Setting the Mech Free - A look at MechWarrior Online and Hawken

Like Mechs? Curious about MechWarrior Online and Hawken? Watch this video to see what it takes to play each game and what differentiates them.

Discussion

128 comments
Tentaculat
Tentaculat

If you already play mech games and want to do it online, MWO is the way to go. Hawken is CoD with mech flavour but that's about it. Maps are small and is all about twich.

If you never played a mech game you should try both, but calling Hawken a mech game is kinda pushing it.

hitomo
hitomo

you need to understand that hawken is a reminicens to Steel:Battalion for the first Xbox, this giant controller featuring mech simulator that showed mechwarrior where the bells are back in the days ...

hawken is everything and it throughs this all at you in splitseconds ... steep learning curve but the best mech game we have at the moment ...

hitomo
hitomo

hawken = teamplay, startegy,fastpaced, real world graphics, decent mechdesign

mw:o = pay to win / f2p rip off

if you call hawken cod you never played it, or cod ...

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

MWO was fun but you cannot pug it or be a casual player and be much else besides cannon fodder. So you will have to be willing to devote a fair amount of time. Not for everyone


Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

So Mechwarrior = Battlefield (slow and precise) and Hawken = Call of Duty (run and gun)?

Midnight_Twelve
Midnight_Twelve

Et tu mecha brute. 
So it's like Halo v.s. TF2, k, well halo's a bad exampel for hakwen, even halo has mechs now. 

hitomo
hitomo

MW:O is total garbage ... its like this battlefield mod ... and I ccant believe tehy are using cryengine ...

hawken on the otherhand is THE robot game everyone is waiting for since the 80`s it has a very high skillcap compared to MW:O, wich is just a dissapointing mess

f1tz
f1tz

'Free to pay' but, like PS2, pay to win. What a shame!

LandauTST
LandauTST

I already play Hawken and love it, but I'm definitely going to have to try out Mechwarrior Online. Seems a little bit more slow and strategic, so it would be a nice change of pace.

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

Dissapointed in hawken, game become crap because of pay to win noobs and su[per unballanced mechs, every noob playing same mechs coz of op, devs doing nothing long time, there is 3 maps maybe cant remember more, al lthe tim same game, unballanced battles where most of time max levels play against very low levels, there is no other content like from alpha same, few pcvp maps and thats it, no pve coop etc, game is dead for me in this stage,boring to play!

made_u_look
made_u_look

Huge fan of the Mechwarrior Universe. The story the was insane read most of the Battletech novels. The game is just how remember it back in the Mechwarrior 2 Merc days. I just hope they expand the avatar parts. Like joining a house and having a oppurunity to visit the respectable capital planets and so on. Instead of just joining a lobby and playing a game.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

For anyone interested, newcomers to MechWarrior get an immediate 7,000,000 C-Bills for nothing, straight away, which means you can get a heavy and customize it without bothering to grind.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

I can see the appeal of Mechwarrior Online, but Hawken just feels like a mech first person shooter. Hawken actually felt boring and I found the controls terrible and slow. So disappointing.

DJ8WORK
DJ8WORK

well for all ur console lover who want a mech game like MWO. Try the old Chromehounds game. It wasnt too bad with a decent online MP. Also Chromehounds 2 in 2013?

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

i love both games, been playing MWO since dot lol. I find MWO more enjoyable tho because its something new and different  and team work is a BIG importance. Its slow and a thinking game. Rush in and you WILL die. Once you get that mind set out of the way the game is amazing. and its a game that i have been supporting in the founder packs 'gold pack' again since dot because i want it to be successful. and i have been playing mechwarrior games for like 20years :-)

Hawken is fun, its COD in mechs. The game is fun but it does feel like COD or UT. I do hope that cockpit changes when you buy a new mech in the future lol. atm its the same what ever mech you buy in hawken. I may support the game down the line.

What  i like more about these games. One being FREE. The other, They are NOT pay to Win, every mech apart from xp boot mechs can be bought with in game credits. Only cosmetic items cost real money which is fine and fair. 

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

Very well made video. I'll definitely make sure to give both of these a try.

gufberg
gufberg

I actually watched this twice. One for the excellent and quickly delivered info and a second time for the great production value. Kudos to the person/people who made this. Great stuff. 

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

I HATE MMO !!

I wanted this game to have a single player

Steel_Hawk_99
Steel_Hawk_99

If either of these games were selling at full retail price and weren't F2P i would be playing them already

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

Hawken is like Cod and Mechwarrior is like Battlefield 3 there you go :D

wavelength121
wavelength121

Both look very compelling. Earthsiege 2 was the first real game I ever owned for PC, played the crap out of it, same with Starsiege later on. Good times.

