11 Oct 2017
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Hands-on review: Gundam Versus lacks content and enjoyable gameplay

By Damian Seeto

Video games are supposed to be fun and offer players a lot of content to experience. Sadly, Bandai Namco's Gundam Versus lacks both of these. 

In more recent times, fighting games have offered a lot of single player content to allow you to be excited for many hours. It doesn't matter if you're playing offline or online, fighting games usually offer a lot for everyone. 

NetherRealm Studios started this trend by giving us epic cinematic story modes in the Mortal Kombat and Injustice video games. Story modes have also been added to games like Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V too. 

Sadly, Gundam Versus offers no story mode whatsover. I'm not too familiar with the Gundam franchise, but it would have been good to play through some type of single player campaign to familiarize myself with the series.  It's weird considering other Bandai Namco video games based on anime include lengthy and enjoyable story modes. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and the recent One Piece video games come to mind. 

Instead, the single player offering in Gundam Versus is very anemic at best. There's only Trial Battle Mode and Ultimate Battle Mode offered for offline single players. Both modes are pretty similar since you are just fighting off waves upon waves of enemies. 

To make matters even worse, the game offers no offline multiplayer either. Normally I enjoy playing fighting games against my brothers to see who is the best at video games. Sadly, we weren't able to do that with this game. 

The only way to play with other people is via the online battles. There's 1v1, 2v2 or 3v3 battles that you can partake in. The online multiplayer can be somewhat enjoyable, but only if you are good enough to play with others around the same skill level as you.  The core gameplay is not very fun too. The levels are too small and barren for the Gundam suits to fight in. This is unlike the stages seen in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse series where you have more room to fight in. 

That said, the gameplay is fast and swift and there are loads and loads of new suits for you to unlock. If you are a Gundam fan, you will love the variety of suits that are playable for you. Not to mention each suit handles differently from one another and they offer different skills and weapons for you to use. 

Graphically, Gundam Versus is far from the best looking game on the PS4. It looks more like a late PS3 generation video game at best. The stages also lack any detail and are dull and boring to look at. The only visuals that pop out are the special effects you see when you attack. 

Sadly, Gundam Versus is quite possibly be the worst game I have played in 2017. The gameplay is repetitive and boring, plus it offers very little for people wanting to play the game offline. The only people that will like this game are very hardcore Gundam fans. 

Verdict: 5.5/10  

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