Mech Arena

App review by David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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age 12+

Mech shooter gets weighed down by heavy microtransactions.

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FRUSTRATING and NOT WORTH IT!

This game involves PAID "upgrades" for weapons, mechs, and implants that give your weapons more power. The game is not for kids without money. It is extremely frustrating when you get past division 5 when you start getting out gunned, and out maneuvered by the computer generated mechs that the game designers pit you against. You really have no chance at all against it. This game is designed ONLY to get money out of your pocket, and at a premium cost, which does absolutely nothing to help you win more. In fact, as you "progress" in the game, things only get worse and more frustrating, causing you to want to spend money. That is why it is not recommended for kids, because they will beg for money for "better weapons" that do virtually nothing to help you, because the program just puts you up against better mech bots generated by the computer program. I made it to the highest division 1, and could only win 1 out of 10 times. I observed as my "team members" would simply do nothing, while all kills relied on me, and I was singled out by the opposing team every move I made. I watched as kills were not added as they were made by me, or my team members. The game is not in any way "fair", and the game becomes very tiresome and boring when your few wins add up to virtually nothing in rewards they give out. It is not designed like a real game, where when you ACHIEVE higher status, you gain higher rewards. The higher divisions you get to means really nothing at all in terms of your abilities to WIN more. The game just keeps moving the goal post, so to speak, while constantly trying to sell you stuff to "upgrade", giving the illusion that it will help you "win" more, but you don't. The game is not about skill, as I have been hit and killed so many times by nothing, through walls, through ceilings, while I never can have the same curtesy from the game designers. That is so you die and get frustrated to buy more stuff. The game preys on your anger and frustration, knowing that you will likely want to spend money to "win" by buying the weapons, mechs, and upgrades they constantly showcase relentlessly to get you to spend money. A kid will most certainly be begging for your credit card, as did mine. I played the game with my 8 year old, and it was constant frustration. You can see right in front of your eyes the game deliberately making you lose inexplicably. You will watch as the computer generated mechs can kill you with one shot, even though they have less than half your power. It is totally unfair and deliberate to get you to buy buy buy, but it does no good at all. I finally gave up and deleted the game, even after spending money to test my theory. When you complain in the chat rooms, they send in game moderators immediately posing as other players that defend the game relentlessly, or they add comments to bury yours. There is much more I didn't even say here that I forgot that irritated me about this game, but I hope people will see for themselves what I am talking about, or just avoid wasting your time and money. If you don't mind paying for frustration, this is the game for you, and it will never end!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism

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