MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat

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Heavy metal thunder DOS Ashley Pomeroy (233)
A fun, rich gaming experience. Windows Paul Budd (334)
Better, but not enough Windows Tony Van (2687)

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Platform Votes Score
DOS 28 4.0
Macintosh 5 4.2
PlayStation 10 3.4
SEGA Saturn 5 3.5
Windows 59 4.0
Combined User Score 107 3.9

Critic Reviews

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DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
It would have been easy to go on longer about all the things that made me grin while exploring this game, but I think most of us have gotten the idea. MECHWARRIOR 2 is simply the best giant robot game ever made and arguably the most enjoyable ground combat sim of any genre.
MacintoshMac Game Gate
If you have even the worst speakers possible you still get the feeling that you are king of your territory with a very moving and adrenalin pumping soundtrack. So even if you get tired of Mech2(which I doubt you will) you can always try the soundtrack on some other game since it is (as well as data CD) Audio CD. Even if you do finish the game in one night don't go to the store to soon. If you have a friend who has Mechwarrior 2, for PC or Mac (it doesn't matter), you can download NetMech, a highly anticipated patch for Mechwarrior that allows you to play over the modem,an IPX network, or Internet with a friend. I haven't tried it yet but I'm certain my phone line is going to be as busy as heck once I get the time to "test" it. So if you have the urge to kick some metallic, 31st century butt, get Mechwarrior 2. Trust me its worth it.
DOSElectric Playground
Be that as it may, Mechwarrior is the best action / adventure I've played this year (or last year, since this one is only days old.) It is a complete package that is sure to keep almost anyone intrigued and enraptured for months on end. And as I hinted to earlier, there is an add-on that will provide yet another clan (Ghost Bear) and their saga to the whole Mechwarrior epic not to mention network play on DWANGO. Keep it comin' Activision, I want to see all 20 clans and their stories because I'm hooked. You've done it right and I want see it get better. In the meantime, I think I need to talk to Intel. I hear they'll have Pentium 200s by the end of the year, maybe they'll give us one now.
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Mechwarrior 2 becomes the first and only game at the Adrenaline Vault to boast a 5 star rating. This is with just cause as well, with the SVGA graphics, stunning sound and musical effects, excellent interface and configurable intelligence, Mechwarrior 2 redefines how 3D combat games should be made.
WindowsWorld Village (Gamer's Zone)
WOW! MechWarrior 2 may have been two years late but the end product was worth the wait. This is one of the most intense simulations I have every played. From the introductory cut scene to the actual game play, I can't seem to put this game down. If you are looking for an on the edge of your seat, heart pounding, no blinking, eye drying game, you have to give this game a try!
DOSComing Soon Magazine
Over two years of development were necessary for the completion of what could be Activision's most successfull title ever on the PC platform. Based on the FASA's BattleTech Universe, MechWarrior II features a unique 3D engine that generates polygon-based terrains in real-time with various environments and immerses the players into a no-mercy challenge.
DOSGame Zero
A definate must have for any action, or simulator fan. The Virtual IO glasses are a real treat, although they do prove to be an unfair advantage during two player games since whomever has the glasses can turn far quicker than a standard control mech. This is a game that you can sink into, and find out 6 hours later that you've missed your lunch appointment, your dinner appointment... your date... You get the idea. Get it.
PlayStationPlay Magazine
Mechwarrior 2 catches your attention and holds it; crammed as it is with quality gameplay and lovingly implemented detail.
MacintoshAll Game Guide
Despite the drawbacks, this is still a game that will leave you rocking and on the edge of your seat. Go for it!
PlayStationOfficial UK PlayStation Magazine
MechWarrior 2 is, without doubt, one of the finest titles on the PlayStation and is even better than the PC original — itself accepted as being one of the best titles to the format.
PlayStationComing Soon Magazine
Mechwarrior 2 (MW2) is a descendant of FASA's incredibly popular Battletech board game series. Battletech fanatics were thrilled when the board game made its way to the PC. A series of PC games followed and the rest is history. Finally and thankfully MW2 has made its way to the PlayStation. So how does the PSX version stack up against the PC version? Read on and you will be pleasantly surprised.
WindowsElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
The audio is top-notch, the graphics are great and the game play is intense enough to keep you up well past bedtime. A great game, but to look great, it needs a quick machine.
