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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!
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on 6 June 2013
This is another one of my best games. It can go on 2 players that is more fun because you can play has teams or attack each other on different teams. You can the stroy way 2 different ways by being Federation team or Zeon team.
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on 3 December 2012
It's okay, i have the seed destiny ntsc and it's better but it's on japanese. The game works and i received it so fast
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on 1 December 2002
Right, first thing's first - this game has absolutely nothing to do with the laughable Gundam Wing. Set in the timeline of the original series, the Gundam in this game are more like the walking tanks they were intended to be, not almighty killing machines (with mentally unstable kids as their pilots).
There are three modes of play: Arcade, Versus or Campaign. The first two are relatively simple affairs; Arcade is a shortened, simplified version of Campaign mode, allowing you to blast the opposition in increasingly higher numbers and harder levels. Versus, as you've probably guessed, is a two player battle, with up to four mobile suits on the battlefield at one time (the remaining MS can are computer-controlled, or can be turned off).
Campaign mode is where the real challenge is; allowing you to play for either the Federation or Zeon, you participate in both missions on the ground and in space, earning tougher mobile suits as you go. You are given some freedom in what which missions you choose to play, and which mobile suit you pilot, although this can sometimes require some careful forward planning (you don't want to end up in a really tough mission, piloting an old, battered mobile suit).
It takes a little while to get used to the controls (although you can customise them, I'm just to lazy to do so), but you'll be up and blasting in no time. It'll take you a while to complete (unless you're a mech gaming god), I'm still wrestling with Campaign mode. It's fun too, especially playing with a friend.
Overall, Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon is a very good game, perhaps not the best mech game, but very good - Gundam fans and mech enthusiasts are sure to love it.
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on 4 December 2002
Ok - so if you are a gundam fan, you seen the original Mobile Suit Gundam or 8th MS team, you will instantly recognise the Mobile Suits on offer here and love it to bits. If you have seen Gundam Wing - the this is an excellent chance to see where Gundam all began and if you have NEVER seen Gundam at all but like action and 50 foot Mobile Suits shooting at each other, the this is the game for you.
Follow Amuro, Char and the White base crew throughout the one year war from either side of the war. The Federal Forces have to fight through Operation Odessa and Operation Star One to defeat the Principality of Zeon while the other side of the war pits you against the Prototype Mobile suits of the Federal Forces V Project and the White base Crew.
I personally have not played a better Gundam game yet. If there is one better than this, i'll pre-order it now based on this game. I whole-heartedly recommend buying this game as the Campaign mode, arcade mode and two player modes are fantastic - space combat, different types of Mobile Suit to use, Gigantic Mobile Armor and transport carriers to attack or fight alongside and even co-operative play through arcade mode make this an excellent game for the budding Gundam fan or casual shoot em up fan.
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VINE VOICEon 5 December 2002
In case you don't know, Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation Vs. Zeon is based on the VERY ORIGINAL Mobile Suit series, and follows the adventures and missions of the young Amuro Ray and his experiences with the prototype unit, RX-78 Gundam. The game is set in the year 0079 and at this time Earth has begun to move its burgeoning population into outer space colonies. However, one of the furthest colonies Side 3, proclaimed itself the Principality of Zeon, and launched an all out attack on the Earth Federation.
This game is very large, in fact huge. In total there are at least over 200 missions, and most of them are within the campaign mode, and there are over 15 Gundams and Mobile Suits to choose from, from the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. Everything from RX-78s to Zaku IIs. Everything a Gundam fan can dream of.
As you doubtless know, the game allows you to play as the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon, which means twice the fun and twice the action! Your main mission interface, which is basically a large map with blinking dots, and you can choose which missions you want to do first and each mission has its rewards. On example is when you have to escort a transport safely through the mountains which are patrolled by the enemy. And if you accomplish the mission, a new Gundam is at your hands.
The graphics however are alright. There is really nothing special about them. They are not too polished, but suffice throughout the game. The vibrant colours of the beam swords contrast with the dark, gloomy atmosphere of outer space battles.
One interesting aspect of the game is the divided game play. You can fight on land, underwater and in orbit or outer space. Land fighting is simple, where you can target enemies on your screen with the handy radar. The same goes for underwater battles, except they are slower due to the water! The space battles are very exciting, since there is no gravity, and the only way to move yourself is by using the boosters, and this also makes it tough if you want to have hand to hand combat in orbit.
Since I have played previous NTSC Gundam games, it is a much more different approach to Gundam gaming, almost a bit like the Armoured Core series. In previous games, game play consisted of the Zone of the Enders style, and just locking onto an opponent and revolving around in circles only doing one on one duels. Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation Vs. Zeon is a bit like an unreleased Gundam game on PS2, named Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front, which allows you an open space with objectives to achieve and so on.
There is also a small tactical element to Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation Vs. Zeon. Every once in a while you get to play missions with selectable allies. These allies can be controlled, and you can tell them what to do, attack near, far act as a back up or just leave him be. It doesn't take a strategic freak to understand but it adds a whole new element to the game play.
Now the problems. One of the most annoying things in this game is sometimes it can get a bit hectic at times on screen, causing the frame rate to slow down and you generally getting destroyed. The music is awful, with weird beats in some places, and the annoying ringing sound when an enemy is near or locked on can sometimes drive you up the wall!!! However, the metal crushing action will draw you away from these minor problems and if you put away these cons, you have a beautifully orchestrated Gundam game with piles of longevity and tons of Mobile Suits to unlock that will keep you going for ages.
Muliplayer is alright too, with one off co-op missions or Vs. missions and the added arcade mode is great if you want to get into the game instead of playing the campaign mode.
This game is in fact apparently a direct port of the arcade edition, but this version has been dramatically converted and added a few extras for your gaming pleasure at home.
The Verdict? Well, this game is great, and a Gundam fan like me really dig this kind of game, however I am not too sure that people who only know of the Gundam Wing series may not know what relevance this game has to that series and my be left puzzled. However, this game almost has it all and gives the original series a graphical boost in order to recreate that great atmosphere of Gundams on a battlefield like we have never seen before. A Highly Recommended game!!!
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on 4 December 2002
First Gundam game for the PS2 (over here n e way) and truly impressed. Anyone who has ever played Armoured Core 2 will be impressed by how 'realistic' (it's hard to say realistic about fictional robots) all the mobile suits look and move, and the combat moves very well especially when you go hand to hand with axes and beam sabers! Also there are over 200 campaign missions on land, underwater and in space and an arcade mode to keep you entertained for days on end. Only real gundam fans will know about the suits and characters in this game but it's still worth buying for the good gameplay and visuals. A truly good game for both fans of gundam and general gamers!
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on 28 August 2003
This is a good game. It has a lot of action and you can keep playing over and over again without getting bored.
by George age 10.
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on 24 September 2006
for those looking for a decent game which is challenging and not really repetitive look away now.

i've played many games in my time but this is the worst.

pros: .......erm, well theres a nice choice of playable robots... thats it.

cons: ah, no problem here! the graphics are awful making it look like a psone game.
the aiming system is terrible and the reload times are too long.
the music and cheesy voiceovers are enough to drive anyone to insanity
the games difficulty ranges from reaLLY EASY to stupidly hard.

in my opinion, if you want a game with giant robots, steer well clear of this tripe!!
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