What can I say, my ears always perk up at the suggestion of a game that in any way features mechs. Whether full-blown simulations or more action-oriented, my childhood enjoying great cartoons and anime featuring them has me hooked. Blackwind sort of plays into that love, though with a much more decidedly action feel than normal, sharing more with brawlers than anything else. The hook here is some exploration, with hidden spots for extra loot being around in relative abundance, some shooting, some punching, and a whole lot of executing finishing moves for the bonuses they award you. I wouldn’t say that the flow of combat is great, but it at least tends to be entertaining… if generally repetitive once you understand what tends to work best. Throw in some platforming and puzzling and it at least tries to keep you on your toes. My biggest complaint is the camera which you can’t control and that, at times, tends to be at too high an angle so it can be hard to understand where you want to go. That said, if you’re looking to smash things up for kicks it’s at least a decent bit of fun.
Justin Nation, Score: