Your mission... you should decide to accept it...
Sit in air-conditioned comfort aboard an Inner Sphere Command ship and sent squads of Mechs into battle on the planet below.
I'd spent many days and nights giving orders in Command and Conquer, Red Alert and Dark Reign. What could be so difficult? I was soon to find out......
Remember that scene in Starship Troopers where the first invasion of the Klendathu planet is under way and our intrepid troopers run over a hill... smack bang into a horde of Warrior bugs?
Remember that gut - writhing, butt clenching, clammy palms experience?
After a while in the MechCommander hotseat I sure remembered!
Being new to the MechCommander universe (my excuse and I'm sticking to it), the Mechs under my command were constantly and repetitvely battered to pieces by the enemy clan Mechs. Arms and legs blown off, armour shredded, weapons shattered, my team was lucky to limp home with their chassis intact....... and this was on the first two missions!
MechCommander - Player's Guide
Blow stuff up! This game is " Easter Egg Heaven!
I found myself wondering aloud at the details.
"Wow, look at the details!" I said to myself.
Blow up a vehicle and the crew run away, cranes loading trucks which bounce as the gravel falls in, trees getting knocked for six by running Mechs, distinctive footprints for different Mechs, fences getting trampled and so the list goes on.
There's a lot of stuff you can "interact with" (Blow up!)... this is a war zone after all.
But real people live here too (real small people). You might come charging over a hill and find yourself (your Mech, that is...) tramping through a shopping mall or stepping in a swimming pool next to a manor house!
FASA have created intricate and richly detailed landscapes for you to indulge your explosive escapades!
I found myself playing missions over and over just to get a good look around the neighbourhood.
MechCommander Manual - Controlling Mechs & Keyboard layout
Article by Migman (all rights reserved) - overhauled by RizZ (2020)