New Gundam Breaker is a Gundam-based video game on the PlayStation 4 and Steam-based products, released in 2018. Though the fourth entry to the Gundam Breaker franchise, this is the first game to make it to Western countries.
You are a transfer student to the prestigious Gunbre High School, a school in Japan dedicated to creating and improving Gunpla builds. However, your first day takes a strange turn when you confront a member of the Student Council-backed Shield of Laplace, becoming Enemy #1 to the Student Council, who hold the entire school in its grip. Now, it's up to you and your plethora of beautiful female student allies to take back the School from these ruthless bullies the only way how: by beating up their toys with your own toys!
New Gundam Breaker hosts a plethora of famous Mobile Suits from throughout Gundam history, from the RX-78-2 of Mobile Suit Gundam to the AGEII Magnum of Gundam Build Divers. Find your favorite parts, mix and match, go out and crush your enemies!
New Gundam Breaker includes examples of:
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Good grief! As you find out from Yui, the current Student Council President and Vice President actually defeated the previous team, which she was one of, and the school elected them in. Then, they placed in all of these rules to invoke a massive Might Makes Right idealism. When you confront the President at the end, you find out he did all of this because you beat him when you were all in elementary school! Thankfully, when you take over, things are back to normal.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The Satellite Cannons. It locks you in place with a long charge-up time, making it hard to fire accurately and effectively even with the stun abilities at play.
- Whip Weapons like Master Gundam's Cloth or the good old Gundam Hammer. Despite being capable of hitting multiple enemies in area, even with max EX-Level their damage is far lower than any other kind of close-range weapon.
- The Gunner and Striker Inner Frames, causing your suit to suffer from Crippling Overspecialization along with offering some of the worst Frame Abilities in the game. Case and point: One such ability grants 4% boost for your attacks in exchange for taking 50% more damage than usual.
- Many of the Builder Parts's set of Buffs and Debuffs fall under this as well.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: For the player, defeating the future Student Council President was just another match in elementary school. But apparently it was such a devastating experience that he developed a Might Makes Right mentality that he later forces onto the rest of Gunbre High School.
- HeelFace Turn: As you battle various students, they come to realize that the Might Makes Right mentality is not how things should go and start wising up and acting nicer.
- Karl Marx Hates Your Guts: Buying an entire Gunpla, depending on the type of unit it is, can be prohibitively expensive, especially major units. However, when you sell a part at the end of a round, it's no more than 5% of its buying price.
- Loads and Loads of Loading: The game has plentiful of loads screens, some of which can be quite long.
- Might Makes Right: The Student Council imposes this on Gunbre High School, designed in such a way that those who are already strong get stronger and those who want to improve are never able to. This heavily demoralizes the school as all of the fun is effectively sucked up and many of those who used to be nice end up become Jerkasses.
- Mis-blamed: A meta example. When the official Gundam twitter page attempted to drum up excitement and get people to participate in a "show off your MS!" activity (which had been done to great success and excitement with the previous games, with some of the shared MS even appearing on the concurrently airing Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters TRY), they instead received an avalanche of angry comments pointing out that rather than getting people to put up pictures, maybe they ought to be making a better game. It got so bad that they had to outright plead that they weren't involved in actually developing the game and had nothing to do with how poorly received it was.
- Multiple Endings: While the endings are generally the same in that you liberate the school from the Student Council, the endings change depending on which female character you side with.
- Obvious Beta: The initial release of the game was infamously buggy and had a lot of hallmarks of being unfinished.
- The Steam version was originally supposed to launch simultaneously with the PS4 version, but the disastrously negative reception forced Bandai Namco to delay it for several months as patches were developed. When it was finally released on Steam, it was with all the patches developed to fix bugs and issues with the PS4 version.
- Teacher/Student Romance: At the end of the Recoco storyline, you find out that the person behind the Recoco identity is your homeroom teacher, Ms. Aida. However, she realizes pursuing such an idea is wrong, suggests they just be friends and if he still wants to after he graduates, she'll be waiting.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
- Your greatest foe isn't the one with powerful beam weaponry or funnels, but the guy holding a bazooka. Your nice little streak could end because you come across a character holding some sort of bazooka and once you're hit with a round, they will constantly juggle you until you go boom.
- If it isn't the bazooka, it's the beam launchers. The damage varies, but the problem comes from how they lock you in place, leaving you wide-open for attacks even if you use special abilities to get yourself out from it.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: You! The current student council president develops his Might Makes Right mentality after the player defeated him when they were in elementary school.