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Mech Games For Consoles - Domo Arigato Mr Roboto[NSF56K]

HaikiraHaikira Registered User regular
edited June 2008 in Games and Technology
I've been trying to find the best mech games for consoles. I searched current threads, and the only one on mech games, is for older PC games. I'll start the list small with what i know, and I'll update with suggestions.

Armored Core 4 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armored_Core_4
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Lost Planet 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Planet:_Extreme_Condition
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Steambot Chronicles
2005
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steambot_Chronicles
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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner 2003
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_the_Enders_2
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Front Mission 4
2003
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_Mission_4
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Phantom Crash 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_Crash
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Robotech: Battlecry 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotech:_Battlecry
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Steel Battalion 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_Batallion
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Robot Alchemic Drive
2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Alchemic_Drive
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Ring of Red 2000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of_Red
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Armored Core: Master of Arena 1999
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armored_Core:_Master_of_Arena
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Front Mission 3 1999
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_Mission_3
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Ok, so what else should be up here?

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  • eelektrikeelektrik Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Steel Battalion. For fucks sake. Steel fucking Batallion.

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  • taliosfalcontaliosfalcon Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I came into this thread prepared to kill you if you didn't mention Robot Alchemic Drive, pistols at dawn good sir.

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  • HaikiraHaikira Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Just added those two to the list. Realistically, i don't think I'll get my hands on Steel Battalion. Also RAD doesn't seem to have been released here in Europe, but i have an American PS2, so perhaps this could be a good import?

    Also does anybody remember a good mech game on the Dreamcast? i vaguely remember playing the demo for it a long time ago, but I've completely forgotten the name.

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  • major_tommajor_tom Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Haikira wrote: »
    Just added those two to the list. Realistically, i don't think I'll get my hands on Steel Battalion. Also RAD doesn't seem to have been released here in Europe, but i have an American PS2, so perhaps this could be a good import?

    Also does anybody remember a good mech game on the Dreamcast? i vaguely remember playing the demo for it a long time ago, but I've completely forgotten the name.

    Wasn't there a Virtual On for the DC?

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  • HaikiraHaikira Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    major_tom wrote: »
    Haikira wrote: »
    Just added those two to the list. Realistically, i don't think I'll get my hands on Steel Battalion. Also RAD doesn't seem to have been released here in Europe, but i have an American PS2, so perhaps this could be a good import?

    Also does anybody remember a good mech game on the Dreamcast? i vaguely remember playing the demo for it a long time ago, but I've completely forgotten the name.

    Wasn't there a Virtual On for the DC?

    Ah yeah, thats the one.

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  • DodgeBlanDodgeBlan Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Virtual On was a great time to be young.

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  • KelorKelor Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Do Transformers count? If so then

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    I'd like to throw

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    into the ring as well. The escort missions were frustrating but they did a great job of translating the Veritech modes into the game.


    The Second Runner is my personal favourite robot game though.

  • EtchEtch Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Haikira wrote: »
    Just added those two to the list. Realistically, i don't think I'll get my hands on Steel Battalion. Also RAD doesn't seem to have been released here in Europe, but i have an American PS2, so perhaps this could be a good import?

    Also does anybody remember a good mech game on the Dreamcast? i vaguely remember playing the demo for it a long time ago, but I've completely forgotten the name.

    Would you like to buy Steel Battalion? I have it but I'm not going to have the space for all that shit when I move, and it doesn't get played often enough to justify keeping.

  • GyralGyral Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I was going to bitch the to high heaven if Front Mission wasn't listed. I'd say add Front Mission 4, but it certainly isn't as good as three.

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    This was one of the first PSOne games I ever bought. Not a great game, but it was fun mech action at the time.

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  • WitchsightWitchsight Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Im not familiar with it, but shouldnt someone be whining about Chromehounds?

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  • TasteticleTasteticle Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Witchsight wrote: »
    Im not familiar with it, but shouldnt someone be whining about Chromehounds?

    No. It was pretty terrible.


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  • RenzoRenzo Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Lost Planet has mechs.

    I need to get back into Steel Battalion.

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  • DartboyDartboy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Gungriffon Blaze on the PS2 and Gungriffon: Allied Strike on the XBox deserve mention. Blaze is an earlier title that's pretty arcade-like in its action, while Allied Strike actually mimics Steel Battalion in it's mission structure. But both of them feature higher speed mechs that can skate along the ground as well as fly for short periods of time.

