By the time we get to the year 2203, humanity will have been brought close to extinction by a great war. The world will be a barren wasteland, devoid of the ecological comforts we currently take for granted, and the remaining human population will have to fight day and night for the last of the planet’s resources.
On the plus side there will be mechs.
Mech Battle is the latest game from prolific studio Djinnworks. It’s an online experience that sees you hopping into the driver’s seats of a series of gigantic, heavily-armed walking tanks and duking it out with a team of four opponents in a variety of different post-apocalyptic environments.
As far as gameplay goes, that’s pretty much it, though Djinnworks has polished its simple concept to a dazzling sheen. The graphics are stunning, with rich, detailed, impossibly slick backgrounds and an atmospheric Mad Max-esque look. It also offers speedy online real-time multiplayer with 4vs4 deathmatches and a domination mode (for rank 3 and higher players).
You can view this action from three different perspectives. There’s the default third-person view, the bird’s eye view, and a first-person mode in which you see everything as you would if you were sitting at the helm of your very own mech – super atmospheric, but not so great for seeing around corners.
Movement is handled with the side of the screen, while looking around is bound to the right. Your weapons are on the right too, and fortunately you can fire while looking, allowing you to fire and maneuver at the same time.
Of course, the stuff that happens on the battlefield is only half the game. The other half takes place in your laboratory of death. Every successful battle earns you currency, and you can spend this on upgrading your mech’s weapons, buying new weapons, and buying new mechs.
Better weapons make for better odds, and the more mechs you have in your squad the more chances you have during a battle, since you can tap in a new one every time you die.