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  • Summary: Choose from four ultra powerful transforming Mobile Combat Armor suits, each with its own advantages and strengths. Find tons of powerups and enhancements to improve your MCA's performance. In addition to piloting your MCA through deadly outdoor, underground, and city missions, you will beChoose from four ultra powerful transforming Mobile Combat Armor suits, each with its own advantages and strengths. Find tons of powerups and enhancements to improve your MCA's performance. In addition to piloting your MCA through deadly outdoor, underground, and city missions, you will be able to dock in certain areas and strike out on foot to complete objectives. There may even be a surprise or two in store... Shogo: Mobile Armor Division uses Monolith?s LithTech - one of the most advanced next-generation 3D engines in gaming. [Monolilth] Expand
  • Developer: Monolith Productions
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Arcade
  • # of players: Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. I'm not saying things can't get better, but for now this is as good as it gets. So where does Shogo rank amongst all the games I've played, through all the years, the genres, the classics, the memories? Let's just say it's on the short list, the very short list.
  2. The gameplay is plain wicked - with no environments ever repeating (except for some cities), it's always fun to see what's around the corner.
  3. If there is any justice in the world Shogo will be looked back on as one of the best 3D games of its time. Personally speaking, apart from "Half-Life", Shogo is the best game I've played this year.
  4. PC Gamer
    90
    If you like you action games fast and furious, Shogo is your one-way ticket to nirvana. [Dec 1998]
  5. 90
    One of the best games I've played this year. Its compelling story, in-game cinematics, nearly continuous action, and unique armaments add new life to the FPS genre.
  6. Shogo not only provides the action, it does it with a plot and an artistic flair not often seen in today's games.
  7. Beyond multiplayer flaws, there are a few other things that keep Shogo from being the be-all and end-all of 3D shooters. Chief among these is the absolutely pathetic enemy AI. Enemies in Shogo don't move much, and very rarely pursue you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. AnonymousMC
    Nov 11, 2008
    10
    This game is very highly intuitive to play. The voice acting is decent, at least, and going around in giant robots is extremely fun. It hasThis game is very highly intuitive to play. The voice acting is decent, at least, and going around in giant robots is extremely fun. It has a couple flaws, such as a lack of any first party matchmaking built-in (Gamespy fixes this, somewhat, but there are NO GAMES AVAILABLE, EVER). However, this is overwritten by the fact that you can find it in some places bundled with Septerra Core for $1. Travel the USA if you must, JUST GET THIS GAME. Expand
  2. Apr 21, 2015
    10
    Probably one of the best games of its time. I loved it for its pace, gameplay, and sheer fun factor. If you like mechs, first person shooters,Probably one of the best games of its time. I loved it for its pace, gameplay, and sheer fun factor. If you like mechs, first person shooters, and fast paced fun, pick this up and try it. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2015
    10
    This was the first shooter game I've ever played. And I'll never forget it. Surely it was one of the best games of its time. I remember withThis was the first shooter game I've ever played. And I'll never forget it. Surely it was one of the best games of its time. I remember with some offers, in those years, many PC were sold with Shogo bundled.

    The plot of Shogo was beautiful, articulate and with great sci-fi implementation. Considering that the game was released back in 1998, probably along with Half-Life was one of the first shooter to have a rooted and complex plot, and this isn't little. Among other things, the plot had more than one available ending, and this did nothing but made it a game quite advanced for its era.

    The gameplay Shogo was certainly not a joke. In fact, in addition to using the human protagonist, you can also use a battle-mecha, similar to those seen in the Patlabor anime. The shooter structure is made impeccably and feedback of weapons is excellent. There is an high cure and you really feel the difference between using pistols, or an assault rifle or a shotgun. Weapons are a dozen, several and beautiful, especially those used with mecha. You can also play Shogo as a third person shooter, but is rather awkward and cumbersome as method. Obviously, like any classic shooter, you have to keep life and armor in constant consideration; and the difficulty of the game is rather good also thanks to the good enemy AI, moving often and hit hard. The amount of violence is simply incredible and splatter, with arts splashing from all sides, based of type of damage received or inflicted. The maps and environment of the game ranging from labyrinthine stations or cities to wide open spaces in which to operate with maximum freedom. The frequency in using the human protagonist and the mecha is very well balanced and difficult to get bored of playing more with one than with another.

    The graphics of the game is simply stunning, one of the best of the time. I believe that, at its time, Shogo couldn't work on console because of its abundance and this why it is a game designed for PC hardware, and it is good. You can feel in the game an artistic achievement similar to japanese anime, both while playing and in cut-scenes; an aim surely reached by developers. The soundtrack is really beautiful, and intro's song is simply unforgettable.

    Shogo: Mobile Armor Division is a real piece of history for shooter games and especially for PC games. A must-have classic that, in my opinion, is still worth playing today.
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  4. JackB.
    Sep 23, 2005
    10
    Best PC game of the 90's. Nuf said.
  5. Apr 19, 2012
    10
    Shogo is an efficient, brutal and compelling action shooter that balances storytelling with ultimate carnage. A classic back then and aShogo is an efficient, brutal and compelling action shooter that balances storytelling with ultimate carnage. A classic back then and a classic now. I recommend it for every nostalgia fan. Expand
  6. Jan 23, 2018
    8
    Этот текст здесь для того что бы оценка отобразилась в моем профиле.
  7. Apr 4, 2020
    5
    I'm a great fan of Monolith's work from Blood to No one lives Forever to F.E.A.R. But the early years of Monolith Productions was kind offI'm a great fan of Monolith's work from Blood to No one lives Forever to F.E.A.R. But the early years of Monolith Productions was kind off hard for them, of the games that almost make the company went bankrupt was Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, and... it's not hard to see why.
    Monolith decided to create a game engine of their own called Lithtech engine, it was made specifically for this game and later the rest of their game uses the same updated version... but this made no justice to Shogo what so ever because the game looks ugly... even for a game released in 1997. Character models looks awful, weapons and the arm model are as well terrible... the main character's fingers looks like if they were made from sausages.
    The story is not bad, but is not interesting. As this is an FPS game the only thing you do in the whole game is shooting at everything, but the controls are weird, I've encounter a situation were i had to shoot the weapon using a key rather than the mouse, i just couldn't make the game to recognize the mouse buttons to shoot. Although, shooting felt good and satisfying and the idea of switching from human to a giant mech was amazing... actually i did enjoy even more when i was playing as the robot shooting at other robots at the streets of the city than when i was playing as the human sections. Sadly... the game contains some frustrating difficult, enemies will never miss a shoot the can basically kill you in a couple of hits and they behave like if they knew from were you will show up.
    Is this game worth it? not really, you can play it if you want but it will not be a good experience.
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