You play the role of a commander stuck behind enemy lines after a botched planetary assault. You are alone except for your repair and support vehicles, and your only hope is to link up with other lone stragglers. Your goal? To find those remnants of the main strike force, doing as much damage as possible on the way.
Fortunately, dealing damage is incredibly fun. Your custom-designed Battlemech can handle serious firepower, and half the enjoyment of the game is tweaking your machine to suit your style. Snipers will like the long range of multiple missile batteries and the instant damage of Extended Range Large Lasers. For those who like to slug it out, we're betting you'll love it when your 'mech jerks back from the recoil of the awesome Ultra Autocannon 20.
Enemy vehicles, installations, and 'mechs go boom in the best of ways: heavy-weapons fire tears off limbs, and buildings disintegrate into clouds of smoke and debris from missile strikes. Players with a steady hand on the joystick can concentrate shots on a particular area of an enemy mech, taking their opponent apart one piece at a time.
Fans of the Battletech board game and novels will appreciate the dead-on modelling of the Battlemechs' earth-shaking bulk and titanic weapons. But even those unfamiliar with the lore and history of the series will get a kick out of stomping around in these giant machines. --Mike Fehlauer