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Mechrunner

Mechrunner is hitting the PlayStation 4 and Vita this summer


40-foot tall mode-changing mechs
Jun 12
// Chris Carter
Developer Spark Plug Games is ready to show off their newest game -- Mechrunner -- that's coming to the PS4 and Vita later this summer. Said mech can transform between a tank and a robot on the fly, to fight against an invadi...
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Japanese indie games!

Mecha shooter Gunhound now available on Steam


Blow up all the robots!
May 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Side-scrolling mecha shooter Gunhound EX is out now on Steam for $14.99. Developed by doujin studio Dracue Software and localized by the folks at Playism, Gunhound EX is a throwback to the shooters of the 16-b...
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Titanfall review coming

Our Titanfall review is coming soon


And our Dark Souls II review will go up at midnight tonight!
Mar 10
// Chris Carter
[Update: Here it is!] As you may have seen, the official Titanfall review embargo has just lifted. Where's our review? It's on the way, and here's why we're waiting to publish. In short, with how big of an online focus T...
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Doujin Games

Mech shooter Gigantic Army now available on Steam


A surprisngly satisfying six dollar side-scrolling shoot-'em-up
Mar 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Doujin shooter Gigantic Army is out now on Steam for a measly $5.99. You should check out our review and buy it maybe. That is, if you like fun things. You do like fun things, don't you? I mean, seriously, what els...
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Titanfall leaks: Maps, Generations, Achievements, and more


The Achievements all look so easy
Mar 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
We're one week out from the launch of Titanfall, and there's been so many leaks on the game over the last few days. All the leaks come from reddit, where a user has released several photos of the maps, including top down imag...
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Do you think fashion can bloom on the battlefield?
Hey, did you see those Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes track jackets and sneakers that Puma's making? They're pretty cool, but a franchise with such awesome character and mechanical designs really deserves more creative merchandising. Here are a few ideas.

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Titanfall

Titanfall beta tips will have you playing like a pro


If you can actually pull this stuff off
Feb 14
// Brett Makedonski
Titanfall's highly anticipated beta formally kicks off today, and if you're lucky enough to have an invite, there's a lot to learn in a short amount of time. The game has its own set of quirks, and once mechs get introduced ...

Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession

Feb 12 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
At first, your instincts will kick in when you start a round of Titanfall and play it like it's any first-person shooter that's been released in the last few years. It can't be helped. FPS games have always followed what was successful before them. It started with the Doom formula, then Quake, GoldenEye 64, Halo, and Call of Duty 4. They were some of the biggest trendsetters, and now we have Titanfall changing up the status quo. Time will tell if Respawn ultimately strikes gold again in the genre, but personally I believe they will. Titanfall has captured this nice middle ground where it's just fast-paced enough to please Quake and Tribes fans, but not to the point where it will turn off what the ultimate target audience here is: Those millions of players buying Call of Duty and Battlefield year after year. That said, I had a very hard time going back to other shooters after Titanfall as they felt just too slow, and so limiting. Speed is one thing, but it's not until you experience something like running alongside a wall for a few seconds, jumping to an adjacent wall, using your jetpack for a short boost up, automatically grabbing the edge of the roof to hoist yourself up, then running off the roof in order to jump down onto an opposing Titan below so you can effectively unload your gun into its circuitry that just feels so, well, freeing. Then of course there's the Titans themselves. Piloting them just feels like an extension of you, like a second skin to the player. It's actually a shocking feeling at first, especially if you've played mech simulators in the past like say Gundam 0079, Steel Battalion (the good one), and the like where it feels like you're controlling a big hulking slow piece of machinery. The action gets even more fast-paced in a Titan, yet still balanced so you're not just an unstoppable behemoth. Titanfall does a good job of making you feel like a badass, even if you're not the best FPS player around. Wallrunning, using the Titans -- it's all intuitive and designed to reward the player, as opposed to punishing you for making a mistake. Check out some of my wall running from the video commentary to get a good sense of it. [embed]270332:52546:0[/embed] More importantly, it all feels balanced. Titans don't come across as extremely overpowered, and you don't feel totally helpless as a pilot since there's enough avenues of escape from how open the environments are when there are Titans around.  And whatever your feelings are towards the six-versus-six nature of the multiplayer, it still feels like there's a lot going on during matches. There's always some fighting taking place, even if it's against the AI enemy players. You will know when you're up against the AI, and while they aren't the brightest, they can take you out if you're being careless. It can even get claustrophobic when there are multiple Titans duking it out. So yeah, I think the multiplayer is great if you couldn't tell. The campaign, on the other hand, doesn't sound like much. We've known from the start that Titanfall has no real single-player -- it's one in the same with multiplayer as you're playing with others. While there will be specific things that can only be seen in the campaign mode (set pieces, etc), the story levels will be taking place on the same levels you'll get in multiplayer. You'll play through the story from each of the rival faction's perspective (IMC and Militia forces), and the entire campaign will take around four to five hours to complete. If you're okay with just a primarily multiplayer experience, you won't mind the length. I'm getting into Titanfall for multiplayer, and with the way things are looking for the rest of the year it looks like Titanfall may be one of the only major competitive FPS games launching in 2014, giving it the potential to really grow a player base. It will at least hold me over until Destiny is released in September. No idea if the multiplayer will be any good with that one, but it is Bungie after all.
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Plus gameplay commentary covering the contents of the closed beta
It was the beginning of 2013 when I finally just got tired of the competitive aspect of first-person shooters. It's been my favorite genre ever since the GoldenEye 64 days, but over the last few years I've just been losing mo...

