Wow, I just picked this up after hearing that the multi was great. I played only the first training mission and then went online. It takes a bit to get used to the online as it's got a few screens to learn, but once you've learned it it's easy. I'm fighting for the blue team (forget the name, but it's american) and joined a clan last night. People in my clan are great and helped me to learn a few things like setting my mech up, how to join clan games and such. Overall I had a really fun time with this last night. Unfortunatly we didn't get to fight any human players last night, but only CPU players (it was 12am EST when I started, so not the best time to find alot of ppl online).
Only dislike I really have about the game is the already mentioned explosions. The explosions look great and the fire is awesome, but the wreckage disappears in 2 seconds. Really, if there is alot of smoke when it's gone the destroyed mech is nowhere in site. Not a big thing, but they could definatly improve that.
Can't wait to get home and play this
Also thanks for giving this great reviews, I'm happy I picked it up.