Imagine the most self-indulgent anime fan art in the world: characters from the mismatched universe hang out, continue their adventures, and save the multiverse from the gallery of villains familiar to gangsters. No matter what you portray-no matter how exaggerated-it is almost certainly a dwarfed Super Robot War, a 30-year-old strategic role-playing game series that mixes and matches dozens of anime shows to create ridiculous stompybot is a violent patchwork.
On the 30th anniversary of the series, the publisher Bandai Namco finally cut (or bought) its way through cumbersome licensing and red tape to spread the nonsense around the world. So far, the series has almost always stayed in Japan.but Super Robot Wars 30 It was launched on Western Steam last week. As a SRW fan who has been following imports and unofficial translations for a long time, I am very happy. Let me tell you why you should do the same.
Basic knowledge of Super Robot Wars
Let me first ease some expectations: if the giant anime robots and their pilots are not your thing, or if you don’t know the Gundam from Getter Robo, you will feel a little bit disappointed.Essentially, if not, SRW games are also good Exciting Fire Emblem, Disgaea, or a similar style of strategic role-playing game. They may be a bit too easy, unless you increase the difficulty setting or deliberately limit yourself, and with a little minimization, you can break them on your knees. Nonetheless, these flaws are easily overlooked by giving the Super Robot Wars a chance to exert its magic.
Without spirit, SRW 30 will be an unforgettable experience. But if there is anything special about this game and series, it is the characters. These games feel like they were written by excited teenagers whose minds are full of hypothetical scenarios. If mecha anime characters have a place in your heart, these stories are weapon-level wishes come true. This enthusiasm is really contagious.
Familiar heroes will be hanged, but come out from the other side happier, stronger, and get better support. Averted tragedy and broke fate. This is a melodrama. Despite some crazy conspiracy to bring all these settings together, the reaction of the characters is real, even if they are tied up in a new and increasingly strange story.
SRW 30 takes players into a mixed world, set before, during and after several anime shows at the same time, all of which are related to a customized story about a group of teenagers commanding a semi-intelligent spacecraft in search of saving the planet (Wow!).event Mobile Suit Gundam, Devil Z with Code Geass Has been completed at the start of the game, and SSSS Gridman with The brave policeman J-Decker About to start.Another show called Knight and magic There is a special feature here, and its protagonist (a teenage mechanical anime nerd named Ernie) is very proficient in genre. His excited meta-comments have brought a playful comedy effect to many of the SRW 30 battles.
Oh, what’s the fight.
SRW battles are all about big numbers and big anime explosions
Get ready for dozens of giant robots fighting each other, monsters and aliens, and even stranger things. The strategic battle ends with a visual novel-style dialogue sequence. The mission usually reproduces famous scenes from featured programs, but adds twists and turns and new scenes, featuring new characters and villains, connecting everything together. And there are many opportunities for your purpose here: a big anime explosion.
The fight looks and sounds very real. Every iconic attack is animated with gorgeous full-screen details, and all the entry points, dubbing and appropriate theme music are intact. As you cut into the enemy’s feed, you might start skipping longer animations, but even after years of getting involved in the series, I still let the more dramatic communication work to its fullest.
Under the hood, you are looking at a a lot of Number. Each mech and its pilots have a large number of statistical tables of abilities and privileges. There are special rules for how a mecha of the size of a small house can damage a Titan the size of a large skyscraper (and vice versa), as well as several upgrade and experience styles. Mechas, pilots, and your mothership can be upgraded and customized individually, and pilots can even be assigned to different vehicles in the future.
Unless you deliberately limit yourself, there is a lot of expressive play space in SRW 30, even at higher levels of difficulty, giving people the feeling of playing with a child’s toy box. You can freely inject resources into your favorite action figures, turn them into mechanical gods, or try to create a balanced tactical force through mutually supporting collaborative skills.
