Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes – Second Opinion

Well, this isn't going to be much of a review on my part because I agree with Chi completely. Gundam Side Story 0079 is a cool game that could have been great had it just lasted longer. I must say though—while I was playing, I truly felt like a part of the war effort against the Zeon forces. I thought the developers missed an opportunity to make the missions more interesting (which of course would have made the game longer and more involving). In fact, the game never really pushes the envelope conceptually, but it's hard to complain about a game that does so many things right. And as Chi stated in his review, the best part of Gundam Side Story is the authenticity of piloting the Mobile Suits. Being a part of the White Dingo team, the war-torn environments, the awesome weaponry—it's all so beautifully realized. It's for this reason I keep playing the game over and over again.

I could elaborate further on how the amazing visuals and sound combine with a good story and fun gameplay to create the game's believable and highly playable world, but Chi has already discussed the production quality at great length. The fact is, this is a really strong title for Dreamcast. Even though it doesn't live up to its potential as an epic game, it pulls you into its world and delivers plenty of action.

Gundam Side Story 0079 is part of the "Gundam Big Bang Project"—celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Mobile Suit Gundam saga. Though I've always been aware of the franchise, I'm nowhere near as familiar with it as Chi is. I'm not sure what else we'll see from Bandai's Gundam Project, but if Gundam Side Story is any indication, I won't have any choice but to jump on the Gundam bandwagon. Rating: 8.0 out of 10