Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. MechWarrior 4 has more types of BattleMechs, missions, and weapons than MechWarrior 3; the multiplayer competition is outstanding, the artificial intelligence is improved, and the graphics are generally splendid.
  2. Most of the terrain is stunning.
  3. While the AI has a few problems, and there is an occasional rough spot, the finished product is one of the most complete and compelling games we've played, and easily the best MechWarrior game in the series.
  4. Simulator-style combat, scripted missions, spectacular graphics, and most of all, honkin' big robots.
  5. The gameplay might be a touch linear but it is still, and most importantly, a whole lot of fun.
  6. The single biggest change made to MechWarrior is in speed. Gone are the days of slow, plodding robots.
  7. It’s beautiful, it’s challenging, and it will keep you occupied for a long, long time.
  8. For anyone who wants a mech "simulator" this is by far the best offering out there and has much to recommend it over its predecessors.
  9. While MW4 has some good stuff going for it, it's saddled with some bone-deep problems that nearly cripple it, too.
  10. The best robot game, ever... The excellent singleplayer campaign is perfectly complemented by an equally competent multiplayer game.
  11. The graphics have been prettied up, but the rest of the game has been completely moronized and user-friendlized to foot the bill of I-don't-know-who.
  12. 100
    Some of the most astounding graphics ever seen on a 3-D battlefield.
  13. 100
    Furious battles between fifty ton robots never looked or played so good, and Mechwarrior fans will love this latest chapter.
  14. If you're out for a great Mech simulation with some incredible Instant Action games and an inspiring multiplayer setup, all wrapped in a beautiful 3D engine, then run, very fast, and grab a copy.
  15. Of all the games set in the Battletech universe, MW4 comes the closest by far to creating an "authentic" mech experience.
  16. Souped up and ready to go, bloodying the noses of "Heavy Gear" and "Starsiege" en route . Once again Mechwarrior leads the way for the genre.
  17. It's a fantastic introduction to the MechWarrior series for those who haven't yet discovered it, and it should have enough depth to keep veterans involved for a long time.
  18. 91
    Where MechWarrior 4 really shines is in combat. The fluid movements and the greater detail in the battles are almost as much fun to watch as they are to engage in.
  19. Although the single player campaign is a little disappointing, the multiplayer features and fabulous gameplay, combined with stunning visuals, make MechWarrior 4 nearly an instant classic.
  20. I have been playing MW4 ever since the beta came out around a month ago, and I still don't think I will be putting it down for a while. MW 4 has everything that MW 3 failed to offer.
  21. Complex and simple at the same time, MechWarrior 4 reaches a Zen-like balance between simulation and pure fun.
  22. Shaping up to be the most fun version of Mechwarrior yet.
  23. 90
    This game gets the highest honor I can ever give a game: I'm going to keep playing it even though the review is done.
  24. Hand-down the best of the MechWarrior series. [Feb 2001, p.52]
  25. Extremely well made and easily holds its own. I encountered no major problems at all. There are tons of options, with lots of customizations, and plenty of different game types to keep your trigger finger active and your Mech tactics acute.
  26. If you're more interested in multiplayer mech action and a not quite as brilliant single player game, then you should give Mechwarrior 4 a look.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. StanS.
    Nov 20, 2007
    Great game. Pick up a joystick, strap in and enjoy its amazing campaign.
  2. AdamR.
    Mar 13, 2003
    Great story, very addictive. A hard choice on the second-to-last mission: Save Sister or Get Supplies. I took Get Supplies. It deserves two thumbs up! Full Review »
  3. ShawnS.
    Sep 28, 2002
    Game does not use the real weapon to damage ratio or the right color for certain lasers a little more checking should have gone into it but still ok to play multi if bored. Full Review »