gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Chromehounds is one of those games that people either love or hate; there is no middle ground here.
The single player game is just training for the online play, so if you don't have Xbox live or don't plan to play online, just skip this game.
Online, however, is the real gem here. The main draw of the online mode is the persistent world war going on, in which you choose a nation and each battle you win earns your nation capture points for that area. Once you have enough capture points, that area is taken over by your nation and you can move on to attack further into their territory, the ultimate goal of which is to take their capital, effectively eliminating them from the current war. Once one of the 3 nations ousts the other two, a new war starts.
The greatest thing about the online play is that there is so much customization. Yes, there are 6 role-types that everything tends to fall into, but that is more of a guideline than anything else. There is nothing stopping you from making a scout with heavy guns except for the weight that each chassis can hold. This makes online games fresh and interesting as you never know really what might be facing.
There are some bugs, but Sega/From Software seem to be working on that. Connecting to other people can be frustrating at times for various reasons. You can play against bots, but there is no way to reserve a game being set up for this, so sometimes when you do manage to find a game the other people duck out. Other problems could be people's network settings, but there are times when some people can connect to a game and others can't. The other big bug can cause a player's money to go down to -999 million. This is supposed to be taken care of this week though.
If you can find a good squad that you get along with, the problems with the game become that much more insignificant compared to the great game play.
If you like mech games and prefer a more tactical game than your average FPS, then this could be it.
posted by SavingJunk (HUNTINGTOWN, MD) Jul 16, 2006
Member since Apr 2006
gamers (76%) found this review helpful
This game is so much fun. Yeah, at first the UI seems really confusing and difficult and it's so annoying just getting into a squad. Once you've passed all that it gets real fun. Customizing your hound at some times is more fun than actually playing. You have to take so many things into account as the weight limit for your chassis to the energy limit produced by your generator. This game is a definite buy, it's just so much hours of online goodness. Did I mention that there was a real war in the game. Not a one battle and you won the war. There can be up to like 100 battles just to push the enemy out of one city, now only 9 more cities to go until you can then attack there capital. Once he capital falls the country is yours for the taking. Now you have to deal with the other country. There are three countries that you choose between when you first come online. So click the "KEEP IT" button now.