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  • unmanneddrone 4:26 am on November 22, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 Jump into Armored Core then, man. I know we’ve discussed it in the past, but it’s certainly a bipedal tank tinkerer’s nocturnal emission. The only think missing is that big, heavy awesomeness captured in the original Steel Battalion. And maybe a touch of character.

    I think we need Chromehounds back. Or at least MAV to take over. And it’s certainly looking that way!

  • RedSwirl 4:04 am on November 22, 2012 Permalink
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    If I’m gonna mess around with mechs, it’s either gonna be Zone of the Enders or a game where I spend half my time obsessing over my mech’s hydraulics, fuel efficiency, what have you, along with the feel of the cockpit. Most importantly, I want that sense of scale to be there. I’m waiting for that all-in-one shooter where I can be a regular dude on the ground playing a fully-formed FPS, then hop into a customized mech towering over everything while also fighting other mechs, helicopters, tanks, whatever. That’s what makes mechs in Halo 4 feel so cool.

    I’ll admit that Hawken’s art direction is superb, but the only thing that tells me I’m in a 30ft mech is the fact that I’m standing face-to-face with 20-story buildings. I dunno. Maybe I want some kind of futuristic ArmA with mechs or something. Whatever.

    Everything in my head right now is basically coming from this:

  • unmanneddrone 2:18 am on November 22, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo I know the very one you’re talking about. I don’t think they ever graced the miserable Antipodean arcades…although I did once spy one of those Afterburner arcade pods, with the full-rotation. Many a young buck must have emptied their greasy food court lunches into those spheres of the future, I’m willing to bet.

    Closest I’ve gotten is spending a few yen in the Gundam equivalent, Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield. A few yen my arse is the disclaimer, the thing costs around five bucks a pop, but like Border Break and many other Japanese arcade cabs, they’re linked up to a nationwide network, so you’re always going against or running with humans. Really quite cool, given the rounded projection surface. I’m no fan of Gundam, but otherwise, good – but expensive – fun.

  • bowlisimo 2:00 am on November 22, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone True, those games never did quite get there. They may have, if the market didn’t die on the vine. The new Steel Battalion looked impressive, but apparently it was a shit game. Never did try the old one with that crazy controller.

    Wish I was old enough to jump into one of those Battletech pods back in the day. They did have a mech game at the local arcade, where you sat down in a semi-enclosed cabinet and had some controls to push, but I’ll be damned if I can remember the name.

  • unmanneddrone 1:00 am on November 22, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 I think they’ve managed to capture that mechanised delay and inertia of battlesuit combat so very effectively; from the temporary actuation lag between fire control systems and chassis direction to that very specific speed and turning. It’s an evocative, artistic triumph. Funnily enough, this is where I’m happy to rest the rump in the vacuum left by the classic arena shooters that has been unfortunately filled by back-pat manshoots like CoD – quality aside.

    There are few things in this meagre life I take as brow-furrowingly seriously as vehicle design pornography. Hawken thus far is top tier, besting out even the old FASA stalwarts in the Battletech universe. It’s like Khang Le said “Let’s grizzle up them Phantom Crash/SLAI Scobies some.” Sweet, hot sauce. Stirring in the loins.

    @bowlisimo I will agree to your requirement to a point, but it’s all about conveyance. I personally prefer smaller-scale machines, because rarely do they get the evocation of scale right with the bigger Mech franchises. Never felt that way with the Mechwarrior games to any great extent. The little I played of Chromehounds was almost there, but it lacked a sense of inertia and oomph in missing chassis bob or sway.

    Give me a mech game that comes close to a proper tank sim (cramped cockpit, appropriate dials/readouts/systems management, crew etc.) and not be some Kinect-powered flail festival…throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato. Baby, you’ve got a stew going.

  • bowlisimo 12:50 am on November 22, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 That’s because that’s what Hawken is. Really, you can reduce any mech sim down to: “It’s a shooter, but you’re a mech instead of a guy”. A lot of people feel that way.

    Here’s the thing though, the older games, such as Mechwarrior, were more immersion and simulation than they were shooter. It can still devolve into circle strafing, but it’s about the cockpit, the heavy footsteps, towering over everything else on the battlefield, ridiculously devastating weapons, heat management, weapon groups, torso twisting while walking a different direction, taking massive amounts of damage, massive missile volleys arcing across the sky, lasers cutting through smoke, overriding automatic shutdown and firing everything you’ve got despite every klaxon and warning light telling you your reactor is about to go critical, the inevitable mushroom cloud from said reactor going critical, I could go on and on.

