Pax West 2016: Heavy Metal Machines
I visited the Hoplon booth this year at Pax West 2016 to try out Heavy Metal Machines. I also had the chance to speak with Silvio “SJ” Junior about the game. He is the Marketing and Publication Manager at Hoplon. He was an absolute pleasure to chat with and really passionate about Heavy Metal Machines.
Heavy Metal Machines wasn’t a hard sell when I first checked it out. Various drivers with metal machines of destruction was just a click away.
The core gameplay here is dragging your mouse in the direction you want to steer. It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but boy does it ever. The game also sports a fantastic metal soundtrack, as the name would imply.
There are various roles you can take on based on the car you drive:
The Interceptors are specialized in preventing enemies from taking the bomb. They have strong push capacity or good damage. Their goal is to take the bomb from the enemy!
The Supports are focused on helping carriers deliver the bomb by repairing and protecting them while also disrupting the enemy.
The Transporters are experts in delivering the bomb to the enemy base. Resistance, speed and agility are some of their skills.
There are currently around eight drivers shown off so far for release in the game with plenty more to add before the game’s official release. The drivers you can currently select are:
During the old world, she was described as crazy. Then came the apocalypse and she revealed herself as a brilliant scientist! She has explored the devastated world and helped to establish Metal City, but the Sect of Metal took the credit. Now she fights to prove the value of science over religion.
A race pilot or a mystical being? Black Lotus is full of mysteries – nobody knows anything about them, not even their gender…Just that “they” runs like hell! Evasive and fast, their only focus is to deliver the bomb; it’s their true speciality.
Those two pilots driving a single car? These are the Clunker Brothers, ’cause they need both brains to compete! One steps on the gas, the other uses the custom made, huge magnet to pull their enemies. They may look old-fashioned, but these two rednecks have several surprises in their tow truck.
Little Monster just showed up at the Arena one day and started driving, to the surprise of everyone…when they saw it was a child behind the wheel! But this surprise didn’t last long. As the child of the only unbeaten champion, she has proven herself a relentless and violent pilot, using her dead old man’s truck.
The “ayatollah” of rock n’ roll, the new world messia…Everybody knows him, especially when he uses his machine’s special amplifiers. Nobody knows if it’s engineering or divine powers; the only thing that matters is that if he’s on your team, he will protect you
Expert machinist who dreamed of the restoration of the world, but was betrayed and left in forced labor to construct a fortress. Under the radar, he designed his masterpiece of destruction: his bulldozer, used to destroy his captors and their fortress, earning his freedom.
The spirit of vengeance haunts Metal City! Windrider fights for her ancient homeland…or what’s left of it. In the arena, she is useful both in attack and defense. They claim she has supernatural powers…or is it just a product of radioactive mutations?
and my favorite…
The tournament has become hotter since Wildfire joined with her flaming hotrod! Her powerful fire burns even the fastest and toughest machines! Tires, seats, metal, everything melts! Let her get close enough and you could be next…
Each vehicle has a vast array of weapons and attacks making each driver unique and incredibly fun to master. With lots of skins to equip to your car, there is a ton of variety present in the game.
Had a great time trying out and learning more about Heavy Metal Machines.
You can sign up for the Heavy Metal Machines Beta here!