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MechWarrior 3 (Windows)

87
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall MobyScore (45 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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95
Game Critics
Since the idea of giant robots is so far-fetched, trying to make the game seem overly realistic would be a mistake anyway. Instead, MechWarrior 3 has embraced its child-like appeal and the result is far more successful. So while MechWarrior 3 maintains a sense of reality on the surface, at its core there is a feeling of fun and wonderment.
93
Power Unlimited
Zipper Interactive heeft een prachtige opvolger gemaakt van de inmiddels al legendarische Activision titels. Net als zijn moddervette voorgangers is ook MechWarrior 3 een digitaal pareltje, dat zowel grafisch als kwa geluid en gameplay uitsteekt boven de concurrentie. Ervaar hoe het is om in een 50 ton wegende robot rond te rennen terwijl de lasersalvo's je om de oren vliegen!
92
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
In conclusion, you can tell I really enjoyed playing Mechwarrior 3. It provides an innovative and fun style of gameplay, which is incomparable to anything else in the simulation genre. The developers have really put a lot of attention into the detail of the game, and it shows. So gear up, strap in and start blasting away in your 100-ton machine of devastation, the ride is killer!
91
Game Over Online
These minor faults aside, however, MechWarrior 3 is a worthy sequel to the saga of Mechwarriors. While I found it unnerving how many logos were presented at the beginning of the game's intro (Fasa, Microprose, Hasbro, Zipper, Microsoft) - one doesn't see so many usually - that has nothing to do with the appreciation of the game, and is but a minor detail. While the AI could use some work, and a few glitches in the game should be fixed (such as trucks happily jumping, or the game crashing) they aren't anything a patch won't fix (am I endorsing the 'release-now-patch-rest-later' philosophy? I sincerely hope I'm not). I would definitely recommend this game to any veteran Mechwarrior, as well as to aspiring recruits. (Granted, that sounded corny.) This is, as I said, a worthy addition to the series and is definitely worth the gaming dollar.
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IGN
In the end, I can't say enough good things about MechWarrior 3. It's got everything to keep gamers happy and is a perfect complement to the already popular MechWarrior universe. Zipper Interactive has certainly proven that they have the skills to pay to bills. If this is the evolution of the MechWarrior series, we can't wait to see MechWarrior 4!
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The sentence “all systems nominal” has sent tremors of anticipatory excitement through my body ever since I got hooked on the MechWarrior series, and this latest installment has served only to increase my addiction to and enjoyment of commanding a BattleMech. You can just tell that MechWarrior 3 was produced with great care and reverence for the BattleTech tradition. With outstanding graphics, sound and gameplay that keeps you on your toes and panting for more, this release is really the crown jewel of a great series. Although not all of its competitors have yet been released, I can say with little hesitation that, if you could only purchase one giant mechanized combat simulation, this would be the best choice.
90
PC Accelerator
Bullet-point "feature" fixated developers take note: It's not about the license, who you can get to do the soundtrack, or how many polys you can push. It's about the gameplay. Other Mech-related franchises may as well cash in and ship, cuz from what we've seen, this round of the giant robot battle is decisively over.
90
Game.EXE
Красивейшая любовно сделанная игра может по праву считаться достойным продолжением знаменитой серии. В данном конкретном случае бессмысленно рекомендовать быстрый компьютер и акселератор - вы сами галопом отправитесь за покупками, как только попробуете на вкус первую миссию.
90
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Похоже, Mechwarrior 3 является примером на редкость удачного сиквела. Сохранив все достоинства и дух предыдущих частей, он при этом находится на вершине игрового прогресса, предоставляя игроку бездну новых возможностей. Короче говоря — это просто очень хорошая игра. Не пропустите!
90
Computer Games Magazine
If it were just a little bit longer, Mechwarrior 3 would be a five-star game. It has all the right touches in all the right places, and it is almost a compliment to say that it ends too soon. Zipper has several add-ons in the works; hopefully these will give extended play value to a game that certainly deserves it.
90
Jeuxvideo.com
Et peu à peu, vous risquez de ne plus vous décoller de l'écran, car Mechwarrior 3 est un jeu plutôt addictif ! Une très bonne suite pour le déjà très bon Mechwarrior 2.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Kortom, Mechwarrior 3 geeft ons al het goede van Mechwarrior 2, maar dan in een nieuw en mooier kleedje. Mijn advies is dan ook om dit spel vast en zeker een keertje te bekijken. maybe you have what it takes to be a Mechwarrior ... Over & Out.
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GameStar (Germany)
MechWarrior 3 hat mich von der ersten bis zur letzten Mission gefesselt: Atmospährische Zwischensequenzen stimmen mich auf jeden Auftrag ein. Die variantenreichen Kampfeinsätze halten immer wieder die ein oder andere Überraschung parat. Auf dem Schlachtfeld geht es richtig zur Sache: Gleichzeitig zur Seite ausweichen, feuern und in Deckung gehen macht diebischen Spaß - und ist mir der eingängigen Steuerung kein Problem. Eine deutliche Verbesserung im Vergleich zu den drei Vorgängern! Einzig den Robo-Baukasten fand ich zu umständlich, denn die komplizierten Konstruktionsregeln für die Stahlkämpfer erschließen sich einem erst nach einem ausführlichen Blick ins Handbuch. Trotzdem ist MechWarrior 3 für mich das beste Battletech-Spiel überhaupt. Ich bin gespannt, was sich die Jungs von Activision alles für Heavy Gear 2 einfallen lassen. Es dürfte sehr schwierig werden, Microproses Boliden vom Thron zu stoßen.