    If you ask me, a mech battle should be more like two warships broadsiding each other, you know? A slug fest. Two armored up, horribly beweaponed warmachines reducing themselves to boiling slags of armor, dragging limbs behind them. Robot Jox. If you don’t FEEL like you’re a piloting a a 100 ft tall walking tank, then you’re doing it wrong.

  • unmanneddrone 5:35 am on October 2, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 So good, all these years on. Just so good.

  • RedSwirl 5:17 am on October 2, 2012 Permalink
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  • unmanneddrone 12:03 am on October 2, 2012 Permalink
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    @beige @bowlisimo @redswir1 Glorious! We simply need more mech games. Hawken is a tour de force, design and ‘feel’-wise, whatever that Halo walker is, it looks terrific…

    More mechs. In fact, Capcom, instead of churning out overblown zombie turds, just give us more of your mech goodness. More Vital Suits, more Steel Battalion that isn’t a hand-waving frustration simulator. More machines.

    EDIT: It does break my heart Halo 2 was the last PC outing for the franchise. I would put up with GFWL just to play a new game. Heavy duty stuff right there. GFWL.

  • bowlisimo 11:25 pm on October 1, 2012 Permalink
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    Dat Mech! I dub thee, “Edward Missile Hands”. See, you guys, mechs make everything better.

    @beige No FTL yet. Been picking my battles lately, but you’re right, that game is Shit Goes Wrong In Space™.

  • unmanneddrone 10:35 pm on August 30, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Speaking of customisable fighting machines, fancy signing up to this alpha? Think Kerbal Armour Bureau.

    Gear Up is a multiplayer online game where you can build tanks and participate in online challenges such as battles, races and missions. We have created lots of weapons, turrets, chassis and tracks, all ready to be assembled with each other. Thousands of different tanks can be created and if you think wheels and tracks are boring try the spider legs, the hoovers or the wings. All vehicle parts are physically simulated and we are tweaking them towards arcade action.


    PC – Mac – Linux

  • bowlisimo 4:49 pm on August 30, 2012 Permalink
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    MW2 Mercenaries / MW4 Mercenaries were basically that. Actually, the first Mechwarrior game was that as well, even moreso than the previous two I mentioned. You could travel anywhere in the Inner Sphere, get jobs, hire pilots, and buy/sell mechs. Apparently there was a Star Control 2-like time limited plot, but I never bothered with it as a kid. I just ran around trying to make enough C-bills to field two lances of Battlemasters. That was the gateway drug to the tabletop game for me (which my brother had already been playing for years).

    I recommend MW4 Mercs though, if you want to build up a squad of ultimate badasses and go on cash runs, and also play something that doesn’t look like complete ass.

  • unmanneddrone 7:06 am on March 9, 2012 Permalink
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    Well. Mechwarrior is back, that’s for sure. GAMEPLAY VIDEO.

  • unmanneddrone 4:24 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo I dunno, outside of being the exception to the rule, I can’t think of much more I’m keen to play from here on out. Things will pop up, sure, but at the moment…maybe X Rebirth? Yeah. Yes.


    EDIT: F2P Mech games are a given, of course.

  • unmanneddrone 2:24 am on February 26, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Let us never forget the admirable failure of Dominion: Storm over Gift 3.

    Maybe ‘never’ should be dropped from that last sentence. Remarkably buggy! As it stands, we need a new Heavy Gear and more Missionforce: Cyberstorm TBS games.

  • bowlisimo 1:09 am on February 26, 2012 Permalink
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    I take it the squad completely passed over Syndicate? Seems to be getting good reviews, coop especially.

    @unmanneddrone G-nome was surprisingly good for a mech game packed in with the Compaq Presario I had. The most novel thing I remember about it was being able to jump out on foot, gas canister enemy units and drive them yourself, from defensive gun all the way to aerospace units. I didn’t do that again until years later in Battlefield. Too bad the RTS based on the universe wasn’t that great.

    Thanks for the heads up, by the way. Consider “Commander Bowlius” registered for whatever the hell Mechwarrior Tactics is. This sudden resurgence of Battletech and Mech stuff this year is heartening.

  • unmanneddrone 4:42 pm on February 25, 2012 Permalink
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    @rocgaude I’m pretty much done with it, not having a particularly large stake in the DLC argument at all. But here’s your 20. And that chunky pop you’re hearing is my heart, splattering into strips fit for goulash.

