Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy fighting game with frequent but non-bloody combat.

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Positive Messages

While violence is the focal point of this game, it is well established that players are part of the "good" side, and the enemies are rebel forces. The battles are to protect the kingdom and ensure as much civility as possible. However, this message is largely obscured in incidental cut-scenes and dialog, and is overshadowed by the constant action.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Amidst all the mayhem and combat, players are introduced to fellow warriors and are able to form a sense of camaraderie. Although it is a violent situation that bonds everyone together, a sense of friendship comes through.

Ease of Play

What sets this game apart from most other action or fighting games is that instead of battling against one enemy of a handful of enemies at a time, players literally have to take down dozens or even hundreds in a single setting. Because of this, the game requires a lot of precise timing, sharp reflexes, and impeccable strategy, and may prove difficult for novices.

Violence

Players will kill hundreds of enemy soldiers during the course of this game. There is a relentless amount of action that often pits players against dozens of enemies at a time. Most of the time, these enemies are easily defeated and simply disappear. Some boss battles, however, are more protracted and require long bouts of one-on-one combat. In all instances the violence is mitigated to a degree by the fact that there is no blood, that the action is set in a fantastical era, and that attacks are highlighted with bursts of color and sparks.

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Language

The words "damn," "bastard," and "ass" appear, both in the course of battle and in story interludes.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 is a fighting game that puts players in the middle of an epic battle between two competing factions in a part-medieval, part-fantastical world. Players will engage in hand-to-hand combat brawls as well as battles involving large mechanical robots with lasers, gunfire, and explosions. Players are presented as the "good guys" against a rebel force and are only engaging in violence to protect their people. In addition to the main story mode, it is possible to embark on a version of the game composed of nothing but nonstop battles. Parents should also be aware the game includes moderate profanity.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byGundamLover4Evar July 9, 2011

A great game for robot fans!

I have this game and I would suggest it to anyone who love mechs. There is language but nothing too bad.It is pretty easy to play because it's mostly just... Continue reading

What's it about?

In DYNASTY WARRIORS: GUNDAM 3, the story takes a bit of a back seat. Its main draw is its constant and frenetic action, which takes place amid myriad larger-than-life battles. In the story mode, battles are intertwined with narrative sequences that describe the long journey for players as they work to take down a rebel enemy force and protect the world from potentially cataclysmic mayhem.

Is it any good?

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 is the latest in the very long-running Dynasty Warriors series. The game involves frenetic, drawn-out battles. Literally hundreds of enemies line fantastical battlefields spread throughout the course of the game. Combined with dazzlingly colorful blasts and battle effects, it almost creates a visual overload at times. It is essentially non-stop fighting action in a variety of different environments.

There isn't much new here -- this is a formula that has worked well for the franchise over the years -- and it may at times prove overly difficult for players new to this sort of action, but fans of large scale combat games should be appeased.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of this game's violence. How is the content different than violence seen in other forms of media, or in real life? What do you think of the motives involved?

  • Families can also discuss how a game like this one might affect a player's reflexes. Do you think games can help improve your hand/eye coordination? If so, how might this help you in real life situations?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: July 5, 2011
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language

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