Was the Mobile Trace system the best or worst
or sexiestthing to have ever happened to the concept of robot-piloting?
No, the Deus Machina have the best pilot systems. They all require magic lolis and have an interface that is literally made of magic. They also require a magical transformation, at least in Demonbane's case, and magical invocations for certain attacks, meaning you have to call most of them
A little of column A, a little of column C.
It makes sense until you robut's cockpit tilts too much. Pacific Rim tried to up the "real" of it well enough; but like another other control scheme they make it "look right." Like basic foot pedals taking of locomotion, joysticks working jets and arms, or two people perfectly synced to a robot able to do side tasks without the robot following the same posing.
Makes for good crowning moments of awesome.
If I could piolt a mech I'd choose to use the moble trace system.