Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:00pm 26/06/12 | 2 Comments
Frustration can do funny things to people. In Andy "Butters" Bulmer's case, it sparked a creative streak for his review with the annoyingly frustrating and hamstrung Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor from From Software and Capcom.
Taking a break from the usual structure of a classic review, Butters takes us on a ride through the life of Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor protagonist, Sergeant Powers, and his foray back behind the controls of his veet, a giant walking tank built to fight an incomprehensible war in the year 2082, yet one with all the trimmings of classic film and television conflicts (also incomprehensible).
Post by Dan Chenoweth @ 11:38am 11/04/12 | 1 Comments
Following their recent Captivate 2012 event, Capcom have revealed that their upcoming Kinect-exclusive mech-combat game (sorry, vertical-tank combat game) -- previously thought to be a completely solo experience -- will now include a four player online cooperative mode.
Steel Battalion Heavy Armor introduces a brand new four player online co-op mode via Xbox LIVE®. Work together with your friends on a variety of maps to destroy a set amount of enemies and unlock new items to customize your VT with. In addition to this, you can unlock Achievements by playing Score Attack mode where you and your friends will be rated based on performance.
If working with friends to destroy a set amount of enemies doesn't sound overly enticing, you can check out some multiplayer gameplay in action in these two new trailers.
The original Steel Battalion on Xbox is remembered for it's ridiculously large custom-controller, but Heavy Armour has caught the interest of the games press as one of the only Kinect-exclusives titles that seems to be geared towards actual gamers. Unlike most of the casual-friendly Kinect library, Steel Battalion is designed to be played sitting down with a control-pad in hand, using Kinect guestures to augment the button experience, rather than replace it.
Steel Battalion Heavy Armor delivers an unprecedented level of control and interaction. VT movement, aiming and firing of the main guns are undertaken using the Xbox 360 controller. A wide variety of other combat-crucial actions are done through Kinect for Xbox 360 with upper body gestures - from starting the engine, to operating the scope or manning the turret-mounted machine gun. Kinect for Xbox 360 also provides a means of interacting with your fellow crew members, from ensuring a panicked crew member stays focused, to a high five for successfully completing a mission.
Watch the clips below for an idea of how this is intended to work in a multiplayer game.
Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is due exclusively on Xbox 360 with Kinect on June 19th 2012.
Japanese developer Level 5 have released a new trailer for Steel Battalion: Heavy Armour, their upcoming Xbox Kinect-required mech-shooter title that is poised to be one of the first games to heavily feature Kinect motion controls in addition to the regular control pad.
The brief trailer below shows some gameplay action both in control of the mech and inside the cockpit interacting with the devices and crew. Those that remember the original Steel Battalion on Xbox should recall the ridiculously large custom controller covered with buttons that came with the game, well the Kinect functionality is an attempt to offer the same level of fine control over the vehicle by adding many motion control inputs.
Having seen the game in action recently at TGS, we're not quite sold on the the execution, but it certainly is an interesting concept that we can't wait to try for ourselves.
One of the new Kinect titles just announced by Microsoft at the Tokyo Games Show in their presentation is a new title in the Steel Battalion series:
Manhattan, 2082: In a world where computers and almost all modern technology have been lost, the greatest nations of the world continue to battle for supremacy. The American army lands in New York to begin its first big offensive of a long ground war. Soldiers fire from the trenches as scorched bunkers belch black smoke. As comrades continually fall to the unrelenting crossfire of bullets, the Vertical Tanks make their relentless advance. Experience the battlefield as never before with Kinect for Xbox 360.
The new trailer is accessible below or you can download the high definition version for local playback.