MechWarrior 3

a game by Zipper Interactive
Platform: PC
Genres: Action, Simulation
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 4 votes
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See also: MechWarrior Series
MechWarrior 3
MechWarrior 3
MechWarrior 3
MechWarrior 3

After scoring the BattleTech license from Activision, MicroProse and its developer, FASA Interactive, are hard at work on the next round of mech-thrashing action. Details on MechWarrior III are still scarce as the game's almost a year away from completion, but it sounds like MicroProse is sticking with the tried-and-true MechWarrior style. Players will be able to design and arm their own mechs, then head out into campaign-based combat in worlds littered with swamps, rivers, canyons, and other 3D terrain. By scavenging new equipment and weapons, mechs can be repaired and updated. MW III also promises cooperative or head-to-head multiplayer action over LAN or Internet .

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Game Reviews

The giant-robot combat-sim wars continue as MicroProse readies the long-awaited MechWarrior 3. MW3 boasts an impressive polygon-generating engine and played smoothly even in the preview version. With crisp lighting effects such as retina-burning explosions and realistic lens flares, weather environments including rain and snow, and a wide variety of customizable Mechs, MW3 looks ready to open fire on Activision's Heavy Gear II.

The clash of the giant robot titans continues in MechWarrior 3...but upstarts Heavy Gear II and Starsiege are looking to blast this Mech into the salvage yard.

Blow Craters

Meching maniacs Won't be disappointed by Mech 3's improved audio/visuafpackage. Superb details like fizzling steam from laser-heated water and crater-making explosions combine with brutally realistic weather and synapse-bursting Iighting effects to make this a mega Mech. Consistently realistic voice acting and cinema-worthy sound effects in stereo make the missions feel like true military ops, though the bland score will bring your adrenaline down to milder levels.

Manning the Mech

True to MechWarrior 2's Legacy, Mech3 puts virtually every element of your Mech's design and control at fingertips--and the highly responsive controls with rocking force feedback put you right in the cockpit By necessity, this is a very complicated game--but a difficult interface with your A.I.-controlled lancemates and some obtuse campaign-mission instructions needlessly add to the confusion. Plus, the training exercise works only with the game's default control scheme (which is tailored to one specific joystick, the Microsoft Force Feedback Pro) and doesn't explain mech design, weapon theory, or even mid-level attack strategies. Mech 3 doesn't have a learning curve--it has a steep cliff that you'll probably plummet over.

Bottom line: Mech 3 will please fans of the franchise, but it's not the envelope-pusher its predecessor was. This is superior to Starsieges goofy control structure, but Heavy Gear II is eminent There are chinks in this Mech s armor.

ProTips:

  • When engaging multiple bogies, destroy one at a time-even a damaged mech can level you with a good shot
  • To cripple a mech, concentrate your fire on their legs.
  • Attack from the water to pound your foes!

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