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  • Summary: Gundam fanatics take notice! PS2's first game based on the popular animae TV series takes players back to the One Year War with an epic storyine and mission-based gameplay.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. If, however, this is your first introduction to the Gundam series and a solid game is more your goal, you’ll find the gameplay frustrating and the average graphics and sound disappointing.
  2. 70
    Limited button-customization, poor object detection, and sloppy beam-saber execution add to the frustrations. Still, Journey to Jaburo is an enjoyable alternative for fans of giant-robot games.
  3. 68
    For a mech combat game, Journey to Jaburo isn't terrible, but it is lacking good control and the graphics are pretty sad overall.
  4. Diminished quality, lackluster programming effort and PlayStation 2-unworthy effects.
  5. A snail in an Olympic sized pool moves faster than this game, and it gets to the point where it becomes too frustrating to play.
  6. The control can be a pain but the strength of the Gundam story is good enough to struggle through it.
  7. Once again, Gundam gamers are left with the wrong end of the beam saber. More bad control, less game and more advertisements.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. MooMoo
    Nov 11, 2001
    Best game ever.
  2. DiehardGundamfanWithaVision
    Feb 7, 2002
    Yo, I'm not too sure why everyone hates this game. As Tristan R. said, this isn't Gundam Wing but it's still a darn good game to play! The graphics are incredible. The death explosions have to be the best around, let's face it. The mechs themselves are truly a sight to see. From floating Doms to Lumbering Gundams, the mechs have an incredible amount of detail. When something comes just a little too close you can whip out your beam sabre and wack that punk up! The free floating camera is gotta be the best little feature in this game. You can actually see the FRONT of your mechs! That's hot $hit right there, friends! Let's see AC2 try to do THAT! Now about the controls. WHAT is so bad about them?!? They're PRACTICALLY IDENTICAL to AC2!! Control pad to move, R1 & L1 to strafe, square to shoot, triangle to change weapons and X to jump! All that's missing is an independent beam sabre button and the ablity to look up and down with the L2&R2 buttons. I'm constantly wondering what people are taking when they spout B.S like: "Duhhhhhh..! Duh Cntrols ur reel baaaad! Dere sooooooo annoying!" It's not THAT hard friends! I made you a freakin list up above! "Well..! Uhh..! My Mech is WAY too sluggish!" Then tap foward to boost across the ground or use a faster mech in Tactics mode! There is a BIG difference between a Gundam's speed and a Zaku's! "My mech dont jump high enough!" Press X MORE THAN ONCE to get a better boost! The Kampfer, for instance, hits the vertical boundary in 4 boosts! "This'll NEVER beat AC2, Man..." Dude! Just LOOK at the game! It's a mutherf** in Ac2/Gundam conversion!! Folks, some skill IS required to play the game! Sound is fine, no qualms about that. The mechs and weapons sound cool. The campaign basically outlines 0079's story which is pretty cool. I like taking part in that. The cutscenes are pretty bad@$$, it's straight from the cartoon. But by far the best part of the game was Tactics Battle. That's virtually all I play and I generally forget 1 player. There are WAY more mechs there. My ONLY qualms with this game are the lack of other mechs/mobile armor with more color variations and also how freaking strong your sheild is! How can it live though a Guncannon 2X cannon blast but your Gouf is literally shattered when it's guard is down? I havent played Zeonic Front yet, but look for my next response there as soon as I master it! Expand
  3. JagdDoga
    Jan 9, 2003
    Wow, it is odd how it can get such a good score then some critics are losers...
  4. TristanR.
    Nov 2, 2001
    This game was one of the greatest I've ever played. The shortness and lack of 2 player of it really blew, but other than that it was awesome. The last level I admit was pretty hard but after a week or so of playing in the Battle Tactics section it became quite easy. The Battle Tactics section might have just been the greatest part of the game. About the graphics, they were awesome, I don't see what the problem is. People were spoiled by the Gundam Wing series, or at least facinated by it, and aren't concerned with its beginnings. The controls, yes were hard at the beginning, by the third level, I had them mastered. Eh, people get too bitchy when it isn't centered around their beloved Gundam Wing. Expand
  5. GreenL.
    Nov 5, 2001
    The controls are bad. I love the graphics are awesome. And the shows from the show itself, is cool.
  6. UnclaimedGlory
    Dec 29, 2001
    I thought the game was great. All the gundam fans should be amused. I thought the game needed some more control though...that is my only complaint.
  7. E.Sigismondavich
    Sep 15, 2001
    Controls are sluggish, bosses near the end of the game (Levels 6 and 9) are murderously difficult, and the BGM interferes a lot with gameplay. Graphics are decent, though, and laws of physics are recognized (ie, leading one of the many Dopp fighters you'll face). Still, it was more than slightly disappointing. Expand

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