History VideoGame / MechWarrior

5th Aug '16 11:19:46 AM MadCat221
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* AllThereInTheManual: The backstory for ''Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries''. It's set during the Fedcom Civil War, a sprawling event with a lot of fronts that the player is only briefly acquainted with. Without some knowledge of the background, a lot of characters' movements won't seem to make a lot of sense (especially Victor Davion's insistence on not leading the charge against Katrina). It helps that Spectre is a consummate mercenary most of the time; he's [[CatchPhrase here for the payday, not the politics]] which lets the player skip over the fluff. Perhaps the most important thing that's missing: who the "good guy" is (hint: Katrina [[WouldHurtAChild assassinated a child]] [[SelfMadeOrphan and her own mother]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen for her throne]] and also the paramour of her brother, the rightful heir [[EvilIsPetty just to spite him]]).

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* AllThereInTheManual: The backstory for ''Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries''. It's set during the Fedcom Civil War, a sprawling event with a lot of fronts that the player is only briefly acquainted with. Without some knowledge of the background, a lot of characters' movements won't seem to make a lot of sense (especially Victor Davion's insistence on not leading the charge against Katrina). It helps that Spectre is a consummate mercenary most of the time; he's [[CatchPhrase here for the payday, not the politics]] which lets the player skip over the fluff. Perhaps the most important thing that's missing: who the "good guy" is (hint: Katrina [[WouldHurtAChild assassinated a child]] [[SelfMadeOrphan and her own mother]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen for her throne]] and also the paramour of her brother, the rightful heir heir, [[EvilIsPetty just to spite him]]).
5th Aug '16 11:19:35 AM MadCat221
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* AllThereInTheManual: The backstory for ''Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries''. It's set during the Fedcom Civil War, a sprawling event with a lot of fronts that the player is only briefly acquainted with. Without some knowledge of the background, a lot of characters' movements won't seem to make a lot of sense (especially Victor Davion's insistence on not leading the charge against Katrina). It helps that Spectre is a consummate mercenary most of the time; he's [[CatchPhrase here for the payday, not the politics]] which lets the player skip over the fluff. Perhaps the most important thing that's missing: who the "good guy" is (hint: Katrina [[WouldHurtAChild assassinated a child]] [[SelfMadeOrphan and her own mother]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen for her throne]]).

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* AllThereInTheManual: The backstory for ''Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries''. It's set during the Fedcom Civil War, a sprawling event with a lot of fronts that the player is only briefly acquainted with. Without some knowledge of the background, a lot of characters' movements won't seem to make a lot of sense (especially Victor Davion's insistence on not leading the charge against Katrina). It helps that Spectre is a consummate mercenary most of the time; he's [[CatchPhrase here for the payday, not the politics]] which lets the player skip over the fluff. Perhaps the most important thing that's missing: who the "good guy" is (hint: Katrina [[WouldHurtAChild assassinated a child]] [[SelfMadeOrphan and her own mother]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen for her throne]]).throne]] and also the paramour of her brother, the rightful heir [[EvilIsPetty just to spite him]]).
4th Aug '16 11:29:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''''[[http://www.mektek.net/projects/at1/promo Assault Tech 1: BattleTech]]''''', a standalone game made by Mektek (the team who released ''[=MW4=]: Mercenaries'' for free) which has gameplay similar to ''[=MechWarrior 2=]'' with updated graphics and controls. (This is no longer active, as Mektek had stopped all of their projects to work on ''[[HeavyGear Heavy Gear: Assault]].'')

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* '''''[[http://www.mektek.net/projects/at1/promo Assault Tech 1: BattleTech]]''''', a standalone game made by Mektek (the team who released ''[=MW4=]: Mercenaries'' for free) which has gameplay similar to ''[=MechWarrior 2=]'' with updated graphics and controls. (This is no longer active, as Mektek had stopped all of their projects to work on ''[[HeavyGear ''[[TabletopGame/HeavyGear Heavy Gear: Assault]].'')
29th Jul '16 9:35:33 AM supergod
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The first game, '''''[=MechWarrior=]''''', set roughly around 3025, placed you in the shoes of Gideon Braver Vandenburg, who is out to reclaim his birthright after his family was murdered. This game, published in 1989, is notable for featuring full three-dimensional gameplay (predating games like UltimaUnderworld), as well as crude squad [=AI=] (which would be refined in later games in the series). A version of it also exists on the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], just Mode 7 and sprite based.

