Format: Xbox 360

5 060004 767755
Age Restrictions: 12+
07 July 2006

Heavily-armed weapons of war, known as hounds, dominate ground battles during warfare in the near-future. Squads of hounds take to the field in international factions, co-operating 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. 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. The game offers thousands of upgrade options, which effect both the look and performance of player mechs...

Chromehounds is a squad-based action title that puts gamers in control of giant mechanised military weapons of war known as hounsd - that looks a lot like ED209 from Robocop.

Handling the actual hound is so simple that you'll get the hang of it in no time. However you won't be rushing from one side of the map to the other - your vehicle is incredibly slow moving. This can be a bit of a pain at times - due to the fact you'll need to get close to some of your enemies while they are firing at you.

There's quite a lot of fun to be had towering over your enemies soldiers and watching as they fall as you blast them to smithereens. It's also great destroying buildings and other hounds, but this game is much better if you play online with other gamers.

There are so many modes (eg Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, Survivor and variations of these such as Break All) and there is such a big difference between the single and multi-player modes that you could be forgiven for thinking that this was two very different games. While the single player is extremely challenging, I really enjoyed the online battles (where you can work with up to 19 other players to blast the competition to kingdom come).

This won't be to everyone's liking. If you want to get in there and shoot away without thinking about tactics, then you'll find Chromehounds to be a little disappointing. This is a game where you need to think about every move and upgrade that you make.

The added ability to be able to customise your hound means that you can create something with an impressive array of firepower. And while this section of the game looks daunting, it won't take you too long to get to grips with making your own vehicle.

All in all Chromehounds has more positive points than negative. I really enjoyed it, but I know plenty of people how don't. I'd advise you try before you buy.

Pete Boomer

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