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MechWarrior 5: What's the Scoop?
MechWarrior 5 is a reboot of the classic MechWarrior franchise. It's NOT a MechAssault game, it's a MechWarrior game, which means simulation, customization, blowing off limbs, heatsinks, and a robot female voice playing while you sit inside your mech cockpit furiously pressing buttons to stop your ammunition from exploding while your lancemates fire volleys of 20 missiles into an unending stream of giant enemy robots that are trying to kill you with lasers.
MechWarrior 5 is actually MechWarrior Online, though. It's a free to play MMO that will follow (in real time) the Clan invasion of the Inner Sphere, which is a thing. We don't know much yet but here is the website
I Played MechAssault on my XBOX and It Was Boring. Why do I Care About This?
MechAssault. MechWarrior is a venerable franchise that, as far as videogames go, dates back to MechWarrior, which was fun but was made before graphics were invented, MechWarrior 2, which was sweet but mostly just a prelude to MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries
, which is one of the best games ever made. MechWarrior 3 was by all accounts sort of fun and MechWarrior 4 was mostly just a prelude to MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, which was also pretty sweet and which is FREE TO DOWNLOAD FOR EVERYONE
! The MechWarrior games are simulations and damn good ones, too. There aren't too many complicated buttons but there are enough, and the HUD ends up looking a bit like an F-14's HUD looks like if the F-14 was designed to blow off the legs of an enemy F-14. With lasers.
I Just CAN'T GET ENOUGH MECH STUFF!
Oookay, well, you've got a few options.
and MechCommander 2
. They're pretty fun; you basically load out your 'mechs and command them in battle. They're pretty good recreations of the MechWarrior games, actually. Certainly worth a look if you enjoy strategy and mechs.
MechWarrior 4 is free too. MekTek
, which released tons of awesome mech "paks" and stuff for the game, has been given the rights to release it because god loves MechWarrior and is smiling on us fans or something. The free version comes with MekPak 3.1 which adds even more stuff and adds the new 'mechs into single player. This is probably the best MechWarrior single player experience right now.
MechWarrior: Living Legends
is a kickass Crysis Wars MechWarrior mod. It's almost professional quality. The graphics are stupendous and they've done more than just add 'mechs: you get a bunch of the air vehicles and ground vehicles, too, plus Elementals if you're silly enough NOT to want to pilot a giant walking tank. The mod is multiplayer only and it even has Solaris arena matches in there. Definitely check this out if you have Crysis Wars, because it's free (as long as you own Crysis Wars, duh). Here is the Penny Arcade forum thread for this game
MechWarrior 2 is not free but if you own a copy already (like, say, MW2: Mercenaries woooo) you can get it running on Windows XP (and Vista and 7?) with MechVM
. Install MechVM, put your CD in, and tell MechVM to install from the CD. Bada-bing, it runs fine. I'm playing Mercenaries right now and I'm stuck on an early level where I have to escort some people to a prison that the AI keeps blowing up in order to make me lose. An alternative is to use MW2hook
which works pretty well but is a bit of work to figure out.
should have everything you need to get up and running with the worst game in the series since MechWarrior 1. That said, it's still a pretty good game. I don't think there's ever been a bad
MechWarrior game really.
Odds Und Ends
- Steam Penny Arcade MechWarrior Group
- Our MechWarrior Tactics thread
- Our MechWarrior Living Legends thread
- Almost every MechWarrior 2 computer sound file, so that you can make your computer say "Shutting Down" when you shut down
- The all important REACTOR, ONLINE, SENSORS, ONLINE, WEAPONS, ONLINE, ALL SYSTEMS NOMINAL *purr* *beep* sound to complete the collection. You might actually want to rip that last one from this YouTube video because the direct download I've linked has a tiny bit of music at the end.
- MekTek.net, your net source for Mek Tek. This is where MechWarrior 4 is free to download
- Mech2.org forums that tell you how to run Mechwarrior 2, if you're nostalgic
- Ducan Fisher (Solaris VII announcer) outtakes. Hilarious. He does a great Homer Simpson voice. Part two.
- MechWarrior3.org, to make MechWarrior 3 work.
- Mechwarrior 2 Intro
- Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries Intro
- Mechwarrior 3 Intro
- Mechwarrior 4 Intro
- Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries Intro