If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I personally thought that the formula for the Breaker games was perfect. Okay, maybe not perfect, but pretty dang close. So why change it? Marketing perhaps? Or maybe Bandai dared to do something different for the new crowd of gamers who weren’t willing to import yet still wanted to experience the battle, break, build! formula. For those unfamiliar with the series, Gundam Breaker puts you in the cockpit of a Gundam of your own building via virtual reality. The purpose of the game is to battle other Gundams, break off their part, and build your dream mech. Rinse, wash, repeat.
- Balance Frame– versatile and easy to use. Average abilities with no strengths or weaknesses.
- Striker Frame– Good at breaking parts. High reaction speed, endurance, and stun resistance.
- Gunner Frame– Glass cannon with high attack power and low durability.
- Enchanter Frame– Specializes in EX skills. Attack power is low, but can take a lot of damage.
- Searcher Frame– Best suited as a support unit. High speed with exceptional recovery EX skills.
- Fully customizable Gundam units using parts from familiar Gundams.
- Gorgeous presentation.
- The developer has updates planned to address some of the issues outlined in my review.
- Soft cap of parts you can take back with you that didn’t exist in previous titles.
- Buying parts is no longer viable because you buy single parts instead of box sets and each part is outrageously expensive.
- The above make the game a grind and it shouldn’t feel that way.
- New quest system makes combat feel rushed.
- Co op is all but dead. You need two teams of three in order to play and there’s no option to add bots to your team, guaranteeing that if the game didn’t do well as far as sales, you’d be shut out of that particular play option. **Updates claim they will add a vs AI option.
- Typical Japanese character tropes do little for the story telling.
- Battle score system feels cheap thanks to the way the quest system works.
REVIEW CODE: A complimentary Playstation 4 code was provided to Bonus Stage for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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