Megaton Musashi W: Wired Review

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Mecha games have an easy path into my favourite games list, whatever form they might take. Whether it’s an emotional, non-linear narrative like 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, or a Gundam game packed with smooth combat and an overwhelming amount of customisation like Gundam Breaker 3, or an addictive high-octane competitive combat like Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost On, I’m totally in. So when I heard that Level 5 had released a game that combines all of those qualities called Megaton Musashi W: Wired, I was foaming at the mouth to check it out.

Now, this isn’t technically the grand debut of Megaton Musashi W: Wired. The series kicked off a few years ago with what was originally a Japan-exclusive premium game, which was followed by an alternative free-to-play version that saw seasonal content updates, famous anime robot DLC add-ons, and collabs with Yokai Watch and Hololive vtubers. Alongside those games, a two-season anime version of Megaton Musashi aired globally. Yet despite the anime being available in English, it isn’t until now and this third iteration of the game that overseas fans can experience the mecha action for themselves.

Knowing that this was, at one time, a free-to-play game, I expected there to be a light focus on story and a heavy emphasis on repeatable, grindathon missions. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Megaton Musashi W: Wired mirrors the slow, peaceful pacing and character-focused interactions of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. Before you set off on combat missions to defend the last bastion of humanity from giant aliens using your rogue Musashi mech, you’ll spend a lot of time wandering around the city, checking in on rivals, companions, mysterious figures and innocent neighbourhood denizens. Just as much of the game is about talking to people and investigating the overarching mysteries of your place in a constantly growing sci-fi conspiracy. As you do so, you’ll fill up a robot-shaped meter at the bottom of the screen, and once it’s full, it’s time for you to head out to a major story-related battle or boss fight.

Megaton Musashi W: Wired combat

Admittedly, I was frustrated at first by how infrequently these combat encounters happened because of how the first few hours of the game focus so much on story and info-dumping. That frustration only stemmed from the fact that combat is so much fun. Combos are smooth and impactful, your Musashi mech flies across the combat arena gracefully, and after just one battle you can immediately get a sense for the full potential of how deep this game’s combat can go. Eventually, thankfully, you’re permitted to explore those depths and combat is a more frequent occurrence as you get further into the game, especially as you unlock bonus missions and multiplayer encounters that can be infinitely repeated.

Plus, as you get further into Megaton Musashi W: Wired, the massive breadth of customisation options fully exposes itself to you. There’s fun flashy stuff, like the dozens of unique equippable arms, legs, chest, and head pieces for your mecha. You’ve also got multiple base melee and ranged weapon types, and within each type there are a bunch of unique variations.

Megaton Musashi W: Wired customisation

It’s easy to fall into a favored build and strategy for your robot, whether it’s running battles close and fast with a shotgun and knuckles or keeping things focused on aerial maneuvers and long-distance gun-fire. Equippable modifiers and a daunting motherboard customization menu let you steer your build even further into perfection. If the depth of customisation puts you off or overwhelms you, you can automatically optimise your mech based on specified parameters so that you can have the best version of your bot without having to learn what every stat and piece of gear means.

By the time the full scope of Megaton Musashi W: Wired revealed itself to me, I was hooked. I fell into that hole of mecha action and sci-fi intrigue happily, and came out of it feeling like I had experienced the ultimate mashup of all my favorite mecha games. It’s slow to start, but once things get in gear, you’ll be hard pressed to put this game down at all.

Summary
Megaton Musashi W: Wired is every giant robot enthusiasts dream game. Whether you want a character-focused sci-fi adventure, a combat bonanza full of fully customizable mechas, or addictive multiplayer engagements, this game can happily provide.
Good
  • Fun, fast combat
  • Delightful focus on characters and sci-fi intrigue
  • Daunting and addictive amounts of customization
Bad
  • Slow and tutorial-heavy opening hours
9
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