Taegre
Taegre

I was skeptical about Mechwarrior Online over it's F2P model, but after digging into it, it looks like Piranha games is doing a lot of things right. At first you think most players would be turned off from the game after they get annihilated two minutes into their first round, but then they automatically start spectating their teammates and seeing all the maneuvers and tactics veteran pilots pull off, and right away you want to jump into the next match to try out a new strategy.
Biggest complaint I have so far is that you have to pay real money to change your mech's paint job (no c-bill option). It's practical to have different camo styles available for different missions, like a blue-white scheme for snowy missions, but the pay model removes that tactic.

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

Now, we're almost there. Just give us a mech game with a engaging single player campaign!!!

Krinnium
Krinnium

Anyone remember Carnage Heart? We need another mech game like that. Haha so many good times with that game. 

xavvor1
xavvor1

Any melee attacks in either game?

pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

I really hope we can get a real Mechwarrior sequel one day.Oh and btw the song in that Windows 8 ad is getting annoying lol. 

andmcq
andmcq

Hawken is just a generic FPS with a mech theme, riding the coattails of the Mechwarrior franchise. 


Mech Warrior Online is actually a mech game.

cj_currie
cj_currie

Well-produced video. Gamespot is getting more mature every year.

AceBalls
AceBalls

I've been playing Hawken and it's awesome. But I will be switching and staying with MechWarrior for sure. It's such a legendary series with some of the best simulators in the past. It'd be great to see both these games in a campaign co-op and singleplayer story game..

Moraitheungimp
Moraitheungimp

Nice coverage. I play both but I fall on the Mechwarrior side of the equation.  I just like the mythos and the methodical nature of the game play and a substantial difference between the classes. I'd recommend both.

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

so we are allowed to curse on here?

tgwolf
tgwolf

Alright, for discussions in which we are SERIOUSLY discussing 'setting the mech free' MechWarrior Online NEVER enters the discussion except by point of CONTRAST when it comes to freedom! That said it should be obvious   that unless, for example, fluidity of motion, full articulation and a weapon array that ISN'T a liability to the pilot's life are FIRST answered then NO OTHER game deserves mention, NO MATTER how popular or classic...And there's so much more if I had my way...

Scorpid77
Scorpid77

@Dirk_McHardpeck 

No, MWO is VERY focused on teamplay. Going in with a pug will probably get you nowhere. Besides, MWO has a huge emphasis on terrain and weapon management. Knowing every aspect of the mech you are using is very important, there are no lucky shots here.

As a matter of fact, just like in the old times, heat management is a big deal. This means, among other nuances, that you just can't go firing all weapons all the time, else you'll overheat and shutdown. 

Lot of good things, specially if you like the setting. Right now, the only bad thing IMO is lag issues and some balance  when it comes to roles. Love the game so far.


As to Hawken, have not tried it, sorry.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@hitomo  

To his his own, but I have to state my opinion on this.  

Hawken is nothing but COD with mech skin, no locational damage, fast paced, no strategy involved, your typical run and gun shooter with different aesthetics.


MWO is the Mech simulator, in the same vein as MechWarrior 1 thru 4, with steep learning curve, locational damage on each mech, heat management, ECM, team work, each shot in MWO literally counts, as a reviewer said, it's the thinking man's shooter.

Also, Hawken's free 2 play model is a pure rip off, MWO is far far more forgiving towards free players and newcomers. Hawken is nothing more than pay 2 win, in MWO paying cash confers no advantage that a free player can't have given enough time.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@made_u_look  

 There are plans for a metagame in the future similar to planetside 2, but first they are aiming at implementing the clan invasions, and fixing all the bus.

koesir
koesir

@TERMINATOR-SSD yeah one of the downside of hawken is your cockpit is same no matter what mech you piloting.

WCK619
WCK619

@Taegre you CAN pay c-bills to change your mech's paintjob, but you only get a selection of like 5 colours.

TheRuntMan
TheRuntMan

@Arther-la-Blunt you should try one of the earlier MechWarrior games. They all had decent campaigns.

jon2435
jon2435

@andmcq I support this comment.

Mechwarrior Online is a great game and if you don't want to spend money on it your don't have to.  You'll get into your first mech real fast with the new player money bonuses.  Come on and play a match.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@chudik @MAD_AI 

Just register and log in, I played since open beta, and I got 7,000,000 automatically, around a month ago.