Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost ON Review

Published: Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 11:00 | By: Cody Peterson
Developer
Namco Bandai
Release Date
July 30, 2020
Series
Gundam
Genre
Fighting
Multiplayer modes
Co Op, Local, Online
Platforms
PlayStation 4
Purchase (Some links may be affiliated)
PlayStation Store
Overwhelming but Ultimately Satisfying

Everything about Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On is over the top and ridiculous from its name to the number of mobile suits to choose from. Whether players are playing against AI or other players from around the world, they will be forced to stay on their toes as the game is simple to learn but difficult to master. I for one spent most of my time a little lost and confused by Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On, but those who develop their skills will find it extremely rewarding.

The first thing that I was hit with when playing Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On, was how smooth it felt while playing. The controls are incredibly responsive, and I never experienced a single frame rate drop, even when playing online. This becomes even more impressive when dozens of projectiles are flying across the screen from a bunch of different enemies. It is something of a rarity for an online-focused game to run this well, especially at launch.

 
 
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On Group
Players have many different combat abilities to choose from.


One of the most interesting aspects of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On is the fact that players have almost 200 mobile suits to choose from in combat. Each and every one of the robot suits have different abilities, strengths, weaknesses. All of these suits come from different Gundam TV shows and movies from the franchises almost 40-year history and no matter which series you are a fan of the game most likely have your favorite mobile suits. While this is a cool concept, it makes it very difficult to choose for players like me who haven’t seen any episodes of Gundam other than the original series. Without having much previous knowledge of the series, differentiating between the hundreds of choices is incredibly difficult. This meant that for my first several hours I was just picking at random and hoping that I found something that was worth using. After a few hours of play though I did manage to find a few different mobile suits that fit my playstyle well, and I managed to make my way through several of the game modes.

Mobile suits have both long-range and melee weapons that will need to be used effectively in order to survive in combat. Players also have dodging abilities and a boost that can increase their speed. There is a lot of nuance and difficulty involved with each fight because players will to balance all of these mechanics and decide which of their attacks or movement abilities will be better used against different enemies. For example, slower enemies tend to have higher damaging attacks so its best to dodge their attacks and stay out of their range. If an enemy is faster, they will probably be able to dodge most ranged attacks so you should try to move in close and attack with melee attacks. The downside to Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On though is that melee-focused mobile suits tend to operate at a disadvantage when playing online. Most players tend to spam their ranged attacks at a distance, which makes playing as a melee fighter a poor option most of the time.

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On Choices
There are almost 200 mobile suits to pick from.


This Gundam game features no story mode at all but rather lets players duke it out in different online and arcade-style modes. There are a few different mission modes where you can team up with a partner online or decide to go up against them alone. These missions consist of time attack levels or ones that will be completed once all the enemies have been defeated. There are also missions that players can show their skills against large boss characters. These modes are actually a lot of fun, and while I didn’t have the chance to play them with friends, I would imagine they are a lot more interesting when playing with a buddy.

The game mode that Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On was really built for is the online versus mode. This allows you to jump into a 2 versus 2 match with others. This is also the game mode that I had the most difficulty in because everyone that I matched up with seemed to have a better knowledge of abilities and which mobile suits perform better in combat. This can mostly be seen as a fault of my own for not knowing more about the Gundam series, but this game really doesn’t do a great job of introducing newcomers to the franchise. I highly recommend looking up guides online to determine which suits have the strongest abilities or which one might better fit your play style before trying to jump right in. Players should also take a crack at some of the offline modes as well before trying to fight against other players, as they won’t fair well without having a fair grasp of the game mechanics.

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On Review | Final Thoughts

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On Networking
Online battles are two versus two fights.


There were also a few issues with online matchmaking that could be fairly frustrating. I was booted out of a few different matches for connection issues and searching for a match could sometimes take several minutes. One time after getting kicked from a match because of a host error, I was sent back to the menu screen and told that I couldn’t play online for ten minutes because of quitting in the middle of the game. This only happened to me one time while playing online for several hours, but it is still very frustrating for a game that is centered around online play. The upside is that once a player gets into a match the game does run very well for the most part as long as no one has a bad connection.

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On is an interesting game that offers a lot of replayability for those who are able to get into it. It has a severe learning curve for those who aren’t massive fans of the franchise. Even casual fans like me will have a lot of problems getting into it in the early hours. Once Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On begins making sense though it is deeply rewarding and will keep players entertained for hours on end. This is a must-play for fans of the Gundam franchise.


TechRaptor reviewed Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On on PlayStation 4 with a code provided by the developer.

Review Summary

8.0
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS Maxiboost On can be overwhelming at first, but it is a very rewarding fighting game.

Pros

  • Fast Paced Action
  • Smooth Visuals and Framerate
  • Interesting Combat Mechanics

Cons

  • Overwhelming Choices
  • Not Newcomer Friendly
  • Rough Networking

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