Armored Core: Verdict Day launched last Friday, somewhat caught up in the flurry of GTA and FIFA announcements, so let's redress the balance with a launch trailer for From Software's latest mech sim. Sporting hectic battles, in-depth customisation and numerous improvements, this mechtactular sequel will hopefully help to tide you over if you prefer great big stompy robots to football and crime.Click here to read more...
Once again the folks over on NeoGAF have uncovered some tasty morsels ahead of E3, all thanks to a prematurely published edition of Game Informer. Very close to the Titan trademark that was discovered recently, the game from Respawn Entertainment will be called Titanfall, and will be coming out on Xbox One and PC, with an Xbox 360 version being ported by a different studio.Click here to read more...
In today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough, we get hands-on with the latest build of Strike Suit Zero, the upcoming Space Sim from Born Ready Games. Carl provides commentary as he fights his way through one of the missions of the campaign, and marvels at the majesty of his space fighter turning into a unstoppable mech of destruction. See the episode after the jump.Click here to read more...
Carl has been feverishly waxing lyrical about Hawken since getting to grips with Adhesive and Meteor's free-to-play mech extravaganza, and it seems the game will be emerging from closed beta to provide a more inclusive experience in a matter of days when the open beta kicks off on 12/12/12.Click here to read more...
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It's been a little while, but we're back with a new episode of Dealspwn Playthrough. Today we are taking a belated look at upcoming Free to Play FPS Hawken. Carl Phillips provides commentary as he goes through the customisation options, and then proceeds to take his various mechs into the dirty, grime-filled industrial landscape in the team deathmatch mode. See the episode in all its mech-based glory after the jump.
Developer: Adhesive Games
Publisher: Meteor Entertainment
You only have to hint at the word “Mech” here in the Dealspwn Citadel and it will whip Matt and Jon into unstoppable euphoric state (it usually involves them just shouting the work “mechs” at each other for half an hour.) With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that we’ve been keeping our eyes on Adhesive Games’ upcoming Free To Play online Mech combat game Hawken ever since it debuted via a trailer last year. We were impressed by the visuals, intrigued by the combat, and (two thirds of us) drooling over the mech-based carnage. So, for the safety of everyone within a 3 mile radius of our position, it was decided that I should go into the recent Closed Beta test to see how things are progressing for the multiplayer title, ahead of its release in December.
The action takes place on a planet that humanity has industrialized to the point of collapse, a metallic dystopian landscape in which resources are now dangerously scarce. This provides the several arenas in which players will fight in competitive matches against each other, which at a base level is similar to the kind of competitive experience you would find in games such as Battlefield or Call of Duty. The big difference here though is that instead of being foot soldiers, everyone has giant mechs armed to the teeth with deadly ordinance, fighting to earn upgrades and more elaborate war machines with which to dominate all opponents.Click here to read more...
The first closed beta for Hawken wrapped up earlier this week, but Meteor Entertainment have announced that there's to be another beta session running from this evening through to November 13th.
If you dropped us an email and participated the first time round, you should be able to login and get going without any difficulties. If you do have issues, though, uninstall the original client and then reinstall it again.
We still have plenty of beta codes left, so if the idea of stomping around in a fat mech and blowing up your friends appeals, then do drop us an email at [email protected] and we'll help you get set up as soon as possible.Click here to read more...
Strike Suit Zero, the space sim/super mecha funtimes from Born Ready Games, has successfully attracted $103,500 worth of pledges on Kickstarter. Now that their target has been reached, the team are free to pursue stretch goals of a Mac and Linux version along with mod tools over the next 14 days.
They've released some new screenshots to celebrate, which we've corralled after the break.Click here to read more...
Zone of the Enders HD Collection isn't out over here yet. This becomes crushingly obvious in the moments immediately following due viewing of the new launch trailer when, filled with a sense of longing and yearning, you take to the interwebs or streets to immediately order a copy.
It is out now in the US though, though, with reports pointing towards a vague November release for the compilation over here. While you wait, we suggest watching the trailer on loop. There's even some Revengeance stuff thrown in for good measure, as the Collection will feature a demo for the Raiden-focused slice-'em-up.Watch the launch trailer here >>>
I rather wish that the Oculus Rift demo I was privy to at Gamescom hadn't been Doom 3: BFG. I rather wish it had been this instead. Free to play, FPS, mech-wielding, badassery? Yes please, and with a side of mind-melting visuals that would have been perfect.
Probably for the best though; I had lots of interviews that day, and being turned into a stupified wreck due to awesomeness might not have been ideal.
Anyway, we're rather excited for the arrival of Hawken this winter, and so are Adhesive and Meteor. So excited, in fact, that they want a bunch of you to play it early and tell them what you think. We've managed to get our hands on a few hundred beta code keys for a beta play session lasting from November 4th-6th.
To nab a beta key for play session starting this Sunday all you need to do is drop us a line to [email protected] with "Hawken Beta" in the title and we'll send you a key.
Here's what to do once you've received it:
Furthermore, the first 100 to sign up for the beta will be placed into a random draw to win one of three Hawken t-shirts, so get those requests in sharpish!
Here are a few training vids to help prepare for what is to come. We'll be jumping into the fray as well on Sunday, so we'll see you on the battlefield.
