Mobile Suite Gundam, Battle Operation is coming to Playstation 3 for FREE on June 28! Sounds fucking insane. So of course, there’s a catch.
You can play for free, but one play takes up one unit of energy. You can store up to three units of energy at one given time. You can earn one unit of energy every two hours OR you can buy energy at ¥100 a pop. Of course, like any good crack dealer, you get a bulk discount, 6 for ¥480, 13 for ¥950, 27 for ¥1850.
No idea how long you’ll be able to play on one unit of energy, but you can bet it won’t be long unless you’re a Gundam meister.
But wait, there’s more.
Like a lot of these games, you’ll unlock new Mobile Suits and items to upgrade them as you play. However, certain items will only be available using a Limited Unlock key which you can purchase for ¥200 to ¥300.
This is pretty disappointing. The whole fun of a Gundam game is unlocking and using all the Mobile Suits. I’d play Dynasty Warriors Gundam for hours on end even though I had beaten it just to unlock more mobile suits. Paying to unlock new suits, that just feels like a cheat. I’d rather spend the time playing the game than buying little bits and pieces of the game.
I guess they’re banking on Gundam fans being so completist that they’ll be willing to shell out the money to unlock every single bit of the game. As much as I love Gundam, I don’t see myself doing any of that. I’d much rather pay $60 for a full game than get something for free that I constantly have to pay into. But maybe I’m old and curmudgeonly.