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The first game, '''''[=MechWarrior=]''''', set roughly around 3025, placed you in the shoes of Gideon Braver Vandenburg, who is out to reclaim his birthright after his family was murdered. This game, published in 1989, is notable for featuring full three-dimensional gameplay (predating games like UltimaUnderworld), VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld), as well as crude squad [=AI=] (which would be refined in later games in the series). A version of it also exists on the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], just Mode 7 and sprite based.
21st Jul '16 4:25:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: As per above Vanda Castro immediately realizes the threat that Ian Dresari and his followers pose to the Steiner occupation force and urges [[BigBad Lord Roland]] to destroy him and you and you band of followers before they can grow in strength. Thankfully, Roland is an idiot and never acts on her advice.
14th Jul '16 10:48:17 AM morenohijazo
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* SpecialEffectBranding: Appears in a very specific variation, which features technology from both the Inner Sphere and the invading Clans. Inner Sphere lasers fire red energy beams, but in spite of using identical technology (albeit extended to longer ranges), Clan laser beams are bright green. This makes it very easy to tell what kind of loadout an opponent is using based on what color of laser you see flashing past your cockpit viewscreen. This extends into their [[BeamSpam pulse laser]] technology, where you can also find red Inner Sphere-origin pulse lasers, green Clan-made ones, and Inner Sphere-built experimental blue 'X-pulse' weapons. The advent of the Mektek Mekpaks includes the amber-orange Clan-designed heavy laser to the mix. This breaks down to the primary colors, red and blue, being Inner Sphere technology, while the secondary colors, green and orange, denote Clan technology. Averted in the other games, in which comparable Clan and Inner Sphere weaponry are visually identical, as both use red-green-blue lasers, with blue being the most powerful.
* VendorTrash: In Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries, you often can scrape up and repair a lot of enemy mechs you trashed off the battlefield. Even though they'll probably need extensive repairs, they'll still net quite a sum on the market when you sell them, offsetting the money expended for repairs. And you should: too many unused mechs in your lineup adds up to a lot of excess upkeep expenditures for them, and they're usually mechs outclassed by your current lineup anyway. You can often net more money from a mission with a hefty salvage haul than the contractor agreed to pay you for mission success (first dibs on salvage rights being a way to pay for merc services without actually paying). [[PlayerCharacter Spectre]] and [[MissionControl Castle]] often quote about the lucrative prospect of salvage.



* VendorTrash: In Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries, you often can scrape up and repair a lot of enemy mechs you trashed off the battlefield. Even though they'll probably need extensive repairs, they'll still net quite a sum on the market when you sell them, offsetting the money expended for repairs. And you should: too many unused mechs in your lineup adds up to a lot of excess upkeep expenditures for them, and they're usually mechs outclassed by your current lineup anyway. You can often net more money from a mission with a hefty salvage haul than the contractor agreed to pay you for mission success (first dibs on salvage rights being a way to pay for merc services without actually paying). [[PlayerCharacter Spectre]] and [[MissionControl Castle]] often quote about the lucrative prospect of salvage.
5th Jul '16 4:47:19 PM Valiran
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* WhatAnIdiot: Roland decides to restore order on Kentares 4 by ordering large-scale massacres of civilians who may or may not be involved in resistance to the Steiner occupation. Anyone who knows anything about [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Kentares_Massacre the planet's history]] should know that this is the ''worst possible decision'' he could have made to quell the unrest, something that [[OnlySaneMan Vanda Castro]] [[LampshadeHanging explicitly tells him]].
2nd Jun '16 9:06:23 AM Dallenson
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* CanonImmigrant: The entirety of this game's campaign could be argued as being canon after the Loren L. Coleman novel, ''Trial Under Fire'' was published, using the ''Pirate's Moon'' names of Connor Sinclair for the protagonist and Thomas Sorenson for the MFB intelligence officer.

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* CanonImmigrant: The entirety of this game's campaign could be argued as being canon after the Loren L. Coleman novel, ''Trial Under Fire'' was published, quoting most of the game word-for-word with some original dialogue and using the ''Pirate's Moon'' names of Connor Sinclair for the protagonist and Thomas Sorenson for the MFB intelligence officer.
2nd Jun '16 9:04:58 AM Dallenson
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* CanonImmigrant: The entirety of this game's campaign could be argued as being canon after the Loren L. Coleman novel, ''Trial Under Fire'' was published, using the ''Pirate's Moon'' names of Connor Sinclair for the protagonist and Thomas Sorenson for the MFB intelligence officer.
16th May '16 10:26:04 AM Dallenson
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* ClassicCheatCode: Naming yourself [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes "Calvin"]] in the Trial of Grievance (Instant Action) mode allows you to wear [[PoweredArmor Elemental]] Battle Armor , conversely, [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes "Hobbes"]] allows you to pilot the [[SpiderTank Tarantula]] and naming yourself Enzo allows you to pilot the Battlemaster IIC but [[DummiedOut doing so causes the game to crash to DOS then jump back to the shell]]. Name yourself [[TakeThatMe "Freebirthtoad"]] in Sibko registration and you can play all the missions.

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* ClassicCheatCode: Naming yourself [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes "Calvin"]] in the Trial of Grievance (Instant Action) mode allows you to wear [[PoweredArmor Elemental]] Battle Armor , conversely, [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes "Hobbes"]] allows you to pilot the [[SpiderTank Tarantula]] and naming yourself Enzo "Enzo" allows you to pilot the Battlemaster IIC but [[DummiedOut doing so causes the game to crash to DOS then jump back to the shell]]. Name yourself [[TakeThatMe "Freebirthtoad"]] in Sibko registration and you can play all the missions.
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