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With my upper body poking through the hatch of my vertical tank – essentially a massive gun turret situated atop two equally massive, birdlike metal legs – I observe the surrounding landscape with a pair of binoculars. Spotting my target, I hop back into the cockpit of the VT as one of my crew members begins to crank the engine. I pull the activation...

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Silver Lining: Steel Battalion Heavy Armor and humanity within the mech

'Silver Lining' is a column from freelancer Taylor Cocke dedicated to highlighting moments of real potential in less than perfect games. This week he examines From Software's Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor. An interesting thing happened to me within the first hours of Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor. I...

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Breaking Down a Broken Game

You're reading Reaction Time, a weekly column that claims to examine recent events, games and trends in the industry, but is really just looking for an excuse to use the word "zeitgeist." It debuts on Fridays in Engadget's digital magazine, Distro. "Why don't you just do your job and review the...

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Metareview: Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Only the majestic tone of the illustrious George Takei could sum up Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor's reviews so far: "Oh my!" In our two-star review we retreated back to the Kinect game classic "It's great, when it works," but at least we seem to have scraped some functionality out of the game....

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Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor review: Grasping at nothing

With my upper body poking through the hatch of my vertical tank – essentially a massive gun turret situated atop two equally massive, birdlike metal legs – I observe the surrounding landscape with a pair of binoculars. Spotting my target, I hop back into the cockpit of the VT as one of...

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Crank, twist and pull down a Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor demo on Xbox Live

Most of us will never know what it's like to pilot a gigantic, bipedal mech in real life – that technology is years off – but the next best thing can be experienced if you've got an Xbox Live Gold subscription and a Kinect sensor. A demo for Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is available for...

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Why not get some animal-print armor with your pre-order of Steel Battalion

Depending on the retailer at which you pre-order Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, your "Vertical Tanks" will bear one of a selection of inappropriately flashy paint jobs, with in-game bonuses to boot. Capcom announced a trio of pre-order offers today for North America, each of which affords you...

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Steel Battalion has four-player co-op, two videos and one pack of screens

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor has an intriguing array of tanks and mech-like vehicles (with gigantic guns) for you to control. You use Kinect to grab, pull and lean, and a controller to view, aim and shoot. Steel Battalion will feature four-player co-op, Capcom announced, meaning that's eight arms...

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Put your right hand in, put your right hand out, do the Steel Battalion

We've found that Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor offers a surprisingly refined, intuitive Kinect-controller hybrid scheme, and the above video explains in more detail how that whole thing works. Reach up and pull to do this, lean forward to do that, do the hokey pokey to... well, do the hokey pokey....

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Conducting a symphony of destruction in Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is the smartest use of Kinect I've ever seen. It's a bold statement, I know, but the marriage of Kinect and controller in Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is quite unique and, even more importantly, works well. We had concerns about the game last year, but those have...

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Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor available June 19

Capcom's Kinect-controlled Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor marches onto the battlefield on June 19 and June 22 in North America and Europe, respectively. We'll have a preview of latest build for the Vertical Tank (VT) simulator a little later today....

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