playable and upgradeable characters and over 70 playable and upgradeable Mobile Suits.

Is Dynasty Warriors Gundam on PC? ›

All three Gundam Warriors games emulate perfectly on PC with RPCS3 emulator.

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.

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 best Dynasty Warriors style game? ›

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Is Dynasty Warriors 8 or 9 better? ›

This game fixes most of the design issues that Dynasty Warriors 9 had and it's a better strategy experience than Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires. It's also much more stable. Even on the Switch, I haven't had single crash. However, there are so many other better Warriors games you can play right now.

How long beat Dynasty Warriors Gundam? ›

Alias:
Single-PlayerPolledAverage
Main Story68h 16m
Main + Extras1231h 9m
Completionist548h 42m
All PlayStyles2329h

What is the best Gundam mobile suit? ›

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  • 10/10 AMX-004 Qubeley: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
  • 9/10 GF13-017NJII God Gundam: Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
  • 8/10 GF13-017NJ Shining Gundam: Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
  • 7/10 MA-08 Big Zam: Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • 6/10 RB-79 Ball: Mobile Suit Gundam.
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What is the biggest mobile suit in Gundam? ›

The Patulia is the largest mobile armor to date to appear in any Gundam series. The Patulia shares the need of a living human body/brain to operate it as a central unit, much like the JDG-00X Devil Gundam of Mobile Fighter G Gundam.

What is the biggest Mobile Suit Gundam series? ›

Devil Gundam became the biggest Gundam ever in the series. Originally, Devil Gundam was called Ultimate Gundam and had nanomachine ability to evolve, self recover, and self replicate. Its main task is to save the damaged Earth with its sophisticated nanomachine technology.

Is Gundam Japanese or Chinese? ›

Gundam Series) is a Japanese military fiction media franchise. Created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise (now Bandai Namco Filmworks), the franchise features giant robots, or mecha, with the name "Gundam".

Is there Gunpla at Comic Con? ›

GUNDAM fans can also drop by the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment booth at San Diego Comic-Con to experience a hands-on demo of GUNDAM BATTLE: GUNPLA WARFARE at the San Diego Convention Center.

Are there any Gundam games on Steam? ›

GUNDAM EVOLUTION is an online free-to-play FPS title in which players take control of Mobile Suits from the hit Gundam anime and challenge other players online in six-versus-six objective based battles.

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 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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Did Japan build a real Gundam? ›

It might seem like a dream for many anime fans, but it's true: construction has finished on a 59ft (18m) tall, actual-size, moving Gundam robot in Yokohama, Japan.

Is Japan building a real Gundam? ›

Japan is building a massive humanoid robot modeled after those in the "Gundam" sci-fi franchise. The robot will be a replica of RX-78-2 Gundam, the samurai-inspired mecha introduced in the original animated series in 1979. It'll be 18 meters (59 feet) tall and weigh a staggering 25 tons.

How heavy is a real 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. Engineers initially tested the movement of the robot, which was built on a mechanical skeleton, on July 5, according to CNet.com.

Why is Dynasty Warriors so popular? ›

The events that unfold in Dynasty Warriors is completely true and accurate, which allows it to be used in shools as a fun and more trustworthy replacement for text books. Each character is 100% grounded in reality and based on their historical counterparts to the most minute detail.

Which Dynasty Warriors has the most playable characters? ›

Record-breaking hack-and-slash game Warriors Orochi 4 has 170 playable characters to choose from | Guinness World Records.

What was Curry's best game? ›

He finished with a career-high 62 points, topping the 54-point game at MSG in 2012 as he shot 18-for-31 (58.1%) overall, 8-for-16 on 3-pointers and 18-for-19 at the free-throw line while adding five rebounds and four assists.

Can you get married in Dynasty Warriors 9? ›

Once you've hit S Rank with your partner-to-be, the game will remind you that you can get married. It is possible to wait until the character pops the question themselves during a Stroll, but it's much easier to just Confess to them yourself.

What is the most current Dynasty Warriors game? ›

"True Three Kingdoms Unrivaled") is a series of Japanese hack and slash action video games created by Omega Force and Koei (now is Koei Tecmo).
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Latest releaseDynasty Warriors 9 February 8, 2018
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Can you get married in Dynasty Warriors 8? ›

Yes, I married Cao Cao as Zhenji. Once you're married to a ruler, you cannot Secede or Betray them but are allowed to Depart from the kingdom.

Is Warriors Orochi the same as Dynasty Warriors? ›

Warriors Orochi (無双OROCHI, Musou OROCHI) is a crossover series fusing the worlds of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors. Originally, the game Warriors Orochi was supposed to be a parting game for current-gen consoles, namely the PlayStation 2.

Is Dynasty Warriors 8 better than 7? ›

TL DR: DW8 is somewhat 'enhanced edition' to DW7. UPDATED WEASPON SYSTEM,ACTION SYSTEM,FREE MODE, LU BU'S STORY, 17 MORE CHARACTERS, Alternate story in Story mode (feature of DW8); If you are interested to Story in DW franchise, recommend to have DW7 a try.

Is Dynasty Warriors 8 the same as empires? ›

KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires is the latest installment of the "Empires" series, in which you aim to conquer ancient China using both strategy and the one warrior versus one thousand tactical action the WARRIORS series is known for.

