Oh man, I have lot to say about Mechwarrior Online. You know I love me some mech games! It’s definitely a ton of fun, and a very unique experience. It’s very tactical but still fast paced, most of the time. You have to take your time and plan your actions. You can’t just charge in, guns blazing. All that does is signal the other team too rain missiles down on your head.
It is still in beta though, so it’s hard to criticize it. However, there are a lot of things I’d like to see improved. First of all, it takes FOREVER to save up enough money to buy a new mech, especially a heavier one. Literally hours upon hours. Smaller, scout class mechs are cheaper, true, but those don’t quite suit my playstyle. When you finally do graduate from using the trial mechs and get your own, the game finally starts. You gain experience both for your character and your chosen mech. Repair and ammo costs also become factor, which I like because it adds more danger to each battle and makes the game have a more persistant feeling. Choosing a mech to buy, though, and how to go about outfitting it, is impossible. The game gives you next to no imformation. I know it’s still in beta, but I had to pull up multiple wikis just to see what a weapon does and if I can equip it or not. It’d also be nice if player names in the in-game chat were color coded. When “this person killed this person” appears, I never know whether to cheer or not until I look at the score, which counts each team’s kills. Actually, all of the game’s social functions are incredibly clunky. If there’s a team chat, you know, before you get into a game, I haven’t found it. Creating groups and inviting friends isn’t as easy to do as it should be. I don’t know, the whole interface just isn’t as intuitive as I think it could be.
But yeah, beta. I’m super excited to see what changes are made once the game goes live. I’m definitely going to keep playing it.