Crunchy Chromehounds trailer stomps in

Intro movie pounds into our Monday mornings like a giant mech on steroids, plus Live demo debuts in Japan

Chromehounds is Sega's splendid looking big mech 360 battler and, with the console needing something suitably large and crunchy to satiate our mech warrior leanings, it should provide just the ticket as the game prepares to debut next month on July 7.

Served up fresh and gleaming this very morning is Chromehounds' rather impressive intro movie, which graphically illustrates the perils of big mechs battling it out in futuristic urban environments and shows some sublime mech-on-mech action. Mighty fine it's looking too, and if the game lives up to this movie's potential, then we should be in for a rollocking good time.

The trailer arrives hot on the heels of the news that a ChromeHounds demo has just stomped in over in Japan which you can download via Xbox Live Marketplace. Sega has also confirmed that over 40 missions will be playable in the full game, and that it is planning release a set of additional Marketplace content over there later in the month. Just 60-210 MS Points allowing you to get hold of wallpapers, themes and additional ChromeHounds pictures. Nice.

We'll be strapping ourselves into a big mech cockpit and warming up our heatseekers in anticipation.