An all time classic -- a game that was ahead of its time.
This game was great. For its time, the 3D graphics were the best around and the gameplay was cruely addictive. If I can point out a single reason that I only lasted a year in college, it would be this game. I ran Mechwarrior on my 286, and the frame rate was great. Between levels I could upgrage my mechs and salvage equipment from my weak opponents that I obliterated, only to build a bigger better mech to destroy all who dared to challange me.
There's not a lot to dislike about this game. The sound effects were a bit weak and could have been better. Then again, there weren't many options for digitized sound in 1989.
The Bottom Line
This game is a classic. It's the 31st century, and you start off as an inexperienced pilot with a weak 'mech. Accumulate wealth, improve your machine, travel to other systems and get contracts which pay top dollar. Once you get going and can afford to do so, recruit a crew to help you out.