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Yes this is the $200 - 40 button joystick mech game for the XBOX. From reading reviews it seems that this game was made for a huge display and 5.1 sound. Does anyone have this game? I know the price it steep, but I figure there are some hardcore guys who had to have it. It is being RE-released next month (it's a rare game) and I was wondering what people thought of it.
 

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I have not seen or played it, but I remember hearing fairly good reviews when it came out. One of the 'interesting' aspects was 'dying'. Evidently you needed to make sure to bail out of your mech if you did not want to have to start over again (no save/continue option).


I also seem to remember a rumor about an online version. I think that version might be worth the $200 investment!
 

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It's a superb game- one of the most immersive experiences I've ever had with a console title. Between the size and complexity of the controller and the difficulty of the game, there's a feeling that you're really *doing* something that doesn't compare to anything else. Can't recommend it highly enough, if you have the money to spare.


The sequel, _Line of Contact_, is expected in the US in March. It's XBox Live enabled, and from what I've read it provides some interesting twists- for example, scout VTs can spy on the enemy and patch their voice comms into your own team's headsets. It won't include the controller, so you'll have to get in on the expected February re-release of the original.


My only complaint about the game? I'd like an omniscient camera in the replay mode. The replay cameras are all tied to your vehicle - very realistic, but I'd love to do some cinematic fly-bys of a raging battlefield.


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I also have this game. It is absolutely immersive, and difficult. I should take it back out and start playing in preparation for the sequel.
 

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eroteme, The original was 480p but no 16x9. I'm not sure if the sequel will take advantage of the widescreen format.

juice rocket, I do believe you will eed to get the re-release bundle for the control. Or you can try ebay, although it's normally overpriced there.
 

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newsguy : Do you have any clue how bad the picture looks in widescreen, I know the picture on Halo looks fine for me on widescreen ? If not I will just wait for it to come in and check it out, thanks .
 

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Sorry, I haven't seen it so I couldn't tell you. Although you won't get any loss in picture quality, so if you don't mind the images looking stretched then it should be ok.
 

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EB's website is listing Steel Batalion (the original) as being out in Feb, with the controller for $200, and the sequel out in March, but just the game for $50, so I'm guessing if you need the controller, you need to buy the first game. And I agree - if the sequel supports 720p, Widescreen, and online play, I'm all over this thing! I've always liked Mech games, but Mechwarrior on Xbox was a little too arcadey, I much preffered the 'sim' style of the PC games.
 

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Here is the link to the CAPCOM SB site:

http://www.capcom.com/SB/


There are multiple links there, including info on the sequel Line of Contact.


From what I have read up on this, the controller was to be re-issued with both the original SB and the Line of Contact as pack in titles.


Going to the CAPCOM site and following the link to pre-order the controller doesn't seem to clarify if you will in fact get both games with it or just the original.
 

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One interesting bit I spotted in their page for the sequel was the "Online Only". THAT should be interesting... Talk about a hardcore, small market game. Capcom made a bold move with the original, and is continuing that trend with this release...
 

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If you're looking to save some money, you can try GameStop. Their website lists the inventory of nearby stores for used products. The price of the original Steel Battalion set is $179.99. I'm not sure if it applies in this case, but GameStop normally offers 10% off if you have their $10 / year discount card.

http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=950247


I'm not affiliated with Gamestop at all, nor am I making anything off of this link. I admittedly love the fact that GS offers in-store inventory information on their website, though. :)
 

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The image on the original Steel Battalion looks ok in wide screen. It's not perfect as there are some dials and other objects in the cockpit that look a little too streched out. However it is just too immersive of a game to not stretch the image, sit as close as you can and really feel like you are in a huge mech. The game isn't perfect, but on my new Samsung HLN467 and with my Velodyne sub cranked up it is the coolest home gaming experience that I've had in a long time.
 

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big screen = immersion

good sound system = immersion

big controller = immersion


... I have it on my Sammy HLN507W and it is wonderful in 4:3... widescreen is acceptable but not quite as well.


My coworker fixed a sweet spot in his HT room to be the "Steel Battalion chair", which is a slightly modded theater chair with the controller fixed upon it and the pedals beneath, and *with two Aura Bass Shakers fixed beneath his chair* underneath it. Overkill it is, but my goodness is it a game to behold...
 
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