SD Gundam Capsule Fighter

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Overview

SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Overview

SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online is a third person shooter based off of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. The game boasts over 300 units to choose from, and all are customizable. Players can choose from several missions, ranging from solo quests, to massive player versus player conflicts. Lastly, combat is 3D, allowing free-movement across the battlefield.

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Full Review

SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Full Review

From Mobile Suit Gundam and beyond, millions of fans have argued for their favorite Gundams, often to answer the question: Which Gundam is the most powerful? With SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online, you have the opportunity to pit your favorite mobile suit against both players and computer AI to prove its dominance.  Published by OGPlanet, the game plays very similar to mech shooters like C21 and CosmicBreak.

Tiny Packaging

After you’ve launched the game, you are thrown directly into a tutorial.  NPCs educate you on various systems you will need in order to succeed.  Movement, dashing and basic combat skills are all covered in this tutorial, as well as a brief overview of weapon management and range.

Once you’ve completed the basic tutorial, you are sent to the capsule screen to spend Points (the game’s primary currency) to buy your first training Gundam.  This basic model is designed to be beginner friendly, and help you through the first few quests in the game. Because you are buying a capsule with a random Gundam inside, you may not be fond of your first Gundam’s looks, weapons, or skills.

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Lobby Quest

After you’ve purchased your very own Gundam, complete with the capsule machine packaging, you’re deposited into a game lobby with no hint as to your next steps in the game.  There is a quickplay option available; however, new players will want to check out the Quests button.  The pop-up window has various quests available, ranging from additional tutorials and single-player missions, to cooperative challenges, to player-versus-player combat achievements.  Each quest offers a reward, usually just Points; however, you can sometimes obtain additional Gundam units to use, making quests worthwhile to do.

Fighting in Another Dimension

Combat in SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online utilizes a Rock, Paper, Scissors model.  Melee units are strong against mid-range units, which are strong against long-range units, which are strong against melee units.  Each Gundam comes with three equipped weapons, plus a special move that shows off an impressive array of maneuvers and causes large burst damage.  The main issue with this system is the lack of information on weapon types.  For example, if your Gundam has a beam gun, it might be considered mid-range, or it might be considered long-range.  The only information you have is which of the three combat types your Gundam is.

Combat takes place on a completely 3D plane.  You can move your mech freely in any direction in an attempt to defeat every opponent.  Stages still have boundaries, but being fully three- dimensional adds a unique element to a genre mostly defined by ground movement.  While the game is hailed as a third-person shooter, there are many elements of brawler-style combat to be found, such as the action-style melee combat that requires spam-clicking buttons to defeat your enemies. However, most ranged weapons have a cooldown timer or are automatic in their approach.

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The Path to Power

Each Gundam has a rank to indicate its prowess in combat.  Many of the powerful Gundams in the game have additional weapon loadouts that can be equipped beyond of the default, and some can even transform from a robot to a jet for additional versatility. The units also have additional skills to utilize, which can be pivotal in various battles.

In order to obtain additional Gundams, you must either complete quests that offer one as a reward, or use Points in the capsule machines.  There are over 20 capsule machines to choose from, each offering a random chance at six machine-specific Gundams.  Each machine has a chance for a rare Gundam, much more powerful than the standard model.

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Crafting the Perfect Mech

You also have the option to create your own version of a Gundam using blueprints, purchased from either the cash shop or the points shop.  Each blueprint requires you to own a specific list of Gundams.  You can then custom build a mobile suit with parts from these Gundam lists for a truly unique Gundam experience.  Additionally, you can customize any mech by the use of paints and decals, which can be found randomly during missions or in the shops.

Final Verdict: Good

SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online is a surprisingly solid game.  Some people may be turned away by the super-deformed graphics; others by the fact it’s a Gundam game.  However, it does well to appeal to Gundam fans while adhering to the Gundam series.  Combat is simple on the surface, but requires tactical strategy to truly succeed. This combat system offsets some problems found with the game, such as a lack of initial direction, or the inability to find open games running at certain times.  If you’re a Gundam fan, or the idea of fighting in a full 3D environment in a mech-suit appeals to you, the chibi-style robots of SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online are waiting for you.

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Links

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System Requirements

SD Gundam Capsule Fighter System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 @ 1.8 Ghz
RAM: 512 MB
Graphics Card Card: Geforce 4 ti4400 or ATI Radeon 9600
DirectX 9.0c


 
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