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MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf (Xbox)

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If you borrowed, rented or bought MechAssault you will want to make sure you get your hands on a copy of its much bigger brother. The single-player story mode is beefed up and gives players a better representation of life as a soldier in the Mech world and how their role impacts the ever evolving combat tearing the galaxy in pieces. The multiplayer modes are where the game’s success is ultimately going to be measured by the audience. From what we’ve seen to this point, they certainly have plenty of reasons to chalk this one up as a winner. Day 1 Studios has pulled off a great sequel that has all but strengthened their series in what is most likely to become one of the Xbox’s strongest first party franchises on this console as well as the next version of Xbox…at least we hope so anyways.
It would have been easy for Day 1 to simply crank out a few new online gameplay modes, mechs, and a new single-player campaign to release as the sequel to MechAssault. Thankfully, in addition to all of those necessary components, the team also drastically redeveloped the game's core mechanics. MechAssault 2 leaves its predecessor looking rather simple and boring in comparison. And the online opportunities offered in the new package are some of the most compelling available on any console … at the moment. My biggest fear is that MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf will be lost in the holiday shuffle, even given its post-Christmas release. But if you have a Live account and either grow tired of Halo 2 or you require a fresh and equally compelling experience, grab a copy of MechAssault 2. You won't likely be disappointed.
So müssen BattleMech-Kämpfe inszeniert und präsentiert werden! Mech Assault 2 bietet kinoreife Action am Fließband verpackt in spannende Missionen und glänzende Technik. Besonders die Kämpfe gegen gegnerische Mechs lassen den Spielspaß ins nahezu unermessliche steigen. Aber auch die Einsätze mit Panzern, Geschütztürmen oder Gleitern machen höllisch Spaß, da sieht man über die etwas lieblosen Schleichmissionen und die langweilige Story gerne hinweg. Da auch die Xbox-Live Unterstützung dank des spaßigen Eroberungsmodus deutlich besser ist als im Vorgänger, können wir Microsoft Mech-Action jedem Xbox-Besitzer bedenkenlos empfehlen.
MechAssault 2 ist in eigentlich jeder Hinsicht besser als der bereits sehr gute Vorgänger, der Ende 2002 für volle Xbox Live-Kanäle sorgte: Die Missionen sind abwechslungsreich, die Grafik ist eine Wucht, die Soundkulisse mitreißend und die neuen Mehrspieler-Modi ein Motivationsgarant. Und trotzdem schneidet der einsame Wolf insgesamt schlechter ab. Wieso? So intensiv sich die Kampagne gestaltet, so kurz ist sie auch: Für den ersten Durchlauf könnt ihr gut acht Stunden einplanen, für einen zweiten Versuch reichen unter Umständen auch ca. fünf (!) Stunden. Wer MechAssault 2 nur solo spielen will, ist dementsprechend schnell am Ende der Fahnenstange angelangt. Für Fans intensiver Mehrspieler-Duelle hingegen ist Day 1s Mech-Action neben Halo 2 der Xbox Live-Spaßbringer schlechthin.
Zoals je ziet, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf is een erg fijne titel die mij zeker heeft weten te bekoren. Enkel erg jammer van de mindere singleplayer (zeker in vergelijking met de geweldige multiplayer) die heel wat goeds in zich heeft, maar ook vol steekt met mindere, saaie en verdomd moeilijke stukken en bovendien schandalig kort is. Trouwens ook nog even vermelden dat ik me moeilijk kan voorstellen dat mensen die deel 1 maar niets vonden in deze titel opeens wel het amusement gaan vinden omdat het grootste gameplay gedeelte van deel 1 is blijven rechtstaan in deel Lone Wolf. Voor al diegenen die op zoek zijn naar een stevig online knalfestijn, waarvan het concept geheel anders is, maar daarom zeker niet slechter als pakweg Halo 2 en denken dat ze wel eens een robotje willen bepotelen zouden eigenlijk niet mogen twijfelen en deze titel zo snel mogelijk gaan halen.
The Next Level
Mech Assault 2: Lone Wolf is a great example of why Xbox Live is such a success and why your system is incomplete without it. The greatly expanded online play is brilliant and goes far towards dulling the sting of the disappointing single player campaign. Hopefully, Day1 Studios will pay as much attention to the downloadable content as they did with the original, making an already solid title even better. However, those of you who still don’t have Live (you know who you are) won’t find much to do here and are doing yourselves a real disservice by playing without it. Link play simply does not compare to the unbridled mayhem to be had online. Do yourself a favor and pick up a starter kit and Mech Assault 2 together and see what you’re missing.
The first MechAssault was a superb game in its day, but it also benefited from being the first awesome multiplayer game available for the system. Now that some time has passed, and things like "quickmatch" and "optimatch" are synonymous with the multiplayer experience on the Xbox, MechAssault 2 isn't quite as impressive. The mech-jacking and the variety of team-based modes available are cool, but the relatively slow pace makes the rest of the game feel like a plodding, fairly standard third-person shooter.