Pixelitis Picks: Mechs we think are totally badass

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With Titanfall finally making its landing in retail and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes filling that stealth action/mechanized nuclear weapon void in many fans’ hearts next Tuesday, it got us thinking again about one of the most badass sci-fi creations ever: freaking mechs.

Mechs come in many varieties. They’re usually piloted by someone sitting within its chassis, and whether they’re the clambering Metal Gear Rex or the swift and deadly Jehuty, we can all agree that they’re a thrill to pilot.

So with that in mind, jump into the cockpit with us as we reminisce on some our favorite mechs in gaming. And as always, remember to share with us your personal favorites in the comments below.

Vavel from Robot Alchemic Drive  was a pretty badass mech.

vavel_assaultknuckle1Before Enix fused with Square in 2003, they released Robot Alchemic Drive, a PS2 title alongside developer Sandlot (of Earth Defense Force fame) that frankly, didn’t get the praise it deserved.

Since the game allowed you to switch between control of the pilot and the remote-controlled mech, one could move around the city to get the best vantage point/camera angle in which to control your personal towering hunk of metal. This allowed you to jump up onto your mech’s shoulders and flail its arms at the enemy in an awkward-but-awesome over-the-shoulder view.

Robot Alchemic Drive had you choose from three remote-controlled mechs with different playstyles. The heavyset Gllang moved slowly, but packed some mean firepower and could turn into a tank. Laguiole was weak but swift and could transform into a jet. These two were fun to use, but nothing could compare to my absolute favorite, the well-rounded “Vertical Fortress” Vavel.

Vavel was your standard mech in the game, but it had the flashiest moves of the bunch. It had rocket-propelled hands that could shoot out at the enemy Kaiju rip-off Volgara, it fired missiles, it had a flamethrower, and best of all, it had a one-hit KO move in which the lumbering mech could launch into the air and deliver a flying kick at the opponent. I wrecked the final boss in this manner and it was quite satisfying.

- Patrick Kulikowski

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Impact from Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon  was a pretty badass mech.

How I love Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon. Konami’s colorful take on Japanese history and culture combines real legends with trippy, absurdest parody, almost as if the cast of the Power Rangers decided to act out the roles of The Seven Samurai. But on acid. So much acid.

So it’s no surprise that, whilst defending the ancient Japanese capital of Edo from alien threats, Mystical Ninja’s titular hero Goemon would get a giant robot friend to help him fend off all the kaiju that Asian history books seem to leave out.

At various turns in both Nintendo 64 outings, Goemon will hop into a giant version of himself, called Goemon Impact (often shortened to just Impact) and race off to kill the giant lucky cat or robot geisha or mutant kabuki that is attacking the level. Not only are these segments, which transform the 3D platformer to FPS, super fun, but they are also extremely challenging.

But what’s coolest about these inter-level segments is the robot himself: a giant, maniacally smiling metal ninja with a blue afro and arms made out of balls. Impact is so cool that he needs a list of reasons of why he is so cool:

  • He has roller-skates.
  • He has his own damned theme song.
  • He occasionally gets taken over by the bad guys, leading to some awesome series moments and levels, including the one where you have to scale him as he is actively trying to kill you within a burning castle.
  • He shoots lasers OUT OF HIS FACE.
  • He fights 34 story-tall drag queens.

Simply put, Impact is the most badass mech out there.

- Maxwell Coviello

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Metal Gear Rex from Metal Gear Solid  was a pretty badass mech.

MetalgearrexNow, I know what you’re all thinking: “Metal Gear Rex is a pretty obvious choice.” And you’re right – for almost anyone that’s played the first entry in the Metal Gear Solid series, it is.

In the grand scheme of the Metal Gear Solid canon, Rex isn’t the first bipedal mechanized tank equipped to fire nuclear missiles from any location. In this world, we’ve already had multiple instances of nuke tanks constructed and controlled by despotic individuals looking to change the world to their own will since the 60s. So by the time Solid Snake makes his way to the remote Alaskan nuclear base, he should pretty much know what’s going on.

Still, when he encounters the hulking machine of death, he’s taken aback. Not because it’s anything new, but because of its sheer badass-itude. I mean, it looks like a metal dinosaur if it was made by the U.S. military. Given that it was developed by DARPA in conjunction with ArmsTech, that aesthetic makes sense.

It’s a blocky, utilitarian answer to global nuclear domination and the final exclusive Metal Gear in the world. Following the events of MGS, nearly every country gets the plans needed to build their own walking behemoth of nuclear fire when the plans are released. Sure, Metal Gear Ray looks awesome, but Rex will always be the most badass one of the bunch in my eyes.

- Andrew Martins

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