Review of SD Gundam Battle Alliance

I have been eagerly awaiting SD Gundam Battle Alliance since it was announced in February. As a fan of Gundam games, this one caught my attention due to its unique legacy. With Artdink as the developer, I knew I had to play it.

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This year, Artdink made a comeback in global markets with the release of Triangle Strategy. Prior to that, they mainly focused on releasing A-Train series games in Japan. The studio was most active during the PSP era, and their name resonates with niche western communities that imported Gundam games on the PSP. From the few games I played back then, my favorites were Gundam Battle Chronicle and Gundam Battle Universe.

It’s been a whole decade since Artdink developed a Gundam game before SD Gundam Battle Alliance. I was curious to see how it would turn out.

My experience with SD Gundam Battle Alliance was a bit mixed, but not necessarily negative. It’s important to note that the game supports multiplayer co-op for up to 3 players, but since I played it before launch, I had to go through it alone.

SD Gundam Battle Alliance is best enjoyed with friends rather than as a solo experience. While the early stages and SD aesthetic may give the impression that the game is easy, it becomes more challenging as you progress. Teamwork is crucial to overcome obstacles.


Although the SD style is a bit divisive among Gundam fans, there’s no denying how clean and detailed this game’s character models look.

This crossover action RPG features various Mobile Suits with different attack strings and unique abilities. It emphasizes teamwork and coordination to overcome challenges. Defense options include guarding and dashing, while each Mobile Suit has two unique subweapons that can be utilized in combo strings. Players can also execute special attacks and manage a skill meter for additional abilities.

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SD Gundam Battle Alliance offers challenging gameplay and requires strategic coordination, especially in boss encounters. However, playing alone can be challenging due to limited healing options and unreliable AI teammates. The game’s progression system includes upgrading Mobile Suits and unlocking new ones through blueprints. It also features a fun and charming storyline with various Gundam series crossovers.


AI partners have Alliance Effects that provide slight buffs; they are dictated by whether the AI partner is an Infighter, All-Rounder, or Sharpshooter.

Despite its flaws, SD Gundam Battle Alliance offers a unique and challenging multiplayer experience. It may not be perfect, but it’s a game that Gundam fans can enjoy with friends. The game’s progression system and roster size offer replayability, although some series may feel underrepresented. While the AI and camera performance can be frustrating, the technical gameplay and teamwork mechanics make it a worthwhile experience.

Versions tested: PS5. SD Gundam Battle Alliance is also available on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Update at 3:04 - 31/07/2023
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