BE-A Walker pretty much allows you to find out what it would be like to be an AT-ST pilot during the Battle of Endor, as you jump in a huge bipedal mech, then shoot and trample the primitive spear-throwing natives of a planet you’re colonizing.
The fiction of BE-A Walker borrows heavily from Star Wars and Avatar (which is no bad thing). It takes place in a distant future where Earth is overpopulated and in need of resources. The Endor-esque planet of Eldorado has plenty of resources, but the indigenous race of humanoid creatures really aren’t keen on sharing so you are now at war with them. Sure, their weapons look pretty primitive compared to your massive guns and bipedal robots, but that didn’t stop the Ewoks winning in The Return of the Jedi!
In the game you jump into a BE-A Walker (Biped Enhanced Assault Walker) and use it to carry out missions for your superiors. The movement system is a little unique and takes a little getting used to, with you able to precisely control each leg individually. Once you get to grips with it you’ll find that the precise controls really come in handy for squashing enemies under your feet.
You’ll need to do a lot of stomping on enemies too, because your weapons systems all have cooldowns, so you can’t just spam the fire button and wipe everyone out. At then end of each mission you can use the money you earn to upgrade your mech with better parts and new weapons – which will help you blast the spear-throwing natives back to the stone-age.
Clomping around in a giant mech makes for a fun game and it manages to make you simultaneously feel massively overpowered and vastly outnumbered. You really do feel like you’re in the wrong as you splat the local inhabitants, but in the full game you’ll be able to defect to their side and help them protect their homeworld (which will hopefully lead to some cool mech vs mech battles!)