PitBots would have been right up my street when I was a spring chicken with my eyeballs glued to the telly, hypnotised by the closest thing we'll ever get to gladiatorial combat in the modern world: Robot Wars. As a robot building simulation game where your creations will go head-to-head with other player's builds, this is practically perfect in every way for fans.
Now, before we get into the nuts and bolts of PitBots, I will impart to you the definitive ranking of the House Robots in Robot Wars. At the top of the pile is Matilda. I'll admit she is a wild card, and in the earlier series, she was prone to breakdowns. But, she has the iconic tusks that were able to flip even the bulkiest of robots, and as the only female House Robot, representation is a factor here. Shunt takes second as he is literally a teeny tiny bulldozer and we love that confidence for him.
Dead Metal's incredible pincers would turn the tide in matches, and the sparks that flew when his spinning saw came down onto the competitor's skeleton... it was brilliant. Though I've got a soft spot for Sir Killalot and his ability to grab and pull robots into the pit, he doesn't quite have the aura that the others do so he must settle for fourth. We then have Sergeant Bash at the bottom, because he has a flamethrower and that saved his otherwise relatively unthreatening design.
As the first title from developer Wolferion Entertainment, this is one heck of a debut. PitBots has been in the works for two years and the team expects that it will be ready to release in twelve months time. It is at its core an engineering simulation game where the goal is to construct a robot that could decimate the competition. In the shop, players can push and pull on their robot's frame to create the sturdiest and the most agile shape for their chrome combatant.
Once satisfied, it's onto the components, which appear to be unlimited so let your imagination run away with you. There are structural beams, motors, pistons, wheels, energy supplies, main-board, cosmetic, and blunt, sharp and other weapon parts. So, if you want to build a little brother of Sergeant Bash with ten flamethrowers and fifteen tires, then have at it.
Controls can be customised for the robot, and yes, you're even able to paint it whatever colours and patterns you fancy. Then, it's time to enter the arena, which will offer "diverse" experiences to test your metal. Online PvP matches as well as couch co-op is planned for PitBots, and to me, this sounds like an amazing evening for you and your pals. Everyone designs a robot over the course of the day, then order a takeaway and project the fights on the wall for everyone to cheer for their favourite. It's just like the Colosseum of Rome... probably.
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