Harebrained Schemes‘ tactical turn-based strategy game BATTLETECH brings together futuristic shooting and thinking.
Big robots fighting each other might still be common in Japan, but they’ve been neglected in the rest of the world for far too long. As the original BATTLETECH and MechWarrior creator Jordan Weisman is involved and Harebrained Schemes already made a classic tabletop game return in the form of Shadowrun Returns, these add up to a true-to-form experience. The main idea is that noble houses fight each other with mechanized combat vehicles in an interstellar war. One takes command of the ‘Mechs and the MechWarriors pilots, but unlike the first-person action-simulation mix of MechWarrior, this is all done from above, except when the action zooms in during the more spectacular set-pieces.
With over 30 mechs to choose from and customize, there’s already enough to be done. Making sure that the units are kept save, repaired and upgraded after missions adds to tension, while it’s also possible to salvage weapon systems from defeated enemies. Even if it’s been some time since I’ve played a MechWarrior game, I’ve always been fascinated by the artwork, design, and feeling of how they move and battle each other. It seems that this game delivers on all fronts, including some great graphics as well.
BATTLETECH is now available on PC. If you want to, you can also buy the Deluxe Edition which has the base Game, art book, wallpapers, soundtrack, and a PDX forum icon/avatar. The choice is yours.
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