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3:00 AM on 07.26.2012

Jenner mech revealed for MechWarrior Online

There's never enough mechs. It appears Piranha Games would agree, as they showed off the recently announced Jenner mech that'll appear in MechWarrior Online. Before we go any further, I'd like to just quote the trailer real ...

Brett Zeidler

11:30 PM on 07.23.2012

First look at Caustic Valley map in MechWarrior Online

It's really, really f*cking hot outside. I don't know about you guys, but it's well over a hundred degrees around my neck of the woods and it has been all summer long. It may be a weird coincidence, but Piranha Games has rev...

Brett Zeidler

4:00 AM on 06.28.2012

MechWarrior Online exists, I've come to terms with that

With Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor now in the rear-view mirror and Hawken shining brightly on the horizon mechs seem to be experiencing something of a resurgence as of late. And now that your turret arms' ...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 PM on 06.19.2012

MechWarrior Online initiates its founder's program

As previously covered, MechWarrior Online is offering a multi-tier founder's program that gives players willing to throw down some cash up front early access to the free-to-play game and exclusive content. Starting today, you...

Jordan Devore







Review: Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor photo
Review: Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
by Chris Carter

If you were alive in 2002, you may remember Steel Battalion for the original Xbox. To many gamer's dismay, it required a special giant $200 controller and a priceless amount of mental fortitude, making it one of the most unique games of last generation.

Flash forward about ten years -- the long awaited spiritual successor is about to drop. It's Kinect-only. Most of the unique technological features and settings are dropped in favor of a "grittier", Call of Duty-esque theme. Are you already seeing some early warning signs here?

When you start the campaign, your character bends down to pick up a broken piece of the mech you're about to pilot -- this is basically a metaphor for the entire game.

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E3: Hawken looks to be the king of free-to-play gaming photo
E3: Hawken looks to be the king of free-to-play gaming
by Patrick Hancock

When I got to check out the upcoming free-to-play mech game Hawken for PC at PAX East earlier this year, I was blown away. The developers nailed the most important part of the mech genre: the feel.

If you don’t feel as if you’re actually in a giant mechanized robot, then you may as well just be playing any other slow-paced, first-person shooter. For example, in this new build I played, the team at Adhesive Games added in sparks that fly when you run into walls, something that was not only aesthetically great but super useful when moving about the map for spatial awareness.

I had yet another chance to sit down with the game and its producer, Jason Hughes, at E3 and it’s clear just from the way he talks about the game that he’s passionate about it. From what I have played and what we talked about, it was easy to tell that Hawken will have a bright future ahead of it.

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6:30 PM on 05.22.2012

MechWarrior Online founder's program detailed

I know the free-to-play nature of MechWarrior Online turned some of us away early on, but the game looks rather good, visually speaking. Surely that and the brand are reason enough to check out the closed beta, which you can ...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 05.15.2012

Gaikai to offer Hawken prior to its full launch

This probably goes without saying, but, December isn't exactly right around the corner. As such, the wait for Hawken has and continues to be a test of my patience. Cloud gaming service Gaikai has reached an agreement with Met...

Jordan Devore



Preview: Kinect rules with Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor photo
Preview: Kinect rules with Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
by Ryan Perez

It's somewhat difficult to deny at this point that the whole motion controls movement has been a bit of a bust. Developers never quite figured out how to properly implement them into already established genres. The traditional controller has played such a large part throughout the growth of the medium, after all.

The Kinect took that a bit further, completely tossing out tangible controls and replacing them with flailing your appendages about like a mental patient. Thankfully, companies like From Software have recognized the obvious solution: incorporate bodily gestures as an extension of familiar controls. The result was Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, which has forced me to seriously consider picking up a Kinect ... or at least borrowing one from a friend.

I spent a couple of hours with this slow-paced tank tribute and realized that the sweet spot lies somewhere between the controller and the Kinect.

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10:00 PM on 05.02.2012

First in-game screens of MechWarrior Online show Catapult

Okay, I know what you're thinking, and no, MechWarrior Online is not going to have the catapult you're thinking of. When I first went to check out the screenshots, I was expecting some sort of futuristic giant catapult that l...

Brett Zeidler

9:00 PM on 04.25.2012

First MechWarrior Tactics gameplay clip is such a tease

Remember that time I said the MechWarrior Tactics gameplay was revealed and there was no actual footage of it shown? Yeah, that wasn't nice. You guys want to see it in action. I've got just the thing for you today. That's ri...

Brett Zeidler

1:30 PM on 04.23.2012

Steel Battalion has fashionable pre-order bonuses

It's humorous to see these newly announced pre-order incentives for Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor. So far, everything Capcom has shown points toward a rather bleak-looking game filled with death and destruction. You know what ...

Jordan Devore



First hands-on with Hawken photo
First hands-on with Hawken
by Patrick Hancock

If you're like me, as soon as you saw gameplay of the upcoming free-to-play PC mech game, Hawken, you not only wanted to play it -- you needed to play it. Everything just looks so right. I'm a huge proponent of playing a game before fully judging it and I'll say this up front: Hawken delivers.

During PAX East, I left the convention center and headed over to a swanky bowling alley known as Lucky Strike to get my hands on Hawken, alongside many fans invited to the event as a result of referring many others to the beta sign-up.

The game was set up to be a 6v6 match, with rounds lasting around ten minutes or so. I played two rounds and afterwards got to sit down and talk to Jason Hughes, the producer of the game.

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Review: Armored Core V photo
Review: Armored Core V
by Allistair Pinsof

There are many theories on why mech games died out. The question I have is "why are they coming back now?"

Perhaps these two issues are tied closer together than some may think. It’s a matter of innovation, I believe. With new concepts made possible through improved network and graphical ability, the once tired mech genre stands a chance to fight again with games like Hawken, MechWarrior Online, and Armored Core V.

After all, it seems throwing a mech into an FPS is the latest gimmick (see: Gears of War, Killzone, F.E.A.R.) Maybe people want a whole game based around that concept? After playing Armored Core V, I have to deduct that people will still be wanting that game.

To put it bluntly, this one just isn’t very good.

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The DTOID Show: Bioshock, Mechwarrior, & Kickstarter photo
The DTOID Show: Bioshock, Mechwarrior, & Kickstarter
by Max Scoville



Hey guys! Here we are again!

Today's show, we talk about how Kickstarter is the hottest thing on the web right now, and how Tim Schafer's Double Fine Adventure raised 3.3 million dollars, and how inXile's Wasteland 2 is in the process of being crowd-funded. Bioshock Infinite's got some kickass enemies, including a robotic George Washington, and Mechwarrior Online has BattleMechs running on CryEngine3. For reasons that I cannot figure out, but which make me smile, Double Fine has decided to organize a gamejam based around the brilliant ideas of Peter Molydeux, the fake Peter Molyneux Twitter account.

Finally, we talk about Mass Effect 3 some more. I'm so sick of hearing about this game. Nothing makes me want to go live in the woods and read books than people on the internet getting this upset a video game. That being said, bravo, money has been raised for charity. Apparently BioWare pissed people off so much, they had a fundraiser. What is this I don't even.

Most importantly: WE ARE HAVING A NINJA DRESSUP CONTEST, PLEASE PARTICIPATE FOR FREE GAMES!

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7:00 PM on 03.12.2012

Armored Core V pre-order bonuses listed

According to Namco Bandai, Armored Core V went gold this week, just in time for its release which happens to be next week. While Japan has had access to this new installment for some time, North America is only now getting it...

Jordan Devore