Gather round, ye gamers, and hear a tale from the simpler days of gaming:
When I was five years old, I got the Battlepack version of Mechwarrior 2 for Windows. For the first three months I didn't understand much of the game, yet was absolutely blown away by the absolutely beautiful cinematics
. This, folks, is the game that taught me how to read, although learning the meaning of words like "Long-Range Missiles" was of dubious value to my parents. It was the first game in which I learned to appreciate the mystical, incorporeal fifth element of gaming called Story, and with good reason: I have seen no other simulation title which combines a sense of immediacy with such a varied background.
Eventually, of course, with the advent of 32-bit system hardware I along with the rest of the planet had to upgrade to Windows XP, and Mechwarrior 2 became a memory. Recently discovered a patch that enables the game to be played on 32-bit platforms, both XP and Vista.
Ah, to be able to run across a sunny mesa in my Firemoth once again...
Anyhoo, I was wondering how many other Mechwarrior 2 buffs are on the forum, and if any of them are still playing. No game can achieve what Mechwarrior 2 did in terms of atmosphere, and I want to hear the experiences of other players.