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MechWarrior 4: Vengeance (Windows)

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Excellent Mech game Ryan McAndrews (55) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Change in combat tempo and mechlab hard to adjust, but otherwise a fine game Kasey Chang (3653) unrated
A big step forward in the MechWarrior series; a great, great multiplayer game Rick Jones (108) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
The improvements and regressions balance out to make this an average game Raphael (1160) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
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 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall MobyScore (27 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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91
GameSpy
Simply ignore the hype and enjoy MechWarrior 4 for what it is, the best robotic combat simulator currently available.
91
4Players.de
Mechwarrior 4 Vengeance ist ein Spiel, dass nur wenig Raum für Verbesserungen offen lässt und keinen Ansatzpunkt für echte Kritik bietet. Durch die verschiedenen Schwierigkeitsgrade und das kleine aber feine Handbuch, bietet Mechwarrior 4 Neulingen in der Welt von Battletech und Mechwarrior einen schnellen, einfachen und guten Einstieg. Aber auch der Fan und Kenner wird sich sofort heimisch fühlen und kann sofort loslegen. Alle Gruppen von Spielern werden bei Mechwarrior 4 voll auf ihre Kosten kommen und lange ihre Freude beim Spielen haben. Und wer glaubt, die Kampagne oft genug gespielt zu haben, kann sich dann im Internet versuchen.
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The loyal following associated with the BattleTech franchise will not be disappointed with this latest release. While none of the changes in MechWarrior 4 is revolutionary, put together they make for a well-integrated offering representing a different design philosophy from its predecessor. MechWarrior 4 has more types of BattleMechs, missions, and weapons than MechWarrior 3; the multiplayer competition is outstanding, the artificial intelligence is improved, and the graphics are generally splendid. Yet MechWarrior 4‘s linear solo gameplay and controversial conversion of BattleMechs into fleet-footed fighters will jolt more than a few long-term fans of the series. In the end, after wrestling with my reactions, I feel I can endorse MechWarrior 4 enthusiastically, as regardless of your taste this polished product has more than enough to please fans of mechanized combat.
90
Gamer's Pulse
On the whole, Mechwarrior 4 is a very enjoyable and impressive game. However, to many people, the campaign of a simulation such as this is the reason they buy a game, and rightfully so. If you’re looking for an engrossing campaign that harkens back to your days of playing the pen and paper game, then you’re out of luck. If you’re out for a great Mech simulation with some incredible Instant Action games and an inspiring multiplayer setup, all wrapped in a beautiful 3D engine, then run, very fast, and grab a copy of Mechwarrior 4.
90
GameStar (Germany)
Von allen bislang erschienenen Mech-Warrior-Spielen ist Teil 4 der mit Abstand beste. Grafisch kann man das auch erwarten. Aber auch spielerisch setzt Mech Warrior 4 neue Maßstäbe: Die Einsätze bleiben selbst beim x-ten Mal noch motivierend und herausfordernd. Durch die unzähligen Möglichkeiten, die Roboter neu zu konfigurieren, kann man immer unter neuen Taktiken an die Missionen herangehen. Mit wie vielen Mechs soll ich losziehen? Besetze ich den Bergrücken und greife anschließend mit Fernwaffen an? Schade nur, dass das Schadensmodell etwas weniger detailliert ist als beim Vorgänger. Wer die Beine des Gegners zerstört, hat den ganzen Mech erlegt. Doch das wird durch die viel höhere Feind-KI wieder ausgeglichen. So täuschen sie die Flucht vor, nur um von hinten erneut zuzuschlagen. Mech Warrior 4 hat mich mit der fantastischen Spielbarkeit und der erstklassigen Grafik vollauf begeistert. Folgen Sie Ian in den Kampf – Sie werden es nicht bereuen.
90
Gamezilla
Always an enjoyable series, MechWarrior 4 lives up to the reputation of its forefathers, with new graphics, physics, and some of the most realistic movement ever seen from a mech game. Although the single player campaign is a little disappointing, the multiplayer features and fabulous gameplay, combined with stunning visuals, make MechWarrior 4 nearly an instant classic.
90
Electric Games
The problems with Mechwarrior 4 are very small and do not take much away from gameplay. The single linear campaign is somewhat limiting, but instant action and multiplayer features allow for additional replayability. This is one of the nicest looking engines available in this type of title, and overall the game is a ton of fun. Bottom Line: Mechwarrior 4 is a very good game with many options. The graphics engine looks great but requires a pretty beefy machine to view it in all its glory. The campaign is very linear but instant action and multiplayer components extend replayability.
