ACE: It's been a long time since I got a mech game that I could really sink my teeth into. I was a long time fan of the Mechwarrior series. I flirted with Heavy Gear. I laughed while running around the city in Shogo. The price point of Steel Battalion was too steep for what I was going to get out of it. Games like Front Mission helped cut down on the cravings, but being in the cockpit and looking through the sights themselves was the best way to experience the sort of visceral thrill that comes with watching a giant robot blow up in front of you.