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Good luck!
[Update: The Titanfall beta kicks off on February 14 for the Xbox One and PC as revealed by this new trailer. There will be two maps available, and three modes which are Attrition (team deathmatch), Hardpoint Domination, and...

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Hawken

Hawken is moving to Steam this month


More players?
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
Adhesive Games is in the process of transitioning its free-to-play mech game Hawken to Steam. Going forward, a Steam account will be required to access and play the title. New player accounts cannot be created currently and e...
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New Titanfall trailer

French Titanfall is the best Titanfall


New trailer...in French!
Jan 31
// Steven Hansen
Here's a new trailer for Titanfall, "The Battle Begins." In French! Now, I know I just said French Titanfall is the best Titanfall, but then I went and looked up language support and I have to rescind that statement. Italian...
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Hawken

Hawken launches its Christmas map and Wreckage update


There's a new map and a special snowy level to play
Dec 05
// Alasdair Duncan
Now that we're into December, it seems okay that games are rolling out Christmas updates; any earlier and you'd have this cranky old man complaining on the internet and no one wants that. Hawken's latest update combines a wh...
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Exclusive on Destructoid
Adhesive Games has given Destructoid the first exclusive look at the latest map coming to Hawken. Called Wreckage, the new map is based around a crash-landed derelict cargo ship. Wreckage ties into the backstory of the series...

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Titanfall line of K'NEX toys is a thing that is happening


You are excited ... probably
Nov 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Respawn Entertainment has teamed up with K'NEX to make Titanfall based toys. Toys we can expect include stuff based on the pilots, Titans, Spectres, and other key elements from the game. K'NEX teased that they'll have a sneak peek of the new toy line at the upcoming New York Toy Fair. And that's all the news on that ... LEGO > K'NEX
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Hawken

Hawken unveils new Predator mech and co-op mode


After the Ascension update, more content is coming for the free-to-play title
Oct 31
// Alasdair Duncan
I was really happy with the changes that were made in the major Ascension update for Hawken; I was already a fan of the free-to-play, mech shooter but the improved tutorial and unlocks encouraged me to play more of the game....
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Hawken

Hawken's Ascension update is the biggest yet


The free-to-play mech shooter now has an overhauled leveling and tutorial system
Sep 16
// Alasdair Duncan
The free-to-play mech shooter Hawken has been in beta since the end of 2012 but the Ascension update that was released over the weekend is the biggest since the game's launch. One of the most significant overhauls was the tu...

