Don’t read them. These people have no idea what they’re talking about. Nor have I. Instead, I’ve asked for the write-ups of qualified people whose opinions we could trust, since these people are real pilots, having had actual experience with these mechs. Those armchair anime bloggers could all lay down with their broken robot toys and die in a fire.
Without further ado!
A rugged machine, adaptable to many battle conditions. Good variety of weapon choices, plus I’m a fan of axes. The cockpit hatch could open a little more wider, my boots brush the inside too often while getting in/out.
Rating: 4 stars
— Norris Packard
Controls are not as responsive as the new Dom, but the more even weight distribution makes jumping easier. Proven on the battlefield, and the abundance of spare parts ensures that you’ll never sortie underequipped. The Zaku II fits all my needs, and is 100% compatible with my old Zaku I’s custom parts.
PS: If you’re using the J variant, make sure to equip anti-personal flechette grenades. They could save your life!
Rating: 4.5 stars
Highly customizable. I gave it a horn, painted it salmon pink, and bribed a mechanic to increase its thruster output by 33.3%. This got me no less than five Magellan-class battleship kills. What do you know, the Zaku kickstarted my career as an ace pilot!
PS: I’d take this over that shitty Zeong, which doesn’t have any legs. What the hell was Kycilia thinking?
Rating: 5 stars
— Char Aznable
Pros: Cockpit fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it (insignia option, of course), attracts women
Cons: Only 1 eye (3 would be really rad), shield too small against other mobile suits, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the darkness of space.
Rating: 3.5 stars
— Shin Matsunaga
Everyone above me is stupid.
The real deal is: the Zaku II is outdated. These are your grandpa’s machines, they don’t even have a Learning Computer. They drop like flies to my RX-78’s beam rifle, because they were made to fight ships, not other mobile suits.
What a bunch of noobs. Now if you excuse me, I have to show them how wrong they are.
Rating: 1 star
— Amuro Ray
Evangelion 01 Test Type
I read from somewhere that the Test Type is a seminal work on mecha design, so I tried it.
Bottom line: DON’T pilot this. You’ll only get disappointed.
First, I got claustrophobic in the cylindrical cockpit. Then piss started flooding inside, I thought I was drowning. They told me it would allow me to interface with the Test Type, but it’s still the color of piss and smells like blood.
I couldn’t stomach the shit anymore, so I got out of the mech and demanded a refund. Predictably, they refused to give me one. FML.
Rating: 1 star
— Kouji Kabuto
I don’t mind the LCL, but I understand where people are coming from. It’s not much of a bother once you get used to it.
The Test Type is pretty easy to control. None of those complicated stuff you have to pull off just to run. Will it, and the mech will do the heavy lifting for you. I appreciate this a lot, because coming straight from my last job, my old mecha needed careful attention even when combining, or I’d blow up.
However, I must say that any damage the mech sustains will immediately reflect on your body as sheer, nerve-wracking pain. Yeah, it sucks. That’s a big drawback, but if you’re good as me, then there shouldn’t be any problem.
PS: I read in the manual that it has a defense mechanism called the AT Field, but I’ve never experienced it activating at all. When I asked the guy in charge, he said nothing. I wonder what I’m doing wrong.
Rating: 3.5 stars
— Ryoma Nagare
Why does this still run on a cord? The Zaku came out more than a decade before this, and that didn’t need any goddamn wires. If you even try to disengage it, battery life is too short for you to get shit done. The weapons are also abysmally weak for the type of enemy it gets to fight regularly.
Nice shield, though. Never got nicked at all, but it’s kind of off-putting to see it activate on its own. Would like a HUD indicator whenever it’s going to come out, and how much longer it can take. I could do it for free, if only NERV would only allow it.
No transformation takes off an entire star from me.
Rating: 2 stars
My RahXephon was out for repairs and wouldn’t ship back in a month, so I tried the Evangelion 01 Test Type for a change.
I’ve got to admit, NERV is pretty clever with things. My RahXephon moves like Jell-O compared to this beast. It can’t fly, big deal. It has goddamn guns, not a dumb bow or whatnot. I skewered an army of Dolems with a positron rifle that took the entire electric power of Japan, how cool is that?
One caveat, though. Never, ever try to sing with the Test Type. It’s an absolute disaster. They never let me use it again after that. I guess you can’t have them all.
Rating: 3.5 stars
— Ayato Kamina
The Test Type has this weird tendency to shut down during operation. I wonder why. I was told that I should try harder, but Dad doesn’t understand me at all… why doesn’t he try piloting this? I’m sick of the pain whenever I screw up, so much that the Test Type starts acting on its own and finishes off the enemy for me. It must hate me as well.
And it has totally ugly teeth. No wonder the blue-haired chick I work with doesn’t even look my way. I could use a nicer-looking mech.
Well Dad, fuck you and your mech.
Rating: 0 stars
— Shinji Ikari