Hmf, I had never really been a BT fan because I don't use Joysticks and MW is impossible to play without one, but having read up on that wiki that got posted earlier I learned I proceeded from a false assumption based on my MechCommander experience. I always assumed that the Inner Sphere forces were the de facto "good guys" in the BT universe, with the Clans being some "faceless" oppressor force killing to kill or sommat. Now I find out that from a perspective of the survival and improvement of Humanity, the gods damned Clan is the good guys.
Huh? I played every single Mechwarrior with mouse and keyboard like any other shooter.
Yup. It actually plays pretty well the way I have it set up: Mouse twists torso, W/S accelerates, A/D turns the mech. Up until then, I had never really laterally twisted at the torso; fighting had just consisted of me running up to the bad guys, then walking back, and so on and so forth until one of us were dead.
Yeesh, I never could play MW2 or 3 with keyboard and mouse. It'd be liked playing TIE Fighter with a mouse - Possible but... weird. (Although I had a friend who beat my my Interceptor, Defender and Advanced lap times using a mouse...
Sidewinder 3D Pro all the way for me; Much faster reactions and can circle-strafe forever
Only downside is you loose out on long-range accuracy, but I only piloted heavy-mechs and lower (Assault mechs are just too damned slow!) so most of my tactics involved running round shooting people in the back
(As you can guess I wasn't very good in urban combat...)
Oh, and MW4 wasn't the first to do the mech reactor explosion; MW3 was - Watch the (awesomly fantastic and still unbeaten) intro sequence where the Atlas and Mad Dog shred the Timber Wolf - "He's going critical! Ejectiiiing!"
Actually, watching the MW5 vid, it almost seems to pay homage to that scene!
I just hope MW5 is more like 3 and 2... MW4 was more like playing Heavy Gear or Shogo; Far too arcady and felt more like you were piloting a Fischer Price My First Plastic Mech than a 75 Tonne war machine!