MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here
for more information about MobyRank.
As great as it is, it really is just another refinement of a game you could well have played a dozen times before. Purists will most likely disagree, of course – and for them, Gundam 2 gets a hearty recommendation. But to fans of the series who are ready to admit that it’s getting just a little old now, Strikeforce is the way to go. Still, I’m pretty sure that I bloody love this game. It’s one of those titles that you might devote a few days to, then decide to give it a bit of a rest. Yet you won’t ever actually trade it in, since you know there’s a whole mountain of stuff to play through, and you’ll find yourself still dipping in for the occasional session. Because no matter how many ways in which our beloved hobby may change over the next couple of years, smashing up hundreds of massive robots will always be fun.
In any case, the real difference between Gundam Musou 2 and the first game is in its size and scope. It is a staggering amount of content, and in terms of value for money alone, Gundam Musou 2 eclipses most other games, with enough to keep devoted fans occupied well beyond a hundred hours. That's not to say that game length is a reliable measure of excellence - of course it's not. And some people will no doubt want to criticise Gundam Musou 2 for a perceived lack of originality, because at its heart this is the same game as before. For anyone who has found themselves fifty hours into the first game and still wanting more, Gundam Musou 2 delivers it, with flourish. If you play through this avalanche of new content and you still don't find yourself warming to KOEI's Warriors series, then you can probably forget about ever doing so, because Gundam Musou 2 is absolutely the best in its class. Here's hoping it won't be quite so criminally overlooked as the first game.
Machen wir uns nichts vor, auch der neueste Teil der Dynasty Warriors- bzw. Gundam-Serie wird wohl hauptsächlich eingefleischte Fans begeistern können. Allerdings sollte das Potential dieser Serie nicht unterschätzt werden. Klar, die Grafik ist unterdurchschnittlich und wenn es voll wird auf dem Bildschirm, dann leidet auch mal die Übersicht, aber dennoch bietet Gundam 2 einiges an Spielspaß. Dank dezenten Rollenspielelementen macht sich auch eine kontinuierliche Verbesserung der Gundams bemerkbar. In Sachen Umfang gibt es nichts zu meckern, hier hat KOEI schon immer geklotzt. Fans der Gundam-Serie werden sich zudem über die ausführlich erzählte Geschichte sowie zahlreiche Hintergrundinfos freuen. Bis auf den Koop-Modus kann der Mehrspielermodus jedoch nicht wirklich überzeugen und wirkt sehr aufgesetzt. Fans greifen bedenkenlos zu, Freunde von strategisch angehauchten Actionspielen können einen Blick riskieren, doch Vorsicht, der Schwierigkeitsgrad zieht gehörig an.
Whilst Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 may not offer much of a different playing experience to past games in the series. It is much more streamlined and action orientated and filled with various modes and missions to play. The game will appeal to both fans of the Gundam and Dynasty Warriors series and serves up one of the better games in the franchise.
Vielleicht muss man ja einfach in der richtigen Stimmung sein, um den zweiten Dynasty Warriors-Ableger zu genießen. Vielleicht hat Koei aber auch an den richtigen Schrauben gedreht... Auf jeden Fall hätte mit etwas mehr Liebe zum Detail sogar ein gutes Spiel aus der Gundam-Fortsetzung werden können: Die Action geht etwas lockerer von der Hand und die umfangreiche Karriere ist auf einem einfachen Niveau ungemein motivierend. Vor allem die zahlreichen Missionen und das Aufrüsten der Mobile Suits - von deren schierer Anzahl ganz zu schweigen - hebt Gundam 2 von seinem Vorgänger ab. Doch insgesamt tut sich auch diesmal einfach zu wenig, als dass sich die Serie endlich über das allzu gewöhnliche Mittelmaß hinaus strecken könnte. Dazu verlaufen die Kämpfe immer noch allzu eintönig, Kulissen und Akteure wirken trotz einiger gelungener Effekte leblos und die banale Mehrspieler-Action ist kaum der Rede wert.
