VIDEO: MechWarrior Retrospective, Part 5: MechWarrior 3 (1999)

Proof of life. This one was fairly involved.

Video footage captured with AVerMedia GameBroadcaster HD. Games played on custom retro hardware, except MechWarrior 4 which was played on Windows 10 just for fun.

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  • Moppet

    I adore this game, and it’s still one of my favorites (Starsiege is fairly hard to beat in my mind though). I kind of agree that it’s one of the last games in the Mechwarrior franchise where I felt like I was piloting a giant stompy robot, but I actually agree with the weapon customization issues. I’ve never been a fan of Mechwarrior 4, or its expansions, because they always felt like I was watching a little plastic toy, rather than piloting a giant stompy robot, but, even with that, mechwarrior 4 did some things right, credit where it’s due.

    That said, the closest anything I got to liking anything using Mechwarrior 4 as a base was probably Black Knight, and even that did some things I wasn’t fond of, while continuing the plastic toy feel of the mechs. 4 never had a chance for me, it was coloring my view of it from the first mission where I first got the plastic toy feel, then furthered my impression with things like the people being sprites you couldn’t interact with, and other environmental interactions that just weren’t there. In 3 you could stomp on or shoot the little people running around their bases. It shouldn’t matter, the interactivity was just a small flavor thing, and these little things weren’t my real issues with 4, but I definitely remember them being what colored my view early on before I looked at it with a more open mind. Again, as you noted, like the weapons, 4 did some things better, and I’d be very close minded not to see and admit that.

    I think why I like Mechwarrior 3 so much, very real flaws and what could have been done better aside, is it did a lot right, as well as those little details, and overall it found a balance between my issues with what came before versus what came later. That may all just be a personal taste thing though.

    Thanks for the video, I was really happy to see the Mechwarrior video when I opened the page.

  • Sean Tadsen

    I heard that introduction and my first thought was, “In the grim darkness of the 41st millennium, there is only war”. What does that say about me?

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