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.
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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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
If either of these games were selling at full retail price and weren't F2P i would be playing them already
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.
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.
Anyone remember Carnage Heart? We need another mech game like that. Haha so many good times with that game.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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...
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.
Pretty much, if you even try to solo in MWO you get blasted instantly.
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.
You sound mad.
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.
@TERMINATOR-SSD yeah one of the downside of hawken is your cockpit is same no matter what mech you piloting.
@Steel_Hawk_99 But they are free, so why not play them?
@Printul_Noptii I'll do you one better. Hawken is like Chivalry where Mechwarrior is like War of the Roses.
@Taegre you CAN pay c-bills to change your mech's paintjob, but you only get a selection of like 5 colours.
@Arther-la-Blunt you should try one of the earlier MechWarrior games. They all had decent campaigns.
@xavvor1 mechwarrior are looking into for futuer plans...
@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.