Excerpt: Released as Gundam: True Odyssey in Japan, MS Saga: A New Dawn is the latest game in the Gundam series. MS Saga ’s story doesn’t take place in any particular Gundam timeline. Rather, it is a completely original story that combines all of the various mobile suit designs into one universe. Unfortunately, this branching out is about as ambitious as the game gets, relying instead on a deep combat system and the roots of old school RPGs to hold it up.
Excerpt: In the past, we have seen Bandai release a large collection of both action and fighting games based on the Gundam universe. However, in February of 2006, Bandai released the first Gundam RPG with MS Saga: A New Dawn . MS Saga: A New Dawn follows a young boy, Tristan, living in an orphanage. However, one day his life was completely changed when a group of black Mobile Suits came upon the orphanage and burned it to the ground.
Excerpt: Giant robots, especially those piloted by humans, have been an anime staple for decades. These giant robots are often referred to as mecha or mechs. Even the most casual anime fan can effortlessly name at least a half dozen anime series that involve mecha. As expected, video games have followed suit in the trend and there have been a decent amount of mecha-based Japanese RPGs.
Excerpt: In normal conversation, “MS” refers to a degenerative disease . Verily, one’s body starts out functioning fine as it ever has, but steadily loses the strength and other qualities it once had. How ironic that a process so similar would be the biggest disappointment in a game called MS Saga . The game starts out as well as would be expected, with a decent opening anime, quality introduction to the story and two of its characters, and easy opening play.
Excerpt: 60 years have passed since the big cataclysm, which is of course referring to our nice and green looking earth being completely scorched by an unknown energy blast. Nature, has meanwhile regained its grasp on the land with wood and forests that cover most of the globe. This is the setting for the latest title of the Gundam series, moving from the action to the RPG genre with a brand new storyline; Two kids miraculously survive the slaughter of a poor orphanage and vow...
Excerpt: Several years after the Great Fall (a calamity that wiped out the majority of the planet's population), the Dark Alliance is attacking cities and generally causing havoc. As the young and spunky amnesiac orphan, Tristan, you're initial journey to avenge the destruction of your home and friends at their hands soon turns into a world-spanning adventure (set on an alternate-universe Earth) where you'll have to use the enemy's technology against them in order to save...
Excerpt: When it comes to anime, people have different ways of expressing their love. Some cosplay, some create fansites, and some draw parodies. SD Gundam was originally intended as an all-out parody of the super-serious Gundam series. SD Gundam was so popular that it eventually took on a life of its own and spawned an entire line of toys, television shows, and video games.
Excerpt: To the uninformed, the abbreviation in the title of MS Saga: A New Dawn could mean any number of things. Mustard Stain. Mussel Soup. Muddy Socks. But as interesting as those may sound, they're all wrong. The MS in this title stands for Mobile Suit, and in case you don't know, mobile suits are the lumbering, mechanized stars of the immutable Gundam anime series.
Pros: Loads of mobile suits and customization options, Simple but effective battle system, It's an RPG in which money is actually useful
Cons: Constant random encounters are frustrating, Dated graphics, Quest design requires a lot of backtracking, which artificially lengthens the game, Lame, forgettable music