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TeamXbox (Dec 23, 2004)
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.
GameSpy (Dec 23, 2004)
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.
88 (Jan 21, 2005)
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.
82 (Jan 20, 2005)
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.
80 (Jan 17, 2005)
Consistant, voilà le mot qui caractérise le mieux le nouveau jeu des studios Day 1. Outre sa campagne solo de bonne facture, Mechassault 2 nous offre des possibilités multijoueurs très intéressantes. Les modes sont variés et on peut jouer aussi bien sur le XboxLive, en LAN ou en écran splitté. Avec un gameplay simple à prendre en main et tourné vers l'action brute, le titre s'avère vraiment très plaisant à jouer.
80 (Jan 14, 2005)
Overall, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf isn't as ground breaking, in today's climate, as the original was in its day. This takes nothing away from the game itself, its game-play or the various enhancements that have been added to part 2. It is just that things move real quickly in the gaming world. If you are new to the series and like third person shooters then MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf is as good as any. It is fast, frantic and feels very fresh due to all the extras that have been added. If you are a huge fan of the original, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by this new installment, although, if you do not have Xbox Live connectivity then the offline game-play isn't really worth the outlay. Hire it first.
X-Power (Jan 23, 2005)
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 (Jan 19, 2005)
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.
GameSpot (Dec 26, 2004)
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.
Diehard GameFan (Dec 28, 2004)
Needless to say the success and main appeal of MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, much like its predecessor, is largely dependent on Xbox Live. Without it this depreciates into nothing more than an above average yet fleeting shooter that I wouldn’t recommend for purchase without first giving a rental. But with Xbox Live and its numerous innovative features in-toe, the replay value skyrockets and it’s hard to be disappointed with the complete package. Featuring dozens of multiplayer options together with a persistent online forever-waging war, massive unadulterated destruction never felt so satisfying.
60 (UK) (Feb 07, 2005)
But, as ever, much of this won't be of huge interest to those resistant to the allure of online gaming, and it's somewhat disappointing that the majority of the game's audience will probably miss out on the main event. All told, MechAssault 2 is an entertaining package that's nothing to write home about without the benefit of an Xbox Live subscription. With much better single-player offerings out there in the genre (that themselves lack any multiplayer to speak of) there's every chance many people will be tempted by its multiplayer allure alone. If they do, they won't necessarily be getting the best online console multiplayer game on the market by a long way, but certainly it's the best this sub-genre has come up with to date, and on that basis deserves checking out for those that admired the original or are looking for something new to play online in these traditionally quiet early months of the year.