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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
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  1. PhoenixH.
    Dec 15, 2003
    3
    A horrible disappointment of a game; perhaps I was unfairly biased by playing AEUG vs Titans, with its magnificent play control and adjustable difficulty scale, but Encounters in Space is just painfully bad. As other reviewers have mentioned, the dub voices are abysmal and totally inappropriate. The controls are unresponsive and not at all intuitive, and the missions seem either mindless A horrible disappointment of a game; perhaps I was unfairly biased by playing AEUG vs Titans, with its magnificent play control and adjustable difficulty scale, but Encounters in Space is just painfully bad. As other reviewers have mentioned, the dub voices are abysmal and totally inappropriate. The controls are unresponsive and not at all intuitive, and the missions seem either mindless or impossible, with no space in between. The 'targeting system' doesn't even succeed in keeping you locked on a target and letting you move around, but instead it breaks targeting at the slightest provocation as your mobile suit zips wildly around the confusing and bizarre battlefield, which for some reason has been covered with spherical lines and marks. Furthermore, unlike the superior AEUG vs Titans, your 'allies' give you little support and in fact often prove to be your undoing as they fly off randomly into space and do nothing useful, leaving you to be blasted into space dust by your foes, who all simultaneously converge on your spot. Couple this with the 'helpful' bridge crew screaming at you every time you or they get hit, and you have one of the most deeply unfulfilling games ever created for any system, but certainly one of the worst in the prolific line of Gundam games. This is one to avoid unless you're willing to spend literally days accustomizing yourself with the horrible controls that seem fully intent on getting you blown up. Pick up AEUG vs Titans instead; even if they never translate it to English (which I'm hoping will never happen since this game was butchered by its hideous English voice acting) its play control is ten times more intuitive at least, and it's much more fun to play. A high count of mobile suits doesn't really make me care about Encounters in Space, since the interesting pilots weren't included...just the pathetic, whiny, unlikable non-entities from 0079, with a few from 0083 peppered around for interest. One to skip. Expand
  2. JohnJay
    Dec 26, 2003
    1
    I didn't like this game because it was to this game because it was to hard and i needed to buy myself a code breaker. This is the worst game ever. People! If you have a code breaker, you should probably buy it. If you don't, dont waste your time on finding this item. I like gundam, but I didnt like this game. I think that Federation Vs. Zeon was better. Get that game if you dont I didn't like this game because it was to this game because it was to hard and i needed to buy myself a code breaker. This is the worst game ever. People! If you have a code breaker, you should probably buy it. If you don't, dont waste your time on finding this item. I like gundam, but I didnt like this game. I think that Federation Vs. Zeon was better. Get that game if you dont have it instead of this. Expand

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#47 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#91 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
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66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Cheat Code Central
    80
    Everything looks and sounds just as good as the animated series that it's based on.
  2. 75
    Perhaps the biggest draw for Gundam fans is the mode in which you create your own pilot and build up his or her stats in one-player missions, then fight other Gundam geeks in the two-player mode.
  3. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    20
    Surely, I thought, the challenge level has a setting other than "stupid easy" or "mind-bogglingly confusing because the mutant aiming system bites." I thought wrong. Encounters in Space is just that bad. [Dec 2003, p.164]