    There's also plenty of Gundam games to choose from on the PS2, with Gundam vs Z Gundam being the best on the PS2 for straight-up action, while Zeonic Front is a good (if really, really difficult and frustrating at times) strategy game. Encounters in Space is pretty good as well, but doesn't control as well. The Dreamcast also had Gundam Side Story 0079, one of the best (if really short) Gundam games out there.

    If you're also not adverse to importing, the Another Century Episode series that was only released in Japan is similar to Zone of the Enders and really awesome. It's basically a mash-up of mecha from a bunch of different series, so you can have the Gundam X fighting along side the VF-1. There were 3 released, and the second and third are both really good (stay away from the first, it had an awful control setup), though you really only need to get the third.

  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Metal Wolf Chaos, people.

    EPIC

    The one of the many games that I'm pissed at the region coding system for.

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  • BigDesBigDes Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Do you count handhelds as consoles? If so then Front Mission for the DS and Faseilid (I think that's how it;s spelt) for the Neo Geo Pocket.

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  • major_tommajor_tom Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Haikira wrote: »
    major_tom wrote: »
    Haikira wrote: »
    Just added those two to the list. Realistically, i don't think I'll get my hands on Steel Battalion. Also RAD doesn't seem to have been released here in Europe, but i have an American PS2, so perhaps this could be a good import?

    Also does anybody remember a good mech game on the Dreamcast? i vaguely remember playing the demo for it a long time ago, but I've completely forgotten the name.

    Wasn't there a Virtual On for the DC?

    Ah yeah, thats the one.

    I seem to remember it had some kind of bizarre subtitle, too.

    For my money, the first Front Mission will always be the best. I actually played through the SFC version back in the day, despite not being able to understand a damn lick of the story. Had to make it up as I went along. Hit up a translation FAQ a few years later to find that I actually had most of it pretty accurate.

    What a great game. Fully deserves a place alongside CT and FF6 in the squaresoft SNES hall of fame.

    Has anyone mentioned Metal Wolf Chaos yet? It was apparently quite good. You played as the president of the US, who had somehow ended up piloting a huge mech and had take on the alien/terrorist invasion yourself.

    Since for some godforsaken fucking reason the game is a Japan Xbox exclusive its pretty much guaranteed that only reviewers, the developers and their family ever played it.

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  • IceBurnerIceBurner Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    If you're trying to find the best mecha consoles games, any Armored Core on PS2 sure as heck shouldn't be on the list. From Software constantly did their best to ensure that only insanely sicophantic Japanese tournament addicts could possibly enjoy the game for an entire decade. The final game on PS2, Armored Core Last Raven was best described by an acquaintance of mine as, "a game made of Satan".

    The ones on PS1 were fairly fun, if clunky, and Armored Core 4 went a long ways toward rembering that. Too bad For Answer seems like they started listening to the obnoxious (and loud) J-tourney crowd again,

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
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    Most of the people I mention this too remember hating it, but I thought it was a fun little romp.

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  • DartboyDartboy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    major_tom wrote: »
    Haikira wrote: »
    major_tom wrote: »
    Haikira wrote: »
    Just added those two to the list. Realistically, i don't think I'll get my hands on Steel Battalion. Also RAD doesn't seem to have been released here in Europe, but i have an American PS2, so perhaps this could be a good import?

    Also does anybody remember a good mech game on the Dreamcast? i vaguely remember playing the demo for it a long time ago, but I've completely forgotten the name.

    Wasn't there a Virtual On for the DC?

    Ah yeah, thats the one.

    I seem to remember it had some kind of bizarre subtitle, too.

    Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram. It's good. I just wish I could get the Dreamcast twin-sticks for it, then it'd be even better.

    There was also a Virtual On game released for the PS2 in the US, Marz, but it sucks. It's kinda neat that it has a singleplayer campaign, but not only is the game painfully slow-paced (as in, the mechs feel like they've been dipped in molasses), but the translators decided that doing all that hard work to translate the information database that covered everything in the Virtual On universe was too difficult, so they just took it out.

  • HaikiraHaikira Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    A lot of really good suggestions so far :), I'll try and keep up with them.

    If anyone has any ideas for the layout of the OP, don't be afraid to say anything by the way.
    IceBurner wrote: »
    The ones on PS1 were fairly fun, if clunky, and Armored Core 4 went a long ways toward rembering that. Too bad For Answer seems like they started listening to the obnoxious (and loud) J-tourney crowd again,

    I've actually been really interested in getting 4, unlike a lot of the other mecha games I've been looking at, its actually easy to pick up. I've tried the demo, at first i didn't like it, but I give it another shot and I'm starting to enjoy it more. But with the customization stripped out in the demo, i couldn't make a solid judgment.

