Robots have always been a staple of a good gaming diet. But few of them are as exciting to fight and pilot as mechs. They come in all sizes, shapes and flavors. Two legged, four legged, many legged, transforming, towering, gargantuan, planet sized or just a bit taller than you and me.
Some of them fly. Some even fly in space, where they see most of the action. Some walk on the ground. Some even operate under water. No matter what they do, piloting one of those lumbering war machines is usually quite the thing.
The first big mech simulations came up in the mid 90s with the Earthsiege and Mechwarrior games, that took hints from the popular space fighter simulations that combined the earnest, sober, mechanical approach of a flight simulation to an entirely fictional topic, machine and universe. When the space fighter game fell out of favor with the gaming public, the mech sim too all but disappeared. But recently they’ve proven to be not so easy to fell, and have started a big comeback. So here we go with the best mech games you can find out there.
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10: Front Mission: Evolved
The latest entry to the long running series of the Front Mission franchise, Evolved is special, due to it being an action game with simulation elements, taking place in the same universe as the Front Mission Roleplaying Games. While the simulation aspect is on the back burner in this one, it’s still a very good mecha action game with an interesting, intricate story based in a long running, well developed universe.