I got caught up in the Xbox Live hype back in November of 2002,
so when "Mechassault" finally came out, I simply had to have it.
I ran out, bought an Xbox, bought Live, bought this game...and, I
was a bit disappointed.
The multiplayer version of "Mechassault" is pretty cool.
You pick a 'Mech from a list of various big machines, which vary in
size, speed and armament, and take it to battle in either team or
deathmatch play using your environment and your sidewinder missiles
to take down opponents. Smack talk is what makes the world go
round, so I was loving it initially as I could drop some language on
some of the players in my arena, even as I was also takin' it pretty
hard from some of the more experienced players on my server.
In contrast to the PC versions of these games, "Mechassault" is
purely for arcade-style players only. Weapons are mapped to
only three buttons, and certain buttons are available for jetpacks
and other add-ons that certain 'Mechs have. The robots get all
blow'd up real nice-like, so after a massive explosion, those
remaining in the arena can run over and pick up the spoils of a
kill, including armor, missile and gun replacements.
The online version of "Mechassault", then, is all well and good.
But, the single-player version of the game is complete and utter
dogshit. For one, it's too short. You'll blow through
this in maybe five hours. Second, it's too easy, so not only
are the levels short, you won't have much trouble blowing through
what little there on each stage. Third, it's really quite
boring, so you don't even want to go through the exercise again in
Hard difficulty because it's a total waste of time.
Let's hope the next version of this game provides us with at
least something respectable about the single-player
experience. I can't be online all the time!
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience