War World Hands-On First Look

Ubisoft is bringing big robots with big guns to Xbox Live Arcade in this casual shooter due out later this summer.

Xbox Live Arcade has seen more than its share of classic coin-op ports and converted board games in the last few months, but shooter fans haven't had much low-priced, downloadable fare to chew on since the release of the Xbox 360. Ubisoft will begin to rectify that situation later this summer with War World, a new third-person shooter coming to Live Arcade that will offer a casual run-and-gun experience that's more traditionally action-oriented than most of the titles you see popping up on Microsoft's download service. Visually, War World also resembles a retail game more closely than most Live Arcade games do, so depending on the pricing, this one may help bridge the gap between the ultra-casual titles and the $60 boxed games.

Rock-'em-sock-'em robot action is coming to Live Arcade with War World.

There's not really any pretense of story to get in the way of the blasting in War World, at least from what we could tell during our brief hands-on demo. You simply choose one of 10 battle 'bots--all of which vary widely in size, armor, weapons, and special abilities--and jump into one of the game's eight maps to start wrecking the competition. In the arcade mode, you'll play through a series of 100 levels, and you'll be assigned a new mech and put up against a unique combination of enemies at the beginning of each new round. You'll also be able to play a more casual, one-off skirmish where you can choose your mech and exercise more control over the opposition you face.

Combat in War World is self-explanatory, and anyone who's spent some time playing shooters the last few years will be instantly at home with the Halo-like controls. Each of the robots has different weapons, from standard machine guns to homing rockets and mortars (which you naturally fire in an arc). All of the bots will be able to use small booster rockets to dash and strafe, though, as well as an energy shield that will briefly guard against attacks. Each robot has a unique special ability, including jump jets that will let you get some decent lift off the ground, super speed that you can use to cross the map in seconds, or a stealth ability that turns you invisible and makes you disappear from your enemies' radar screens (at the cost of also blanking your own).

Each playable robot will have its own unique strengths and special ability.

As you'd expect from an Xbox 360 shooter, War World will also feature online competitive multiplayer, though we didn't get to see this mode in action. Once you're online, you'll have four game types available: deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, and bomb assault, the last of which involves having your team drop off a bomb at a predetermined point while doing your best to prevent the opposition from doing the same thing. The multiplayer mode is said to be limited to eight players online. There seems to be some good variety in the game's maps, too--we saw one open, outdoor arena in a jungle-like area with some ruined temples in the middle, and another map set in a city with rooftops and multiple building levels to jump between.

Don't get us wrong--we love the classic retreads and ports that frequently pop up on Xbox Live Arcade. But there are next to no action games of this type on the service so far, so War World may help tide over those shooter fans who are looking to blast a bunch of moving targets but don't feel like going to the trouble of loading up Gears of War. Ubisoft is targeting a late-summer release for War World, and no pricing details have been confirmed as yet.

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94 comments
joseph_mach
joseph_mach

I played through 30 lvls and got bored, what a waste of 10$ its to repetitive

Alizerothree
Alizerothree

The bad news is that the game plays like crap.

CrackerRiley023
CrackerRiley023

wow, they were planning on releasing this later LAST summer!

Nedemis
Nedemis

I would really love to know what's happened to this game. :(

kingcole225
kingcole225

looks like heaven in a 12 dollar (im not sure but usually full xbox live arcade games arethat much) video game

the_monkey_god
the_monkey_god

Looks good but sounds a little lacking in the game play area. Kind of like Shadowrun.

jimmyhat999
jimmyhat999

For an XBLA game this looks amazing.

Zuul13
Zuul13

A must have for XBLA

Steelkiller0
Steelkiller0

Yeah The guys at TWG made there own engine for WW. i believe the engines name for the older PC version was called the Parcemony engine?

hump
hump

@ jakob_187 This is not UT tech. This is in-house created specifically for the game.

Steelkiller0
Steelkiller0

Please remember the PC version is the older version. it does not look as good and have all the stuff the XBLA version has. but the older pc version is pretty good.

ChotaZorro
ChotaZorro

Nice graphics there, I'll have to try out the PC version.

