Mech Warrior 2
FEEL THE BURN!
With more than two years in the making, this powerful sequel to the original Mech Warrior will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most sophisticated mech simulators ever to hit the PC. From the very first time you step into the cockpit of your 100-ton metal-shredding mech, you will be introduced to an entirely new kind of world-one filled with sight, sound, action and above all danger! Anything that looks and plays as flawlessly as MW2 was not an easy thing to create. The complete MW2 team consisted of more than 25 different people each with his/her own unique talents ranging from some of the top graphic artists in the world to renowned aerospace industry veterans. The team used special effects and motion-capture technologies to simulate human movements in order to have each mech look as realistic as possible. Once completion of the mechs were taken care of, six designers were brought in to work on developing 50 missions that take place on different worlds, each with its own terrains and environmental conditions. Some of the different settings that will serve as your battleground throughout the game include urban landscapes, ice fields, a desert sandstorm and even a postapocalyptic cityscape.
Any great Battle Simulator has two very important elements to it: you and the enemy. Mech Warrior 2 uses a sophisticated artificial intelligence that simulates real environmental conditions, such as gravity, weather, size and weight. Putting all the technical aspects aside, what makes Mech Warrior 2 such a great game is its perfect balance of sophistication, realism and fun.
THE ULTIMATE BATTLE AWAITS...
Mech Warrior 2 will support a variety of different input devices--the mouse and the keyboard of course. But for the more intense player, how about flight and weapon control systems, foot pedals and even head-mounted displays? The controls for the mech are split into five different categories: weapons, targeting, HUD controls, mech piloting, view controls and last but not least, super controls. With more than 53 different keyboard commands, there's no use going into detail, but some of the more impressive abilities that go with the responsibility of being a mech pilot include controls for enhanced imaging, com link to give orders to your fellow star-mates and a satellite uplink complete with a zooming radar.
One of the most important features of the game will be the ability to go head to head with a fellow comrade with the aid of a modem. As far as the Mechs go, there will be 15 to choose from, each with a variety of lethal armaments that can be custom designed to suit each player. There are two different modes to choose when playing, either the Career Mode or the Trials of Grievance. In the Career Mode, you can pick to defend either the Jade Falcon or the Wolf Clan. In either case your goal is to advance rank. If you have successfully battled your way to the top, you will achieve the status of Khan, Leader of the Clan. There is only one challenge that awaits you. Defeat the Khan of the opposing Clan and you will be rewarded with the highest honor. Il-Khan, leader of the clans. The Trials of Grievance is unique, in the fact that you can fully customize your mission, where you want to battle, with who, and how many is the name of the game. The best part about the Trials of Grievance is the fact that instead of one on one, you control a whole team of mechs.
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Straight off your PC monitor onto your Playstation console television, Mech Warrior 2 looks to hit it big with the arcade crowd. What, you have never played, or even heard of Mech Warrior 2 for the PC? Doesn't matter, because the people at Activision have rebuilt this game and overhauled it for the console market with the hopes that it will achieve the success of its PC predecessor.
First, since the game is titled Mech Warrior 2, us intelligent people think that they must have released a Mech Warrior 1. The answer is yes, but it never made it to the console market. With that in mind, live in the now and just accept the fact that the Playstation only has one Mech Warrior game. Then again, if the game was completely rebuilt from the PC counterpart, why didn't they just call it _Mech Warrior-? Sorry, I just said to accept it and then started rambling... Anyway, let's just say there is a somewhat decorated past in the Mech Warrior family tree.
So what is Mech Warrior 2 all about? Well, not much is revealed about the whys and hows Mech Warrior 2 came about, but we can assume that the game takes place in the future (this was easy to figure out because the cover calls it 31st century combat. It is observations like this that make me the BIG bucks!). The object is quite simple. Pick a Mech, which is roughly defined as a big metal machine that walks on two mechanical legs and is heavily armed, and walk around various worlds and fight your way through different missions or just blow away other Mechs for fun. Sounds cool to me!
Describing the gameplay of Mech Warrior 2 is a bit difficult because the game is so unique. I guess the best way to describe the game is a shooter. This is not really a fair title because it is so much more than just a mindless shooter. Actually, it is almost too much more than a mindless shooter but we will get into that later. So, we will classify it as a shooter that draws heavily on strategy and planning.
There are a number of gameplay options available that range from the player who wants to jump in and start kicking ass to the player who wants to meticulously choose the weaponry and Mech for each individual mission. The first game choice available is called Wolf Clan. The Wolf Clan is either a 16 mission marathon or two separate 4 mission mini-marathons. You can select any of the available Mechs to battle through your selected mission. The next game choice available is called the Jade-Falcon Clan. This also has a 16 mission marathon and 2 more separate four mission minis. So, if you count that up, you have a total of 48 missions to conquer. Also, as mentioned above, Mech 2 has an Instant Action selection that let's you pick a Mech and start blastin'.
You will find yourself often consulting the Training section. The training menu gives you six training options to help you learn the ins and outs of using your Mech. The first training option is the Mech handling training. This helps you learn the basics of piloting your Mech through the worlds and missions. The next training selection is designed to help you with the weapon system and usage. Then, you can learn the intricacies of hunting other opponents. The fifth training mode is inspection training and ends up with a trial test that puts all of your newly acquired skills to the test.
The training section is excellent, but it also is one of my gripes. Traditionally, PC games are more involved than console games. Any game that requires the player to go through intense training just to learn how to play the game just may be too involved for console gamers. Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that PC gamers are more intelligent or sophisticated than console gamers but console gamers traditionally prefer games that are geared more towards action with a quicker learning curve than PC'ers who prefer the in-depth simulation type games. Mech Warrior 2 has trimmed out some of the simulation aspects and pumped up the action some but I think it may be a bit too much for your everyday arcade fan.
Along these same lines, a big part of the game is centered around configuring your Mech. Personally, I like a little freedom and flexibility but I also like to be able to play at the default options and just start wreaking some havoc. You can do this but you won't last too long so it makes the configuration of your Mech a crucial element in the game. Each Mech has different characteristics that allow you to equip it with certain weapons without exceeding the maximum weight limit for your Mech. Then you can get into grouping weapons that allows you to fire a group of weapons simultaneously for mass destruction. The whole process left my head spinning and wanting to pop in one of my retro games like Pac Man or Asteroids
The graphics in Mech Warrior 2 are pretty cool. I really liked the combat scenes when you would cripple one of the enemy Mechs by blowing off a leg or arm. The worlds were fairly blocky looking but not in a bad way. I really wish the game offered different perspectives to play from because I am not a big fan of playing games from such a close perspective. I think an over-the-shoulder type perspective would have been perfect for this game. All in all, the graphics serve the game well.
Mech Warrior 2 is a decent game that is a fairly unique style for the Playstation. I did enjoy the depth of the game and blowing legs off of Mechanical enemies is always good for a chuckle or two but I think that this game requires too much tinkering to be successful on a console system. If you are big into customization and having total control over all aspects of your Mech, you will probably love the game. I can't say that this will be a game for everyone but if this sounds like your cup of tea, you won't be disappointed.