Socializing

Why is that important?

Interacting with other players is crucial for any competitive game, and it isn’t different in the arenas of Heavy Metal Machines. Making friends among other Metalheads is not the only reason for socializing, as it is also the best way to learn how to play as a team and this way, improve the way you choose characters, the usage of weapons and upgrades, as well as to implement strategies using the team’s creativity. There are several ways of socializing in Heavy Metal Machines, and below we’ll show you a few.

Teams

This feature allows you to build a Team and make official the players that’ll be competing by your side. There, you’ll be able to set up the Team’s full name, tag, icon and the members.

To locate the Team button, check out the blue icon on the upper-left corner of the main menu. By clicking on it, a new window will pop-up, allowing you to input the information desired. The tags can’t be long because that same tag will always be by your side during the matches. Keep that in mind! After you put the information required, the page for your team will be ready for invitations. Each Team is limited to 5 members, and as the Leader, you’ll be able to manage them (invite, kick and so on).

Groups

For a better experience, try to play Heavy Metal Machines with your friends. On the Main Menu, you can click on the social icon and see all your Steam friends that are playing HMM. Click on the “+” button and add friends to a group. As a leader, you can enter the queue and make the entire team ready for action. All members can chat with a particular group, and this feature assures that you can play with your friends without necessarily being on a Team.

Custom Match

To improve the interaction between players even more, you’ll be able to create customized matches, meaning that you can select the players who’ll be participating in the arenas with you. This feature is useful for a few different purposes, mainly being the fact that you can create a competitive match (team vs. team), make a match entirely filled with your friends, and also to use it for training purposes (such as selecting the arena the team would like to train).The Leader of the Custom Match will be able to manage players, select the arena and spectators, as well as being the one to start the match. Oh, and it's also worth noting that the match can only start when it's full (4x4).

To create a Custom Match, click on the Play button (on the Main Menu), then Custom Match and finally, Create a Custom Match. To invite other players, you’ll just have to click on Copy Access Code, which will be copied automatically to your clipboard and ready to be pasted to your colleagues and opponents. To join a match, in case you received a Custom Match code, just go to the main Custom Match screen and paste it, then click on Enter Lobby.

Spectator

Custom Matches also allows players to spectate a match, which means that the user in that role won't be able to play. Instead, that user will be able to select any of the machines, as well as the bomb, to focus change the position of the camera. To use this feature, you'll need to ask for the match Leader to place you in that position (inside the Custom Match screen), or in case you are the Leader, you'll be able to move yourself to that empty slot. From there, all you need to do is wait for the match to start. To move the camera to other machines, you can press the number keys from your keyboard (from 1 to 8), and if you'd like to move it to the bomb, just press the "Spacebar". This mode is useful for learning more about the game, from a macro perspective, as well as watching your friends play and recording matches from a broadcaster's point-of-view.