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Die lange Wartezeit hat sich gelohnt. MechWarrior 2 kann durch die vielen kleinen Details überzeugen. Selbst Feinheiten, wie der Todessprung, wurden berücksichtigt. Eingeschworene BattleTech-Fans werden vor allem die Modifikationsmöglichkeiten begrüßen. Einziges Manko sind die schwachen Textures. Trotzdem kann jeder Fan bedenkenlos zuschlagen!
משחק רובוטים מעולה. אני ממליץ לכל חובבי הסגנון ולכל בעלי הפליסטיישן שמחפשים אקשן עם אסטרטגיה
Overall, MechWarrior 2 is an engaging first-person action game on the cutting edge of gaming technology. I got stuck on a couple of missions for a while, but soon mastered them and completed the game, and unless you set the difficulty to hard the average gamer should be able to finish this game. I liked the graphics, but they weren't quite interesting enough to be my ultimate pick. However, the gameplay and audio took up the slack to make for a really engaging experience. I give MechWarrior 2 a score of 87 out of 100 and would recommend it to any hardcore action/sim fan. Enjoy this one and be sure to pick up the expansion pack, Ghost Bear's Legacy; it's just as good if not better than the original game.
DOSPower Play
Optisch recht angenehm, überzeugt „Mechwarrior 2“ technisch auf jeden Fall: Vor allem der geniale Soundtrack und die wunderschöne Frauenstimme sorgen für Wohlsein. Die Zwischenanimationen der „True Lies“-FX-Macher Digital Domain, deren Boss übrigens James Cameron ist, überzeugen gleichfalls. Spielerisch bringen die 25 Missionen leider keine anhaltende Unterhaltung, doch das teils geniale Missions-Design und die reichhaltige Abwechslung lassen die zeit wie im Fluge vergehen. Die drei Tage des Durchspielens brachten unübertroffenen Spielspaß. Dem Battletech-Freak stoßen allerdings Kleinigkeiten (Mechs fallen nie um, etc.) sauer auf, was der Güte des Spiels keinen Abbruch tut. „Mechwarrior 2“ ist der beste Robo-Simulator, den ich je gespielt habe.
This is no cake walk: MechWarrior 2 is a tough, demanding game, with challenging controls and opponents. Maneuvering both the Mech and the turret can be a tricky proposition at times. With controls more like those of a flight sim, and a need for strategy and planning, this is not your average action game. It demands a lot of computer systems and gamers alike, but it delivers like nothing else around.
This is no cake walk: MechWarrior 2 is a tough, demanding game, with challenging controls and opponents. Maneuvering both the Mech and the turret can be a tricky proposition at times. With controls more like those of a flight sim, and a need for strategy and planning, this is not your average action game. It demands a lot of computer systems and gamers alike, but it delivers like nothing else around.
PlayStationGame Revolution
Despite some of the drawbacks, I still had the hardest time drawing myself away from the TV and the Playstation when I first played this game. The excitement is definitely there, and combined with the awesome sound effects and graphics, Mech Warrior 2 provides hours of in-your-face, heads-up action. For newcomers, it is definitely a must play. For those who have already played the PC version, I would still recommend it for the 16 new missions, and for that unbeatable feeling of turning your opponent into nothing more than vapor and scraps.
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
So hätte ich mir das eigentlich von Anfang an vorgestellt: Schnellere Grafik, Sound von der CD und vor allem der gelungene Netzwerkmodus lassen die Pentium-Version gegenüber der seit einem halben Jahr erhältlichen DOS-Fassung besser dastehen. Spielerisch ist zwar alles beim alten geblieben, doch die Mehrspieler-Levels sind intelligent arrangiert und äußerst unterhaltsam. Besitzer der alten Version müssen aber nicht verzweifeln: Activision will die Netzwerk-Optionen über Online-Dienste nachliefern.
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Auch ohne den FASA-Atmosphäre-Bonus wäre Mech Warrior 2 ein erstklassiges Spiel. Grafisch ist in den Missionen und in den Menüs einiges geboten, außerdem stimmt die Mischung aus Action und Strategie mit einem guten Schuß Simulation einfach.
MechWarrior 2 is one of the most complex and interesting 3-D action games to grace the market. After you've chosen a mech design, customize it to your heart's content. Enemies can take you down in a trifle, so survival requires brains (though being really big and tough does help).
