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Fighting the corner of KOEI's Dynasty Warriors/Musou series isn't exactly a fashionable cause. It's not like they're cel-shaded, or full of obtuse philosophising, or surreal humour (although there is something pretty strange about the haircuts and voice-acting). But, especially in the case of Gundam Musou, it is a worthy cause.
Except in Japan, Gundam Musou is one of the most cruelly overlooked games of recent years, using the various Gundam universes as a pretext for injecting a heightened sense of dynamism to the Dynasty Warriors battlefield formula, taking it to new heights of brilliance. Gundam Musou 2 isn't quite so paradigmatic, but it does build on its predecessor to take that formula to even greater extremes, and it offers so much content that you'll probably still be unlocking stuff this time next year.
If you've never played the first game, or indeed any other Warriors game, start here. It is the apogee of KOEI's distinctive brand of action strategy: shape the course of battle by ploughing through hundreds of enemy drones, face climactic encounters with enemy officers, and implement real-time strategy through immediate action, chaining combos together, and darting about the battlefield to meet each new threat. And do so with a speed and fluidity that outstrips any of the other Warriors titles (even Dynasty Warriors 6). If you couldn't care less about Gundam, then it doesn't matter because you can just concentrate on the action. If you could care less about Gundam, then you will be well catered for because this game contains more mobile suits than you could shake a big robotic stick at (unless you're an American and think 'could care less' means 'couldn't care less', in which case, as above, it doesn't matter).
KOEI's Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 is coming to Europe on 27th March, it's been announced.
KOEI has told Eurogamer there are no current plans for a sequel to Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War, although a follow-up remains a possibility.
KOEI has decided to bring Xbox 360 and PS3 sequel Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 to Europe in 2009, although few will probably bat an eyelid.
Those that do will relish the introduction of online battles and plenty more story campaigns for the big-robot-suit-pilots from big-robot-suit anime.
Bosses will also be "ridiculously huge", according to a spokesperson for the publisher, and about as different as the Empire State Building is to regular buildings. Not our words.