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MechWarrior 3 (Windows)

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Description

The Inner Sphere is launching a counterattack on the Clans, and the Smoke Jaguars is the first target! Operation Democles will attack the planet Tranquil. As Connor Sinclair, you're leading the Democles Commando team lance, part of the Eridani Light Horse, on the attack. The op went terribly wrong when one of the two drop ships was hit during descent, and your lancemates have been scattered to the four winds in the frenzied drop. You must attack through Clan territory, meet up with your lancemates, remove any resistance in your path, and try to find a way off the planet, while also accomplishing what you came to do: destroy the Smoke Jaguars!

MW3 features very detailed mechs (they limp when legs are hit, and destroyed limbs spark and trail wreckage) with slow and ponderous movements, as 100 ton mechs should. Firepower and precise application are the key in winning your engagements. Plenty of mechs are available. You start in a 55-ton Bushwhacker and work you way up to the really heavy stuff in a 20-mission campaign (which is quite short). Full multiplayer is supported with Internet play at Microsoft Zone. Your MFB has limited capacity so you'll need to decide what supplies to keep or dump for your salvage. You'll need to track ammo, weapons, equipment (like heatsinks), and the mechs. Keep the MFB safe or you'll have even LESS room! Redesign mechs to utilize newly captured weapons or adapt to the changing ammo situation. The AI is rather dumb as it relies on trigger points. As low as you avoid the trigger, the game is simply a matter of killing one set of enemy mechs at one time, repair, repeat. The occasional escort or chase missions are challenging, but not terribly so. This is a improvement over MW2, and is recommended.

Screenshots

MechWarrior 3 Windows Battlescene 1
MechWarrior 3 Windows uh-oh... here come some missiles!
MechWarrior 3 Windows There's a nice target
MechWarrior 3 Windows Die Clanner!

Alternate Titles

  • "机甲战士3" -- Chinese title (simplified)

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User Reviews

One of those games that's so good, who cares what its flaws are? Gerauchertes (9) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Minor problems keep this from being a major success. Evil-Jim (151) unrated
This is the good stuff... Tony Van (2691) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Finally: A reason to complain about realism Jackson Schwipp (20) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Hits the target like a salvo of Clan Streak SRM-20 MadCat (55) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Bigger, but not that much better. Kasey Chang (3655) unrated
A refreshing surprise. William Shawn McDonie (1152) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Good, but not great. Vincent Valentine (25) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
I said to myself, "I think I'm about to be blown away..." - and I was... Raphael (1160) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A pretty good Mechwarrior game. James Kirk (159) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

The Press Says

Game Critics Sep 26, 1999 9.5 out of 10 95
Game Over Online Jun 14, 1999 91 out of 100 91
Game.EXE Jun, 1999 4.5 out of 5 90
PC Accelerator Jul, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Games (AG.ru) May 31, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Computer Games Magazine Jun 07, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 14, 1999 18 out of 20 90
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1999 86 out of 100 86
FiringSquad Jun 12, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

This game has its own unique style and is, in some places, technically superior to MW4. For instance, MW3 features landscape mesh transform when you hit the terrain with a weapon. This means that you don't just leave a char mark, the terrain actually changes when you strike. MW4 leaves a decal and that's it. The decal then fades or dissappears suddenly after a period of time. In Mechwarrior 3, if you leave a crater, it's there until you leave the map.

Related Web Sites

  • MechWarrior 3 (official website)
  • Mech 3 Community Project (A nice and big Community Website with a good Download-Section (official patches/fanpatches), a good program (gameRanger.com) for playing Mechwarrior 3 online and a well sorted Forum with a very good support.)
  • www.mechwarrior3.org FORUM (The forum-site for Mechwarrior3.org. Very good support regarding technical problems.)
Raphael (1160) added MechWarrior 3 (Windows) on Sep 20, 1999