Super Robot Wars T Review – The Series Needs a Refresh
The latest entry in the mainline Super Robot Wars series, bringing back familiar faces as well as showing the debut of new entrants. With nothing much new in the entry in terms of features, is the game still worth buying?
+ The storyline keeps you hooked until the end
+ Includes many infamous mecha anime series, old and new
+ Packed with plenty of content to enjoy
+ Difficulty ramps up at a good pace
- Barely any new features
- Gameplay feels stale
- Recycled visuals from previous games
- In-game unlockable goodies are easy to miss
What is Super Robot Wars T About?
During the New Universal Era, humanity was living in the golden age and had plans in developing a means of interstellar travel. Plans were immediately halted when humans discovered an object that instilled fear within them, which ushered in a new age of stagnation and corruption referred as the ‘Twilight Age’. This resulted in many wars between various factions in the world.
The progress of mankind came to a halt, and the spirits of people were filled with despair. In the midst of this stagnation, a group known as VTX Union made its name in the means of surviving this harsh new era, while hoping to ensure that mankind can continue moving forward. The company is set to unveil their newest technological advancement.
Players can choose one of two protagonists, the male Saizo Tokito and the female Sagiri Sakurai, both of whom identify as “Salarymen” of the VTX Union. Together with the deuteragonist Rami Amasaki, the chosen protagonist will be the pilot of the company’s newest mecha creation, the Tyranado. However, there is more to the core of this new product than meets the eye.
The Series Needs A Breath of Fresh Air
At its core, Super Robot Wars T is a strategy game featuring various assortments of mecha from a number of popular Japanese anime series. This is the latest entry series since Super Robot Wars X and the formula hasn’t changed for the most part. Players will go through the game stage by stage, with each one having their own bit of story development.
There will always be an introductory dialogue between characters, which then leads to the actual scenario on the battlefield. Each scenario will have its own set of objectives, with some objectives changing midway through the scenario. This could be something as simple as destroying all the enemies to as complicated as stopping enemies from reaching a certain point in the map.
For that added bit of difficulty, players can opt to complete the optional objective, which will yield an addition 10,000 funds after the stage is over. This isn’t applicable for Expert mode as you’re guaranteed to receive this bonus regardless. Then there’s also hidden objectives which will reward you with rare equipment or additional characters joining you at some point in the game.
For the most part, this is your standard Super Robot Wars experience but with the gameplay and visuals basically being the same since Super Robot Wars V which was released in 2017, it does make the game feel somewhat outdated. In fact, it just feels like the same game but with a different set of characters and a brand new storyline.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it allows the developers to speed up the game development process but doing it for the third time with minor changes make the game feel uninspired. Furthermore, the game doesn’t really clue in on what you need to do for the hidden objectives, which will lead to many players missing out on some of the best portions of the game unless they religiously follow a strategy guide.
Has One New Feature But It’s Still The Same As Ever
In each scenario, players will have to maneuver through a 3D isometric map consisting of a variety of terrains. In the beginning, players won’t have much of a choice on what mecha units can be deployed but as the game progresses, you will be spoiled with choices to the point that you will have trouble picking who to send for combat.
Each mecha will be allowed to move a certain number of spaces within the 3D isometric map. If the mecha’s attacks are within range, you can then choose to either attack or simply ended mecha’s turn. Likewise, the enemies will be moving within a certain number of spaces with the sole purpose of taking you down during their turn.
During the actual combat sequence, attacks will either hit or miss depending on the probability of hit, which is denoted by a percentage. 100% probability is a guaranteed hit whereas a 0% is a guaranteed miss. The damage done will be dependent on the pilots’ stats and the chosen attack from the mecha.
There is a way to influence the tides of battle to your favour. It is an action known as Spirit command, with each pilot having access to their own list of usable Spirits at the cost of Spirit points. This can be anything from dishing out double damage to guaranteeing a hit on enemies. Super Robot Wars T introduces the new Supporter Spirit Command system, where supporting characters can yield Spirit-like commands in battle using Support Spirit points.
After each battle, players will be taken to the intermission menu, where you can upgrade your mechas and pilots using the funds and TAC Points you’ve earned from the previous stage. This one is exactly the same as Super Robot Wars X but with minor aesthetic differences. Even the Sub-order system made a return, allowing you to gain more funds and TAC points, as well as the option to level up pilots of your choosing.
In this aspect, Super Robot Wars T is exactly the same as the two most recent entries in the series with the exception of the new Support Spirit Command system which makes the game easier to go through. If you’re a fan of this type of game, you will definitely enjoy this but if you have already found it boring, then this will be a chore to go through. This is more apparent in the later parts of the game where each stage can take up to an hour or more to complete.
Super Robot Wars T Verdict
Super Robot Wars T is a fun game especially if you’re a fan of the series or any of the mechas that are making their appearance in this game. However, if you are expecting something new, there really isn’t much to look forward to. It feels like the exact same game as the previous two entries, but with some new characters and a brand new story. To the least, the game isn’t broken so having a major change would be a big risk.
With that, I award Super Robot Wars T with our Silver Pokdeward.