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  • Summary: Assume command of your own mercenary outfit of 'Mechs and the MechWarriors that pilot them, struggling to stay afloat as you find yourself drawn into a brutal interstellar civil war.

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BattleTech Mech Warfare Gameplay Presentation - E3 2017
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  1. Positive: 50 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Apr 24, 2018
    100
    An unmissable strategy gem that will unquestionably keep you playing one more contract. If you like mechs or tactical strategy games you’ll have a great time here whether you are a newcomer to the universe or not. BattleTech gets my full recommendation.
  2. May 7, 2018
    88
    The story, the characters and the writing are better than you could hope for. If you are willing to overcome a few technical hiccups, and if you are an unrepentant sci-fi nerd, Battletech can be your new favorite game.
  3. May 23, 2018
    83
    If you are looking for a heavy turn based tactical game with a lot of similarity to X-Com, or if you are a fan of the tabletop version, Battletech is a great game for PC players. Make sure you don’t pass this up.
  4. Apr 30, 2018
    80
    Battletech's intricate components ultimately foster a fascinating wealth of nuanced systems that build a uniquely strenuous, detailed, and thoroughly rewarding tactical strategy game.
  5. Games Master UK
    May 18, 2018
    79
    The testing combat is fun, and managing your squad of mercenaries is even better. [June 2018, p.78]
  6. May 10, 2018
    75
    Battletech is a good effort from the people at Harebrained Schemes, and the passion poured into this project is clearly visible from many little details. Still, the game is in need of some more polish, and the AI particularly desperately needs a patch or two. Buy it in any case if you love the original license, or everything mech - related as a whole.
  7. Apr 25, 2018
    60
    While the story in BattleTech takes some interesting turns, and the combat is slow if serviceable, the game chugs along as playable with occasional moments of greatness. The major issues come from how combat is both too slow at times and too random, plus there are too many numbers to sort through for anyone short of the very dedicated. The structural problems are too ingrained in the game to easily fix, which is unfortunate as there is actually a solid package underneath the problems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 107
  2. Negative: 20 out of 107
  1. May 7, 2018
    10
    A great game, 80 hours in and still not finished. Really good tactical combat that rewards positioning and planning. Backed up by anA great game, 80 hours in and still not finished. Really good tactical combat that rewards positioning and planning. Backed up by an interesting sim game and a fully realised game setting. If you love xcom this is for you. Expand
  2. May 1, 2018
    10
    I'm about 24 hours in and I am thoroughly loving this game. Sure there are a fewshortcomings, and I'm writing this before reading any otherI'm about 24 hours in and I am thoroughly loving this game. Sure there are a fewshortcomings, and I'm writing this before reading any other view so as not to bias myself, but one thing is for sure: Battletech has me addicted! Things I love about it so far:
    -The management aspect (maintaining your navy of mechs, putting together effective lances, upgrading your home ship, etc). Very similar to XCOM, set in the Battletech universe. What more could you ask for?
    -Combat feel good. Definitely visceral, and when you score a killing blow it feels oh so good.
    -Good pacing. Not too grindy, but not too easy either. After 24 hours of solid play, my lances are typically 50% heavy 50% medium.
    -Carryover damage/repair mechanic. I LOVE the fact that after a brutal fight that leaves your mechs limping back to the dropship, they will likely be out of service for the next 1-2 months, requiring you to mixup your lance with a secondary or even terciery lineup of mechs. This means you will constantly be evaluating the value of each mission and determining whether it's worth using your best frontline mechs or whether you can get by with a more "average" squad, saving your best for when you really need them. It also forces you to adapt your play style and become familiar with the various mechs in the Battletech universe.
    -Mission reward system. I love that you have to decide between money, salvage and reputation. Do you need to focus on short term, medium term or long term? Awesome balancing mechanic.
    -Learning curve. I love me a game with a decent skill/learning curve. When I first started out, I found myself getting frustrated occasionally on hard missions or when my lance came away more damaged than what felt appropriate for the enemy squad faced. As I have learned the nuances of the positioning, movement system, weapon systems etc, I have gotten significantly more efficient...and deadly.
    -The story. I'm new to the Battletech universe but I'm really enjoying the backdrop. Granted this isn't the achievement of this game itself, but I like the campaign story and I've definitely encountered worse when it comes to plot.

    If there's one thing I'm critical of it's the lack of voice-overs for much of the game text from popups and conversations and such. The battles tend to feel intense and the campaign does a greatjob of creating atmosphere, so when you're required to sit there and read all the text it detracts from the experience a bit. In the grand scheme of things this is a minor complaint.
    -No speed up button. It would be nice if you could increase the game speed during enemy turns. Granted, this would also detract from the experience a bit, and sometimes forcing you to be patient can be a good thing (creates pacing, makes each turn and battle more meaningful as it's more difficult to spam missions).

    That's it for now, I may update this review later as I get further on in the game. If you're on the fence about this game, just pick it up. I'm thinking there is a more than fair chance you will love it :)
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  3. Apr 24, 2018
    10
    Old BattleTech fan. Been waiting for something like this for years. Delivers in every regard.
  4. May 14, 2018
    9
    This game is a must for anyone who was a fan of the mech warrior / mech commander games - provided you like slow tactical combat. Let meThis game is a must for anyone who was a fan of the mech warrior / mech commander games - provided you like slow tactical combat. Let me rephrase that if the mech warrior and xcom games are in your favorite list, this is a must buy

    Graphics are good - really liked the animations when a mech is hit by a bunch of missiles. Loved the animations when you fire a 100 missiles at a mech and parts of it break off
    Music is amazing - really captures the mood and is very catchy too
    Voice acting is decent, unfortunately very limited -> be ready to read A LOT of text. back ground chatter during missions are good
    Story is interesting and there is a nice combination of balancing financials, taking easy side missions which pay less or difficult story missions which pay more, buying stuff from stores - balancing reputation which impacts the store prices and upgrading your ship
    Learning curve is STEEEP - have put in over 25 hours but am still learning new tricks

    This is a thinking game - going in guns blazing will cause you to loose most missions or at the very least end the mission with a huge repair bill. You need to consider the positioning of each mech, armour facing, cover, ground height, weapons range, ammo, role of the mech, etc before making each move. Also pulling back and regrouping works great when things are going bad - in fact I ran out of ammo in a mission and won by taking the last enemy mech apart over three turns with just melee.
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  5. Sep 21, 2018
    8
    Had a lot of fun with it. It has been improving since launch through patching and looks like it will continue to do so with the future plans.
  6. Apr 30, 2018
    6
    I do like this game but... it is in need of some serious patching and was probably released a couple of weeks too early. Its slow. EverythingI do like this game but... it is in need of some serious patching and was probably released a couple of weeks too early. Its slow. Everything from the animations to loading a list of save games.
    My top QOL changes for now:
    1. Give us an option to multi select save games to delete. I have hundreds and I wanted to delete some of the older ones to try speed up the wait on the load save game screen.
    2. Fix the memory leak. looks like the game gets slower the longer you play.
    3. Bind keys to a quick save and quick load option.
    4. Add a manual or something. There are still icons on the screen that assume I know what they mean through trial and error.
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  7. Jun 25, 2018
    0
    Disappointing game, earlier versions are superior and really games should be treated harshly when they are building on what's gone before andDisappointing game, earlier versions are superior and really games should be treated harshly when they are building on what's gone before and make something worse than what's gone before. Expand

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