Hawken's next big update is all thanks to fan feedback

Aug 14 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
The user interface has been completely redone, so now it's easier to find what you need. For example, the garage section now allows you to change items on your mech without having to go into multiple sub-menus.  The mech progression system is brand new, and it rewards players even more for spending time with mechs. As you unlock special abilities, you can equip different weapons, plus change the visuals of your mech as you level up, all of which is reflected in-game too. Players will also be rewarded with a global item that can be placed on any mech once you reach the end of a progression with one mech. This way you're encouraged to branch out.  Adding to that, there's now a separate pilot progression system as well. This way, you can apply your tuning points to another mech without having to start from scratch. There's no longer a cost associated to unlock a mech either, so you can try out mechs without having to invest in them. Plus there's a XP transfer system that will take XP from your established mech into a new one you want to utilize.  The old skill tree system has been scrapped for a new tuning system. As you level up, you get points that you can put into various categories to spend on items. You can't max everything out, so it's a give-and-take system. Do you want to be the fastest, or do you want a ton of armor? This in turn is tied to the new revamped item system. Each item has a designated amount of slots on them. Your mech can only take up to six slots, so you can either have multiple small-tier slot items, or maybe just one powerful six-slot item.  The internals system has also been changed so it actually affects gameplay. Before the internal system was more cosmetic; now it can allow you to perform a dodge while in the air, perform a 180-degree turn in air, take no damage when you fall, and so on.  Additionally, Adhesive Games redid the training mode so it's now way better at teaching you the mechanics. And from there, you don't have to jump into a live game anymore and feel bad for letting your team down. Instead, you can get a feel for the game in the new wave-based team deathmatch mode where four players can fight waves of mechs, drones, and other explodable things for up to 20 waves.   So yeah, that's a lot of changes. Plus, there's a new jungle map called Last Eco, a new heavy class mech called the Vanguard, a better killcam, an improved party system for easier team play, a better post-match report, more stats for players, and I think that about covers it all.   All of this will of course be free, as Hawken is a free-to-play game that you can play right now. I have to admit it was weird how quiet the studio has been with the game, but it's obvious they've been listening to their player base and hard at work trying to appease them all. Depending on how well received this update is, we can probably finally see an official release of Hawken by the end of this year. 
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Here's all the major changes you can expect
Hawken has been in open beta for the last several months, but all in all things have been pretty quiet from the giant mech combat simulator. Well that's about to change as developer Adhesive Games unleashes a massive update t...

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MechWarrior fights cancer

Fight cancer with giant mechs


MechWarrior Online selling unique $10 mech in honor of cancer victim, proceeds donated to Canadian Cancer Society
Jul 25
// Steven Hansen
MechWarrior Online, the delightfully complex competitive mech pilot sim, is currently selling "Sarah's Mech." The mech is named in honor of five-year-old Sarah Marie Alida Parries who played MechWarrior Online with her father...
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Armored Core Verdict

Armored Core: Verdict Day trailer all about explosions


'No future for mercs'
Jul 12
// Chris Carter
This trailer for the upcoming Armored Core: Verdict Day is all over the place, as it gives you a taste of the game's narrative, thematic elements, and a ton of gameplay to boot. The core focus is faction warfare, tying into ...
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Armored Core: Verdict Day isn't looking that hot


Just wasn't doing it for me
Jun 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I'm coming at Armored Core: Verdict Day from an outsider perspective. Those of you that enjoyed V? You'll like this one, I'm sure. It's a lot like V, as a lot of the features you got out of that game pretty much carries over ...
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Heavy Gear Assault

Mech game Heavy Gear Assault gets a Kickstarter


Developer Stompy Bot resurrects the franchise
May 23
// Chris Carter
Developer Stompy Bot Productions has launched a Kickstarter for a new mech game called Heavy Gear Assault, based on the popular Heavy Gear franchise. Their goal is $800,000 for this free-to-play multiplayer shooter, and only ...
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Armored Core: VD

A grim trailer for Armored Core: Verdict Day


With some bonus screenshots
Apr 12
// Jordan Devore
Although the name may suggest otherwise, Armored Core: Verdict Day is a full installment, not some continuation of AC V. As we heard earlier from Keith, developer From Software is emphasizing a three-faction war that will be...