90
Gamekult
Tout simplement fantastique ce Mechwarrior 4 ! Non content de fournir des tonnes d'améliorations par rapport à Mechwarrior 3, FASA Interactive offre cette fois un subtil dosage entre simulation et action, pour ce qui s'avère être incontestablement le meilleur épisode de toute la série. Que ce soit au niveau du gameplay ou de la qualité du moteur graphique, en passant par l'intensité de la campagne et le mode multijoueurs, les Mechwarriors reviennent plus impressionnants que jamais ! Mieux encore, le fruit de la coopération Microsoft/FASA rend Mechwarrior 4 non seulement indispensable pour tous les fans de la saga, mais également à découvrir pour tous !
90
FiringSquad
Mechwarrior 4 is the best robot game, ever. Yes, it is better than Mechwarrior 2. It might not be as dominant as MW2 was - competition is a lot stiffer these days - but Mechwarrior 4 is definitely the best 'Mech game we've ever played. The excellent singleplayer campaign is perfectly complemented by an equally competent multiplayer game. The plot won't win any Academy Awards, that's for certain, but it's good enough not to take anything away from the game. If there was ever a game to bring back the big robot genre, this is it.
90
ActionTrip
It All Comes Down To... ... the fact that MechWarrior 4 is a true heir to the MechWarrior throne. And if I may be so pretentious as to throw a few historical facts at you: if Philip II, the king of Macedonia was MechWarrior 2, MW4 would then be Alexander the Great, and MW3 is just this thick bastard son that ended having his name lost somewhere in the annals of history (yeah right, too easy).
90
Svenska PC Gamer
Vengeance är utan tvekan det bästa spelet i hela MechWarrior-serien. Utvecklarna har hittat en bra balans mellan action och simulation. Det blir många hetsiga strider och mindre letande efter rätt knapp att trycka på. Samtidigt krävs det skicklighet för att bli en duktig pilot. Det går inte att vinna på att endast ha ett tränat avtryckarfinger. Vengeance är ett mycket bra spel för seriens fans men även för andra som är ute efter härlig och futuristisk action.
88
Gamesmania
Gleich vorneweg: Ich bin kein Fan des Mechwarrior-Universums. Um so erstaunlicher, wie mich Mechwarrior 4 von Anfang an in seinen Bann gezogen hat. Es macht einfach Spaß, die tollen Explosionen zu bewundern. Anders als die Vorgänger kann man den neuesten Teil auch komplett wie ein Actionspiel durchzocken. Dadurch macht auch ein erneutes Durchspielen der Kampagne Spaß. Microsoft hat es geschafft, dass jeder Spielertyp Mechwarrior 4 lieben wird, da verschmerze ich auch gerne die schwache Story.
88
PC Player (Germany)
Endlich ist es so weit! Nachdem mich die MW4-Testversion, die aus dem Netz herunterladbar war, schon etwas abgeschreckt hat, bin ich wieder glücklich. Superspannende Einsätze, eine blendende Optik, schicke Lichteffekte - was will man mehr? Na ja, innerhalb von drei Tagen hatte ich das Spiel beendet, aber auf dem Level "Easy". Ein paar Missionen könnten es schon mehr sein, doch wen stört das wirklich? Immer noch können Sie die Instant-Einsätze spielen oder Sie suchen sich ein paar Freunde im Internet! In jedem Fall genießen Sie das tolle Gefühl, eine fette, riesige Maschine zu steuern. Wenn sich die Mechs jetzt auch ausschließlich mit der Maus kontrollieren ließen... hätte ich nicht die schönen Force-Feedback-Effekte mitbekommen. Ganz klar: Ein hervorragendes Spiel!
88
GameSpot
The MechWarrior games have advanced far beyond their roots in the pen-and-paper game to carve out a large following among computer gamers. MechWarrior 4 makes it easier for new players to get involved but still preserves the essential elements that make fighting in these giant robots so intense and so much fun. It's a fantastic introduction to the MechWarrior series for those who haven't yet discovered it, and it should have enough depth to keep veterans involved for a long time.
88
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Mechwarrior 4 perfectioneert de spelformule en de graphics op een verrassend goede manier.
88
Game Informer Magazine
Overall, MechWarrior 4 is a solid sequel that won't fail to entertain, but it has its shortcomings. It also proved to be somewhat technically weak. Our PCs go way beyond the game's minimum requirements, but I still suffered from occasional frame skipping, one full-fledged freeze-up, and controls that tended to lock up in Training mode. Of course, none of this prevented me from playing the game until 5:00 in the morning.
86
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Deze MechWarrior 4 heeft heel veel te bieden en overstijgt zelfs de vorige games uit de reeks, zowel op grafisch vlak als wat de gameplay betreft en in multiplayer is het helemaal een feest.
85
Game Informer Magazine
MechWarrior 4 is one of those games that rides the fence between being cool and being pretty good. There are gameplay elements that are very nice. Being able to customize the paint scheme of your 'mech before going into battle is very nice. The salvage abilities are also quite tasty. It’s things like pop-up and fogging that hold this title back. They're not damaging enough to make you want to drive a steamroller over the game, but it’s the little things that separate the pretty good from the very good. If you’re a buff, you will not be disappointed. Many of the control elements and physics are particularly well done. The lighting effects complement the diverse weaponry offered throughout the game. Do you ever get the feeling that Star Wars Episode I was good, but could have been better? Well, welcome to the world of 4.
