Parents' Guide to

Gundam Evolution

By Joey Thurmond, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fun team shooter needs more content, fixes for progression.

The cover art of Gundam Evolution, showing An array of human-piloted robots called "Gundams" standing against a backdrop of Earth.

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While this title tries to capitalize on the concept of the "hero shooter," its lack of content and microtransactions keeps it from standing out. In Gundam Evolution, your controls are conveniently consistent across the entire roster of Gundam units, even while weapons and abilities vary wildly. Some have long- or close-range energy firearms, while others have hammers and staffs for melee combat. A few units have healing or explosive equipment, but their ranges and effectiveness suit differing scenarios. No matter which character you pick, it's encouraged that you're familiar with each one so you can not only provide the support your team needs, but also capitalize on enemy weaknesses. The modes are objective based (rather than solely focused on kill counts) on defending or destroying enemy caches in the Destruction mode, or capturing specific areas across maps in the Domination mode. For a free game, the three core modes are good fun, stacked on top of 12 free characters that all feel good to play as with smooth aiming and straightforward controls.

This is a live-service title that will evolve in time, but as it stands, it's struggling. The Gundam units' strengths and weaknesses don't carry enough weight to feel like changing characters will shift the tides of victory or dynamics of teamwork in notable ways. Character mobility also doesn't factor enough into strategic play with a paltry three maps that aren't memorable. The game's glaring issues arise in its digital economy and leveling systems. New characters and most desirable cosmetics are locked behind loot boxes, microtransactions, and a season pass. Many challenges are not only kept behind this pass, but are also timed and restrictive so that you can only complete so many, or kept from completing more, while other bundles have ridiculous prices attached. Gundam Evolution has a lot to work out with its game balancing, amount of content, and progression, but could morph into something truly special with its fun gameplay and assortment of characters.

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