- System: PC, PS4
- Publisher: Marvelous
- Developer: SHADE Inc.
- Release Date: Mar 20, 2018
- Price:$9.99 base game ($11.99 for completed version)
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Action
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.marv.jp/special/game/vita/assaultgunners/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION is a simple game to explain. Players assume the role of a nameless—though you can name him or her—commander of a small squadron of elite robot pilots. Your job is to stop a recent uprising of enemy forces that threaten humanity. You’ll be fighting on various areas of Mars destroying rogue robots, tanks, ships and some beefy mechs all with your team in tow. Simple enough right? Though that is where ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION begins to dive into a torrent of mediocrity. Let us explain what we mean by talking about the gameplay first.
In ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION, you’ll be piloting a mech from a third person perspective using weapons like assault rifles, shotguns, laser guns and various missiles. ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION offers quite a nice variety of weapons to use and that is one of the stronger elements of the game as a whole, its customization. While ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION isn’t even close to more complex mecha games like Armored Core for example, it does give the player a wide berth of how to best make their robot more powerful. The problem here though is that when you actually begin to go into ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION’s 20 missions—there are DLC missions and survival missions, too—you won’t care what your mech can do.
Combat in ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION boils down to one of several mission variants. Players will occasionally have to kill all the enemy units, reach a specific area on the map before time runs out, activate various areas on a map and kill bosses. ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION will never change this format; if anything, missions will just stack objectives on top of each other to make them longer. None of the mission types in ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION will ever be enjoyable aside from the boss fights which are actually tough and fun. Regular enemies are mindless just like your AI counterparts who will most often die while you never get hit once. While you can command your team to be defensive or hold position, they will die even if you max out their equipment. ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION is boring 90% of the time and that’s a shame seeing as how you are in control of a machine that shouldn’t ever be considered boring.
We mentioned briefly that there are is DLC missions and survival missions. These aren’t any different than the base 20 missions to go through in ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION but do offer a strong increase in difficulty. While you can play the DLC missions right away, if you’re lacking in armor/equipment to use, don’t expect to live long. The same is applied with survival missions which are waves of increasing enemy numbers that will in turn also get stronger. ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION isn’t an easy game all the time—though most of the main missions are simple—which means you will need to obtain better gear from the development system before you can even survive in these modes.
Graphically, ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION doesn’t do much better. Environments are bland and even the enemy mechs look terrible. Your mechs however look fine and given that ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION was once a PS Vita game we forgive the weak visuals as a whole. In terms of music though, ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION sounds great. We loved the various music that made some of the blander moments significantly more enjoyable. The voice acting is also solid enough despite no subtitles for what your units are saying.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Simple combat and controls
- Solid music that keeps the action strong
- Affordable price tag
- Decent amount of weapons and armor pieces to customize and outfit your mech
- Boring story and narrative
- Weak visuals
- Bland missions and enemies
- Horrible AI teammates
- Repetitive gameplay
- Bare boned mecha gameplay mechanics