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  • Summary: This squad-based action title puts gamers in control of giant mechanized military weapons of war. Chromehounds offers an intense, photorealistic look at war from the cockpits of colossal metal vehicles. These heavily-armed weapons of war, called HOUNDSs, dominate ground battles duringThis squad-based action title puts gamers in control of giant mechanized military weapons of war. Chromehounds offers an intense, photorealistic look at war from the cockpits of colossal metal vehicles. These heavily-armed weapons of war, called HOUNDSs, dominate ground battles during warfare in the near-future. Squads of HOUNDs take to the field in international factions, cooperating with and complementing each other in terms of firepower, range of movement, and abilities. Domination of the world is the prize for the mightiest army on the field. Strategic planning, snap reflexes and communication are key to winning the day in this battle-hardened action title. Players take the role of either a Squad Member or a Tactics Commander, who is responsible for strategically guiding the team to victory with verbal commands on Xbox Live. In addition to supporting both cooperative and competitive online modes, the game offers thousands of upgrade options, which effect both the look and performance of player mechs. Strategic gameplay puts the player in the role of 'tactics commander'; manage your squad while testing your reflexes on the battlefield. Xbox LIVE support offers cooperative and competitive campaigns for up to 12 players at once. [Sega] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 60
  2. Negative: 2 out of 60
  1. Chromehounds isn't just the most exciting giant robot game since MechWarrior 2 opened with that famous Digital Domain cutscene; it's absolutely a reason to buy a 360 and a Live subscription. [Oct. 2006, p.81]
  2. Operating the hounds is a breeze. They are even easier to operate than the mechs in Mech Assault, although they don't move as quick. Speed is sacrificed for ease of control.
  3. I'm actually having more fun online with this game than "GRAW" thanks to the even greater emphasis on team play, role types and big robot things exploding.
  4. 70
    The online performance still has a lot of kinks, often making it tough to join games. It can be difficult to experience the game properly as a functional squad. Still, Chromehounds is a game that has a lot of potential.
  5. Chromehounds is an excellent online game, but the single-player suffers because of it, making it no use for anyone without a Gold Live account.
  6. Scant little more than a badly reared puppy that’s bound for the pound.
  7. The potential behind the game is unmatched, but an extremely poor online interface coupled with lackluster servers and a relatively boring single player experience makes Chromehounds a chrome donkey.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. JohnM.
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    Crazy customization and excellent graphics make the game.
  2. AdamB.
    Jul 22, 2006
    10
    An extremely fun and addictive game. Unlike many games, there is always a feeling of accomplishment after winning, and always a feeling of An extremely fun and addictive game. Unlike many games, there is always a feeling of accomplishment after winning, and always a feeling of loss after losing; the stakes are always fairly high. Single player mode is a great way to build up your rank and earn parts, but online mode is where Chromehounds shines. Being part of a squad and a specific force in the virtual war gives the game a much more personal feel, and keeps people from getting lost in the sea of the thousands of other players. The music, sound effects, graphics, and gameplay are top-notch, and although it doesn't scream next-gen, Chromehounds stands out as one of the first 360 games to feel like a complete, original, and polished experience. The game is not for everyone, though, as it moves at a slow pace, has a relatively steep learning curve, and focuses heavily on strategy as opposed to more arcade-style games. The servers are also quite glitchy but hopfully Sega can iron their bugs out before too long. Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2014
    10
    Hands-down the greatest mech game ever published. COuld the overheating system have been better? Of course! But, that's why the community gotHands-down the greatest mech game ever published. COuld the overheating system have been better? Of course! But, that's why the community got so psyched for a second game, only to be let down. (Please that second game) Expand
  4. D.Bench
    Jul 19, 2006
    9
    I have to say that I love this game. Yes, the mechs are relatively slow, and yes, the single player campaign does leave a bit to be desired,I have to say that I love this game. Yes, the mechs are relatively slow, and yes, the single player campaign does leave a bit to be desired, but the persistent online war is the true heart of this game. Online, the game is a blast to play, especially with a few friends in a squad. Your main objective is to capture radio towers in the area to maintain communication with your squad. The more towers you capture, the bigger your area of communication (or N.A.) gets. If you are out of the N.A. you can't chat with your teammates, so squad communication and tactics are essential. The mech customization is unparalelled in its depth , only comparable to the likes of Forza Motorsport. The graphics and lighting effects are some of the best on the 360, especially during night-based battles. I only marked this game down a notch for it's lackluster single player campaign, but overall it is a must-buy for fans of giant mechs and/or customization. Expand
  5. CoffinSandman
    Oct 9, 2007
    8
    I agree that the single player isn't that great, but it still manages to be reasonably fun. Sure it gets kind of boring, but it focuses I agree that the single player isn't that great, but it still manages to be reasonably fun. Sure it gets kind of boring, but it focuses on realistic missions from a military perspective, which make things pretty interesting. I haven't tried the multiplayer yet, but I can imagine that it'll make this game completely worth it. ( I'll admit, I only bought this game because I found a new copy for only $20.) Other than that, this is pretty much the best mech game I've ever played. The graphix are some of the best I've seen on 360. The gameplay and controls are great and the customization system is awsome. Apart from the single player, Chromehounds is everything MechAssault should have been. Expand
  6. Lucas_in_Denver
    Jul 14, 2006
    8
    This is one of the most methodical games on the 360. Clearly not designed for the Halo-lovin' "Timmies" of the world. BTW, it is nice to This is one of the most methodical games on the 360. Clearly not designed for the Halo-lovin' "Timmies" of the world. BTW, it is nice to play a game on Live without shrieking screaming kids. That said, Chromehounds is a great game for anyone who loves mech games! Expand
  7. BrettS.
    Jul 20, 2006
    0
    This game was horriable, slow moving mechs to action, can't tell friendlies for baddies, and a slow rate of fire, not one mech had a This game was horriable, slow moving mechs to action, can't tell friendlies for baddies, and a slow rate of fire, not one mech had a fast firing gun. Not even worth renting. Online was okay, but plagued with the same slow moving action. Expand

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