Dear readers, wonder no more. Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match DX is an updated version of last year's PlayStation 4 title Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Matchand comes with all of the original's DLC additions and improvements bolted on to the base game as standard, making this Switch release the perfect one-stop-shop for all of your "tankery" needs. The setting for this arena-based action is a modern Japan school system furnished with World War II-era tanks in the name of sport, with the schools all themed to the point of parody around various countries — Italy, Russia, the USA, and so on.
Naturally, the English school is of course full of girls with tea-themed names who daintily sip the beverage out of fine china cups yes, even when in a tank and dream of winning — brace yourselves — a tea plantation. Character depth if you are feeling generous involves conversations about baking scones, quoting classic literature which is always followed up by another character pointing out the source of the reference, for fear you may not grasp how well-read these girls areor the importance of tradition.
In the interests of fairness it's worth mentioning that every one of these foreign-but-actually-still-Japanese schools are given similar stereotypical treatment; a pretty standard set-up for any "pick your favourite type of girl" media, but if you weren't on board the tank-train already it might take a while to warm up to the game's summer sports day atmosphere, and all of girls und panzer game nice girls being so tirelessly nice to each other before going out and enthusiastically blowing each other up in the name of their school.
Before you're allowed access to most options on the main menu there's a mandatory set of short tutorials to go through, covering the most basic aspects of moving and shooting. It's not much, but it's enough to give you some confidence and a little practise with the essentials before heading off into the game proper. Maneuvering your tank is superficially as straightforward as controls come; the left stick handles your movement and the right one your cannon and therefore your field of view, unless you decide to stick your commander's head out of the top of the tank for a quick look-see with the shoulder buttonsbut as the two components are used completely independently of each other it's very easy to get caught in a tight spot, camera backed up to the wall, and not know how to get yourself out of it.
This is because the tank's idea of "forward" is tied to the front of the tank rather than the direction of the camera — which is no problem at all if you're sitting in the driver's seat of a real tank — but in a game that gives you full degree camera movement it often causes problems as you struggle to see which identical end of your tank is the "official" front and you rev up your engines and push forward Swinging your girls und panzer game around to line up a shot and then dealing out a good chunk of damage is a satisfying experience if you can manage to pull it off — although it's almost impossible to do reliably while moving.
Or while the enemy's moving. Or if you're being fired at.
Luckily there's a lock-on feature that will do its best to automatically keep you lined up with your target at the expense of the specialist manual targeting that comes with aiming for yourself — and you will want to do the aiming yourself as the game dishes out varying amounts of damage depending on which part of the tank's body you hit. A glancing blow will barely scratch the customisable girls und panzer game, whereas a full hit to the front or, even better, a weak spot will cause a lot of damage, and if you can zoom in and get a few clean shots at their tre you can even keep them from moving while they're forced to carry out repairs just make sure they don't do the same to you too.
Hit or miss, when you do fire a shot it takes a long amount of time to ready another shell until you get the hang of the game's Gears of War -like 'active reload' system. Just as in the adventures of the tomato-loving Marcus Fenix and his broad-shouldered pals, hitting the reload button at the right moment will instantly finish the rest of the animation while mistiming will cause the reload attempt to fail, making the whole thing take even longer than just waiting for it to pass by normally. Luckily it's easy to see when you need to hit the button as there's a clear visual marker on-screen whenever you're reloading, but the timing is quite strict so it does take some dedication to get right.
A light tank may not take as much effort to get going as a heavy tank, and a tank with two side turrets rather than a single forward cannon certainly looks like it belongs more in Raiders of the Lost Ark than a high school sports event, but in reality these differences fail to open up any meaningful new tactics or even simply brute-force you into changing how you play. Teamwork is also conspicuous by its absence — remember that this is not just a single game but an entire franchise based around continually pitting small groups of schoolgirls against each other in adorable tank squ — there's just no synergy to your team selection or any need for cooperative play.
No matter how badly you may wish to specialise in a particular role or engage in tactical play, matches always end up unfolding in a similar "Pile on the opposing side and hope you do more damage than they do" kind of way, with the enemy AI doing very little to discourage this behaviour.
Because of this, most of Girls und Panzer's match types end up blurring into each other, with the annihilation destroy all or a set of opposing forcesflag battles destroy a specific enemy tankand survival modes outlast the time limit coming across as nothing more than minor variations on an already thin theme. The solo race against the clock games do inject some genuine variety into proceedings but they're not enough to lift up the rest of the package; it's a real shame to see the main attraction not quite hitting the spot.
