I actually began my DWG interest with the second installment on the ps2. However, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 has surpassed all expectations for me. I have held onto the game for nearly a year, and still do not tire of it. I will split my review into 2 sections, first noting the negatives, then the positives.
1. The only real complaint I have is that I wish more of the soundtrack from the original japanese version had been transferred over to the american version. The cgi movies suffer especially from a very lackluster soundtrack. I also admit that having to pay extra for five dlc mobile suits is a bit of a downer. All around I just wish we had more characters and mobile suits to play with, and ones that made sense (Lacus Clyne is a pilot? Really??)
2. The soundtrack, however, does not deter from the bliss of hacking and slashing my way through wave after wave of Mobile Suits, or having to occasionally think my way through a map. Indeed the core gameplay is fantastic. The selection of Mobile Suits is excellent, despite my previous comments. The roster is already very plentiful, but like any other game of this type, I always hope for more. The DLC Mobile Suits I mentioned earlier are, at least to me, well worth the price to add them to your roster (I bought all 5). The story mode is interesting, to say the least, and fairly well thought-out. Gone is the annoyance of fluctuating friendships and developing them one character at a time, in favor of a much more simplistic system that runs way smoother.
My final verdict is that aside from the soundtrack, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 takes everything good from it's predecessors, and just improves on it. If you love Gundam, you will love this game. If you love Dynasty Warriors, you will love this game. If you love giant robots running around beating the tar out of each other, YOU WILL LOVE THIS GAME!
9.5 out of 10.
I started out by giving this game a 7 because I didn't send it back immediately. I then said "Pros - MASSIVE variety of characters and mobile suits from the Gundam franchise and DLC. Beautiful graphics. Interesting gameplay features." 3 pros, 3 points. Then I said "Cons - Repetitive." This takes away 2 points. Why? Because it's a KOEI game. They couldn't do something else,even for Gundam. So this gets an 8. Don't let the repetivity scare you. I got this game twice.