Cheat Code Central
If I said I didn’t enjoy Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, that would be a lie. It is a fun game. However, the monotony of the series is really starting to wear out its charm. Doing the same thing over and over is really fun for a handful of hours, but I just can’t commit any more to it than that, which makes its $60 price tag just a little too high. Although there are plenty of good facets to Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, the game overall suffers from a huge “been there, done that” issue, which is my chief complaint. If you’ve never played a Dynasty Warriors or Musou game before, and you don’t mind repetitive game structure, then you’ll probably enjoy this title. But for my cash, I would like something just a little deeper.
Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 is a good Dynasty Warriors game, but comes with all of the baggage that the name brings. Many will find it repetitive or be utterly confused by having so many characters, but keep in mind that on any day Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 is better than a lot of Dynasty Warriors games. If you are a Gundam fan, you should stop reading this now and make a trip to your local games store, as there hasn’t been a Gundam game as good in a while.
Hat man eines gesehen, hat man alle gesehen. Dieses Motto könnte man mittlerweile auf die Schachtel eines jeden neuen Dynasty-Warriors-Ablegers kleben. Zwar ist der Szenariowechsel in der Tat erfrischend und der kleine Rollenspielaspekt hat mich immer wieder mal auf das Schlachtfeld gezogen. Das alles kann jedoch nicht vertuschen, dass ihr nach wie vor dieselben eintönigen Massenprügeleien mit all ihren Macken vorgesetzt bekommt – fast ohne Neuerungen. Braucht man nicht unbedingt.
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 seems like it barely takes a step forward past its predecessor. In some cases, it even takes a step back. If you're a hardcore fan of both the Dynasty Warriors brand and the Gundam universe, you'll undoubtedly purchase a copy even without my blessing, but I beg you to reconsider. Sure, there's nothing "wrong" with the game as far as I can tell -- it still runs fine and there's plenty to do. But it's the same gameplay as the past five KOEI games I've reviewed. It's just not worth buying again.
I'll grant there are die-hard Dynasty Warriors fans out there — too many of them to entirely discount the franchise's signature gameplay. But there's a point at which expanding the content of that game universe, in fact expanding it to a new universe in the form of the original game and now this sequel, serves no purpose but slapping some successful branding on a game and getting it out on store shelves. I'm actually amazed how much content is in this title, but a wealth of features iced on top of a clunker is not worthy of consideration, not even for Dynasty Warriors or "Gundam" fans.
In the end, it is hard for me to recommend Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 to anyone other than the hardcore fans of the series (either DW or Gundam) or anyone who just is a glutton for punishment. To me, it's the same old song and dance that we've endured for far too many years now. It's time for a change before you lose even your most diehard of fans.
Video Game Talk
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 is a repetitive and bland hack 'n slash experience with a thick anime coat of paint. Koei hasn't changed the formula for the franchise in quite some time, and if you've played one Dynasty Warriors, you've more or less played them all. That's a shame really because this franchise had some true potential. As it stands though, only the diehard faithful to both series will get any enjoyment out of this title. Curious fans of the show could consider this a light rental.
Nevertheless, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 is not an aggressively awful game; it's just aggressively boring. Yet Koei keeps churning these games out (and selling them) at an alarming rate, so it's unlikely that we'll see a shift to a more exciting approach in the near future. Rather than spending time slogging through such triteness, imagine the different ways that you could make a game featuring giant robots even less exciting. Sadly, you probably can't.
All in all, it’s not a bad game, if you’re into the Gundam series - wait, scratch that. Great graphics and sky-high frame rates are neat and all, but it’s all for naught if you can’t get past the third ****ing level. I can already see some of you scoffing at the prospect of a critic not being able to finish the game, but I assure you that I’m not the only one who had trouble with this.
DW:G2 feels like it was made for fans, but Koei didn’t know which fans to placate: theirs or Gundam fans. It tries to satisfy both but ends up disappointing both. If you recognize the name M’Queve or know which mobile suit the RX-78 is, then you’ll enjoy the sheer amount of content in the game, but whether or not getting to it is worth the effort will likely be an easy decision for you. Give it a try, but don’t be surprised if you end up trading it in for a Gundam DVD instead.
There are no reviews for this game.