Gameplay 8.9
Graphics 8.5
Sound 9.0
Value 8.7
Distributor: Microsoft
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
April 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.7


Mech Assault 2: Lone Wolf

This game is cool beans! Carrying on from the last title, you are the mechwarrior but this time you have ever so much more control and there is a real feeling of story and being out there in the field and in charge of your mech. There are new classes of mech in the title too and you have the very cool ability to jack a mech and then pilot it as your own. There is also the battle armour that is yours to wear through the game when you are not in the mechs. Your battle armour is sensational and the feeling of doing battle in it certainly ups your chances of actually taking on a mech, man o mano. Or should I say Mano o Machino :)

One thing that fans of the first game will notice is that this one is quite short by comparison though at the same time, the fact that you can get out of a mech that is nearly trashed and into another makes a heck of a lot of difference. The downside to this ability to roam is simply that when you get into a mech you have to ditch the battle armour so you can get it. Your mech takes too many hits, you bail and all of a sudden you are this little piece of meat running around these massive machines that still want to take you out.

One of the favourite things that I enjoyed in this game (other than the whole game) was being in the battle armour and using the grapple claw and jump jet to get up the side of buildings. It's really cool fun and a great innovation for the game. Another was the ability to get into tanks and other vehicles that will clear the path for the big boys to make their way through. Tanks in this title are almost quiet vehicles compared to the mechs and you will even be able to sneak up on the bigger machines when you are in them and take them out.

I would say that the game is going to take you about 12 hours if you have not played the first title and it takes you a little while to get the hang of the controls. It took me roughly 9 hours to make my way through MechAssault 2 and I loved every moment of it.

Graphically this title is everything that you would hope for as well with some fantastic visuals to be seen during the game. The main thing I loved was just how menacing the mechs themselves were when you were on foot. Simply looking up at this advanced killing machine sent shivers down my spine! Brrrr!!!!

For those of you who are multiplayer junkies, this game kicks the butt of its predecessor with some insane online action. There are about 10 games that you can take part in in multiplayer mode and even though it is old skool, I still found capture the flag to be my favourite. There is such a great teamplay element to this game if you go about it properly. I also found the online community for this title to be really cool which is saying something when you come across some of the freaks playing some of the other titles online.

Finally to round out this review of the title is the audio. Some might find that the heavy music is off-putting however for me, it was very cool. Ambient in game sounds really brought you into the gameworld and served to fully help up the reality level of the title. Machine and weaponry sounds suited perfectly with the items that were meant to be making the noise and all things said and done everything came together very impressively. MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf is highly recommended and I know that everyone who likes this type of title is going to be highly impressed.

Pros: Almost Everything
Cons: Too Short






 
 



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