SRW 30 is the largest of these toy boxes, with characters and units from 22 different shows and movies, as well as some brand new characters and mechas. There are also five crossovers launched as DLC. Even if you are not familiar with all the featured programs, SRW 30 is a good introduction.I know I will look at some of the worlds introduced here-most of them are easy to stream on the service, for example Crunchy roll.
So, what makes “Super Robot Wars” unique?
Compared with the beginning of “Super Robot Wars” in 1991, cross-border games are more common today. We live in a world where Fortnite and Dead By Daylight show off the seasonal mix. Kingdom Hearts provides a whirlwind tour through Disney’s rear catalog, and is loosely connected to the high animation camp. The special thing about Super Robot Wars is that these characters are more closely related to the world they come from. Each game creates a brand new hybrid setting from its components, with a long-established vocabulary for you to read carefully. Almost all people are lonely.
In addition to being the first mainline game released outside of Asia, the most representative feature of SRW 30 is its non-linearity and scalability. Generally, SRW games are lengthy, linear task-to-task processes, occasionally branching and converging back to the main plot. SRW30 allows you to immediately choose the protagonist and route. Once you complete some of the teaching program tasks, you will get amazing freedom.
Just outside the tutorial battle, I found myself facing 27 dizzying missions that can be carried out in any order. The difficulty of the main story mission has increased to a certain extent, and you are encouraged to choose your own route. And this is only the first act of the story. These are usually not short games, and it may take me several weeks to complete once. My next replay will be longer.
Although previous SRW games have already set foot in DLC, 30 two major expansions are coming soon, each of which adds 13 story missions and nine robots from more universes. The first wave will include Sega SRPG franchise Sakura Wars and the recently adapted Netflix Ultraman. Curious data miners found documents suggesting a pass for the second season, which contained more tasks and crossovers.
Is there too much anime? Bandai Namco clearly aims to find out.
The trade-off is that this anime surplus is not cheap. Although the SRW 30 itself is large and one of the cheaper entries in the series, if you want the ultimate version, if you don’t wait for a discount (which doesn’t count), you would consider paying $105/£80 Potential future season passes).
Most of the high price of the Ultimate Edition comes from Premium Sound DLC, which adds (expensive license) the vocal theme featured in each series and replaces the default instrument cover. It is purely aesthetic, but I think the music has increased a lot. Nevertheless, SRW 30 has a fully customizable soundtrack, so if you want to replace each track yourself from your 100% legal collection, there is a menu in the game.You can even assign different music to Personal attackIf you want to be fancy.
If–when–you start craving more super robots…
If “Super Robot Wars” becomes your new fan, then if you don’t mind doing some extra errands, then there are many games to play. SRW 30 is a good starting point, but it is actually not the only SRW game released in English on Steam — it is just the first game that is not limited to Southeast Asia. If you are willing to work around this restriction, there are more options. Please keep in mind that Valve stated that using a VPN to change your region “strictly violates the Steam terms of service and may result in restrictions on your Steam account.”
2017 Super Robot Wars V (Solving the reconstruction of Evangelion) and 2018 SRW X (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann as the protagonist) Available in English on PC, PlayStation and Switch. If you are willing to import a physical copy or bypass Steam’s region lock, it is easy to find them. 2019 year SRW (Starring the staff of Cowboy Bebop) was launched on the game console, and the Switch version was perfectly simulated on the PC.
Bandai Namco has previously released Super Robot Wars OG Series worldwide. Super Robot Wars OG is a derivative product without any cross-third-party roles. Some of these games have been localized, although not as smooth as the recent outings. Some OG characters even appear in SRW 30, and more characters will appear as DLC.If all this is not enough, there is 11 more games for fan localization, There are seven other translations that are playful enough, but if you don’t understand Japanese, you will miss this story.
Starting from the latest and brightest, Super Robot Wars 30 is On Steam 60 USD/40 GBP. The more expensive deluxe version includes a season pass, and the ultimate version also adds an official vocal theme song.