Battletech

by Malibu Games

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Fire oozes from the core of a planet as a drop ship places you dangerously close to an open volcano. You must destroy the enemy's command center, but to do that involves taking out the protective force field that is powered by lava - the same lava that burns your mech's cooling system down to the very power coils that keep you alive. Stay sharp or you're in worse shape than a rat in a can of Coke; you'll just be charcoal at the enemy's barbecue.

So begins the second level of Absolute's latest frenzy of destruction: Battletech. You're at the helm of a 40-ton piece of machinery and your sole purpose is to blow things up. The purity of the machine is beautiful, as are the gameplay, graphics and sound in this super-fun game of mechanical mayhem. Most of the robots are direct rip-offs of the popular Anime series Robotech; but instead of dapper-looking cartoon pilots like Rick Hunter, you take the helm as a well-armed rookie looking to move up the ranks and get in one of the neat-o looking mechs reserved for vets.

Battletech features a ton of different levels, and better graphics than both Jungle and Desert Strike. If you're a fan of big destructive robots, or if you've ever stayed up late playing the Battletech RPG by the FASA corporation, you'll have even more fun with this war game for the Gennie.

Graphics

A Jungle Strike perspective Mixed with Battletech styling gives a sleek and destructive look to this game of close combat warfare. The mechs look hot and the explosions are great. They should have worked a bit on terrain.

Sound/Music

Missiles whistle, machine guns rat-a-tat-tat and buildings explode with emphasis. Just what you'd expect from a top-notch action/war game.

Playability

Your mech is cool because it can fix its firing mechanism on one target while circling around to avoid enemy fire. Once you get the hang of this tactic, you'll blast the enemy like Dave Alvin.

LOWDOWN

This is a great war game. It lakes equal parts strategy, skill, and luck lo get through the tough levels. Choose your weapons wisely because - like plumbing - you need the right fool for the job. You may be tired of Jungle Strike games, but I thought this one was a lot more fun. I'm going to go out and buy this game.

There were few other games of this kind back in the 80s, when Battletech was published on the market. The BattleDroids were spectacular robots, although the game was unfortunately not taken enough care of because of the conflicts with George Lucas' company and lawsuits. There was unfortunately not the option to change out pieces of a mech (or droid), but only to equip a classification of the mech. Weapons and armor were easy to change, just like in a first-person shooter. Too bad the menu had to be used in order to fire individual weapons, it took more time than enough.

People say:

9

Battletech is fairly faithful to the FASA RPG/board game.The diversity of the missions and enemies are a welcome sight. The One-player Mode is really difficult to play, but Two-player really rocks. Major and I were able to get to the fourth level working together. The graphics and animation are something special. My only gripe is that you play a Clan mech, but you have no choice which one. This is one to get.

7

Hey, now this is pretty cool. Even though the game seems like it's meant for hardcore Battletech players, anyone could just get right into the action, but only if you've got two players. The game is really tough with one player. The attention to detail is immaculate and the challenge and fun factor don't wear off, even after many hours! Battletech will prove to be a sleeper hit among action and simulation fans!

6

This is one of those types of games that I just can't get into. All you do is go around a field and follow a set of orders to blow up designated areas of an enemy compound. I found it to be more of a tedious chore and got bored rather quickly. On the up side, the graphics were pretty good and I liked the awesome animation of the giant mech you pilot around. The many missions should satisfy those who want a long game.

7

This is a game you can only really appreciate with two players--try this alone and it will get rather maddening! This is a lot like Jungle Strike, with the slanted perspective and areas to attack. The levels get increasingly difficult as things go along. This is definitely not for all players, and some will obviously take to it more than others, I do think it's a must for fans of the RPG. It's a nice two-player incorporation.

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You have to imagine how cool it would be to pilot one of those AT-AT Walkers from The Empire Strikes Back. Mowing down those puny Rebel scum that scurry beneath your guarantuan mechanical feet. Blasting everything that moves and crushing anything that gets in your way. There you go, that's the spirit!

Battletech will leave you smiling. It is tremedous fun. I have to confess to a lack of knowledge regarding this whole Battletech phenomenon but, from what I gather, the structure of the game is based on it's board game roots.

Your Mech can turn on a dime and the spin and shoot movements of the upper torso give you precise finger twitching response. You'll be blasting things before you even see them. You can definitely feel the weight of each crunching foot step even though the camera view of the action is strictly from a bird's eye perspective.

Mission

The missions are expertly crafted to keep you on your toes. Battletech game does not have the same somewhat, loping pace of the Strike series. You can't just figure out the safe paths, stick to them and complete your objectives piece by piece.

Enemies

The enemy Mechs are relentless. They'll hunt you down like Tommy Lee Jones from "The Fugitive". When you hear that incoming Mech warning, you better hope you're not close to overheating, 'cause there's gonna be a firefight to deal with son. And, you best be prepared.

Graphics

The graphics in Battletech won't make you cry but they will impress. There is quite a lot of detail; more attention to the enviroment is payed than was in the Strike games. And, because your Mech is quite rooted to the ground (Ka-thump, Ka-thump...) it is susceptible to earthly dangers, such as pockets of molten lava and geysers of intense burning rocks. You know, just the kind of stuff you see on your way to work.

Overall

Take control of a Matcat Mech as you fight your way through several level of mechanized mayhem. Use machine guns, rocket launchers, homing missiles, flame throwers, mines and atomic bombs to defeat the encroaching enemy threat. The different levels have different terrains, such as snow, ice and swamps which affect the progress of your mech. In Battletech you can also kill the littler mechs by stomping on them, which is always fun.

The year is 3050. Wars are fought with seven-story BattleMechs armed with the deadliest weapons known in the galaxy. These sixty-ton hunks of metal are piloted by MechWarriors, the only ones brave enough to fight the ruthless armies of the Inner Sphere in the name of their Clans.

Nine futuristic weapons are available in Battletech to outfit your Mech, including: a Gauss Rifle, Arrow VI Missiles, Particle Projection Cannon, Machine Gun, Auto Gun, Large Laser, "Inferno" Short-Range Missiles, "Maelstrom" Long-range Missiles, and "Thunder" Time-delay Mines. You are free to choose any three of these weapons to complete your mission objectives, which involve taking out various structures on the ground. As you pilot your Mech across the battlefield, you'll have to watch for mines, enemy Mechs and defense systems.

After completing each world, you'll receive a password to resume your destruction at a later time.

Battletech is also known as Battle Tech.

Battletech rating

Battletech system requirements:SystemP-200.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Battletech supports single modeSingle game mode

2005-07-24 Battletech is a game about MechWarriors.

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