EDIT: Promotional video added (check it out!)
It's a bit hard to get a feel for the combat mechanics based solely upon the few small snippets offered in the video, but it looks like the two modes are based around melee and ranged combat, respectively. I can't realy quantify why I feel this way, but to me, the combat looks more like the Seed game, Never Ending Tomorrow than Encounters in Space... which is a bit disappointing. It seems a bit unpolished.
It still looks like it may be a fun game, mind you, I just have a feeling the "worth" of the game will be almost entirely dependent on the amount of content it offers.
|Yes: this is in-game footage. Yes: it is sexy. No: I do not mind if you drool.|
Hot damn, it's a good time to be a Gundam fan.
|Breaching a mobile suit's reactor will result in a larger explosion--adding a new dimension to the game that was impossible to achieve with older Gundam titles.|
|Each pilot will have a unique set of missions to complete: blue icons indicate story missions; yellow icons indicate monologue missions.|
|Custom Cast mode looks to have a lot of depth to it, and the team size suggests large-scale battles. So far, the Nahel-Argama, Musai-class and Ra Cailun-class have all been seen in the game.|
|The sheer level of detail present in every aspect of the game--from engine and weapon effects to asteroids to lighting to all the tiny details on the Nahel Argama's hull--is mind-bogglingly impressive.|
Three new mobile suits have been confirmed for DLC release: the Delta Gundam (the "perfect" version of the Hyaku Shiki); the Delta Gundam Kai (a newtype-use mobile suit described as "revolutionary"), and the Sinanju Stein. The Sinanju Stein and Delta Gundam Kai will be available as DLC, but the Delta Gundam will only be redeemable via a voucher code included (in limited quantities) with the initial print-run of the game. Additional downloadable content will include additional characters, mobile suits and scenarios--some of which will be free to download, while the bigger stuff will cost ya'.
|The Delta Gundam is the ultimate form of the Hyaku Shiki--or, rather, it is the Hyaku Shiki as it was meant to be. Kind of like the Perfect Zeong. I'll take this sexy, shiny mess over a Delta Plus any day of the week.|
|The Delta Gundam Kai is a highly advanced mobile suit built off the Delta Gundam frame. Designed for newtype-use, it will revolutionize mobile suit combat throughout all of space.|
|The Sinanju Stein was built as a high-performance mobile suit by Anaheim Electronics as part of the development of the Gundam Unicorn. It's performance was so great that it was believed that no human being could pilot it.|
The first DLC scenario is titled, "The Postwar War" (戦後の戦争), and was written specifically for the game by Harutoshi Fukui, the original writer of the Gundam Unicorn novel series. It will feature the Sinanju Stein, designed by Hajime Katoki, and will deal with its theft by Full Frontal and the Neo Zeon Sleeves.
Yeah: I called it.
Despite my initial misgivings about the game (specifically, it's lack of content) Gundam Unicorn looks like it will offer a very, very solid amount of Single player content, tons of different mobile suits to play around with, and--what excites me the most--promises large-scale battles featuring large numbers of mobile suits, missiles, warships and beams flying around. Assuming it plays as well as it looks (and I'm thinking the mechanics will basically be like a much-improved version of the old Encounters in Space game on the PS2) I'd say it's a must-buy, and possibly the definitive Gundam Game of this generation. It certainly looks to give Gundam Senki a run for its money. I, for one, will be paying very close attention to the game in the coming weeks and months: it's easily my single most anticipated title for 2013.
|Ship-to-ship battles? Oh hell yes.|
|Visually, Gundam Unicorn is the most impressive gundam game ever produced.|
|The in-game models are incredibly detailed: I really hope we get a 3D model viewer in the game. And, uh, online multiplayer, too, I guess.|
|Hopefully the camera angle will be more conservative for most of the game. It probably moves around (like this) to show off special attack animations.|
|I'm not going to lie: I don't think he's going to make it.|
|I really love launching scenes. In games, at least.|
|Almost every mobile suit that appears in the OVA series will be playable in-game.|
|Anyone who isn't a fan of the Dom has no soul.|
|Holy destruction damage, Batman! This is the kind of visual effects I've been dying to see in a Gundam game for years.|
|Look at that nebula. Come to think of it, are any nebula actually visible from the vicinity of Earth?|
|That smug grin would work better for him if he had a mask to go with it.|
|Love the art style; hate the character.|
|Quick! Is the Unicorn pictured above the in-game model, or is this a capture from the first OVA episode?|
|Stupid Sexy Puru|
|STAND UP TO THE VICTORY!|