85
Power Unlimited
MechWarrior 4 blijft een echte robo-combatgame, dus je weet wat je krijgt. De verbeterde engine, funky lichteffekten, realistische gevechten en uitgebreide multiplayer ondersteuning maken dit een hele dope game.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Au final, Mechwarrior 4 : Vengeance prolonge à merveille les premiers titres du nom. Quelques nouveautés sympathiques y figurent et le soft s'avère toujours aussi addictif que les précédents. Un régal, tant au niveau du gameplay que de la maniabilité, même si l'on peut peut-être reprocher l'aspect assez répétitif des missions. Il n'en demeure pas moins que ce quatrième opus constitue un jeu passionnant, occasionnant de nombreuses heures de jeu.
85
PC Games (Germany)
Schon in den ersten Menüs wird deutlich, dass den Entwicklern ein actionreiches Spielerlebnis wichtig war: Konfiguration und Tuning der Stahlriesen gehen dank einer entrümpelten Oberfläche leichter von der Hand. Da die Mechs nun mehr Schaden einstecken können, dauern die Gefechte durchschnittlich länger als in den Vorgängern. Völlig misslungen ist leider die Maussteuerung, die im Vergleich zur dritten Folge ziemlich unpräzise ausgefallen ist.
85
Fragland.net
Although real sim-fans might not like Mechwarrior 4 because it's pretty straight-forward shooting (with some stealth-possibility in it) I find Mechwarrior 4 to be the best game that Microsoft has recently released, and the best Mech-game ever. Even though I had alot of problems with my pc crashing due to the bug that is in the game, I couldn't stop playing it, and it takes a GREAT game to have me start over and over again just to finish a game when there's a severe bug like that in it.
85
JeuxVideoPC.com
La série des Mechwarriors jouit d’une certaine aura chez tous les joueurs PC. Développée par le prestigieux (et défunt) studio FASA, à l’origine du jeu de plateau, Mechwarrior 4 mélange très habilement simulation pointue et action à outrance. Un subtil mélange qui prend très rapidement pour le joueur passionné de science fiction.
80
games xtreme
Overall, the game is fairly solid, and makes a respectable addition to the Mechwarrior series despite its shortcomings. Now, if you'll excuse me I must be off to go teach some Steiner scum the true meaning of the words 'heavy metal.'
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
ile the single-player options vary from excellent to mediocre, it’s the multiplayer that pushes this game into the “recommended” level. In retrospect of the entire series, it does have a different feel that may alienate hardcore, old school Battletech farms. Yet, for the most part, the changes make for better pacing and enhance what really is the heart of Battletech: tall robots smashing and shooting other tall robots. Veterans, look past the changes, and join the newbies in some good ol’ massive Mech mayhem.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Overall then Mechwarrior 4 is the best Mechwarrior game to date, although it still has some small flaws which keep it from being a must-purchase. Those who prefer first person shooter style action would be better off looking at games like "Shogo" or the "Heavy Gear" series, but for anyone who wants a mech "simulator" this is by far the best offering out there and has much to recommend it over its predecessors.
80
Computer Games Magazine
When you strap on a 'Mech and go out to do battle, all these concerns fade away. You find yourself playing mission after mission, eager to find out what new 'Mech you might salvage or what new landscape you might see. You ignore all the bad stuff and live for the chance to pulverize the head of a Nova Cat with your dual gauss rifles, or the opportunity to sear off the arms of a Thor with concentrated PPC fire. You curse at the game for throwing an elite enemy at you when you're damaged and low on ammo, and cheer when you finally beat the S.O.B. in a one on one fight. Most of all, you have a hell of a good time kicking metallic butt all over Kentares IV. And that, after all, is what BattleTech is about.
70
All Game Guide
Fortunately, though, most of the time when the missions take place in an open area where your lance mates can navigate without problems, the sense of excitement never really flags, making the time investment definitely worth the effort.
69
Game Over Online
That having been said, I feel like the ball has been dropped quite heavily with MechWarrior 4. The graphics have been prettied up, but the rest of the game has been completely moronized and user-friendlized to foot the bill of I-don't-know-who. The interface (especially mech configuration) is abysmally bad; I'm surprised there is still a per-mech tonnage limit (at the rate things are going that'll go away in MW5); the mission briefings are junk (you actually don't want to watch them after a while); the story is useless; the actual mech combat is much more difficult because you can't disable certain body elements to achieve a quick kill; and so forth. The gameplay is significantly worsened because of this, and this game lowers itself to the level of Heavy Gear and such. It's not a bad big robot fighting game - I would definitely recommend it for someone looking for a cool game with big robots and lots of explosions happening. But this is a really bad MechWarrior incarnation.