Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor (重鉄騎 Jūtekki) is a mech simulation game by From Software, developers of the Armored Core and Demon‘s/Dark Souls series, and Capcom that was released in 2012.

Despite being a sequel to the 2002 Xbox game Steel Battalion, which is notorious for being very expensive (when bundled with its controller, the game has a price of $200 at the time of its release), the game takes place in its own universe.


In 2020, a silicon-eating microbe destroys all of the world‘s microprocessors, permanently ridding the world of advanced technology. The event has since been called the "Datacide". In the ensuing chaos, a resurgent China begins a global conquest, effectively becoming the new United Nations.

In 2082, the UN forces launched an invasion of the United States. The player, as US Army Sgt. Winfield Powers, commands a Vertical Tank crew as the US military makes their last stand to fight off the invaders.

Why It Sucks

  1. Terrible Kinect implementation, resulting in extremely frustrating gameplay.
  2. Has nothing to do with the first game other than that the mecha are still referred to as "Vertical Tanks".
  3. The game‘s backstory is full of inappropriate WWII references; the enemies in the single-player mode are supposed to be Chinese soldiers, yet their VTs and actions are reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
  4. The games interesting setup of a world without advanced technology is utterly wasted on an uninspired storyline riddled with war movie clichés and a stereotypical cast of characters.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The game has amazing interaction with your members inside your tank.
  2. If one of your teammates dies during a mission, they are dead permanently and replaced by a new one with their own personality and traits.
  3. The game could have been MUCH better, had it not been Kinect integrated


The game was met with extremely negative reviews, getting a 40.95% from GameRankings, a 1/5 from Giant Bomb, and a 0.5/5 from X-Play. It also earned the eighth spot on's Top 10 Worst Video Games of All Time list.

Angry Joe gave the game a 2 out of 10, mainly due to poor gameplay. He found the game‘s storyline interesting, and said that had the game been much more easier to play, he‘d have given the game a 7 or 8 out of 10.

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