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Gundam Battle Assault 3: Featuring Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (PlayStation 2) artwork

Gundam Battle Assault 3: Featuring Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (PlayStation 2) review


"I'm gonna be honest with ya, straight out. If you're the kind of person that's critical for a game for its mechanics, graphics, story plot, etc etc, or a competitive fighter gamer then this game is absolutely HORRIBLE. Shoot yourself for even considering. If you ever have or will. If you're like me, who just doesn't give a crap that much about the specs of a fighter game and just out to have fun and waste time, then, MAYBE you'll enjoy this game. "



I'm gonna be honest with ya, straight out. If you're the kind of person that's critical for a game for its mechanics, graphics, story plot, etc etc, or a competitive fighter gamer then this game is absolutely HORRIBLE. Shoot yourself for even considering. If you ever have or will. If you're like me, who just doesn't give a crap that much about the specs of a fighter game and just out to have fun and waste time, then, MAYBE you'll enjoy this game.

First of all, the graphics. They're rather decent really, and the Gundam or mobile suit models are accurately painted more-or-less, so if you're a fan of the anime and picky about the colour scheme, you shouldn't have too much complaint here. The main and most common problem here is that the backgrounds are often rather...bland or for lack of a better word, plain. To the point of if you stared at it too long with no action going on, you'll fall asleep in about 10 minutes of play. Next to that, well, the animations are pretty good, but sometimes, you'll notice rough edges around the giant mechs, so that's always worth a wince.

The story plot? Well, it's based off an anime, and the entire intro is random clips from the anime, probably an advertisement. Wait, it is a giant advertisement. So if you haven't drawn the conclusion yet, the main thing is: there is no story. They don't want to spoil the anime's story plot, so you'll tune in and watch it, or buy the DVDs, so don't expect an average story plot really.

Oh wait, there's more bashing towards the specs of this game! Gameplay. In all honesty, if you want a technical fighting game that will prove to be a challenge, you are looking at the wrong game. The fighting system is incredibly basic, much like Soul Calibur's fighting system if you are at all familiar with the Soul series of fighting games. The only main difference is, the Soul Calibur has some complex combos to perform (I haven't even been able to master Ivy's combos yet, yeesh), however in Gundam Battle Assault 3: Featuring Gundam SEED, they're all basic and easy to master. Some of them even incredibly cheap, leaving either you or your opponent completely and utterly defenceless, unless you are extremely good at dodging things. Which, I guess would be the only challenge. Regardless of this, I could spend hours playing this game for the simplistic yet fun of beating down my brothers. Or them beating me down.

You can also unlock some older mechs of previous series. One of which happened to be my all-time favourite mech, so it's a definite bonus, though there are not very many. You mostly unlock mobile suits from the Gundam SEED series, which is okay, but not a lot of fun and you get sick of the series if you play this too much; unlocking mostly mechs from the Gundam SEED series pretty much negates the advertisements they have on this game. A trailer and the opening.

Overall, I actually quite enjoy this game, though mostly to just waste time with friends and family. Nothing at all to do with competitive play or even speculate how good the game is. If you go that far, you'll hate it for the rest of your life.

Rating: 7/10

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Community review by Chaosblade (September 28, 2007)

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