A shooter game with a bit of a brain (hey, that rhymed).
Mephistopheles "Mephistopheles", Amazon
6 April 2003
Summary: Think of Star Wars Starfighter (or comparable game). Now, think of any arcade car-combat game (Twisted Metal, for instance). Now, think of a 3d RTS game (Battlezone style). This is the odd amalgamation that comprises Battle Engine Aquila. The basic setup of BEA is that you are piloting a prototype military vehicle called the Aquila. Aquila is designed to both fly like a jet and walk like a six-legged mech, and switch between either mode on the fly.
Summary: Some of the preview scenes I saw for this looked very exciting. You command a spider-esque looking tank that can also go airborne. It has plenty of earth-shaking weapons to choose from, and there is a multitude of targets to destroy. Graphics are, for the most part, super. Land and seascapes are richly detailed, and there is plenty of special effects. So, why only four stars? Unfortunately, the game moves as a nearly constant pace, and it is a slow one at that.
Summary: This title has appealed to me for a long time after having seen quite a lot of coverage in the X-Box related press. I seem to be one of the gamers that Microsoft has forgotten over the last 6 months or so, who being of more mature years is not prepared to spend £40 on a playstation port of a title aimed at the sub-teen market. This title, being X-Box specific promised a mix of shoot-em-up with a real element of strategy thrown in.
Summary: BEA isn't a bad game by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, graphically it's quite nice. You are basically set as an Aquila class fighting machine that looks like an insect(!) and fights like a Mech from Mechwarrior. The similarities with "Gun Metal" are profound, and it's as though you are playing Gun Metal only with better graphics one year on!
Summary: the mech genre is one of the hardest to get a game right, B.E.A has done that. Gorgeous graphics, solid gameplay and exciting split-screen action. The main solo missions are long and fulfilling, and with the amount of them there are, you're looking at one of the best games to grace the earth. However you cannot do the main game in co-op, which is dissapointing, so for that i remove one star.