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An overview of the most common enemy encountered in Paragon. Also, does anyone have a better name for it?

Posted by Squared55 on Mar 15th, 2013

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Above:  A combat mech darts out of cover to fire at an enemy

The standard combat mech was originally designed to replace human soldiers in high-risk combat situations.  Typically serving on the front lines under a lone human commander, their sacrifice has saved countless human lives. 

As they typically come under fire from multiple foes, often with stronger defenses and more powerful weaponry, they scan their surroundings for cover and positions that provide a tactical advantage.  Advanced sensory equipment allows the mech to swiftly line up a burst of lethal plasma before quickly diving back behind cover.

However, the combat mech's weak defenses make it exceptionally vulnerable when caught out in the open.  In addition, the mech is slow to adapt to unfamiliar environments.  Skilled human fighters exploit these weaknesses by luring the mech into areas with little cover and tearing it to shreds with a barrage of plasma.

Below:  Exploiting the mech's weak defenses

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We're currently trying to figure out a better, more creative name for this enemy.  Does anyone have any ideas?

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SabreXT
SabreXT Mar 15 2013, 8:24am says:

No real ideas for the name, although it could be argued you don't need one. I'm guessing you don't call gun "hand held fire blasers" so calling something generic by a generic name is fine.

If you want to get specific, I'd do a gun/car style system. A car is a car, but that specific car might be a Ford Focus. A gun is a gun, or to be more specific, a sniper rifle, or to get even more specific, a H&K PSG1. (Sorry, I don't know guns)

That point aside, I'm not sure it is even a mech. The way you describe it makes it sound like a robot, and the screen shots make it look about the size of a human. From my limited understanding, mechs have a pilot, power armour is worn, but often times that distinction is blurred. The power loader in Aliens could be either of the 2.

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Squared55
Squared55 Mar 15 2013, 8:38am replied:

As mentioned in the article, it's a robot designed to replace humans, hence the similarity. That's an interesting comparison between a robot, a mech and armour... to be honest I though "mech" and robot were interchangeable. :)

So, I suppose it could be a combat robot/mech with some sort of further designation...like, maybe- no, that's what they used in Mass Effect. What about- no that sounds stupid. Hmmmm...

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monotone56
monotone56 Mar 15 2013, 10:43am says:

If it's designed to replace humans, that'd make it an android wouldn't it?

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Squared55
Squared55 Mar 15 2013, 10:50am replied:

Excellent observation! So I suppose it could perhaps be called the ______ Combat Android? That could make a neat acronym too. :)

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GamingZone
GamingZone Mar 17 2013, 6:24am says:

Where i can try this game ?
It's Web version really ?

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Squared55
Squared55 Mar 17 2013, 9:32am replied:

We will have a webplayer demo out as soon as we get a few models in place :). A gameplay video will be out soon as well.

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Squared55
Squared55 Mar 17 2013, 10:59am replied:

Looks like I spoke too soon. As far as I can tell, Desura does not support web-based games. So, while the demos and perhaps a trial will be web based, I'm not sure if the final game will. Sorry. :(

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