Entertaining Mecha platform adventure, which does most things right.
As I mentioned when I reviewed 13 Sentinels – Aegis Rim, a few months ago, I have always liked anime. One of my absolute favorite anime series is Robo-Tech and hoped to have found a cool Mecha game with Vanillawares Aegis Rim. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed, so when Hardcore Mecha showed up and I tackled it with great zeal in the hope that this would be better.
Hardcore Mecha is basically a platform game. It’s for better or worse, most of it is a fast-paced game – full of upgrades and hordes of enemies – but in the long run it will unfortunately be pretty much the same. It is also not entirely easy to meet small people who run around and shoot at you when sight is anything but easy to use.
Hardcore Mecha however, is really nice and works perfectly for yours Nintendo Switch, as good in dock as in portable position. The dialogue is in Japanese and the music and sound effects then sew together a very pleasant gaming experience. It’s an interesting story and lots of courses to shoot through.
Each Mecha has its own special abilities and skills which contribute to the feeling of variety. Then there are lots of different weapons to find and buy in addition to that.
Hardcore Mecha loads quickly and even though the graphics are both well-made and good-looking, it is at the same time quite simple. The intermediate sequences are still images with dialogue. Quite a lot of dialogue, in the classic Japanese way and it can end up being a little annoyingly long. What is also a bit of a shame is that Hardcore Mecha suffers a bit from the same boring, mossy view of women as Aegis Rim did. It’s a little better here, but why should she have this neckline? The game was released for the other consoles last year and thus does not have ten years on its neck.
In summary, that is Hardcore Mecha a fast and fun platform game, with a nice anime feel. The controls are tight and easy to absorb and you get started quickly with protecting the planet from all kinds of mischief. It has some flaws, but it still gets a warm recommendation from me.