I know I talk a lot about Super Robot Wars, and maybe a lot of people haven’t heard of it (primer here) but it’s really quite popular as a series. So popular in fact, several spin-off series of the franchise have occurred. The only games to reach the United States are some of these spin-offs, particularly Original Generation and Endless Frontier. Another such spin-off concerns some of the other characters seen in the Original Generations series, primarily Masaki Ando. He leads his own series called Masoukishin, which has just been announced to receive a new title coming this August to both the PS3 and the Vita.
Masoukishin 3, Pride of Justice, isn’t technically a Super Robot Wars game. While it’s still a strategy RPG, several of the mechanics are quite different from your basic SRW title. That being said, it’s still part of the franchise and the Masoukishin plot does have a good deal to do with the more mainstream SRW titles. It’s all canon material at the end of the day. The game received an epic debut with a trailer recently and at least for this fan, the hype has been building.
So what is the premise behind the Masoukishin series? As a fan might know, Masaki comes to Original Generation 1 chasing a man called Shu Shirakawa for unknown reasons. It seems to be that there’s a lot of enmity between these two men (well, maybe it’s a little one-sided). However, Masaki comes to Earth at a time of war and he’s more or less drafted into the Earth Forces to fight against the enemy. Masaki sees several clashes with Shu up through this, but the reason behind his animosity towards Shu and Masaki’s general backstory aren’t really approached in the Original Generation series.
Of course, that’s where the Masoukishin series comes in. As it happens, Masaki comes from a land under the earth, a fantasy land called La Gias. That would explain somewhat the supernatural nature of his mech, the Cybuster, which has contracted and commands the full power of the wind spirit, Syphis. Masaki, of course, is not the only person from La Gias to pilot such a machine. While they were playable characters in the latest Original Generations incarnation, they receive most of the spotlight in the Masoukishin games. Characters like Yan Long, Tutti, Mio, and Precia all have their stories told in the Masoukishin games, and that story continues well into Masoukishin 3. For people interested in the plot, it’s important to note that the latest Original Generation game, Original Generations 2 for the PS3, takes place after Masoukishin 1 but before Masoukishin 2. A lot happens in 2 that could spell for some incredibly interesting consequences for the Original Generations series, and that is already enough to get me interested in this upcoming title.
Only the second SRW(ish) title for the PS3, and the first for the Vita, it’ll be interesting to see how this one turns out. Stay tuned for it, folks!
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