Halfway through writing this post for Robotech Invasion, Harmony Gold, the company that owns the rights to Robotech, launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new animated series. It's exciting to think there is a chance for a new series. Robotech the animated series was one of, if not the first, successfully ported anime from Japan and near and dear to my heart. It was in my early childhood when I first saw it on TV, very early in the morning. All it took was a glimpse of the mecha and I was hooked. Flash forward 30+ years, here I am probably the only person playing through Robotech Invasion on the PS2 recently.
It's kinda hard to be a Robotech fan. The original animated series first aired in the early 80s, with precious little new material released since that time. Most newer material has been unfinished and abandoned. The franchise itself is always under legal restrictions and copyright issues. The long rumored, live action film attached to Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio hasn't had any traction. However there are a few video games that released in and around the 64 bit era, notably Robotech Battlecry and Robotech Invasion.
|While Invasion is no driving sim, it is fun because you have missiles|
The gameplay reminds me of the NGC Metroid games. There is a lot of futuristic weapons, large enemies and the cyclone armor even offers additional viewing options like heat and night vision. Switching between weapons and views is a pinch with the d-pad. With the 1st/3rd person toggle feature it is the perfect blend of shooting and exploring.
|Great seeing different mecha and Invid troopers straight from the show|
Robotech Academy Kickstarter campaign