Which Gundam is most weakest? ›

Weakest: Big Zam. Featured in the original Gundam series, the Big Zam is a departure from most Gundam suits in that its massive oblong body shape is supported purely by two mechanical legs, and no arms whatsoever.

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.

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 best pilot in Gundam? ›

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.

Who is the villain in Mobile Suit Gundam? ›

Char Aznable, born Casval Rem Deikun and commonly known by the nickname "The Red Comet", is the central antagonist from the Universal Century (UC) timeline of the Gundam anime franchise.

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.

Who made the first Gundam? ›

Created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, it premiered in Japan on Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its affiliated ANN stations on April 7, 1979, and lasted until January 26, 1980, spanning 43 episodes. It was the first Gundam series, which has subsequently been adapted into numerous sequels and spin-offs.

Why is Gundam not popular? ›

Why Isn't Gundam More Popular? Part of Gundam's obscure status stems from its decades-old legacy, as well as its less than ideal handling in North American countries. Anime is currently at its zenith of international popularity, with mainstream franchises reaching more audiences than ever.

Does Netflix own Gundam? ›

Netflix subsequently scooped up the global rights to Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway which arrived in July 2022.

Why do they call it Gunpla? ›

The name Gunpla derives from the phrase "Gundam plastic model," most kits being made of plastic.

Is Gunpla popular in Japan? ›

The giant robot anime franchise Gundam is a popular culture icon in Japan.

Is Gunpla a hobby? ›

Building Gunpla is an engaging, tactile hobby that lets you work with your hands and make something cool. Just be forewarned: Gunpla have a tendency to multiply very quickly!

What is the best grade for Gunpla? ›

HG - High Grade

High Grade (HG) are the most commonly built kits on this list. They're easy to build, their price point is affordable ($12-25), and there is a wide variety of HG kits to choose from.

What does SD mean in Gundam? ›

SD Gundam started with the "Super Deformed Gundam World" Gundam eraser series of PVC Gashapon (capsule machine) figures in 1985, and rocketed to instant popularity with its cuteness and collectability.

Will Gundam be remastered? ›

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED HD Remaster Complete Blu-ray BOX is priced at 44,000 yen with a March 29, 2022 release date.

Will there be a new Gundam game? ›

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.

Is there a Gundam remake? ›

Sunrise Teases New 3D Remake of the Infamous 'Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island'

Is Gundam origin a reboot? ›

Taniguchi: It's not a remake of “MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM” -- what people now call “First Gundam.” Our position is that it's an anime adaptation of the “THE ORIGIN” manga, which Mr. (Yoshikazu) Yasuhiko worked on for many years.

Is Gundam Seed a remake of Gundam? ›

Gundam SEED has a little bit too much in common with the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. It essentially acts as a remake on its own.

What is the original Gundam series called? ›

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.

What is the best Gundam? ›

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  • 6/15 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, SEED Destiny (2002, 2004)
  • 5/15 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2007)
  • 4/15 Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (2015)
  • 3/15 Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1986)
  • 2/15 Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (2016)
  • 1/15 Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2011)
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Is Japan making a real Gundam? ›

With flashing LED lights, moving limbs and the ability to step out from the surrounding Gundam Dock, the colossal robot is a modern marvel of engineering and a dream come true for mecha fans everywhere. Development of the project began as far back as 2014, with designers spending several years to perfect its mechanics ...

Is Gundam Korean or Japanese? ›

Gundam is a Japanese cultural icon; it is a ¥50-billion-annual business of Bandai Namco, reaching ¥54.5 billion annual revenue by 2006, and ¥80.2 billion annual revenue by 2014.

Was Gundam Thunderbolt Cancelled? ›

Its charismatic characters, thrilling action sequences, and the clever use of Jazz resulted in favorable reviews both from the fans and critics alike. The fans couldn't get enough of Thunderbolt and were eager to see more of it. Unfortunately, the next movie never appeared on the horizon.

Will there be a new Gundam? ›

A new Gundam series called Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury was recently announced. It is planned to be released around October 2022.

Why is Gundam Seed still popular? ›

Why Is Gundam Seed Still So Popular? Part of the appeal of Gundam Seed was its conscious break away from the well-trodden Universal Century continuity. Of course, previous shows such as Gundam Wing and G Gundam were in new continuities, but these were individual shows whose timelines were abandoned once they ended.

How many Gunpla sets are there? ›

Over the past 35 years, Bandai has released approximately 2,000 different types of Gunpla models. The company has all of the molds used so far in storage at the hobby center and nearby warehouses.

Why is it called Gundam Seed? ›

SEED mode represents the ability for an individual with the SEED factor to enter into a state of enhanced awareness and peak physical ability. While in this state, the person (usually a mobile suit pilot, but not necessarily) demonstrates heightened reflexes and extremely quick information processing.

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.

What is the largest Gundam model? ›

Mega Size Model (MSM) (メガサイズモデル, Mega Saizu Moderu?) is a line of 1/48 scale Gunpla kits of Mobile Suits from the Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam AGE TV series. Despite being the largest scale Gunpla line, Mega Size Model is priced lower than the 1/60 scale Perfect Grade due to a smaller parts count.

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