87
Power Play
Mechwarrior 3 ist genau das, was ich von Microprose auch erwartet hatte. Eine Grafik- und Soundkulisse, die das Kriegszenario perfekt einfängt: Knackige Missionen, die auch taktische Vorgehensweisen verlangen und das beliebte „Ich baue mir meinen Lieblingsmech“. Selten habe ich so gebannt auf den Bildschirm gestarrt, und noch nie wurde ich von meinen Kollegen so oft ermahnt, den Sound runterzudrehen, da die Stampfgeräusche meines Mechs durch die Redaktionsräume hauten. Auch die flexible 3D-Engine, in der ich fast alles vernichten konnte, hat mir gefallen. Leider gibt es jedoch auch hier einige Wermutstropfen, durch die der Spielspaß ein wenig gemildert wird. Da wäre zum einen die KI. die sich zuweilen mehr als dämlich verhält, und zum anderen die vertrackte Steuerung. Auch die hohe Einarbeitungszeit wird nicht jeden ansprechen, sondern eher abschrecken.
86
PC Player (Germany)
Mechwarrior 3 hält sich weitgehend an die Brettspielvorlage mit all den legendären Mechs und dazugehörigen Details. Action-Jünger bekommen zur gepflegten Ballerei auch einen ordentlichen Strategie-Nachschlag aufgetischt. Ein paar Kleinigkeiten vermasseln jedoch eine Auszeichnung mit dem Platin Player. Aber egal, wie groß das Sommerloch in diesem Jahr ausfallen wird: Mechwarrior 3 hat das nötige Flickwerkzeug, um Action-Fans jubeln zu lassen.
86
PC Gamer
There are plenty of areas in which MicroProse and Zipper could have expanded upon the ideas of MechWarrior 2 - there's a lot in the Battletech universe that would have done much to advance the gameplay here. We could have been given more of the support weapons like mortars, and more control over the course of the campaign. As it stands, there's little new here - but still a lot that's entertaining. MechWarrior 3 hasn't knocked its impending competition from Activision out of the ring, but it will certainly go the distance.
85
Gamesmania
Die neue Referenz unter den Mech-Sims heißt Mech Warrior 3. Die Verbindung von waffenstarrender Action und taktischen Elementen ist den Entwicklern perfekt gelungen. Für Mech-Piloten, die keine Angst vor einer deftigen Herausforderung haben, gibt es nichts Besseres.
85
Gamer's Pulse
All in all, MW3 is an excellent game - except in multi-player. The graphics are top-notch, and the sound is also of very high quality. The single-player experience is far superior to its predecessors. Unfortunately, the bugs in multi-player detract a lot from this game, and the rumors of a multi-player add-on pack to fix these gaping holes are a very low blow by the company. Shame on the programmers for not having multi-player fully ready to go, but kudos for making an excellent game in all other areas.
83
GameSpot
It might seem rough around the edges once in a while, but nevertheless, MechWarrior 3 is a worthy successor to one of the best games of the decade.
83
Game Revolution
In the end, MechWarrior 3 is an excellent simulation of piloting a BattleMech and stays true to all the precepts laid down by FASA in the BattleTech board games. It manages to be a hard hitting, enduring action title. Unfortunately, it is also marred by a lack of atmosphere and a few rough edges. Mechwarrior 3 is a superior action game, but an inferior overall experience to the previous games in the series. Fans of Mech combat should definitely try it out, but perhaps take out the old Mech 2 CD during play, pop it into the stereo, and just let it all flow. . . while you keep an eye out for Heavy Gear 2.
80
Spel för Alla
En väldigt bra och detaljerad simulator som tyvärr saknar en del handling och atmosfär för att bli en fullpoängare.
80
FiringSquad
Hats off to all the companies involved for an excellent single player game. Double kudos to Zipper for a beautiful game engine. A slap on the wrist for not taking multiplayer all the way it could go. I understand the 8 player limit, when I think about several salvoes of LRM20s going off (and each missile being essentially independent), but the lack of anything but deathmatch is unexcusable to me, especially when I imagine some hopelessly slow Daishi trying to defend a flag against my Vulture's blistering array of LRMs. This is basically the entire reason for the loss of a star on the verdict.
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WomenGamers.com
I should probably start of by telling you that I didn't play MechWarrior 2 and therefore didn't know what to expect. I wanted to get MW2, but I didn't have a joystick at the time, and the one that I wanted (the Microsoft Sidewinder 3D Pro) was a little too expensive for me back then. In those days, I still played Descent with the keyboard. *cringe*
60
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
If the same care had been put into the AI that was put into every other aspect of the game, this almost surely would have been a five-star Editor’s Choice. But by neglecting key aspects of the game, the design team has shot themselves squarely in the foot. MECHWARRIOR 3 is in no way, shape, or form the best giant-robot game on the market today, but it still deserves a crown—as King of the Could-Have-Beens.