8 Great Mechs in Media

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8 Great Mechs in Media

Sometimes there are mechanized weapons that people can pilot, this gallery is about such things. So hop into a 'mech and make sure not to overheat.

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I quite partial to the Freedom from Gundam Seed myself.

My Top 8 Would've been
1: RX-78-2 - Yes, there are plenty of cooler (and weirder) Gundams that come afterward.
2: Zaku II - Yeah.... I'm a "Space Nazi Sympathizer".... Actually I chose this one as it's the MS piloted by Char when he fought against the RX-78-2.... I have other choices but their pilots were killed.
3: Megas XLR - The best giant robot parody I've ever seen. It even parodied Gundam in its last episode.
4: That giant robot from District 9 because it reminds me of the enemies in Megas XLR.
5: Titan Maximum - Yes its a parody of Voltron. Yes Megas XLR already parodied Voltron. No, Voltron isn't on my list.
6: RPI-11 Glasgow - Especially since Kallen Kouzuki is one of my favorite Mecha Pilots who just so happens to be female.
7: Nirvash Type Zero - Actually in general I liked Eureka 7 for its surf board flying robots.
8: Future GPX Cyber Formuala - Well, I vaguely remember this show. I probably forgot about it because Code Geass is way better.
9: Numidium - Oh no. How dare there be a 9th. That's what you're probably thinking if you backed the Thalmor who were stated to be committing genocide on Wood Elves. To you I say the freedom of religion requires the freedom from religion. Oh, and may Talos be with you.


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I completely forgot about Steel Battalion (Line of Contact). You know that one with the Giant Expensive Controller for The Original Xbox. Yeah, all those other Mecha Games will Never, EVER be this awesome.

Robot Jox? I didn't realize anyone remembered Robot Jox.

Hell, I'd completely forgotten it existed until this thread.

I've always maintained that Mechs are an utterly stupid form of weapon, and so the only ones I'm willing to tolerate are the AT-ST and AT-AT from Star wars, if only because the films don't shy away from the elephant in the room and show how ludicrously vulnerable they are to assaults on their legs.

I will agree that the Mad Cat deserves a spot on the list though. I've never played a single Mechwarrior game (or any mech game outside perhaps Battlefront if that counts) and even I find that design to be absolutely instantly recognisable from it's bold as brass singular focus on the box of Mechwarrior 2 back in the day.

plus, that game engine... y'know... gave us Interstate '76 so how can I complain?

While I admit that mechanized walkers are cool, I just don't see them being more useful than a tracked or wheeled vehicle at the end of the day. The lower profile afforded by wheeled and tracked designs makes them less liable to being tipped over and immobilized in that manner, as well as making them harder targets to spot, let alone hit. Additionally, the more stable firing platform allows for wheeled and especially tracked vehicles to carry heavier weapons that have more recoil.

Really, the only time I'd see a mechanized walker as more useful than a conventional tank or APC is in either urban or mountainous terrain. Maybe forests and jungles as well. This only because of their lateral mobility. As such, I don't think mechanized walker units would ever be the backbone of any armed force; they'd see use as specialized mountain/jungle/urban fire support units directly attached to infantry squads.

Ultimately, something similar to Lost Planet's "Vital Suits" is what I see being the most likely form of mechanized walker to see use in an actual military. They'd likely stand no more than twice the height of the infantry they'd support, armed with weapons that would normally be crew-served, like heavy machine guns or maybe auto-cannons. Probably some manner of rockets or missiles as well, in case it runs into enemy armor and has to keep it from attacking the infantry it's assigned to.

And I didn't even mention the issues with complexity or maintenance...



I wonder: Did the Escapist ever do a thing on fictional tanks? Or did they only ever do mechs?

Mechs operate pretty much off of rule of cool and maybe the intimidation factor. But, yes, as other have said, Mechs have no real advantages over tanks or other AFV/IFV. That's not even mentioning the sheer amount of R+D required to make one that would be not only combat viable, not to mention scaling up for mass production and it just not worth the cost.

Hell, the Germans tried scaling up normal tanks during WW2(with plans for huge monstrosities such as the MAUS and RATTE tanks) and found it wasn't worth the cost.

Oh look, yet ANOTHER 5 year old post recycled to mask the complete lack of Escapist original content.

Is it really that hard to find people to post pieces to a website these days? Hell I'd do it.

Actually no, wait, there is one mech in particular that has earned it's place in media- but it's gotta be this particular version- and relevant only for being pitted against turn-of-the-20th-century tech (and still losing a few along the way anyway because mechs are so dumb)

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And that shriek of theirs, first revealed in 'The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine'.... shudder...

Squilookle:
Actually no, wait, there is one mech in particular that has earned it's place in media- but it's gotta be this particular version- and relevant only for being pitted against turn-of-the-20th-century tech (and still losing a few along the way anyway because mechs are so dumb)

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And that shriek of theirs, first revealed in 'The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine'.... shudder...

Damnit! You had to post that and remind me that the Thunderchild never seems to make it into any adaptation other then the Musical(despite being the kind of thing Hollywood would love).

Dalisclock:

Squilookle:
Actually no, wait, there is one mech in particular that has earned it's place in media- but it's gotta be this particular version- and relevant only for being pitted against turn-of-the-20th-century tech (and still losing a few along the way anyway because mechs are so dumb)

image

And that shriek of theirs, first revealed in 'The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine'.... shudder...

Damnit! You had to post that and remind me that the Thunderchild never seems to make it into any adaptation other then the Musical(despite being the kind of thing Hollywood would love).

Right? I mean what the hell Hollywood- what's not to love about a cruiser steaming towards alien machines at full speed, blasting its cannons and giving the crowds on the shore a brief spot of hope as it blows a tripod to smithereens before falling victim to the heat-ray and sinking spectacularly in a cloud of mist and molten metal?

Actually maybe that's it. According to Hollywood, alien invasions have to be invincible and proceed completely unopposed right up until the decisive moment at the finale. having small victories along the way might confuse audiences... can't have that now...

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