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MechWarrior 4: Vengeance By John "Award" Del Percio,
January 4, 2001
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Developer :FASA
Publisher :Microsoft
Release Date :Forth Quarter 2000
Demo Available : Yes - Download
Table of Contents

· Introduction
· Closer Look
· Facts
· Final

Do You Feel Lucky? Well, Do You, Punk?

The gameplay itself feels fairly common to all MechWarrior fans. Your normal base raid, convoy escort, dropship raid, dropship save, forward deployment, and other fun-loving missions. There really isn't much new to discuss there, if you've played MechWarrior before, you know what it's like, if you haven't played MechWarrior before...well, there's four of them now, what's taking so long?

I'll take that!
Allright, you and me!
Aww, Award fall go boom
Hey, not too shabby, eh?

In terms of the new 'Mechs, they're decent machines. Good armor, good speed and handling (I just love the "Awesome" assault 'Mech), and great weapons. Though, who really cares about the rest of the weapons, we all know that PPC's are the only ones that count! Though one thing I wish were easier is shooting off the legs of a mech. That was my favorite thing to do back on Mech2. Then again, this is probably more realistic, if it were really so easy to disable a 'Mech by blasting off it's legs as soon as you see them, the Clan wars would only have lasted a week.

uhh, oops
Light amplification
Cool down those heatsinks!
Sniper battle on a hillside

One feature that I'm sort of glad was implemented was the salvage ability from Mercenaries. Rather than just having a fleet of 'Mechs at your disposal supplied by the Council, you're a loner with a limited supply of equipment. Therefore you can only acquire what chassis and weapons were salvaged by your forces after your last battle. It makes for a far more realistic war than the honorable Clans who just leave burning wrecks behind and go home to their steadily increasing fleet sizes.

Finally, the graphics engine is superb, and is the best of any 'Mech (or 'Mech-like) sim around. No more appearing polygons, beautifully rich textures, dense jungles (with trees to step on), water (remember back when the GhostBear expansion came out for Mech2, how the 'Mechs in water was a huge and unbelievable thing?), all sorts of goodies to keep you occupied. Mech4 is certainly a beautiful game.

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