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
There is no other mech game out right now that can touch this one. For pure action-packed fun, you can do no better. I don't know...maybe it's just me but there is something about climbing on board and strapping myself into an 80 ton behemoth and causing mass destruction that just appeals to me...It's Go Time!
MechWarrior 2 is a satisfying combat sim that has been translated well to the PlayStation format. Chalk another one up for Activision.
DOSHigh Score
Mechwarrior är ett mycket underhållande spel för alla som tycker om annorlunda simulatorer.
MacintoshMac Ledge
MechWarrior 2 is a great play, although the learning curve is kind of steep, aggravated by the lack of an actual manual. Instead you have the liner notes for the CD, which contains basic instructions for installing the game, a very brief getting started page, a bit of troubleshooting help, and a basic keyboard layout. On-line you have two help files: Codes and Procedures and Mech 2 Technical help. Codes and Procedures is I guess what you would call the game play manual. It is actually quite extensive. You should definitely read it first. It is available either by itself on the MechWarrior 2 CD or within the game whenever you aren't actually in the cockpit of a 'Mech.
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Looks fine, sounds great and once you master the controls it plays well too. My only wish is that they hadn't left out so much of the strategy element to the game when converting it from the P.C because as a pure shoot-em-up, it doesn't quite reach the "Classic" status. Having said that, it looks and moves better than the other previous versions so I guess we cant really complain.
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
Win95 has a lot of advantages over DOS, and this new version of MW2 tries to take advantage of them all. It does a very good job of it too. The only problem is Win95's difficulty with joystick and device compatibility. That aside, MechWarrior II: The Pentium Processor Edition for Windows 95 is the best Win95 game yet. If you're looking for non-stop heart-pumping action with that distinctive sim feel and enveloping atmosphere, SFX, music, and voices unlike any other title, this is the ticket. With NetMech, its almost like getting two games for the price of one. This is the game that all Win95 games wish they were, for now.
Trying to take a super-complex, big robot combat-cum-strategy game and turn it into something vaguely playable on Sony's console isn't easy. And yet, amazingly, Activision has not only managed it with Mechwarrior 2, but it's managed to pull it off with great aplomb. The result is one of the best PC conversions yet seen on Sony's machine.
Optisch haben die gouraudschattierten SVGA-Polygone von heute nur noch wenig mit dem simplen Vieleck-VGA von einst gemeinsam; trotzdem und trotz der feinen Rendereinlagen hätten ein paar Textunen mehr, ein ausgefeilteres Cockpit-Design und weniger textlastige Briefings kaum geschadet. Sprachausgabe und Musik zeigen sich jedoch in Hochform, und auch die Steuerung läßt dank Unterstützung von Maus bis Thrustmaster kaum Wünsche offen. Noch wichtiger sind womöglich der interessante Missionsaufbau und die liebevolle Detailarbeit der Programmierer bei Mechkonstruktion und „Drumherum“. Fazit: Kolosse für Fans!
DOSPC Attack
Overall, Mechwarrior 2 is a solid game. When you get to the eighth or ninth level in one of the clans and manage to win promotion up the ranks, it starts to get interesting. Unfortunately, it never manages to hook you in with any addictive flavour.
SEGA SaturnGameSpot
Overall, the Arcade Combat Edition of MechWarrior 2 is a good game, albeit not the PC version. That is to say, what it lacks in painstaking detail and strategic battle it makes up for with fast paced shoot-em-up action. Like Jurassic Park's transformation from page to screen, it's not as technical as the book, but the high-speed thrills justify the price of admission. MechWarrior 2 for the Saturn stands on its own.
SEGA SaturnGame Revolution
All in all, Mechwarrior 2 is a good game, tradition notwithstanding. I would only recommend this game straight off the shelves to die-hard Mechwarrior fans. If you have a controller, and a little extra space on your computer, I'd recommend you try it there first (like you're going to buy this game twice. . .). If you're just merely interested, I'd recommend you rent it first.
SEGA SaturnGame Zero
All in all, if you can find it, and you're on the fence about buying it, get it. It's fun. It's one of the first of the Mech games to go platform. It's also not too bad. It's just not what we're used to getting these days. Me? I'm partial to Gundams, so these walking Pintos really don't impress me. However, the game is fun and worth a check.
SEGA SaturnAll Game Guide
Mechwarrior 2 has a lot of action and enough missions for 'Mech fans. However, if you have never enjoyed 'Mech games then you most likely won't find this one too entertaining either.