The Best Game of PAX Prime 2011: AirMech
I saw a lot of games at PAX. Big games from the big companies and small games from the Indies. But nothing blew my socks off like AirMech.
Airmech is a RTS hybrid game from Carbon Games where you control a Fighter jet that transforms into a giant robot. A JET THAT TURNS INTO A ROBOT (MovieBob echo-y voice here). Look kids, while it may not have been the first anime I saw, Robotech's Macross Saga pretty much ignited my love of mecha and anime. And this game is also a RTS, once of my absolute favorite genres, AirMech got double love from me right away. After playing it for a 5 minutes, I was sprung. The art style is rocking a StarCraft meets cell shaded look.
Yes, calling AirMech the best game of PAX is completely and totally biased but hey, it's my best game of PAX.
Ok, so you control the titular AirMech able to transform from Jet to Robot at will. Jet mode is used to primarily ferry your units from your bases (and attack the enemy AirMech) around while Robot mode lets you wade into the thick of battle with a shield and sword. Your goal is to capture all of the enemy's bases while preventing the same from happening to you. While you have a variety of units: tanks, bikes, repair trucks and turrets, only the easily killed soldiers can capture bases. And they do it pretty quick, an undefended base, even deep in enemy territory is ripe for a soldier dropped by AirMech to open a second front.
You earn credits and experience as you play allowing you to unlock different AirMechs, units and pilots. Pilots grant different bonuses, some empower your army, some your AirMech. Play types so far are Team, FFA, and a Survival mode.
Release platform is PC, but AirMech was designed for, and plays naturally with a controller. Hopefully Carbon Games lines up a deal with a publisher and this great game comes to XBLA/PSN.
Seriously, I cannot thank Carbon Games enough, playing it and chatting with the developers on the PAX expo floor was amazing. It was enough to know that there were devs out there making a game I didn't know I was passionate about till I stumbled by their booth. It's like they picked my brain for my favorite things. It's even more amazing I got into the Alpha and I'm able to get even more time with their great game.
Right now AirMech is still in Alpha, and if you are interested in registering an account in hopes of getting in the next round of testing please use my referral link: Sign up Here
yes, you saw these videos on Kotaku... I need a video camera... and a real gig... also deadlines... seriously it's been 4 weeks since PAX...
Starhawk, AirMech. Hell Yeah.
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