- System: PlayStation 4
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
- Release Date: July 30, 2020
- Pricing: $59.99
- Rating: T
- Genre: Fighting, Action, Arcade
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/mobile-suit-gundam-extreme-vs-maxiboost-on
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM EXTREME VS. MAXIBOOST ON - Announce Trailer
Who it Caters to
If you are not a hardcore devotee of the number one Mecha franchise, then you should move along because this game is not for you. Of course, you can always try it and see if it tickles your fancy, but you'll be missing all the fanservice...
What to Expect
Unlike other anime games, MSG: Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON is not only hard to master but also pretty unfriendly to the casual audience. This is because of how technical its gameplay mechanics are, but also because of the amount of info you'll have to process as soon as you launch the game: all the pilots/mechas available, all their unique weapons, etc. After all, this is a crossover fighting game, so it lacks what one would call a story mode. How much can you take as a Gundam neophyte without feeling overwhelmed? That's for you to decide!
We have to say they did a wonderful job in porting MSG: Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON to the PS4, and all Mobile Suits—and their animations—look amazing in combat. That being said, some stages look more impressive than others, and the HUD is still too crowded, so you'll need some time to get used to it.
It's hard not to feel fired up while listening to "The Wings of a Boy that Killed Adolescence" from Gundam Wing, but if you need something calmer yet equally epic, maybe "A Point of Contact" from the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation trilogy is a better option. And how about singing along to Daisuke Inoue's "Ai Senshi" from Soldiers of Sorrow? And if you hate all these GUndam songs, don't even worry about it. You can import your own mp3 songs, too!
Another thing we'd like to mention is how good the voice acting and sound effects are, making you feel like you're actually part of a Gundam fight in the anime. Since Gundam Wing is our favorite, we went for Relena Darlian as our navigator, but there are 30+ available navis for you to choose from!
For those who like playing off-line, there are 3 main modes. First, you have the Free Battle mode, where you can craft your own battle scenario, choosing the number of participants (1v1, 2v2, or even 1v2—you can play with/against the CPU or another human player), which Mobile Suits they're using (180+ available units), the stage where they will fight, the background song, etc.
Then, there's also the CPU Battle mode, where you can play a Branch Battle (alone or local co-op) or a series of Maxi Boost Missions. This new game mode, exclusive to the PS4, faces you against several units with precise winning conditions, only to fight a boss at the end of the line. Last but definitely not least, we have all the online options: teaming up with a friend/stranger for a Branch Battle, casual versus battles, or the more hardcore ranked matches (team shuffle and team hold).
Something we didn't like, however, is how some Mobile Suits feel incredibly stiff and underpowered compared to others in the same tier. This definitely is an issue when fighting online, so be prepared to fight a lot of people using the same units and neglecting others... At least the difference between tiers is solved thanks to how many times you can revive in battle: each team has 6000 available points at the start of a match, so for example, a team consisting of 2 Mobile Suits that cost 3000 points each will have no revives, while a team consisting of 2 Mobile Suits that cost 1500 each will have 2 revives.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
The only downside to this game is that it doesn't have a real campaign, so sooner or later, you might feel tired of all these random battles. That's why having these online modes is so important, though!
- It includes all the most iconic pilots, songs, landmarks, and Mobile Suits of the franchise.
- A great port of one of the most popular arena fighters in Japan.
- A lot of cool songs and animations that will make the most nostalgic ones shed a tear.
- Not all Mobile Suits are equally fit in battle, so online matches are not that fair.
- The learning curve is quite steep, so that’s not helping either. If you’re new to the saga or Gundam in general, you’re going to have a hard time...
Honey's Final Verdict:
We're happy that Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON is finally out, but how about some DLC with the more recent content?!