Get ready for action as we look at MechWarrior 3! This is a series that has always interested me as I have always had a fascination with mechs! The game was originally released in 1999 and was a pretty big hit back in the day. Of course, when you go back and look at a 3D shooter from 1999, you have to set your expectations accordingly, but I did actually have a lot of fun playing with this as I put it through its paces for the first time in many years.
Defend The Inner Sphere
There is a story here that serves as the motivation for getting through the campaign, but it is not exactly groundbreaking stuff. In MechWarrior 3 as the name suggests you play as a badass mech. You are one of many that are responsible for defending the Inner Sphere from an evil clan. It has been a long time since I played the original two games, but from what I do remember the stakes in this game feel a lot smaller than they did in the first two.
My Graphics Card Is Ripped!
I know you may laugh to hear this, but back in 1999, this game was a big step forward in the world of 3D graphics. It was a bit of a beast to get running and the 3D world which may look a bit sparse and low on detail by today's standard was very well received back in the day. I love the mech designs in this game and the way you can customize pretty much every aspect of your mech from the color to the weapons that it has is really cool. I actually feel that the game looks fairly decent for its age.
For me, the best part about MechWarrior 3 is the Instant Action mode. In this mode, you pick your mech and you are free to tinker with it in many ways. You can set it so that it is very powerful. You then can pick the enemies you want and just have at it. While this is full of mindless destruction, it has always been a mode that I have found strangely relaxing. It is just you and your mech blowing away a ton of other mechs!
Controlling A Hulking Mech
This is one of those games that requires a lot of buttons as you play. Controlling the mech to make it walk is simple in that it is keyboard and mouse. However, many other buttons of the keyboard will do stuff as well. You can customize this, but there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to controlling the mechs in this game so be sure to keep that in mind before you jump in here.
I know that by today's standards, MechWarrior 3 may not look like the greatest or fanciest game ever. However, I still feel that there is some fun to be had here. Granted the campaign is not that great, but I feel the instant action mode makes up for this. It is a fun game to play if you want to cause some major damage as a cool looking mech.
- The game looks pretty decent for its age
- You can customize a mech
- Lots of weapons to use
- I like the Instant Action mode
- Blowing stuff up as a mech is always fun
- The campaign is not very good at all
- It can take a while to get the hang of the controls
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode