Conclusion: This is very simple, if you have Xbox Live, go buy this game the day it hits store shelves, there is no excuse. If you do not have Live don’t worry MechAssault is still totally worth your money, it has a very deep single player game that keeps me coming back for more every day. This is an action game and it was never meant to be complex and tedious. The main point of MechAssault is to blow sh*t up, straightforward.
Excerpt: A game like MechAssault poses an interesting problem in terms of how it should be reviewed. The problem revolves around the dual nature of the game. MechAssault is a transition point in terms of console gaming, and it's a transition between a mainly single-player existence and the fairly recent addition of multiplayer action via an online connection.
Summary: Microsoft's MechAssault for the Xbox is an
excellent title that should appeal to fans of the genre and newbies alike. The
game supports multiplayer action with several online games, plus the ability to
download new maps, mechs and even entirely new modes of play. For those without
a broadband connection, MA also includes an outstanding single player mission
that's excellent as well.
Excerpt: Guess what if you haven't heard a lot about this game already, you're barely looking. It's awesome, the Xbox live handling is good. I would play the game just to unlock the new mech's, to play live. Also the mech installer, is a possibility, only if you own the game.
Excerpt: "Mech Assault" is one a few "XBox Live"-enabled games where, thankfully, the single-player experience doesn't seem like a second thought. Both have been developed with care and, as a result, the game will likely entertain those who play solo or want to blast other mech players from around the world.
Excerpt: Let's start with the story, which frankly, is just here to move along the action. Don't expect any furthering of the Battle Tech legacy, despite the game taking place in its universe. The game's premise puts you in the role of a Mech Warrior of a mercenary group called the Wolf's Dragoons. Contracted by the planet Helios, you've been assigned to liberate the planet of radicalists called The Word of Blake, who have mysteriously taken over for unknown reasons.
Excerpt: The venerable Battletech franchise gets a new lease on console-based life in MechAssault. Featuring amazing graphics, destructible environments, and an incredibly fun online multiplayer through Xbox LIVE, this is definitely a big robot title with serious appeal.
Conclusion: best Xbox Live titles (and Xbox titles period) available today. There is a backstory that progresses your single-player missions. Your mission is to work through 20 levels with the sole purpose of eradicating the fanatical “Word of Blake” followers trying to take over the planet. The story sounds a little silly (even more so after you’ve heard some of the over-the-top cutscene dialogue) but fortunately, it’s a non-relevant diversion to really enjoying the Mech fighting...
Conclusion: Mechassault is certainly an impressively destructive mech game that'll supply fans of the genre with a lot of mechfun, but it required softer armour or more destructive weapons to make it truly satisfying. Some longer ranged (the equivalent of a mech sniper rifle perhaps?) or some remote controlled missiles may have made the action more varied and pleasing.
Pros: Superb explosions, loads of destruction and detail., System link & Xbox Live.
Cons: Less than thrilling single player game and uninspired multiplayer modes., Predictable and yawnsome battles., Some poor presentation screens., No cockpit view.