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  • Summary: The year is 3015. Humanity has colonized thousands of systems across a vast region of space splintered by centuries of conflict. The battlefields of the future are dominated by MechWarriors, elite pilots of hulking machines of war known as BattleMechs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Dec 10, 2019
    85
    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a return to form. As a fan of the series, it’s been a very long wait, but PGI managed to deliver in a big way on nearly every front. While there are certain things that could be improved, what’s here is an excellent four player mech-stomping good time.
  2. Dec 11, 2019
    81
    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries checks most of the boxes I would have asked for out of a modern revival of the series.
  3. Dec 11, 2019
    80
    Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries brings back most of the combat and management the series is known for. Your mileage may vary on just how satisfying that is, but in objective terms there are a number of small issues—from AI to graphics—that add up and keep this game from its full potential.
  4. Dec 20, 2019
    70
    Mercenaries 5 needed six more months of testing and refinement before seeing the light of day. The game’s mech combat is great for enthusiasts of the genre, but the lack of polish may leave newcomers cold. I recommend it for hardcore fans, but casual players may want to wait for the bugs to be ironed out.
  5. Feb 28, 2020
    70
    Well, the two decades of waiting were worth it. We’ve been given a true successor, a new king, even though the AI is still a bit wonky.
  6. Dec 16, 2019
    67
    The core of the game is solid, and the financial dread of being a badass is something rarely explored in video games. I recommend playing MechWarrior 5 in co-op with a friend, as I found coordinating builds and strategies with someone really added a layer of fun and replayability to the contracts.
  7. Dec 10, 2019
    50
    MechWarrior 5 is lengthy and complex but extremely tedious and often obnoxious. What could have been a very enjoyable experience is dragged down by bad movement, menus, and pacing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 157
  2. Negative: 75 out of 157
  1. Dec 10, 2019
    10
    Don't even pay attention to the obvious trolls. MW4 and the older titles were NOT better than this. All I wanted is a lengthy dynamic campaignDon't even pay attention to the obvious trolls. MW4 and the older titles were NOT better than this. All I wanted is a lengthy dynamic campaign where you gradually upgrade your mechs and wreak havoc on enemies, and so far this game seems to deliver just that.
    The game still needs some polishes, but that's about it. There is no deal breaker here. I've finally got what I wanted after so many years, and won't let some entitled trolls destroy this franchise with their endless whining.
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  2. Dec 11, 2019
    9
    Gotta weigh in here. I have played Mech Warrior Online 60+ hours and BattleMech 80+ hours and this new addition to the Battlemech /Gotta weigh in here. I have played Mech Warrior Online 60+ hours and BattleMech 80+ hours and this new addition to the Battlemech / Mechwarrior experience is essential. Some people are saying this game is average. I do not agree.

    There are definitely aspects that could use improvement! I literally am waiting on baited breath with fingers crossed that we get expansions, DLC, or even just QOL updates for this title.

    Because it is SO FUN to play. When there is 12 plus bogies on the screen and you are assaulting a base in a Blackjack trying to lay down the suppression fire long enough while sniping turrets and helicopters for your three AI controlled lancemates to help you pull through it is TENSE.

    The physical experience of switching from a Blackjack to a Vindicator is so impactful! On paper they really are not that much different. In piloting the different loadouts and weapons make you feel like you are piloting a different mech. This is so downplayed by the two other titles.
    Your skill as a pilot here really helps you out.

    MWO dosen't quite have the longevity of a mercenary comapny. The MWO experience is similiar to this (though not nearly as impactful) but it feels like a skirmish simulator and while online with big battles it just dosen't hold my interest (not to mention the grind is high). In addition it's really hard to be tactical because you get smoked SO FAST by huge groups of players. It's very chaotic and (for me at least) boils down to very basic tactics you have to adhere to to not get dog-piled cored. BATTLEMECH is great in it's own rights but you don't have as strong as a visceral experience due to it being a slow paced top down tactics game (which I love but I don't feel like I am a pilot, more a general commanding troops).

    Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries blends the two into a sublime balance.
    It's not perfect across the board and could use some fine tuning so I give it a 9 instead of a ten.