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  • NamrokNamrok Herndon, VARegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    This one guy I knew had a brother with down's syndrome.

    He played Armored Core obsessively.

    Which says a lot about the state of mind required to enjoy the game.

  • SchideSchide You have dreams Everybody watching at home has dreamsRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Well if Front Mission 3 is on there, then why not Front Mission 4. I liked 4 a bit better than 3, except for this damn escort type mission near the near, where i had to guide these shitty Wanzers back to my awesome souped up Wanzers, but they suck so bad they die easily and when they die it's game over. So damn annoying.

    Well, I just got finished with Xenogears, but I wouldn't really include that in this list. Maybe Vanguard Bandits, but that game wasn't really all that great.

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  • edited June 2008
    Zone of Enders 2, Zone of Enders 2, Zone of Enders 2, Zone of Enders 2, Zone of Enders 2, Zone of Enders 2, Zone of Enders 2, Zone of Enders 2!



    I want 3, Kojima. GIMME. :(

  • IceBurnerIceBurner Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I really do hope Kojima takes a little break from Metal Gear to work on more Z.O.E. goodness. Just either give it a professional localization this time, or don't bother and subtitle everything, please? Z.O.E. 2 felt like it had been translated by a first-year Japanese-language student as an extra credit assignment.

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  • IceBurnerIceBurner Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Recommend replacing Armored Core 2 in the OP with this:
    Armored Core: Master of Arena
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    Infinitely better game.

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  • HaikiraHaikira Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I'd love to buy Front Mission 4, shame it was never released in europe. I have an american PS2, so i could import it, but Playasia is out and no one in my country is selling it on ebay. Any good sites for imports that i should know about?

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  • IceBurnerIceBurner Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    You might try cooperating with someone to get it from Goozex.

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  • TiemlerTiemler Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
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    Ring of Red

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  • SammyFSammyF Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Is there a reason Mech Assault and Mech Assault 2: Lone Wolf didn't get any love?

  • acidlacedpenguinacidlacedpenguin Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    for the love of god mechwarrior 2. even if the ones for PSX and Saturn sucked (I dunno if they do or not, not passing judgement)

    greatest mech game of all time followed fairly closely by Steel battalion.

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    edited June 2008
  • ScabiesScabies Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    SammyF wrote: »
    Is there a reason Mech Assault and Mech Assault 2: Lone Wolf didn't get any love?

    Something along the lines of how terrible they were?
    What a letdown, after Mechwarrior 3 and MechCommander

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  • Big DookieBig Dookie Smells great! Houston, TXRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Scabies wrote: »
    SammyF wrote: »
    Is there a reason Mech Assault and Mech Assault 2: Lone Wolf didn't get any love?

    Something along the lines of how terrible they were?
    What a letdown, after Mechwarrior 3 and MechCommander
    What? I didn't play Lone Wolf, but the first MechAssault was awesome. Some of the best times on my XBox were spent playing against people online in MechAssault when XBox Live first came out. The single player wasn't anything spectacular, but it was still fun - certainly nothing close to "terrible". With the online portion, it became an incredible game.

  • eelektrikeelektrik Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Most people bitching about Mech Assault seem to think it was meant to be a mech sim. The difference between Mechwarrior and Mech Assault is pretty much the same as the difference between X-Wing/TIE Fighter and Rogue Squadron. I don't recall people bitching about Rogue Squadron being a really shitty game because it wasn't a sim, but that gets applied to Mech Assault all the fucking time.

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  • BlueDestinyBlueDestiny Registered User
    edited June 2008
    I remember playing Mechassault at a friends house a long time ago. It was awesome how you could be running around in a wee little exosuit while Madcats and such duked it out above you. And then you jump on their backs and hack em.

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    edited June 2008
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  • PunkBoyPunkBoy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Man, I loved the original Mech Assault. Sending an entire city to rubble was fun times.

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  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    IceBurner wrote: »
    I really do hope Kojima takes a little break from Metal Gear to work on more Z.O.E. goodness. Just either give it a professional localization this time, or don't bother and subtitle everything, please? Z.O.E. 2 felt like it had been translated by a first-year Japanese-language student as an extra credit assignment.

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  • GyralGyral Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    IceBurner wrote: »
    I really do hope Kojima takes a little break from Metal Gear to work on more Z.O.E. goodness. Just either give it a professional localization this time, or don't bother and subtitle everything, please? Z.O.E. 2 felt like it had been translated by a first-year Japanese-language student as an extra credit assignment.

    ZoE3 you say...
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