Before we begin, let’s get something out of the way.
There’s literally no one on the planet who hasn’t dreamed of waking up one day, receiving a holographic phone call from a hot secretary who tells you “The world needs you. Now!” as you smirk out of bed, put on your suit, head over to the bay and strap yourself into a 40-foot machine built for absolute destruction. I mean, words and diplomacy can solve a lot of problems, without a doubt.
But sometimes, you need to pilot a badass mech and just…
Blow. Enemies. Away.
Mech games are a lot of fun. When they’re done well, it’s almost too much fun.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best mech games of all time. Note that these aren’t in any particular order, they’re all awesome games.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost – PS3/Arcade
Extreme Vs. Full Boost kept all of the fun elements of the Gundam series and made some notable improvements. Here, you have the ability to extend your mega-ultra-damage combos even longer by using Extreme Action. You also have the ability to use Extreme Burst, which is like an ultimate or super mode. The basic idea is to pilot a mobile suit to hammer and blow away all of the opposing team members. Each time one of the suits on your side dies, your overall hitpoints reduce a little. Extreme Vs. Full Boost understands probably the most important aspect of playing a fun mech game – BALLS TO THE WALL MAYHEM. The action is incredibly frenetic and explosive, and the different abilities and attacks you can unleash upon those who dare face you will keep you coming back over and over.
Front Mission 4 – PS2
Front Mission begins with a spectacular cinematic that puts you in the mood for some rollicking mech action. And it only gets better from there. As a rare strategy game in the mech genre, Front Mission 4 offers some interesting challenges. You have to upgrade your mech and your pilot separately, and each skill tree changes the way you head into combat. You have a massive number of upgrades, customizations and weapons to choose from. Bear in mind that you’ll have to ensure that your upgrades are synergistic with each other. The long campaign and strategic combat ensures a lot of replayability. Even though the graphics might be a bit dated, this game is still a lot of fun.
Armored Core 4 – PS3
Armored Core 4 was a much-needed shot in the arm for the AC franchise. With new maps, new missions, a brand new story and online multiplayer for up to 8 players, this is an absolute treat for mech fans. The improved graphics and more intuitive interface makes this a more fun experience for those of you who like to tinker around with your mech setups. If you haven’t played the previous AC games, don’t go in expecting an arcade shoot-em-up. The Armored Core series has always been more about customization and figuring things out on your own. If you’re the kind of person who is excited by the prospect of getting to build and customize your own badass mech fighter from the ground up, Armored Core 4 is the game for you. And when the action does begin, it is spectacular.
Titanfall – PC/Xbox 360/XONE
Titanfall launched with an incredible amount of hype behind it. The fluid, parkour-esque movement combined with the potential of piloting some giant mechs around and blowing your opponents to Kingdom Come had players worldwide salivating. And the final product delivered, with a bang. Titanfall is a fantastic coming-together of old-school ideas and new game technology, creating a tense and rewarding experience. Matches are always unpredictable, and the tide can turn with a few momentous kills one way or another. The maps are diverse and require the use of varied tactics, and the weapon loadout complements this diversity. You’ll have a lot of fun teaming up with your friends to beat up some folks online. Jumping off a few ledges right into the cockpit of a giant machine of destruction never gets old.
Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 – PS2
The Super Robot Wars games have been around for a long time, and through their mech combat history, they’ve seen many good and bad entries. With Alpha 3 however, everything just works. Building a turn-based strategy game featuring a bunch of iconic mechs isn’t easy, but that’s just what Alpha 3 does well. The animations are stellar and there’s enough variety to keep you entertained. More importantly perhaps, the developers worked hard to balance the game which makes this a challenging and fun experience from start to finish.
In the second part of this series, we will be taking a look at some more iconic mech games for your reading (and gaming) pleasure. In the meantime, if there are some games that you think should’ve made it onto this list, let us know in the comments!