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An offshoot of Microsoft's MechWarrior series on the PC, which in turn is based on the FASA-licensed BattleTech universe, MechAssault is an action-oriented mech combat game designed specifically for the Xbox. Rather than strap players into the cockpit for a simulation style of game, MechAssault is played from a view behind the 30-foot mechs as they lay siege to anything foolish enough to stand in their path. In total there are 12 upgradeable mechs to guide across 20 combat missions set within fully destructible environments.
As a mercenary from the Wolf Dragoon clan, players are in the dangerous position of infiltrating an enemy planet to prevent a war. Negotiations on this world are not forged with the pen but with firepower, and strategy will play an important role in the outcome of a mission. Certain mechs are more agile than others, so the environment becomes a key factor in which to choose. Objects within the scenery can also be used to an advantage. Tanks coming out of a tunnel can be neutralized by focusing firepower above it, collapsing the entrance and trapping the enemy inside.
Trees can also be set ablaze to smoke out infantry lurking behind them, and a missile to an oil refinery, fuel drum, or even a skyscraper can have a devastating impact on enemy mechs nearby. Each mission can thus be completed in several different ways since players are given the freedom to destroy anything and everything they see before them. A mech can squish soldiers underneath its massive feet, blast the glass out of windows and watch as the shards blanket the street,
The single-player game follows a campaign format complete with mission briefings and cinematic cut-scenes to further the story. Once the campaign is over, the game can still be enjoyed with some friends (or would-be enemies). Players can challenge up to three competitors on a split-screen or take the combat online via the Xbox Live broadband service. The latter option includes voice communication support and downloadable content such as maps, mechs, and more. Multiplayer games offer a selection of team-based missions as well as deadly free-for-alls. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide