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Shogo: Mobile Armor Division (Windows)

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Description

Sanjuro is a commander in the army of United Corporate Authority and a pilot of a Mobile Combat Armor (a giant mech) in the far future. The UCA is fighting the Fallen, a terrorist organization. This conflict has its victims: Sanjuro's brother, best friend and girlfriend all died while completing a mission years ago, and only recently he has been somewhat succeeding in putting the past behind him. Now Sanjuro is given a mission to find and kill Gabriel, a new leader of the Fallen. But during this assignment, ghosts of the past will come back to haunt him.

Shogo: Mobile Armor Division is a first-person shooter that incorporates ideas from anime and the MechWarrior concept. On some levels, the player controls Sanjuro while he is on foot, infiltrating enemy buildings and fighting with handheld firearms. Sanjuro can find health power-ups, more powerful weapons and ammo. Both Sanjuro and the enemies will randomly score critical his, which not only cause more damage, but also replenish a small portion of health.

On other levels, the player pilots one of the four available MCAs, which differ a little in characteristics. This giant mech can walk, jump and crouch just like a human being, and controlling it is very similar to controlling Sanjuro. The player guides this colossus through city districts swarming with enemy soldiers and mechs. It is also possible to transform the mech into a vehicle, though it can not defend itself in that state.

The story progression is linear for the most part. However, at one point, the player is prompted to make a choice that will affect the rest of the plot and the ending.

Screenshots

Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Windows Mission briefing during loading
Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Windows Kura doesn't respond well to the news you've been dating her sister
Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Windows Your nemesis... one angry, angry gal
Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Windows Even as you defeat Gabriel, Shogo Inc. shows up to give you a really bad day

Alternate Titles

  • "Ярость. Восстание на Кронусе" -- Russian spelling
  • "Yarost': Vosstanie na Kronuse" -- Russian title
  • "Riot: Mobile Armor" -- Working title
  • "Heavy Metal " -- Original working title

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User Reviews

Sometimes it clicks and sometimes it clunks Maw (849) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Damn, you ruined dating multiple sisters and piloting mechs for me אולג 小奥 (168863) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Has lots of cool things but Monolith just couldn't put it all together. Zovni (9360) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
No go. Ashley Pomeroy (233) 1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars
MechWarrior meets Quake MadCat (55) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
More Shooter like than Mech Sim, Great game! Mister_T (13) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

The Press Says

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Oct 08, 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 9.2 out of 10 92
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Over Online Sep 29, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Netjak Aug 19, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpot Oct 13, 1998 8.1 out of 10 81
GamesFirst! Jan 01, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania 1998 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) Oct 07, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Gaming since 198x Jan 11, 2008 3 out of 5 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Review of Shogo: Mobile Armored Division 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (44554)
Mar 02, 2012

Trivia

In the begining of Shogo, the gme was being used to show off an adition to Microsoft's DirectX API, DirectEngine. Co-developed by Microsoft and Monolith, this was the engine to be used in most 3d shooters, sprots games, and it was even hinted that it would be used for an upcoming Flight Simulator product. But Microsoft pulled out, I'm guessing for escape from the violent 3d shooter press. Monolith bought the rights for the engine, and the Lithtech engine was formed. Today, Monolith split-up it's engine for liscencing, forming a new company that provides support for developers. In a bizzare twist, Microsoft's X Box is supposed to have some sort of agreement where they will provide the engine for primary use on that system.

Related Web Sites

  • Planet Shogo (Extensive Shogo site with everything from game info to cheats, editing and mods.)
  • Shogo: Mobile Armor Division (The official website. Contains all the latest downloads, patches, a forum and guide to the game.)
Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2156) added Shogo: Mobile Armor Division (Windows) on Mar 26, 2000
Other platforms contributed by chirinea (33560), Kabushi (121977) and Martin Smith (63162)