There are at least plenty of single player modes to keep you occupied if you do find yourself enough in love with the cast for the blandness of the combat to not deter you. Story mode's the main event, recounting select scenes from the Girls und Panzer movie — and as this is where the bulk of the game's dialogue lies. It's also the place where you're most likely to notice the distinctly stilted text found in the English-language version of the game.
Domination mode has you pick a school team and play through five battles with a generic little girls und panzer game of plot running through it. Extra Match is the most substantial mode of the lot, presenting you with a long list of pre-made challenges across every game type and three selectable difficulty levels to tackle too.
It's all recycled assets and game types from the rest of the game, but clearing off a screen's worth of tasks does feel like an accomplishment. Free Match is as you'd expect — a vanilla custom match creator that does what it says on the tin — while the last mode of all is online play, bafflingly labelled "Local Communication" mode on the main menu of the English translation.
Once online you'll find several match types covering all of the usual basics casual play, special events, friends with the map used based on a Splatoon -like rotation system. In our playtests matchmaking and online play all worked well with no noteworthy lag or communication issues, but it doesn't make the underlying gameplay any more compelling, either. If you bought this hoping to see girls and panzers then the game does at least deliver on its titular promise, the polished presentation and copious amounts of chirpy schoolgirl banter trying their hardest to mask the game's numerous weaknesses.
Unfortunately, Girls und Panzer's gameplay never makes you believe it's doing more than inoffensively coasting along on the back of the 's appeal; gaming's long history may be littered with half-hearted tie-ins, but there was no need to add another to the pile. Please note that some external links on this are affiliate links, which means if you click them and make a purchase we may girls und panzer game a small percentage of the sale.
Please read our FTC Disclosure for more information. Don't get me wrong. I am thankful for all the hard work you guys do, reviewing so many games. There are so many other games which screams for a nice review done by you guys. Wow this is the worst reviewed Valykria Chronicles game i've ever seen. I very much disagree with this one.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who isn't a fan of the anime but I thought the game was quite a bit of fun on its own merits. Most Great or Good games you hear about all the time anyway.
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But these obscure Crappy games you usually don't find out that their Crap until you buy and play them which is to late. And most reviewers wouldn't give a game like this the time of day to be reviewed.
It's actually quite enjoyable. Is WoT out on Switch?
I can't recall. But for the fun mods you would need to play on PC anyway. I really really enjoyed this game TBH. For an anime-style Tank warfare game, this was pretty solid. This isn't a World of Tanks by all means but if you're a fan of the anime, it's a pretty fun game for what it's worth.
It's basically the game version of the first film plus extra story scenarios. There's always one person, who might find it useful. But is one enough?
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There are too many games on this system. Therefore you should only review games which hold at least some form of interest by the masses. If there ever was a great excuse to defend why the majority of games receives an 8 on this site, it's because Nintendolife actively choose to review the better games available, ignoring games nobody cares about, which they should.
It's a sensible thing to do. Would you care to see a review of Windstorm? I think not.
ALinkttPresent I would if there was the option to do so. I appreciate websites that are willing to review low profile niche games even when I don't agree with said reviews like this one.
There's always ample reviews, opinions and information floating around for major releases but it can often be pretty tricky to figure out whether or not smaller, lesser known titles are worth playing. I originally found this site from their DSiWare reviews. I'm a die hard anime fan. Although this series isn't one I've actually watched. It's part of a trend, ship girls, tank girls, fighter plane girls, etc The thing about anime games is that they are made to be sold to die hard fans of a particular show only.
Developers rarely if ever try to make a game stand on it's own and really do the source material justice because they know they can deliver luke warm content and those die hards will buy the game regardless. Lord knows I've bought my share of mediocre Gundam titles! Anime has a wealth of source material that could make for amazing games. You've got all sorts of fantasy, sci-fi, action, fighting, thrillers, mysteries etc But making a good game is hard!
And why put the time and money into making a good game when you can deliver a simple product and make a quick and easy buck instead? There is a reason the majority of anime games never get out of Japan. The best anime game I have ever played wasn't even an anime to start, and that was Tales of Vesperia. Though if you played that game, liked it, and haven't seen the movie prequel, you should really do that.
It's on YouTube. There is a way BenAV to add your user rating. Heavyarms55 My brother bought me that Tales of Vesperia movie, and I was surprised how good it was.
BacklogBlues I know how to do it but the game doesn't have the option to add it to your collection. Will still get this game one day regardless of this review. Anime and Real tanks that actually existed? YES please! TempOr It is actually on sale, if you click the link it will show the sale price I believe.