Goliathvv
Goliathvv

I've got the pc version, and I can tell you that this game will make you spend some time in front of your pc... It's a nice one, but sometimes things get too hard and the fun is lost, still, if you get past those moments, the next levels will be very fun to play, until that hard level comes by again... It's a good mech game anyway, at least it adds to a genre that has got such a small number of games(unfortunately). I recommend you play it, but don't expect a Mechwarrior 4 gameplay depht or a Half Life 2 story in it...(that's for the PC version...)

chaoscontrol489
chaoscontrol489

Please tell me that Mech Assualt is coming out with a 360 game. I'll be waiting.

jakob_187
jakob_187

For all the haters out there: This game was originally on PC as an almost-iGames only exclusive. We've had it in our game center for nearly a year at least now, and it's quite popular. The gameplay is excellent, it's built on the UT2004 engine, and it plays just as fast-paced as UT can. It's an extremely fun game with just as much depth as you'll find in Epic's shooter, but with a much lower price tag. It's nice to see that the game will be coming to X360, because we've been dying to see it get ported over. If you haven't played the game yet, you should check out the demo over at Third Wave Games' website, who is the creator of the game.

supercrazymanyo
supercrazymanyo

This doesnt look that great to me, looks sorta plain, sorta boring

djord02
djord02

Looking forward to it, the graphics look fantastic for a XBLA game.

Mercenary-X
Mercenary-X

Looks good. Nice to see more XBLA games coming out that aren't classic retreads (not that that's bad or anything). Graphics look good, too, especially considering it's an Arcade title (even though RoboBlitz DID use UE3.0).

dukerav
dukerav

Ahh brings back fond memories of MechAssault on Live long ago, cant wait looks pretty good, and an arcade game to boot. @ s0njas0n Its 3rd Person not first

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

xbox getting another fps? what a shock...

Predator_Soul
Predator_Soul

Didn't War World appear on the PC a long time ago?

crystos
crystos

this is xbl? damn niceeeee

French023
French023

cant wait till this one comes out

manuele1
manuele1

All the robot games I've played haven't been that great, I hope this changes my mind.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

The graphics are incredible for an XBL game.

magicmo
magicmo

What a cool sounding game.....War World. The name alone inspires thoughts of violence. :twisted:

comelstr
comelstr

looks fun but wares Mech Assault 3

Agreb91
Agreb91

Looks cool for an Xbox Live Arcade game.

buzzguy
buzzguy

This actually came out awhile ago on PC. It was OK when I tried the demo. Hopefully they will add some content for this version.

havoc__8
havoc__8

are u sure its on the PC :|

sebaser
sebaser

I think i played it on pc ;/ It was one of the worst games i evere played

Destman
Destman

This is not a Mech Simulator. The action is so fast that it plays more like a tournament FPS game. The multiplayer is where the most fun lies with this game. Think of the 10 different Mechs as different armors & weapons. The heavier the armor the slower you are & the more ammo you can carry. The less armor you have the faster you are & the less ammo you can carry. The game is so much like a tournament FPS game that every map is littered with power ups, every destroyed player drops health, and all of the maps are small enough that as soon as you spawn you are seconds from finding an enemy. They have been working on this game for 3 years now, so you can be sure they have made the gameplay as fun as they can. Over that time they have increased the amount of content the game has 3x. The original PC version released in 2005 only had 1/3 of the content they are releasing in this version. It had 3 mechs before, now it has 10. More maps, playmodes such as CTF & Bomb Assault, and better graphics are just some of the things in this version that where not there when the PC version was first released years ago. Thankfully Microsoft increased the maximum file size so this great game could be released on their system.

Steelkiller0
Steelkiller0

The War World team has been working very hard to bring us this ver, of WW. it looks amazing. i cant wait to blow some WW mechs to hell. and yep War World started out as a PC game.. you can still get it at the link below. and feel free to visit the forums. ^^ http://www.warworld.net/

tod123
tod123

was fast on the PC, and good to see on XBL, looks pretty wicked

Typwn
Typwn

I remember this on PC, seems like it was changed a bit for XBL

s3lFc0nTr0l
s3lFc0nTr0l

holy crap that looks good. hope its not to expenisve.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

woah its like mech warroir 3 for xbl. well it reminds me of it. awesome

Ironclash
Ironclash

I'm pretty sure that this will look nice. I hope.

ziggy87
ziggy87

hey omnipotent they changed it to 150 megs a while back when castlevania came out