A 1999 Simulation Game set in the Gundam universe released for the Sega Dreamcast. As the title implies, it is a side-story to the original Mobile Suit Gundam, taking place during the One-Year War. The game takes place in Australia, which at the beginning of the war was ruined by Operation British. The player takes the role of Lieutenant Master Pierce Rayer, leader of White Dingoes, an elite mobile suit force tasked with helping The Federation reclaim Australia from the Zeon forces.
The game eschews many Gundam staples and tropes, rather than being about a ragtag group, likely including a youth who happened to luck into the conflict to save the day, it's about an already experienced mobile suit squad piloting their grunt suits in a campaign to clear out the Zeon in an already ruined land. In fact, there's not even a single Gundam in the entire game. As such it's one of the realest of the Real Robot Genre in all of Gundam-dom.
Good job out there, White Dingoes. Your next mission contains the following tropes:
- Ace Custom: Technically, all the White Dingo units are superficially ace customs, as they are painted in the White Dingoes custom color scheme of dark gray-on-gray. However, their performance is no better than a standard production model. However, their blue-on-white version of the GM Sniper Custom II does have additional modifications to the base model, specifically Vulcan gun pods and a shield not seen on other versions.
- Competitive Balance: Comes in many flavors:
- Shields: Players can use either the small shield which obviously defends less and is more easily destroyed, but can be used for melee attacks. The large shield is simply defensive.
- Weapons: The various weapons differ in damage output, ammunition size, reload times, and splash damage. Even the mighty beam rifle (being a Flawed Prototype) isn't the outright be-all, end-all weapon it is in most One Year War works.
- Suits: Played straight in the beginning, but eventually subverted. The game begins with two choices, the GM and the GM Cannon. The GM is faster, but more lightly armed and armored. The GM Cannon is designed for support and has a shoulder mounted cannon and more armor, but can't move as fast. The optional mass-production Guncannon is an exaggerated version of the GM Cannon, completely lacking any melee weapons and being even slower, but more heavily armored and with a double cannon. But the GM Sniper II is just better in the end game, period.
- During the War: The game is set against the backdrop of the One Year War, telling a smaller series of skirmishes than the Mobile Suit Gundam anime.
- A Father to His Men: Visch Donahue is described as being "a sympathetic and flexible officer" and well-respected among his troops, whom he personally leads.
- Featureless Protagonist: Within the game itself, Master Pierce Rayer is never actually seen or heard. Subverted in side materials, where he's seen as a serious looking, blonde man.
- Flawed Prototype: The P-Beam Rifle. P, in this case, stands for "Prototype." It's only usable in one mission (unless unlocked) and only has a paltry six shots before its long reload. It's a prototype of the Gundam's beam rifle. In a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation, it (and the unlockable Gundam Beam Rifle) can be reloaded, albeit slowly, a technology not introduced for several years after the One Year War.
- Lower-Deck Episode: The game functions as a lower deck episode for the Gundam metaseries, not unlike Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. The campaign isn't about winning the war (or even turning the tide), but their contributions are important and more personal. It's also considerably less outlandish than the other series, eschewing the absolutely bonkers technological (and Psychic Powers) arms race, and instead of being a The Chosen One who fell into the cockpit, the characters are already hardened soldiers.
- The Rival: Visch Donahue, ace pilot of the Zeon, forms a rivalry with Fang-1, ultimately culminating in Donahue's canonical death.
- The Squad: The player takes command of the White Dingoes, an elite mobile suit squadron stationed in the ruins of Australia. The team consists of:
- Fang-1: The player character, Lieutenant Master Pierce Rayer.
- Fang-2: Leung Fee-Fai, the stoic second-in-command.
- Fang-3: Maximillian Berger, the ever jovial default gunner.
- Oasis: Anita Julianne, Mission Control who doesn't pilot a mobile suit but instead supports the team from a hovertruck.