Mechwarrior 5

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a game by Piranha Games
Platform: PC (2019)
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Mechwarrior 5
Mechwarrior 5
Mechwarrior 5
Mechwarrior 5

In the ‘90s and early 2000s, the Mechwarrior franchise was one of PC gaming’s hottest IPs. The mech combat simulator was one of the first of its kind: a realistic approach to mech combat that satisfied fans of giant robots everywhere. Now, seventeen years after the last Mechwarrior games comes Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries.

After all these years, does the Mechwarrior formula retain its polish, or does this rusty mech belong in the scrapyard? Let’s find out.

Revisiting Mechwarrior history

The Mechwarrior series is based on the Battletech franchise; much like the Warhammer series, these tabletop games have a deep and complex mythos at their core. This doesn’t mean that new players will not enjoy Mechwarrior 5’s story, as the game does a good job explaining the basics of the Battletech world.

Something that we have to get out of the way before delving deeper into Mechwarrior 5: the mechs in this game aren’t Gundams, nor are they supposed to be. Fans of Armored Core: Formula Front or Virtual On: Cyber Troopers will not find that kind of speedy combat in Mechwarrior. At least, that used to be the case.

Faster and louder

Unlike previous entries in the series, Mechwarrior 5 casts aside its more realistic aspects to indulge in a more arcadey experience. This will surely alienate players that have grown accustomed to the heavy combat of past Mechwarrior games, but it could prove to be a welcome addition to those looking for a more casual experience.

One of the most entertaining aspects of MechWarrior is being able to build your own mercenary unit from the ground up, and that of the game remains intact here. Unfortunately, it will be hard for new players to grasp some of the game’s more advanced concepts, as the tutorials do very little to explain the most complex mechanics clearly and concisely.

No room for error

We’ve mentioned before that Mechwarrior 5 seems to appeal to a more casual experience than previous games in the series. While that might be true, this can be still a highly unforgiving game.

Once you’ve completed the tutorial and set out for your first missions, you’ll notice that there are no checkpoints mid-level. That means that if you make a mistake and fail a mission, no matter how far into the level you are, you’ll have to start from the beginning. This kind of artificial difficulty could hamper the overall experience of playing Mechwarrior 5 and adds an unnecessary layer of tension to the game.

Some fine-looking machines

Despite having some severe shortcomings with its gameplay, Mechwarrior 5 is quite a looker. Featuring ray tracing and Nvidia’s DLSS technology, this is one seriously good-looking game.

Cockpits have absurd levels of detail and the global illumination looks quite stunning. Perhaps to flaunt its visual prowess, Mechwarrior 5 lets you play the game in either first or third-person mode. This will also help you get used to navigating mechs through different terrains, and it makes it easier to spot certain enemies.


An almost triumphant return to simulation greatness, Mechwarrior 5’s decision to go for a more arcade experience is a bold choice. Luckily, most of the mechanics work well, and the result is an enjoyable mech game that can be played by enthusiasts and casual players alike. The difficulty might feel a bit unfair, and the overall plot progression could have been handled better, but this is still one of the best mech games available.


  • Solid controls
  • It’s fun to manage your mercenary unit
  • Gorgeous visuals


  • The story feels all over the place
  • Unsatisfactory tutorials for new players
  • Unfair difficulty

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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