    I hope it continues to get some more development love because I am having a blast and I think anybody who enjoys MWO and BATTLEMECH is missing out if they don't give this game the chance it deserves. With any upcoming soft tweaks it's an easy 10 for sure, 11+ with any future additions to the core gameplay.
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  3. Jan 1, 2020
    8
    Very good Mechwarrior game.

    plus: The campaign is a classic cliché, but interesting enough from the second half. Mechs selection more
    Very good Mechwarrior game.

    plus:
    The campaign is a classic cliché, but interesting enough from the second half.
    Mechs selection more than sufficient (although I look forward to DLC)
    Movement and combat is perfect.
    In co-op the game is much better.

    cons:
    AI lance pilots are stupid. AI does not use jumpjet (at least one saves tonnage). AI rarely gets stuck somewhere (but using commands will solve everything, just send them to a specific location or a specific target).

    conclusion:
    I look forward to the next DLC, especially I hope the clan invasion.
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  4. Dec 17, 2019
    5
    Core elements like graphic, sound, mech customization, shooting mechanics are pretty good but this means nothig because this game gets reallyCore elements like graphic, sound, mech customization, shooting mechanics are pretty good but this means nothig because this game gets really boring very quick, there are only a few types of missions you need to do over and over again on barely changing maps and there is rarely any story between this grind to next reputation level which takes hours. Expand
  5. May 28, 2021
    4
    I loved MW 3 and 4 on Pc. Those games were full of interesting loadouts and exciting battles. What was best is that everything made sense andI loved MW 3 and 4 on Pc. Those games were full of interesting loadouts and exciting battles. What was best is that everything made sense and was easy to pick up..Mech Warrior 5 has none of what made the origional games great. It took me ages just to figure out how to start a mission. Menus and loadouts EVERYTHING is convoluded and unnecisarily complex. . The menus are trash just figuring out how to play is a chore, not fun.. When you finally get to combat, its slow and cumbersome in a way Mech games have never felt. Battle are boring and filled with 90% slow mech walking.
    And offcourse the one female side character looks like a boy!!!..
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  6. Dec 21, 2019
    2
    first of all how on earth is noone actually talking about whether this is actually MechWarrior or not? This most definitely is not it is morefirst of all how on earth is noone actually talking about whether this is actually MechWarrior or not? This most definitely is not it is more like a kids version. Clearly this IP has been absent long enough none of these kids really knows what real MechWarrior is like. With the reviews, there are Oooh I love it’s and Oooh I hate it because of the lack of graphics etc.. I have all of the MechWarrior games and this is not MechWarrior in any way except in name! for starters as the leader of your clan you get all of the scrap/mechs and weapons that survive a sortie from all missions period! and if you are being paid/hired for a job the boss would pay for all damages incurred period! the movement speed is jacked. everything moves at the same speed? how? when a small mech is under you and you cannot shoot them and they can easily kill you. so if that is the case you should be able to plow them over like the tanks etc... these is only a few tiny things. then there are many larger flaws. For instance where are the different armors reflective ablative etc? where? where is the options to choosing engine types this helps shed tonnage and increase speed etc? where are the different skeleton metal types also for tonnage requisites? open slots should allow for any weapon type to fit in any slot that those slot types allow. so if I want to shed armor to increase my amount of weapons it is not allowed!!? no chaffs? hmn? or overheating in an ice biome ROFL just... no! the weapon fire is almost indiscernible from one another except the obvious AC vs laser. and the lasers and missiles are nothing to write home about they look awful. From what I have seen the missile types are missing several. radar is borked! theres so many things .. um there is no local LAN play? a key component to Mechwarrior! ? RORL .. there is no auto lock limb targeting - where is it? I mean…………………ARRGH! what the F is this abomination? I may not be 100% correct but anyone who has played MechWarrior knows this stuff. So talking about ooh.. i'm mad because is strictly an exclusive to epic or cry the graphics aren’t absolutely awesome, that is ridiculous who cares! Where is mechwarrior 5 at? I will keep playing MechWarrior 4 black knight instead of this. Ill get a refund. Perhaps they will fix this mess in future updates but I do not see it happening. Which is too bad as many of us have been waiting a long time. Expand
  7. Jun 4, 2022
    0
    This game is very disappointing. Basically, this game is worse than Mechwarrior 4 in every way besides the graphics. Even the graphics are notThis game is very disappointing. Basically, this game is worse than Mechwarrior 4 in every way besides the graphics. Even the graphics are not stunning only better than the previous game. Expand

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