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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!

MechWarrior 3 features 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. 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.


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MechWarrior 3 Windows Tracking Vulture (Mad Dog)

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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 (2665) 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 (3609) unrated
A refreshing surprise. William Shawn McDonie (1088) 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 (1159) 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

Critic Reviews

Game Critics Sep 26, 1999 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN Jun 04, 1999 9.1 out of 10 91
PC Accelerator Jul, 1999 9 out of 10 90
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 1999 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Jun, 1999 87 out of 100 87
PC Gamer Aug, 1999 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot Jun 04, 1999 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Revolution Jun 01, 1999 B+ 83
Bravo Screenfun Jun, 1999 2 out of 6 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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German version

The German version of the game has been censored: Foot soldiers disappear as soon as one aims at them or one is in an position to smash them with the mechs' legs.


This game has its own unique style and is, in some places, technically superior to MechWarrior 4: Vengeance. For instance, MechWarrior 3 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 disappears suddenly after a period of time. In MechWarrior 3, if you leave a crater, it's there until you leave the map.

OEM release

MechWarrior 3 was the bundled software that came with the second production run of the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro 1.0 joystick. The first release was bundled with Urban Assault.

Information also contributed by Zaghadka.

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 ( for playing Mechwarrior 3 online and a well sorted Forum with a very good support.)
  • FORUM (The forum-site for Very good support regarding technical problems.)
Raphael (1159) added MechWarrior 3 (Windows) on Sep 20, 1999