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Long Live Zeon!
on 3 December 2002
After waiting in great anticipation for Robotech : Battlecry, only to see the release date pushed back to February 03, I required some form of Japanese anime based mech fighting game to sate my appetite. Following the release in the States there seemed to be a great deal of appreciation from gamers there. However with so many games of this ilk fans of the anime can somewhat be blinded by loyalty. I am happy to report that this is not the case here.
Only having a casual interest in the Gundam series (Robotech for me) I wasn’t expecting much. As with most things in life having this outlook can often surprise you when something truly entertaining comes along. The game play is simply sublime fun; the interface screens and mission briefings are pure anime joy in ways only the Japanese know how to do, the replays of finishing the enemy are great, controls are simple and easy to understand, the volume of missions (around 200) tremendous, and its faithfulness to the anime given moves of the Mobile Suits and music is spot on. An especially good feature is the ability to play as either from Earth Or Zeon, my personal choice being Zeon, not for the Mobile Suits but just for the opportunity to defeat all those annoying characters from the show and counterattack just like Char!
Of course every game has drawbacks, I am not a particular fan of the water based missions but the unlimited continue in Arcade mode and ability to change Mobile Suits negates this.
This is a tremendous example of the sort of games that rarely leave Japan and is a must for any true anime fan (until Robotech comes out and I hope that it lives up to at least some of the hype!)
Die Earthling scum!