Monday, July 11, 2011

Gundam Memories: Tatakai no Kioku

Genre: Action, Mecha
Platform: PSP
Language: Japanese
Release Date: June 23, 2011
Developer: Bandai Namco Games

Includes all the latest Gundam series
Play through different modes
Organize your team
Upgrade your MS
Perform a combo attack with your 3 MS
Each MS has it's own unique special attack
Use your SP for buff 
Gundam 00 Raiser in Trans-Am mode
Cool special effects


Gundam series roster
- Gundam Z
- Gundam X
- Char's Counter Attack
- Wing (Endless Waltz)
- Seed Destiny
- 00, Awakening of the Trailblazer
- Unicorn


          Gundam Memories is the first game of it's kind. Consider it as an evolution from the previous gundam action games. If your familiar with the gameplay of Another Century's Episode, this game is pretty much the same. You slash and shoot down enemies with your mobile suit. What makes this game unique is the MS Shift System. This is the first gundam game that let's you take control of 3 MS and switch between them during battle. Meaning you can tag in and out with your reserve MS at anytime. This is a cool function. Especially the fact that you can use a combo attack with your 3 MS. To do this, you need to fill up your SP bar. One bar gives you a buff (Seed, Trans-Am, etc.). Using two bars will make the MS perform it's special attack. While 3-4 bars allows you to do a combo attack with all 3 of your MS. Another distinct feature is that the MS are classified into 3 types: close range, shooter and speed. So you have to plan and adjust your playing style depending on your MS type. Each MS has it's own unique set of attacks. Pressing different button combination allows the MS to execute various chain of attacks.

          There's a situation mode that is divided into 3 titles: Seed Destiny, 00 and Unicorn. These are actual events taken from the anime series. So even if you can't understand japanese, you will most likely know whats happening if you watched their series. The stories are short but can be quite challenging. Once you completed the situation mode, the mission mode will be unlocked. These are scenarios originally made for the game and is not related to the story. Going through these extra missions is necessary if you want to unlock the other MS. Another feature you will see on the main menu is the garage. This is where you will organize your team and upgrade the status of your MS. Of course there's a network mode that allows you to play with other people. In terms of graphics, Gundam Memories is one of the best I've seen on the PSP. You will definitely feel the intensity on each battle. Especially my favorite part which is the dash effect. The sound system isn't that good compared to the other gundam games. Well, this are basically the features of what the game has to offer. Now let's proceed to the verdict.

          The first negative thing I noticed on this game is that there's no crush guard or guard damage. Some enemies tend to block a lot and it's really frustrating. The only option is to wait for a counter attack or perform a special move. Also, the story mode doesn't have any cutscene. There should have been atleast a short cinematic. Another flaw of the game is that everything is repetitive. Almost all of the missions are the same. You just need to survive and defeat all the enemies. Very simple, right? The developers could have made the game more complicated. It's a good thing that these flaws are being covered by the satisfying game features and high quality graphics. Overall, the Gundam Memories is a great gundam game for it's first title. But it could have been better. I could see that the game wants to take the gundam series to higher level. So I'm really expecting a sequel for this game. Hopefully for surprising features and a bigger roster of MS. I highly suggest this game to the gundam fans. You would really want to try this. Gundam Memories will give you a new experience to the gaming world of gundam. This concludes my review on Gundam Memories: Tatakai no Kioku. Thank you for reading and I hope you found it useful. Check out also my other gundam related game reviews.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


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