Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn

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Sci-fi mech battles provide limited but well-made gameplay.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game puts players in a larger-than-life setting where they must prevent global destruction from a powerful force of giant robot fighters. Although the game is primarily focused on high-octane action and battles, players are always very aware that they're on a mission for a strong and noble purpose.

Positive role models

There's a mixed bag of characters in this game, but most interaction comes with fellow mech-fighting heroes who are equally as devoted to saving the planet from impending doom. Because virtually everyone is shown inside giant robot suits the whole time, it's difficult to form strong personal connections with or opinions about the other characters in the game.

Ease of play

This game requires focus, attention to detail, and strong reflexes. As it progresses, there's little room for error as players hack and slash their way through a barrage of giant space-surfing mechanical soldiers. In addition to requiring extreme precision during the frequent battle sequences, the game also challenges players to master the finer points of strategy when they get the opportunity to upgrade their mech suits. Gundam Reborn is very challenging, and advanced gamers will feel satisfaction from completing the more arduous levels.

Violence

The point of the entire game is its violent content. But it's important to keep in mind at all times that players are controlling and battling against futuristic, gigantic mechanized robots (called "Mobile Suits") thousands of miles from Earth. This significantly lessens the impact of the frenetic action, making it feel more like an arcade-style shooting game than one with a lot of senseless violence. Missions often involve players destroying a certain amount of enemy Mobile Suits while ensuring that their own health meter isn't depleted from incoming attacks. 

Sex

Some sexually suggestive content in the dialogue. For example, a young male character is described as being drawn to "mature" women. A character mentions multiple times that he's drooling over the prospect of "picking up multiple captains."

Language

The voice-over dialogue is entirely in Japanese. The subtitles include some cursing, such as the word "damn."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn is a fast-paced action/fighting game in which players control a mechanized robot called a "Mobile Suit" as they battle hordes of enemy Mobile Suits that are trying to destroy the planet. The vast majority of the game consists mostly of taking out hundreds of these enemies with a variety of slashing and shooting attacks. Although the giant mech suits are theoretically piloted by human characters, there's rarely any actual depiction of humans being injured or hurt, which helps take some of the edge off the game. There's also some mildly suggestive commentary in the game's cut scenes, including a male character salivating (as described in text-based dialogue) over a group of male captains. Parents also need to know that all the voice-over dialogue in this game is in Japanese, with English subtitles (expect some minor swearing, along the lines of "damn").

What's it about?

DYNASTY WARRIORS: GUNDAM REBORN puts players in the position of needing to save the planet -- and beyond -- as they pilot their own giant mechanized robot, known as a "Mobile Suit," in outer-space battles against similar machines. There's a rogue group using their Mobile Suits to bring about destruction to anything that comes in their way, and players must destroy the rogues before being destroyed themselves. There also are several side stories among characters, which play out during cut scenes in-between the fast-paced combat. The story is presented with Japanese dialogue and English subtitles.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

What Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn has going for it is a lot of action and well-rendered backgrounds, environments, and character models. For those who can appreciate the genre, there's an acute futuristic appeal to piloting a huge mechanized robot in space while taking out hordes of enemy mechs. The gameplay is good, from the well-configured controls to the smooth animations of attack and destruction through the hours of combat, even though it ends up feeling like the same kind of action over and over again. There are also several upgrade and customization options to slightly break up the monotony. In other words, this game really hits just one note, but it does so in a very well-executed manner.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the violent content in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn is mitigated by the depiction of robot-vs.-robot violence instead of human-vs.-human. Is it OK that the game has violence if you never see humans getting hurt?

  • This game was originally released in Japan before being released in America. Why do you think the developers didn't translate the voice-over dialogue into English?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$39.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:July 1, 2014
Genre:Arcade
Topics:Robots, Space and aliens
ESRB rating:T for Violence, Blood, Sexual Themes, Mild Language

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