Remember Chromehounds? Here's Armored Core: Verdict Day

Apr 11 // Keith Swiader
Armored Core: Verdict Day (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 [Previewed])Developer: From SoftwarePublisher: Namco BandaiRelease: Fall 2013 "That looks like Chromehounds!," I shouted in my head once I saw the game's main menu, which details a tri-colored real-time intelligence map of the current three-faction war. The war, or season, as it was called, resets once two of the factions succumb to the might of the third. Knowing which team is in the lead will become more apparent as one of the three colors -- red, green and blue-- begins to take up more and more space on the map. These factions, I was told, represent North America, Europe and Asia -- at least in the minds of From Software. The factions remained nameless during the presentation. But why three factions, and not two or four? Simply put, three is the sweet spot in terms of game design, where two is too few and four just becomes a mess. Producer Toshifumi Nabeshiba said that development of Verdict Day saw the team focus on its online component as well as renewing its overall game design, and that is visible through the game's new Operator mode. Here, players indirectly engage in battle against other players by commanding a squad of AI-driven Armored Cores -- mechs -- which was also referred to as an "AI counter-system." Through this, players that may not otherwise be able to keep with the best in the game can now have a fighting chance in participating in the action. "[An operator's] role is to search for the enemy, analyze the enemy information and give a command to his Armored Core's based on that information," Nabeshiba said before calling this gameplay "real-time simulator." The AI mechs can have specialties, like in close-range combat, for instance, and the more you play the more powerful mechs you can acquire. Customization is also a big part of Verdict Day, Nabeshiba added, and during the demo a new transforming weapon type was shown off, which can go back and forth from being a melee weapon to firing bullets and projectiles. "We believe that by introducing new parts and categories, we'll give players more options for battle and battle strategies," he said. Armored Core: Verdict Day is a brand new entry in the franchise, and not an expansion of Armored Core V, Nabeshiba assured, and is due out later this year. If you somehow couldn't tell from this hands-off look, I love, love, looove Chromehounds, and I am ecstatic to see the gameplay mechanics from that cult classic infiltrate the Armored Core series.  Whenever this three-faction war decides to enlist, I'll be damned if I'm not one of the first enrollments.
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A three-faction war rages on
Back in early 2006 there was not much going for the Xbox 360 in regards to engrossing online play. There was Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, which was great, but that was it. That is, however, until the release of From Soft...

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Heavy Gear

Unreal Engine 4-powered Heavy Gear Assault goes all out


'The first next-generation mecha game'
Apr 04
// Alessandro Fillari
The folks at MekTek Studios are pulling out all the stops for their new mecha game, Heavy Gear Assault. A new title in the fan-favorite giant robot action game, MekTek and Stompy Bot Productions are looking to satisfy fans o...
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Mech Rentals

Buy or rent you own mech!


Such a bargain!
Apr 01
// Joshua Derocher
If you have ever had a desire to drive a mech around town, now you can finally have that dread come true. Head on over to Khang's Mechs and check out their low prices on top of the line mechs. Dave says they're epic. This is another April fool's gag, but it would be really sweet to own a mech.
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New Armored Core

Armored Core: Verdict Day announced for 360 and PS3


Rock 'em Sock 'em Corebots
Feb 22
// Chris Carter
[Update: Namco Bandai has just announced the game will see a US release. More official screens have been added to the gallery.] Although Armored Core V didn't deliver the goods for a lot of people, I still have hope for the f...
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Mechs

First trailer reveal for Heavy Gear Assault


Revitalised mech combat franchise returns
Feb 19
// Alasdair Duncan
If you needed any reminder that 2013 could well be the Year of the Mech, then this reveal trailer for Heavy Gear Assault should be another strong reminder that mechs are truly back. Developed by MekTekStudios and published b...
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Hawken video

Hawken trailer shows off new PhysX eye candy


That your PC can't handle
Jan 30
// Allistair Pinsof
In case you were concerned that visually-stunning mech shooter Hawken would run well on your computer, you can always turn on the PhysX options that will ensure amazing visuals and mournful performance (for most). In this vi...

