Monday Night Combat (MNC) – The Biggest Xbox Live Arcade Release EVER?
What is it?
Monday Night Combat is a 1200 Microsoft Point ($12-15) Xbox Live Arcade title released Jully 11, 2010. It is a FPS (first person shooter), team based strategic multiplayer game (wow that was a mouthful). Gameplay-wise, it is a cross between Team Fortress 2 and DotA (Defense of the Ancients). This is a confusing prospect and certainly requires a bit more explanation, so read more below. Theme-wise, it has a classic Smash TV sports gameshow feel with arena-style competition complete with a loud announcer and screaming fans sound effects.
How much does it cost?
Monday Night Combat (MNC) is currently available only on the Xbox 360 arcade and costs 1200 Microsoft Points. This is equal to about $12 or $15 depending on where you get your points from.
What is the gameplay like?
As mentioned above, it could be said MNC is a cross between two popular games. Team Fortress 2 because of its simple, semi-cartoony graphics style, and class-based, very different gameplay roles. (For example, a tank and an assassin).
Defense of the Ancients would be the other half. (DotA requires a bit of explanation–it is a Warcraft 3 custom map/mod where each player controls one hero and tries to push through to the enemy’s base. Each team has static defense turrets as well as constantly spawning computer controlled waves of minions. This is also similar to League of Legends (LOL) and Heroes of Newerth (HoN).
How does MNC combine these? You have the constant waves of minions spawning that try to attack the enemies base. You control a single unit as a standard FPS style, and try to help your minions to destroy the enemy base. Opposing you are human enemy players as well as the enemy team’s minions and static defenses. Both team’s minions and bases are ultimately equal, so each individual player has to make strategic decisions as well as pull off skill based aiming and maneuvers in order to come out ahead.
If you take a moment to consider, the idea sounds like a perfect combination of those skill-based “twitch” shooters along with real time strategy games and some forward-looking thinking.
More to come…
More will come, please be sure to check back as I continue to explore the game, learn the ins and outs, and do research in order to provide some insightful articles on this website. As always, if you have any questions I’ll be happy to answer them. To learn more, see below
Official Website of Monday Night Combat:
Youtube Gameplay Video: