I was quite excited for New Gundam Breaker when it was announced to be releasing here in the States, but it turns out that game’s quite awful. This was quite disappointing because Gundam Breaker 3 was pretty amazing, so I’d like to talk about that game instead.
Taking a bit of a step back, the Gundam series has been putting animated giant robots on TV for almost 40 years. Models of said robots, generally known as Gunpla, have been around for almost as long. Gundam Breaker is a game series that is entirely about building and battling Gunpla. Gundam Breaker 3 is the first game in the series to be translated into English, although it was only released in Asia. The general premise is the typical for a tournament anime: you fight battles, you crush all comers, you sometimes get sidetracked by odd sidequests, and you win everything. Gameplay involves you and potentially a few AI-controlled teammates battling swarms of other gunpla in order to progress through a linear stage. This is occasionally broken up by objectives or stronger enemies in the form of “other players”. Most stages end with a boss or two, which can be anything from just a stronger enemy, a giant enemy, or a large “Mobile Armor”.
Along the way, as you beat enemies you may break parts off of them. This has a chance to cause the parts to drop, as well as a chance when you defeat an enemy. When you finish a mission, you have an opportunity to review what you got and potentially incorporate anything you find into your own gunpla. Your skills level up, you can combine parts to make your parts level up, and there’s a lot of depth to the whole “building” system. Some parts have built-in skills which you can only use when the part is set. Mastering these skills will let you use them even without an appropriate part equipped. Also attached to parts are Option Equipment, which are additional weapons/attacks enabled just by having certain parts set. A pair of legs with a sword strapped on will let you swing the sword, for example.
It’s this building and customizing that really got me hooked on the game. It’s so much fun just seeing what you can make and getting to then turn around and use it in the next mission. It’s still pretty easy to get this one with all of the DLC, so I highly suggest you give it a try if you’re into Gundams in any way.