Review: Zone of the Enders HD Collection

Nov 24 // Brett Zeidler
Zone of the Enders HD Collection (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Kojima Productions, High Voltage Software Publisher: KonamiRelease: October 30, 2012MSRP: $39.99 If you're intimately familiar with these games after playing them countless times on your PlayStation 2, yes, these are the exact same games you remember. They stay true to the originals by keeping the exact same content, but upgrading the textures, smoothing out the jaggies, and expanding the aspect ratio to widescreen. These are the games you know and love, looking more beautiful than ever before. Read on for more technical details. The first Zone of the Enders was developed concurrently alongside Metal Gear Solid 2. Even back in 2001, it was clear which was neglected in design and budget. The story was a mess and, frankly, wasn't interesting at all (voice acting was equally painful to listen to). It follows Leo as a group of his friends are killed, and he happens upon Jehuty (your Orbital Frame from here on out) and its AI A.D.A., where they go on adventure not unlike Zelda where you must find particular upgrades so the ship can leave the Jupiter colony installation in one piece. The climax never really comes to a satisfying resolution, and the player can never really feel bothered to care for the characters. It was the gameplay and the visuals that kept players invested. I can even recall a time when I thought it was the best-looking game I ever saw up to that point. Combat was quick, sleek, and made the player feel like a badass. Even though the player never meets any new enemies, and the camera can prove to be a problem occasionally, fighting always felt right. There is nothing quite as satisfying as pulling out insane combos with your sword, backing off to fire a few shots, boosting to the side to launch some rockets, and finishing it all off with a final strike. All in beautiful HD now, to boot. No other game (that I know of) to this day plays like Zone of the Enders. It holds up remarkably well, save for the awful story and voice acting. The game's aesthetic looks better than it ever has -- colors just pop with the increased resolution. Only the game's cinematics were not able to receive the HD treatment. But really, there isn't much reason to watch them anyway. Flash forward ahead to 2003, and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner took everything that was said about the first Z.O.E. above, but multiplied it by ten. Even the PS2 version still looks gorgeous now. Kojima Productions went with a cel-shaded look where particle effects glow and shine through all of the action perfectly, and there's much more variety in the environments which all helps to create a perfect storm of eye candy in HD. The anime cinematics were also redone in full HD this time around, so nothing was left untouched when it came out of its time capsule. The story and voice acting are slightly better in this sequel, but there's still not much that can be said about them. It's all very forgettable. Again, it's the gameplay that makes all of the same problems passable. Combat moves much, much faster than in the first title, and the game will throw many more enemies at you than before. Good thing Jehuty has a revitalized moveset and array of weapons to take care of them like it's nothing. This is the best way to experience mecha action that no other game can offer like Z.O.E. But if you just want to catch up on the series, High Voltage Software did an amazing job bringing these cult classics up to speed on the Xbox 360. Be warned, however, that the PlayStation 3 version (which we did not play for review) is well-documented to have a significantly lower performance. If you're an old fan, dedicated fan, or a would-be brand new fan of the series, Zone of the Enders HD Collection is easily worth your time and money, especially with the inclusion of the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo and The 2nd Runner alone.
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Mecha action brought up to speed
Zone of the Enders was a welcome departure from Hideo Kojima's legendary brainchild Metal Gear Solid back in 2001. While a stark contrast to tactical espionage action, Z.O.E. always weirdly felt like it could easily fit ...

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Strike Suit Zero successfully funded, beta in December


Space-mecha-shooting is go!
Nov 21
// Alasdair Duncan
Space combat fans will be happy to know that the ambitious Strike Suit Zero Kickstarter campaign has managed to hit its funding goal and more. With the project confirmed, developer Born Ready is rolling out a closed beta in D...

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