Super Robot Wars 30

Game review by David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Tactical tale ditches substance for fan service fluff.

Windows 2021

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age 13+

May not be the best representation of the series, but still a very good introduction

Now when I say this is a good introduction, I mean that it contains a lot of what made previous instalments great. For starters, the multitude of mecha franchises represented here is great and they do a decent job tying the stories together. Not quite as good a job as past entries, but still a good job. I mean, I wouldn't say it quite pulled off what X did by taking bad mecha anime and actually making them look really good/intriguing, but it's serviceable. But if you're like me and are primarily playing this for the mecha action, you can always skip through the dialogue by holding down L and R. The core gameplay is still great, requires you to think, though this one is honestly a tad easier than past ones. Many recent titles have added a lot of things to keep note of, including a feature that lets you send inactive units on quests so they can level up at the same time as those you bring into battle. With that said, this game also does a lot of things vastly different. After all, this isn't part of the main SRW series. It's a spinoff celebrating 30 years of a franchise that up until now we never officially got in North America. (The recent titles have an English language option, but only if you import the Chinese versions) And this does lead to one thing I really appreciate. See, the only way to level grind in past entries was to keep losing and restarting battles until your party was good enough to survive. With this installment, you have plenty of optional content to help with that. In fact, most of the battles are completely optional. Even some of the mandatory ones (Battles with stars next to their titles) aren't required to completing the game. They are required to getting the true ending, but if you don't care about that, you can skip them, which is good because some of these battles have certain requirements that can take quite a while to unlock, especially if you really care about leveling up your party members equally like I do. In fact, each of the main paths is only about half the length of a standard Super Robot Wars game, so if you don't wanna pour too many hours into the main story, this might be a good alternative to the other, much lengthier options, and with the inclusion of an easy mode, that just makes it all the simpler to get into. As always, the soundtrack is great with every playable character having their own theme music that starts up whenever they battle. And the battle animations are fantastic. On the whole, if you've been missing out on this franchise and you're into mecha anime, this is worth a shot.

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Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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