How to play Mechwarrior 2 + information resources on the game
September 1, 2021 at 7:41 pm #4994
So happy to see that this game has been picked up as the game to discuss in April next year. I’m a pretty big fan of the game and the series so I look forward to hearing and perhaps contributing in some fashion to the conversation 🙂
I thought that I could help out with differentiating between the many different versions of Mechwarrior 2: 31st Century Combat.
I recommend playing the DOS version and installing the 1.1 patch. If you don’t want to set up your own DOSbox installation, you can just use the fan-made tool MechVM that simply creates an installation with Dosbox.
1. Download MechVM http://mechvm.org/
2. Insert the MW2 CD or mount the MW2 iso as a virtual drive
3. Run MechVM and press the button that install the DOS version. The program is now unpacking and installing Mechwarrior 2 into wherever MechVM is installed.
4. Install the 1.1 Patch that fixes some of the bugs. Just copy and paste the files into the directory in which MW2 was installed https://www.patches-scrolls.com/mechwarrior2.php
5. Press the Play MW2 DOS button in MechVM to launch the game.
6. Enjoy the game and its amazing cinematics 🙂
As a sidenote, there are multiple graphical versions that Digital Foundry actually did a really great rundown on how they differ with one another. Their conclusion and one that I agree with is that the DOS version is the superior one with less bugs and a nice visual presentation. Here is the video analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87tvXIIMJes
If people have problems with finding a proper version of the game, let me know. It’s practically abandonware (Microsoft owns the IP & doesn’t care, Activision made MW2, so it’s stuck in legal hell). It’s super important that whatever version you are using that it has the CD audio (Redbook audio more specifically), as the soundtrack is a major factor into the experience.
If you need the game manual: https://www.localditch.com/mechwarrior/mech2/index.html
If anyone wants some resources on how the game was developed, its history and awards, I recommend this blog: https://www.localditch.com/mechwarrior/mech2/clans.html and for the Mechwarrior series as a whole up until 2014 then here https://www.localditch.com/mechwarrior/history.html
Let me know if there’s anything I can help with, cheers!September 1, 2021 at 7:47 pm #4995
And if anyone wants to continue on with the subsequent expansions to Mechwarrior 2, I also highly recommend both Ghost Bear’s Legacy and Mercenaries.
GBL was campaign expansion pack with a new story, new missions, new mechs, and music. It’s practically more of the same of MW2, just with new content.
Mercs is regarded as pretty revolutionary Mechwarrior game because it took the mech sim gameplay of MW2 and added a management sim layer where you have to manage a mercenary unit in the universe and take on contracts. It’s the formula that many other Mechwarrior/Battletech games have followed because it uses many different game systems. And funny enough, it actually has its 25 year anniversary here in September.
Both GBL and Mercs can also be installed easily via MechVM. The same thing with the DOS versions being superior applies to GBL and Mercs, although in the W95 version allows for dynamic salvage in patch 1.1. Check Patches Scrolls for patches for each of the game: https://www.patches-scrolls.com/mechwarrior2_ghost_bears_legacy.php and https://www.patches-scrolls.com/mechwarrior2_mercenaries.php
voxelParticipantSeptember 3, 2021 at 5:49 am #5018
Thanks for the comprehensive post, not bad for a freebirth toad! I’m guessing you’re something of a fan.
Evil TacoParticipantSeptember 12, 2021 at 7:37 pm #5076
Awesome resources and links, thanks! My friend had Mercenaries and it was a really impressive game. We even played it a bit over LAN. I borrowed his CD when I finally got a beefier PC in 2001 and played until I had a mission that kept crashing. I regret a little bit to say I never returned the game to him..
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