Inner Sphere News, the twitter feed for all your official MechWarrior needsMechWarrior 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.Additional Info
I Just CAN'T GET ENOUGH MECH STUFF!
Oookay, well, you've got a few options.MechCommanderMechCommander
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
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 LegendsLiving 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.MechWarrior 3MechWarrior3.org
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
MechWarrior Online is NOT MechWarrior 5.
MechWarrior 5 was cancelled and scrapped. It was going to be a reboot of sorts. A single player with multiplayer options, as previous game.
This was the trailer at the time for MechWarrior 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orhOvbfyyJw
It ran on a different engine (Unreal, IIRC) and, despite resuing similar art assets, was going to be a completely different game.
MechWarrior Online: Mercenaries is being done by the same Dev team but they're taking an entirely different approach in design and, of course, they're making it an online only game.
Pirate's Moon as I recall.
I haven't been pew pewing as much as I should since GW2 came out. I should really try to fix that soon. :P
Doesn't seem like it, yet. The general consensus when it came up in game was not Steiner. Davion was mentioned, but the fear is that everyone will go Davion. Kurita was mentioned, but Kurita's a bunch of dicks.
Honorable dicks, but dicks. Who will betray you. Honorably.
There was some interest in the mercenary angle. Perhaps ex-Kurita superdick mercs.
I think it's too early to say. But could be fun to discuss.
By the way, can I get in on that sweet PM action, please?
...I am so bad
Steiner scout lances erryday. And we'd probably be able to pull it off half-decently.
That is all.
So much fun tackling a gaussapault over and over...
Helps make up for the part of the night where SOME UNKNOWN DICKBAGS proceeded to fire down a narrow corridor at the last remaining enemy Commando, with the minor issue of me being directly in the way because I'd just knocked the Commando down. Pleas for mercy were ignored and death was swift for both mechs on the receiving end.
I guess "STOP SHOOTING" is just code for "shoot until your barrel melts!"
*Giggles* Those silly pubbies..
Dragon RPing was only seconded last night by Cab's Awesome Aerial Attacks.
I'll tell you. Playing with you gents and lady really has upped my game. Even just spectating when (in the ever decreasing case that) I die, I've learned a lot.
Honestly the Atlas driver may not feel he has a choice. Big, cumbersome 'mechs like the Atlas have an extremely difficult time trying to defend themselves against a well-piloted light 'mech nipping at their heels. As likely as not the only thing you'll accomplish is exposing yourself to more free shots from other enemies as you futilely twist around trying to draw a bead. If there's any lag at all, it makes things that much worse. A lot of the time the best thing to do is to ignore the back-biting, keep firing at bigger targets in front of you, and hope some teammate notices your plight and chases the deadly nuisance away.
Especially if you are an atlas loaded up with Gauss, AC20s or PPCs. You are just not going to hit a light mech wolf packing around you.