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Title: MechWarrior 2
Rom Player: PC
Reviewer: ItalianStereotype

Synopsis: I love the whole Mechwarrior/Battletech universe. There is something about piloting 60 tons of ferro-fibrous plated mobile death that appeals to me and MechWarrior 2 is what started me down the path. This particular game follows the storyline laid out in Robert Stackpoles novels, which means that it is basically all about the clans. For those of you who just don't know what the clans are, well, you are retarded, but I will educate you anyways: North of the main Inner Sphere territories (the Inner Sphere basically being a big chunk of the universe with Earth, known as Terra, in the middle) lie the clan territories. At first there were numerous clans, Smoke Jaguar, Nova Cat, Fire Mandrill, Diamond Shark, Snow Raven, Steel Viper, Star Adder, Hell's Horse, and an assload of others. Following various civil wars, wars with the Inner Sphere, wars with other clans, etc. most of these small clans were either destroyed or subjugated by another faction. Eventually only 3 clans retained any major power: Wolf, Jade Falcon, and Ghost Bear. In Mechwarrior 2, you get the supreme honor of being a nameless, faceless grunt in either Clan Wolf or Clan Jade Falcon. The difference between the two? In the story (not a spoiler) Clan Wolf gets whipped like a bunch of bitches and Jade Falcon becomes supreme among the clans. Ok, on to the actual game...

Gameplay is pretty solid. FASA did its best in the early 90's to make you feel like you were actually in the cockpit of your mech. The controls are very complex often requiring that you keep your fingers in 4 places at once when in the heat of battle. No complaints here.

The graphics are cool too. From the beginning cinema (which has my favorite mech, the Mad Cat/Timberwolf) to the ending and everything in between it is all solid. The mechs are all very detailed; they move well and die well too. The weapon fire doesnít look very convincing, but it isn't a big deal. There isn't really any music, but the sound effects are all cool. (Once again, the cinemas...)

Overall, Mechwarrior 2 is a very solid and original game that stands in a league of its own. You might be whining to yourselves "Oh Gundam is sooo much cooler blah blah blah parents basement blah blah blah still a virgin." Well fine, if thatís how you feel, leave MechWarrior to the REAL gamers.

Best Cheats: Hold Ctrl, Alt, and Shift, then type the following:

Invincibility- blorb
Infinite ammo- cia
Mech wont overheat- coldmiser
Destroy target- gankem
Mission victory- icanthackit
Level explosion- enolagay

Game Play: 10
Graphics: 8
Music/Sound: 8
Originality: 10
Overall Rating: 9


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