Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Easy to pick up and learn, MechAssault smoothly introduces you to the world of BattleTech, even if you weren’t an initiate before. With controls similar to Halo, it’s easy to get started, and the weapons are easy enough to understand and use that anyone can get involved. Fans of BattleTech simulations may be a bit dismayed at the drastic simplification of the heat, weapon and armor components, but it’s hard to argue with the fast action and beautiful visuals MechAssault delivers. Finally, the introduction of online play should add significant longevity to this disc, even after the single-player mode has run its course, since the online battles are fierce and great fun. It’s a drastic departure from the MechWarrior games, but MechAssault works perfectly as a console homage to the rich BattleTech tradition.