Adhesive Games' creative director, Khang Le, has confirmed that there's a PvE aspect to Hawken currently in development, fulfilling rumours to that effect that were swirling earlier in the year.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | Xbox 360
Developer: From Software
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Before causing RPG fans to gnaw their fingers off in frustration at the devilishly difficult Souls series, From Software were busy making games filled with massive, customisable machines of war, amongst other things. There have been a number of criticism of the Armored Core series over the years, with the perhaps the two most notable, recurring gripes being the lack of evolution between games, and the series' staple obtuseness.
In many ways, Armored Core V is exactly what series fans (and everyone else for that matter) would have been expecting: a game that once again provides thrills and spills with ten-ton war machines, offers up innumerable customisation options in an all-too-fiddly and unintuitive interface, and provides immediate barriers to entry by doing very little to explain anything to anyone.
But that doesn't mean it's not an incredibly compelling experience, part of which is down to the social features that dominate everything in this game.Click here to read more...
An F2P FPS featuring mechs, Hawken has been on our radar for a while now. We want it. We crave it. We can't think of a better thing to do this Easter than watch this trailer several times, and gawp at mechs blowing ten tons of hell out of one another while stuffing our faces with chocolate.
Make it happen.Click here to read more...
Fear nothing. Forgive nothing. Destroy everything. Come Heavy or not at all.
Namco Bandai are pulling no punches with their latest Armored Core V trailer. Fans of great big robots blowing things up are going to get a real kick out of this one, though bear in mind that there's plenty of CGI in amongst the snatches of gameplay footage.
As a fan of aforementioned mech-on-mech carnage, though, I couldn't care less. And I need to change my pants. Here's hoping the gameplay can live up to this level of intensity (and that Nero don't actually feature in the soundtrack unless its Guilt or Me And You).Click here to read more...
Blacklight Retribution, the free to play successor to Blacklight: Tango Down, keeps looking more promising every time we see it. This latest trailer shows off the massive mech hardsuits, how to capture then and subsequently rock their loadouts for yourself. Hopefully this won't just lead to everyone using a flamethrower all the time though.
We also get to see the Hyper Reality Visor in action, which allows us to see incoming hazards and weapon caches ahead of time. We'll doubtlessly hear more about Retribution, which is currently in beta, over the coming months.Click here to read more...
Although the younger generation might primarily equate From Software with a couple of infamously punishing action RPGs, some of us know that what they are really masters of is putting players in control of giant, awesome in mechs and getting them to fight one another.
More importantly, more mechs are coming are way very soon.Find out exactly when after the jump...
With the (Mad)cat firmly out of the bag, Piranha Games are free to start talking about their upcoming free-to-play reboot MechWarrior Online. Veteran artist Alex Iglesias has come out of the woodwork to assure fans that the new mech designs are paying respect to the original iconic war machines, but that most of the lineup have been revamped or completely overhauled in order to add "real world military stylistic elements" and a "semblance of practicality." We've got more details as well as concept art after the break.Click here to read more...
Andriasang has reported that From Software have moved to delay the arrival of Armored Core V. Instead of releasing upon the previously confirmed date of October 20th, the developers have stated that the game ill be pushed back to 2012, citing feedback from beta testers as the primary reason for delay.
Frankly, that's what beta testing is for, and we rather think it's good to see a studio making a concerted effort to listen to feedback and strive to take a little time to polish and perfect than rush a game to the shelves.
Videogames have allowed us to experience things that we'd never witness in real life. We've boldly strode across alien worlds, saved civilizations, become sporting legends and explored complex narratives that rival anything on the silver screen. But I'd be remiss if we didn't point out that we've also been able to stomp about in massive, awesome robot suits and squelch our enemies beneath several tons of armoured murder. Mechs, exoskeletons, Mecha, call them what you will, but there's no doubt that these enormous war machines are very much here to stay. Just try telling them otherwise.
So it's time we game them their dues. Here's what we'd consider the best ten mechs of all time - in terms of firepower, combat prowess and game impact.
Designation: Gold-Powered Prototype Battlesuit
Weapon Systems: MegaNade Cannon, Shield Projector
Explosionade, the Indie action platformer from Mommy's Best Games, introduced us to a devastating prototype mech suit that's powered by molten gold. This alone immediately makes it one of the coolest things ever, but it's worth noting that the MegaNade launcher can deploy a gratuitous (even unnecessary) amount of explosive ordnance to the battlefield. Even a fat, bumbling and inept pilot can bring an alien empire to its knees.
Designation: Type 47 Ultra Heavy Assault Platform
Weapon Systems: Plasma Beam, Anti-Air Turret
The Scarab is unique on this list as it's technically not a playable exoskeleton - though it certainly deserves a mention. The Covenant's powerful walker was just a glorified pavement slab in Halo 2, but by the third game, it was infused with a colony of Lekgolo worms and turned into a bona fide mech suit. Essentially it's an enormous Hunter... and would have been rated higher if it wasn't hilariously vulnerable. Killing one is a fun puzzle in and of itself, and provides arguably the highest points of the Halo franchise.Click here for this week's mech-tacular spectacular!
We've already brought you the pants-moisteningly beautiful gameplay footage for Hawken: the multiplayer mech shooter from Adhesive games.
However, this wasn't enough to slake our primal, disgusting mech-lust... so it's a good thing that G4 have sat down with the Adhesive Games team to discuss the specifics. Apparently Hawken will feature seven multiplayer maps set in four environments at launch, with the possibility of more DLC to come. It's rumoured to release for PC and Xbox Live Arcade (though pricing and platforms haven't been officially announced), and we'll keep a close eye on it.
A very close eye. Mmm.