When you've been critiquing games for as long as I have, it's hard to not be disenchanted and desensitized by all the hyperbole that comes with press releases for new games. It's been a long time since anything has grabbed my attention and got my fanboy juices going, but the drought is over after Namco Bandai and Koei announced Dynasty Warriors: Gundam coming in late summer to the PS3 and Xbox 360.
All it took was the combination of two things I love: Dynasty Warriors and Gundam. The patented Dynasty Warriors battlefield hack-n'-slash gameplay mixed with the rich and complex storyline of the Gundam universe is a match made in fanboy heaven.
When you consider both series have languished creatively for quite some time, this comic-book crossover almost seems crucial. Here's hoping that the high-tech weaponry and space combat of Gundam will reinvigorate that Dynasty Warriors gameplay in a big way and Dynasty Warriors proven formula will provide Gundam with a game that's engaging and transcends the usual licensed title follies.
In the meantime, enjoy these screenshots.
In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.
Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.
Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers GameCritics.com his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that GameCritics.com will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
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I’m glad I’m not in Asia because it would be like a kid in a candy store. I’d go crazy trying to decide what to waste my money on.
I bought one of the mini-snap-together Gundam models and while I enjoyed the experience, it took too much time and devotion to do it right (even for a snap together one). I just prefer the action-figure variety.
I don’t blame you for picking up the the Gundam Wing models. That have some nice designs that look great regardless of the actual anime.
It’s easy to get Gundam toys in Asian countries. Be sure to check out those Gundam specialty stores if you ever go to Japan or Taiwan. Philippines also has plenty of Gundam toys. Ironically, the only Gundams in my collection are those goofy Wing stuffs. I have all of them except Epion, Tallgeese II, Wing Zero and Deathscythe Hell. Despite being a mediocre anime, I don’t know why I like the designs of Wing’s mechs. Maybe I find their goofiness charming. Do you buy the toys that you have to manually assemble, or the ones that are already built? I… Read more »
Being a mech-head, I collect any interesting bots that are good sculpts and reasonably affordable. Awhile back Bandai domestically released two 12 inch deluxe figures of GP01 and GP02 from the 0083 (which is my favorite Gundam series) so I couldn’t resist picking those up. Then they also released the Arch Enemy line which went from the RX-78 to the goofy Wing stuff. The quality on the Arch Enemy line was model-kit quality stuff and I don’t regret picking those up. Since then, the Gundam franchaise lost a lot of steam in the US and there hasn’t been any good… Read more »
Hey Chi, do you also collect Gundam toys? Just wondering.