    Interesting to hear your thoughts on the Vita. Can totally understand them, though I’m having a right old time with mine. That WipEout sounds unpatched, but even then, it’s still a little hefty. I love that game, though. Oh, the motifs, the design, the sheer physics implementation. One of the most narrow fanbases in the racing genre, one might expect, though.

    Happy to have one. Looking forward to Motorstorm RC, so if any folks pick that up on PS3 (or Vita), a little asynchronous racing rivalry wouldn’t go astray. Micromachines are back, my friends.

    @bowlisimo I’m ready for any sort of new PC mech experience. I suppose there’s always Mechwarrior: Living Legends. Did you ever play G-Nome? Perennial B-lister mech game along with Earthsiege 1 & 2, but an earnest 7th Level effort.

    Mech love-in.

    EDIT: You’ve registered for MechWarrior Tactics, right?

  • bowlisimo 3:57 pm on February 25, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone Spent a lot of time in Blizzard’s expansions. They were all quality, though I had a ton of fun with Broodwar and Beyond the Dark Portal (the trees are giant mushrooms!) specifically.

    Baldur’s gate was another one. I scratched the Tales of the Sword Coast disk so it would always crash in the Werewolf town, but Durlag’s tower was insane on its own. Throne of Bhaal for BG2 was a great way to end that series, and if you ask me, earned the right to be called “epic”.

    If we’re talking mechs, definitely Desperate Measures, although it always bugged me when the briefing lady said “download” when she clearly meant “upload”. Ghost Bear’s Legacy had you fighting in SPACE! on top of a dropship as well as underwater, and Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries, as a standalone, was simply badass.

    God damn it, I really want to play a mech game now.

  • unmanneddrone 3:02 pm on February 25, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Yeah, I’ll quote you on that because I reckon it’s damn well true. Boxed expansions are going the way of the dinosaur, unless they have “World of Warcraft” in the title, and interestingly enough, that’d be one of the few examples you’d be able to point to these days.

    Any particular favourite expansions from back in the day? Mine would have to be Dark Reign’s “Rise of the Shadowhand” and…hmmm…MechCommander’s “Desperate Measures” (which is TOTALLY cheating, given it was only included in the gold edition). I miss Mechcommander. One of the forgotten greats of the genre…after the bugs and glitches were quashed, of course.

  • unmanneddrone 3:20 pm on February 24, 2012 Permalink
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    @beige I heard the blog owner traded up a grasp on basic arithmetic because he was too busy drawing talking, vein-ridden phalli in his maths notebook during school. What a goose.

    Appreciated though! Gotta have something to show for the late hours.

    One last reminder, my friends!

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    Submissions close upon North America’s Sunday eve. In the words of noble Batiatus, that’s two days hence!

    @bowlisimo Oh, my man. Real mecha or bust. All the way with you on that front.

  • bowlisimo 3:01 pm on February 24, 2012 Permalink
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    Someone needs to make an indie game out of all that sweet mecha he draws.

    @UMD I love mechs and space ships both equally. More Timber Wolf, less Gundam, though.

  • unmanneddrone 11:35 am on February 24, 2012 Permalink
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    I suppose F2P did deserve its stigma earlier on, but now devs are moving towards being rather smart in their design processes and not creating player imbalance, we’re reaping fine rewards now. None of this pay-to-win business survives.

    Love this F2P mech renaissance we’re about to enter. Ho boy. Don’t beat me or anything, but I’ll take a real mech revival over a spacefighter revival any day of the week. (@bowlisimo Forgive me, brother! Oh, and I added you on PSN)

  • unmanneddrone 11:07 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink
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    @beige Thank ye for the page. Is there no greater thing than robots facing off against leviathan reptiles? No. No there is not. Bring on the goodness! Everything else is just a toy.

    All this co-op business…makes me a little sad I’m on the other side of the rock, and scheduling is hellish. That said, the freshly unveiled Mechwarrior Tactics has asynchronous multiplayer and will essentially be the Battletech boardgame online. Oh, we are entering a renaissance for the bipedal tank. Hawken, Mechwarrior Online AND Reign of Thunder by the MechAssault crew. Good times. All free to play, too! Let us not simply settle for a man-shoot, when we can add mechs to the mix. Laced in a frisky holding pattern over this gloriousness until release.

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