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Steel Battalion is a 'mech game in which the player takes control of mechanized tanks, known as "VT"s (or Vertical Tanks), using a forty button controller with footpedals.

Not too far in the future, military unrest is rampant throughout the world, and the player has just recently been promoted. As the pilot of a state-of-the-art mech known as a Vertical Tank, the player must take charge of keeping the peace. Players must master the integrated controller to clear their way to victory.

SB comes packaged with a forty button controller, consisting of three separate boards, and a footpedal. On the controller there are buttons that activate commands such as switching radio frequencies, activating the windshield wipers, changing radar scanners, switching weapons, firing weapons, locking abilities, defense mechanisms, and more. The controller has two joysticks, one which moves the 'mech forward and backward, and one that allows the player to move and aim. The footpedal controls speed and braking, independent of the stick, and a third pedal controls slide-strafe.

An interesting feature is that of the eject button. Encased in clear plastic, similar to an "abort" button at a military installation, this command can save the player's life. As the player nears death they must quickly flip the lid and push the button, otherwise they die, and death in the game is forever, as the pilot data is erased from the hard drive/memory unit, forcing players to start over.

To defeat enemy mechs the player is equipped with a variety of high-tech weapons, such as Plasma Torches, Twin Pod Rocket Launchers, and a 270mm Rifle Cannon.

There are a total of fifteen 'mechs to pilot, and ten missions to accomplish.


There are no Xbox user screenshots for this game.

There are 22 other screenshots from other versions of this game or official promotional screenshots.

Promo Images

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Steel Battalion Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "Tekki" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

The best game for Xbox I've played! . . (3) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Next Level (USA) Jan 06, 2003 A 100
Gaming since 198x Sep 02, 2009 5 out of 5 100
PGNx Media Dec 27, 2002 8.6 out of 10 86
GameSpy Jan 04, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Feb 13, 2003 76 out of 100 76 Jun 09, 2004 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot Nov 22, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 08, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Games TM Feb, 2003 6 out of 10 60 (UK) Mar 26, 2003 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

Steel Battalion appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The developers first thought about making the Eject button even more "special". Not only does it kill all your savegames; originally, it should have been covered by a glass panel that you had to smash to activate the button. There should have been three spare panels, but they discarded this idea because they were afraid of people injuring themselves...


  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – Most Insane Xbox Game of the Year

Related Web Sites

  • (a very comprehensive fan site about Steel Battalion. Includes many gameplay tips, a walkthrough, plus pictures of the custom controller that came with the game and more.)
  • Steel Battalion - Wikipedia (article in the open encyclopedia)
JPaterson (9541) added Steel Battalion (Xbox) on Nov 24, 2002
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