MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf continues the popular "Mech" franchise with even more combat, destruction, and online support than the popular first title for XBox which came out a couple of years ago. This time around, there's more online play and features for continued play beyond the game's in-game missions. This time around there are 15 fully destructible environments, a variety of weapons and vehicles, and a brand-new and single-player campaign.
The features of the game:
Get out of that 'Mech
In MechAssault 2, you're the man, not the machine. So, for the first time ever, you'll now have the ability to get in and out of your ‘Mech to experience warfare up-close and personal. Attach to ally and enemy ‘Mechs, scale walls, or hitch a ride on a VTOL aircraft.
With BattleArmor, you can hijack enemy ‘Mechs and use them to help your teammates rain down destruction on opponents.
Get a new sense of scale
MechAssault 2 uses the graphic superiority of the Xbox to introduce a new perspective that allows you to fully appreciate the size and power of your massive ‘Mechs. With action and graphics this realistic, you'll feel like you've been fully immersed into a world where 40-foot ‘Mechs reign supreme.
Enjoy a compelling, brand-new single-player experience
Delve into the deeply enhanced single-player campaign, filled with seamless storytelling that opens up the universe to a more compelling single-player experience.
Experience evolutionary Xbox Live gameplay
Battle for the Inner Sphere against opponents from around the globe via Xbox Live. Whether you live in the United States, Sweden, or anywhere in between, you can strategize with teammates about the most effective way to search-and-destroy, while talking trash in real-time to opponents from Germany to Japan.
Bring on the destruction
MechAssault 2 pushes the graphical capabilities of Xbox. Experience more incredible explosions and devastating destruction. Witness intense, jaw-dropping weapon and damage effects. See lasers light up the sky, Raptors disappear, and Javelin LRM launchers fly though the air, wreaking havoc on the evil Hand of Blake.
The highlight of the feature list is by far the XBox Live gameplay which is absolutely phenomenal. The game is really popular so finding a game isn't hard at all, and with a ton of mechs and maps as well as game types to go through, most of your time will most likely be spent here.
Some games for XBox look good on regular televisions, and some have HDTV support which bring the graphics to a whole new level – MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf is such a title. Playing the game on my standard 36" 4:3 aspect ratio television via S-Video cable was a pretty fun experience and the graphics were a bit upgraded from the first title, with some amazing (if not drawn out) cut-scenes. Playing the game on a 16×9 420i HDTV was an entirely different "Mech" experience. For those of you that haven't upgrade your XBox to an HDTV television and cable, do so immediately. It's almost a night and day difference with this title … so much more is experienced in High Def – and MechAssault 2 is no different, in fact, it's one of the best HDTV titles we've played graphics wise.
There's a lot of work when it comes to the sound effects of MechAssault 2, and there's some big names (Korn, Papa Roach) offered up as far as a quality soundtrack. Most gamers will say that the sound effects are the most important aspect of the overall sound experience, so choose for yourself whether its a big deal or not. The sound is pretty solid and adds just the right accent to the game.
Although the feature list touts the single-player campaign highly, there's not really much to it. There's only about six to eight hours of gameplay there, and the missions are pretty fun and offer up some amazingly rendered cut-scenes (if you like that sort of thing). The kind of gamer that enjoys the nitty-gritty will be annoyed with the long cut-scenes and disappointed with the shortness of the single-player campaign. In fact, I wouldn't recommend the game to anyone who does not have XBox Live.
Indeed, it seems the game's saving grace with the gameplay is the robust on-line gameplay. There's a ton of things to do and experience playing the game on the net, with maps, missions, and points to be won. Without the on-line feature, the game would be woefully short – but the idea behind the game is most likely to hone in your skills in first person mode and take the real battle on-line with up to 12 players in simultaneous play. The controls are much the same from the first game, and the sense of scale with the Mechs and the terrain in the maps is pretty strong. The explosions are amazing and the physics (albeit with the far-fetched Mech machines) offer up a solid gameplay experience.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
If you don't have XBox Live, you're going to be sorely disappointed with the longevity that MechAssault 2 offers to you. If you do have XBox Live then the game has really be catered to you with some good single-player missions in the campaign that gets you ready for what would be considered the "real" competition in on-line play.
The game is yet another in a long list of "Mech" themed games, but the second in the MechAssault franchise. The game's storyline and first-player campaign mode is a big upgrade from the first game, as is the robust online gameplay which really isn't paralleled in other First/Third person shooters on the market
If you were a fan of the first game, and love online competition in the form of XBox Live, then MechAssault 2 should be at the top of your want-list for your console gaming. The title offers up decent graphics in regular television mode, and stunning graphics in 16×9 HDTV mode. The sound is pretty solid with some songs from Korn and Papa Roach being highlighted, and the gameplay is pretty short for the first-player campaign, but very robust for the entire on-line experience. The longevity and originality are pretty decent, and overall offer a satisfying gameplay experience.
Overall, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf is a great XBox Live title that is best enjoyed by HDTV gamers with the XBox Live capability. With a tremendous amount of on-line support and features, its a great game to play with your friends in cyberspace. It comes highly recommended to fans of the first title that enjoyed the online aspect.