Started playing a game called Super Mecha Champions on a lark because it was recommended to me on Steam. It’s a battle royale… with mecha in it! I’ve played a handful of matches in the battle royale and team deathmatch modes (and won all of them, bizarrely enough) and I think it’s pretty fun! Granted, I can count the amount of battle royale shooters I’ve played on one hand but I can at least recognize there’s a lot of stuff in this game that’s already existed in games like Fortnite or Apex.
I’m playing on PC with a mouse and keyboard and in a lot of ways the game does feel like a mobile game (the UI, the simple look and the minimal item management, among other things) but the guns feel decent enough to fire. The mechs (that I’ve tried out) are real hefty and satisfyingly to move and shoot in. Game’s also positively rotten with free to play hooks in it. I started the game and was just buried in log-in notices and free items. I normally like figuring out how to navigate obtuse menus but everything is so confusingly laid out in this game. I can’t find stuff I’ve ostensibly picked up from the dozen or so progression menus but I cannot find where half of that stuff even exists. There’s just way too much information for my brain to parse.
As far as monetization goes, there’s also an overwhelming amount of stuff you can buy. You can get pilots to play as (which may have minor gameplay differences but seem mostly cosmetic in nature) and I’m fairly certain there’s a way to unlock them at a slow pace without buying them. Same with the mechs but it looks like there are items you can get that’ll let you play as them for a limited time. You can also try out every mech, gun and item in the training mode, which I really appreciate. There’re lots of skins (for mechs and pilots), smaller customization options for pilots (hats, accessories) and mechs (stickers, warp-in effects) as well.
I actually really like how all of the cosmetics look but I cannot understate how many different ways this game will let you buy things. It’s got a gacha, a battle pass (with a premium path), log-in bonuses (with multiple!!! different buy-in tiers), multiple(?) premium currencies you can buy… If you can think of a monetization scheme that’s ever existed within games there’s a chance that it’s in Super Mecha Champions. There’s still some top level system stuff I’ve yet to unlock, so I’ll at least keep playing until I get those but because of the extremely aggressive nature of the free to play stuff in this game I’m unsure how much longer I’ll be able to put up with it all.
ALSO: the actual worst thing in this game is that there’s a global chat that you’re put into on the menu that I don’t think you can turn off. It’s about as awful as you might expect it to be and I hate it!!!