Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 - PS3

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Also for: Xbox 360
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Beat 'Em Up
Strategy: Combat
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Tecmo Koei Soft. Co.: Tecmo Koei
Publishers: Tecmo Koei Europe (GB)
Released: 1 Jul 2011 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Connectivity: Network Features, Network Players


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When the entire universe is at war and the planet's falling into chaos, who or what do you want to deal with it? Tecmo Koei has known for a while now: the answer is 'men in giant robot suits'. Or, more accurately, 'mecha'. The long-standing DynastyWarriors series has spun out in several directions, from feudal Japan right through to the future of the mega-popular Gundam anime series, which is where this game is taking us.

The Dynasty Warriors series are characterised by beat-'em-up action featuring wave upon wave upon wave of enemies for the player to disperse. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 certainly doesn't disappoint on that front, although it does bring a bit of added strategy into play. Situated on the battlefield are numerous strongholds and traps called Chain Explosion Systems. If you manage to take one of these, you'll be able to set loose a series of devastating explosions which can really tip the field in your favour.

A few changes have been made to the combat, too. Perhaps the most notable is the introduction of Partner Strikes, which allow you to summon a buddy to the action when you're suffering on the battlefield. There's also a new 'Emergency Dash' move for when you need to take some serious evasive action. Finally, you'll find the new Recovery System, which allows you to salvage armour while you're hurting out on the field.

The visuals have been changed, too. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam now sports a cel-shaded look which brings the series closer into line with the Gundam anime.

Also, did we mention that there are laser swords?