First and most important for those who want to try this game for free:
I've been rather wary of early access games, however after trying this one out for a few days I bought the "Airmech Prime." pack, which got much more than I was looking for in terms of cosmetics, and saved me a lot of time in unlocking units. So far the payment model is good; In the three or four days I played before I bought the game I was able to unlock enough units types for my army to experiment with a couple playstyles for free. If you do buy money you can unlock not only cosmetics, but ultimate versions of regular mechs and units to use in for matches where you fight the computer, so there are tangible benefits to gameplay for single player and co-operative play,
For PVP, if you can earn enough points through co-operative play and high scores in the tutorial challenges, you will be able to get a lot out of the game without having to pay at all, which is great for those of us who paid money because that means there's a bigger community, so I encourage you to try it if you're interested in a new spin on MOBA/DoTA gameplay and Real Time Strategy.
The gameplay itself; Pros and Cons.
Two comprehensive tutorial modes: the tutorial itself and the challenges, the latter of which challenges your basic gameplay skills and helps you earn in-game experience for unlocks.
Great fast paced base building and unit management with a good mix of static defenses and units.
A good base capture mechanic that gives a great back and forth feel to skirmish mode.
TRANSFORMING MECHA armed with POWER SWORDS, DEATH RAYS, MINIGUNS, CLAWS, Commanding ROBOT ARMIES in a dystopian future earth. Fantastic.
Skirmish AI is laughably easy and needs customization. I hope they add adjustable AI difficulty.
Either due to the small size of the community, or matchmaking issues in the beta, expect LONG waits if you just want a random pvp match. This is no issue if you invite someone from the lobby chat into the game, but it is very frustrating if no one in chat feels like taking your invite. This is one of the biggest issues for me playing this game and needs to be fixed by improvements to the matchmaking and lobby systems, which could encourage more people to que for random matches. OR by allowing players and parties to que for multiplayer matches while playing a singleplayer or coop game, which would eliminate the tedium of waiting for opponents to join the que.
Airmech is great game with a wonderful style, and can be enjoyed by oneself casually, with friends, or with enemies! Play it, and encourage the developers to stick with the very fair pricing they have kept up till now. It's worth the 10 USD starter pack as of now and as they add more features the 20 Dollars I invested is increasingly worth it provided the developer keeps improving on the solid gameplay mechanics. But hey! You can play for free, so hop in and do battle with us!