Hawken, the first-person mech game with shades of Mechwarrior and Shogo, is currently being tested in a closed beta. If you're not one of the lucky few with beta access, you can still get a taste of the game through a couple of new Basic Training videos. The first trailer explores the garage interface used to buy and equip your mech, while the second details the combat mechanics.
The customization options look interesting, and I'm intrigued by the combat. It's been a while since I piloted a mechanized giant loaded with guns. Seeing the combat explained with references to keys rather than controller buttons makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, too. The bindings better be adjustable.
Oh, did I mention that Hawken will be free to play? You won't have to pay a dime for the game when it's released for the PC on December 12. There will be freemium options for folks who want to shell out for in-game goodies, I'm sure, but let's hope players won't be able to buy their way into dominating the battlefield. Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the tip.