Repetative, shallower than a puddle and an awful storyline. Just little niggles, though.
Battle Engine Aquila is a game that has ridden upon quite a lot of hype, and I'm happy to say that what it promises, it delivers.
Battle Engine Aquila (Aquila being latin for 'Eagle') is definatly its own game, with enough original ideas to make me confused to find a real comparison. I suppose its a small bit like the excellent Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II for the Gamecube - you basically take command of a large kill machine, and deal high-calibre justice to those who don't see things your way.
Your machine is versatile enough for this to be done in two different ways - you can either stomp around as a walker, blowing up anything that gets in your way, or, for a limited time, you can convert your machine into an airborne death dealer, and rule the skies. Both faces have thier own advantages and disadvantages - the earthbound walker phase is very hard and reliable, but is vulnerable froma attacks from the air, is too slow, and obviously misses out on the flying aspect. Itsaviating counterpart is fast, aerial, zippy, has some great weaponry (depending on what ship you choose), and has the upper-hand in all combat situations, downsides being its always on the move, weak, and limited in fuel. So its up to you to make the best choice for each situation.
The levels, generally speaking, take place in and around in island. You and your army (coming to that), can either try to take over an enemy held island, defend an island you hold, or partake in an even battle of supremacy for the island. Other missions include you having to defend a convoy of your boats in the open sea.
As I mentioned, you have an army. The enemy has one too. Its up to you and your forces to destroy the enemy ones and their base, before they do the same to you. Its easiest to do this when all of their troops are being transported by sea or air, so you can kill two birds with one stone.
The story mode's pants. Rubbish. Awful. Simple as that. Best keep your playing to skirmishes. I won't go into detail, because its really no good at all.
Technically, the game looks great. Not perfect, but the graphics are Halo-esq, and give you a very good idea of the scale of the whole game. The sound effects are good, but the music's not the best. Still, mustn't grumble.
The multiplayer's the real selling point of this game. Up to two players, but its great - either co-operativly thump the enemy, or go up against each other and each other's armies. Its absolutely fantastic.
Its a great multiplayer, and that's the best bit about this game. The rest of its good, but rather shallow and repetative, and that's a large shame, seing as apart form that, its a very worthwhile title.