Do you like Japanese games? Desolate, post-apocalyptic cities? Giant, walking tanks? If so, the new trailer for Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor looks
like it might be right up your alley. The
game is developed by FromSoftware, the minds behind the Armored Core series and more recently, Demon’s Souls and its sequel Dark
Souls, both renowned for their difficulty and challenging gameplay.
Battalion looks as though it will make great use of both the Kinect sensor and
the Xbox controller to drive your walking tank robot thing. The trailer shows
on-screen prompts for both devices, and hints that you should
‘use them together… if you want to survive’.
Battalion combines a fairly detailed-looking tank
simulator with lots of button pressing and periscope-gazing with action
gameplay that lets you blast apart enemy tanks with shells and mow
down infantry with a turret-mounted gun.
While it’s difficult to get a feel for exactly how the game plays from
the trailer, it certainly looks like it’s worth following, for the slightly
steampunk-looking walking tanks if nothing else!