Sunday, January 06, 2008

Mechassualt 3 - Make It Happen, Microsoft!

Besides the 800-lb. gorilla of online gaming that was Halo 2 on the original Xbox, Mechassualt 2 was some of the most fun I had online on Microsoft's first black box.

Even despite that "other" title consuming most people's online time on Xbox Live, Mechsassualt 2 still managed to have a healthy online user base. A more slow-paced, methodical title than the typical frag-fests that dominated Microsoft's online network, Mechassualt is a series that needs to be revived on the 360.

Really, Microsoft, what's the big holdup? Both of the titles in the series managed to sell well-enough to earn Platinum Hits status, and both were home to a good-sized online fan base, which I'm sure some are still enjoying today. Yeah, yeah, Halo is your hottest property by far... but that doesn't mean you should just ignore your other franchises. After the enormous disappointment that was Halo 3 (a mediocre FPS that somehow managed to garner praise reviews, despite being inferior to past titles in the series) , I'm sure many of us Xbox Live addicts (and Mechassualt fans) are ready for it.

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12 Comments:

At 8:16 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

I don't consider Halo 3 a disappointment at all. A great game that sells many copies is a success.

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Not if the game itself isn't up to par.

There are far superior shooters to check out, namely, BioShock and Call of Duty 4. Halo 3, besides visuals, is a step down from Halo 2.

 
At 9:29 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

What makes BioShock and Call of Duty 4 better? BioShock has no multiplayer and Call of Duty 4 has a plot that isn't as great as Halo 3. Halo 3 has a forge mode, co-op mode, multiplayer, replay mode, and a single player campaign with an excellent storyline.

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Simple. Bioshock had a superior single player mode, while Call of Duty 4 had better multiplayer (and single-player, I might add).

I personally have found the Halo series to be a bore in the single player department, and in terms of multi player, Halo 3 seemed like a step down compared to the last installment in the series.

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

Yes, BioShock had a better single player. But it did not have a multiplayer. I am looking at the entire game not just one aspect. This was the first time there was a 4 player co-op mode in a Halo game. That is an upgrade from the Halo 2 multiplayer. A four player co-op mode is absent from Call of Duty 4. Additionally, there are none of the modes I mentioned my previous comment in Call of Duty 4. I still don't see why you think Halo 3 was an enormous disappointment. How could the best selling 360 game be an enormous disappointment?

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Good sales do not equal high quality. Halo 3 may have had new modes, better graphics, etc. but I felt the game play and level design and much worse than in Halo 2. Basically, Halo 3 has a boring single player and a disappointing multiplayer. It's not a terrible game, but it didn't live up to my expectations, either.

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

Sales and quality are different things. I hated Mario Galaxy, but it was still a success. I hated Zelda, but it was still a success. I hated the Transformers movie, but it was still a success. To say that Halo 3 was an enormous disappointment doesn't make any sense to me.

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger gnome said...

All I have to say, is I would never touch a game with a character named "Master Chief" without first laughing my arse off. Besides, Halo 3 is far too generic to be even mildy interesting... Mechassault on the other hand...

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Funnyman, it was an enormous disappointment simply because I was looking forward to it and the game let me down. Surely for Microsoft it wasn't - after all, it sold a few million copies. But you're gonna have to go on Bill Gates' blog to find his out his opinion on the matter.

Gnome, I can think of tons of better 360 games than Halo 3, yet someone that one manages to be the most popular. I hope a new Mechassualt will be announced sometime this year.

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger NebachadnezzaR said...

I found out some time ago that discussing Halo 3 is ultimately pointless. There are those who love it, like our dear funnyman, and those who think it was a disappointing game and a mystery (who'd have thought that a "good" game would outsell AAA titles like Bioshock and CoD 4?), like Ross and me, and there's no point discussing it because both kinds of people already have such strong opinions about it that they simply won't change their minds.

Anyway, back to the topic, I too would love to see a new Mechassault. Never played them, but as a mech fan I would love to see a 360 game better than Chromehounds or Armored Core.

A Steel Battalion sequel would also be nice ^^

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

Oh, I see now what you mean Ross. You are saying it was an enormous disappointment from your point of view not Microsoft.

 
At 6:53 PM, Blogger fatherkrishna said...

I missed the boat on Halo 1 & 2 and I don't have Halo 3 as a high priority on my 360 list.

It must have it's merits, and the reviews weren't damning, but I think it rode off the back of it's predecessors, somewhat...

I'm not a huge fan of Mech games either, although my experience is very little. I've tried a demo of Virtual On, (Saturn) played a bit of Tech Romancer, (Dreamcast) and watched in horror as my son played Transformers...

I'm looking forward to The Orange Box when I get round to it...

 

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