Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS-Force

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Big robot battles for fans, but team fights can be tedious.

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Positive Messages

Constant theme of "good vs. evil," characters fighting, working together to save planet. Also strong themes of developing bonds with characters so they can be called on for help.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Loads of characters from entire Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, so plenty of positive role models to choose from, as well as some villains that can join fight on player's side. Unfortunately, given vast number of characters included, there's not a lot of room to really delve deeply into individual character's personalities.

Ease of Play

While basic mech controls are pretty straightforward, things get more difficult. Since you can only lock onto one target at a time, getting blindsided by other mechs outside your field of vision frequently happens. Also, some missions can be hard to figure out.

Violence

Main focus is mech-on-mech battles, so violence is pretty nonstop. While there's plenty of punching, shooting going on, complete with explosions, there's never any blood, gore. Instead, defeated enemies simply explode, vanish from battlefield.

Sex
Language

Some mild language in dialogue, such as "damn," "hell."

Consumerism

Based on popular Mobile Suit Gundam global franchise, which includes vast number of animated TV shows, movies, books, comics, video games, toys, related merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS-Force is a downloadable action game for the PlayStation Vita, based on the characters and events from various Mobile Suit Gundam animated series. The game puts players in the roles of characters from the series as they fight against both generic soldiers and other main characters from the series in mech-on-mech combat. While the action and violence are nonstop and a focus of the gameplay, the fights features plenty of explosions but no blood or gore. The arcade-style controls are fairly easy to pick up and play, though there are moments of the gameplay that can be a bit confusing and disorienting.

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What's it about?

In MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: EXTREME VS-FORCE, the universe is teetering on the brink of destruction and it's up to you to find a way to stop it. You won't be alone in the battle, though. Thanks to a virtual simulation of multiple worlds, you'll be joined on the battlefield with the greatest warriors from every corner of all the Mobile Suit Gundam universes. Impossible allies team up against the forces of evil, as 40 characters from 18 series rise to the challenge in classic two-vs.-two gameplay and new Team battles, where players command teams of six Mobile Suits and one battleship in large-scale combat.

Is it any good?

There's plenty of action and fan service for long-standing Mobile Suit Gundam franchise enthusiasts to rally around and love with this portable arcade game. One of the great things about Extreme VS-Force is that each of the game's 40 Mobile Suits feels distinct and unique, both in presentation and abilities. And yet, despite the diversity, no one mech feels overpowered when compared to the others. On the whole, there's a strong sense of balance between all the available characters and their abilities.

While the Mobile Suits themselves are well balanced, the game itself feels a little lopsided. The arcade combat is fun in shorter missions and Free matches, but the Team battles can feel a bit drawn out. Players have to switch from more action-based play to a more tactical approach as they try to lead their team to control specific spawn points. It feels a bit like the game is trying to appeal to Mobile Online Battle Arena (or MOBA) gamers, but it comes up a bit short. And since much of the single-player campaign is composed of these Team battles, it's hard not to feel that things get a bit tedious. Luckily, you can take a break from the campaign and dive into some Free matches at any time to mix things up a bit. And for fans of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, there's more than enough action and fan service to keep their interest.

Talk to your kids about ...

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