MechCommander 2
Genre Strategy -> RTS
Today's Rank 1094
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Date 2001-07-21
UK
Date 2001-08-24
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Retail Box ArtBased on the BattleTech table-top board games, MechCommander 2 is a mission-based, real-time strategy game where you control gigantic mechanised vehicles (mechs). While the focus is on strategic combat, preparation plays an equally vital part. How you prepare for a battle is often more important than the actual tactics during a fight. Your success will depend greatly on discovering new technology and implementing it within your mechs. You can be victorious with the most rudimentary strategies so long as you've picked the right weaponry beforehand. Between missions you're treated to entertaining full-motion video scenes that lead you to your next objective. Although the game makes some key improvements from the original, it has its fair share of problems. First off, it's totally linear. There's never a need to stray from the key objectives because there's nothing else to discover or achieve. The artificial intelligence, while greatly improved, has a tendency to jump the gun and attack enemies immediately, making stealth tactics difficult. Lastly the system requirements are misleading--even on a 1GHz machine with a GeForce3-based graphics card there's plenty of slowdown when the screen is filled with units. On the positive side, the gameplay is tight, mech customisation is deep and this is one of the few RTS games where 3-D environments factor into tactics.--Raymond M. Padilla
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