"Suit 'Em Up"
There are so many Gundam video games. Dating back to the early 1980s, about as old as the franchise itself, every gaming generation has seen their share of mobile suit action on an assortment of systems. Publishers, whether it's Bandai, Banpresto, or the currently-fused Bandai Namco, diversified the type of games developers made and, because of that, Gundam has penetrated every well known genre in the medium: side-scrollers, role-playing games, fighting games, first-person shooters, you name it. If players were really into something, they likely published a Gundam version to capitalize on its popularity. This tactic hasn't changed much throughout the decades, as can be seen with 2022's Gundam Evolution, a free-to-play FPS online multiplayer title based around team battles.
Two teams of six are pitted against each other in differing match types selected at random, though each type is just a varying aspect of the point capture objective. Essentially most matches, each having best-of-three rounds, feature two waves of capturing or defending an area. That's about it; the game is pretty straightforward in that regard. Having said all that, the game intentionally takes after similar team-based titles like Team Fortress 2 and the more recent Overwatch. The latter becomes blatantly obvious when you look at a single screenshot of Evolution's gameplay HUD and see it's nearly a shot-for-shot positioning of the health bar and other features.
Comparisons become more apparent when it's time to select a mobile suit character, each one plucked from the franchise's numerous series, having their own unique set of attacks, abilities-on-cooldown, and a special move that builds up throughout a match when performing actions. For instance, the bulky DOM Trooper suit mains a bazooka weapon, with abilities allowing for limited mine placement and a temporary health boost to a selected team member. Then there's the Methuss suit wielding two beam guns, but is notable for having two very useful abilities; one can place a turret, which is helpful when planted in key spots, and another is temporary flight, allowing the suit to fly over huge structures and get to a destination faster. Also, the Zaku II Ranged might seem underwhelming to newcomers, but its power to dash three times in a row, in any direction, makes it extremely versatile in the right hands.
Community review by dementedhut (December 28, 2022)
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