“Gundam shrunk again”
- Management: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, PC
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Developer: artdink
- Release Date: 25 August 2022
Love it or hate it, one of the more popular versions of the Gundam series is not the G Gundam or Wing Gundam but the SD Gundam series. Made in chibi-style mecha, SD Gundam Japan is no joke in the world as it has spawned many forms of media, from anime, toys, gunpla, and of course, video games. SD Gundam Battle Alliance is another entry in the SD franchise and we have a lot to say about this short Gundam adventure. Here is our review of SD Gundam Battle Alliance for PS5!
SD Gundam Battle Alliance brings players once again into the world of Chibi Gundam but a different story is being told. As the commander of a small team, you and your sailor are trapped within a virtual world that has all of Gundam’s different timelines, but a problem has arisen that causes irregularities in each universe. To return home, you have to wear a mobile suit and fix these historical issues until you want real time to affect the real world and destroy the Gundam universe! SD Gundam Battle Alliance’s story isn’t the franchise’s grandest, but it’s a good way to allow players to experience the world from the early days of Gundam to modern series like Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and beyond. Is. This also means that you are going to control loads of different suits that range from the iconic GM Mobil suit to the more famous Gundams like Barbatos and Wing Gundam Zero. We won’t spoil all the suits you can unlock in SD Gundam Battle Alliance, but we loved how many of our favorites were contained within!
Well, we can feel you readers wondering how SD Gundam Battle Alliance plays out and that is our next focus. SD Gundam Battle Alliance is similar to an Action RPG where you control your mobile suit using a mix of light and launcher attacks, with different special attacks for each suit. At first, you’ll be stuck with a GM and then Zaku—unless you’ve got the pre-order version—but as you hack and shoot your way through various locations separated from the world of Gundam, you’ll find more Units to control and level up will unlock more. The combat is fine and we loved that each unit felt quite differently. Barbatos being a melee-heavy Gundam is all about close skirmishes, while Guntank is more about launching rockets and bullets from medium range. The only two major gameplay issues we encountered came from repeated treks through the various maps – you often have to go through the map more than once as they split between a historically incorrect version and a TRUE version – and the leveling system.
Honestly, leveling up and strengthening your mobile suit is boring because it comes down to maxing out various stats like melee, range, health, and boost. We wish there was more to the leveling system but we equally understand that could be over the top for a game filled with loads of suits. Honestly, though, SD Gundam Battle Alliance feels repetitive overall, and while the combat is fun, replaying the map and fighting off similar enemies for hours starts to thin out after the first few hours.
The SD Gundam Battle Alliance visuals are another weird mix that, even when at its weakest, we enjoyed it. Each mech is perfectly done with astonishing levels of detail and we really give credit to Artdink for how carefully they take the various Mobile Suits and Gundams preserving their precise details. Landscapes like mecha are chibi styled and while we felt they were adorable to look at, they also lacked impact. It’s nice to sneak into small buildings, but it doesn’t leave a lasting impression which is strange to say. SD Gundam Battle Alliance isn’t the prime definition of next-gen, but that doesn’t mean it looks bad either.
Together, we will win!
At first, it looks like SD Gundam Battle Alliance is a single-player experience, but if you haven’t noticed that there is a co-op and it allows up to three players to join together and tackle missions simultaneously, Then you will be unwell! Now you can argue which Gundam is stronger and who will crush more Jaku in a Battle Appian or Burning Gundam! Playing co-op isn’t going to get rid of your ultimate boredom of fighting after hours of gameplay, but it’s a great tool to have some mindless fun with friends and learn about all things nerdy.
SD Gundam Battle Alliance is not going to appeal to all Gundam fans and that is perfectly okay. Like the SD series as a whole, SD Gundam Battle Alliance has its own fan base and we doubt anyone says anything that would stop them from buying it to this day! As fans of all things Gundam, small and big, SD Gundam Battle Alliance was a pleasant surprise as it had so many mobile suits to unlock and was a lot of fun in short bursts. Is this the best Gundam game ever, not even close, but SD Gundam Battle Alliance is still a solid entry in the franchise and one of the better SD games we’ve played in a while.
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