Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn
What parents need to know
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?
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?