North American cover art
Genesis: Malibu Interactive
Genesis: Extreme Entertainment Group
|Composer(s)||Brian L. Schmidt|
|Release date(s)||Sega Genesis:
|Genre(s)||Sci-fi mech simulation|
MechWarrior 3050 is a 1994 mech-based video game developed by Malibu. The first Battletech based game to be released for the Sega Genesis, it was originally titled simply Battletech, but was later ported to the Super NES by Activision as Mechwarrior 3050. The Sega Genesis and Super NES versions are nearly identical, except for their titles.
The story takes place during the events of the Clan Invasion in the 3050 era. Players are assigned the role of a Clan Wolf Mechwarrior, who is sent to eliminate several Inner Sphere assets which threaten to destroy the Clan's dominance on the battlefield, and given Timber Wolf/MadCat mech.
This video game is viewed in an isometric view as opposed to the first person view of the previous game. The game also features a two-player mode where one player controls the bottom half of the mech to navigate it around the map while the second player controls the upper torso, which moves independently.
Though the four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly complained that the game's single player mode is difficult to the point of being inaccessible, all but one of them gave the Genesis version a positive recommendation, citing the diversity of missions, strong challenge, and impressive animations. They scored it a 7.25 out of 10 average. They were evenly split on the Super NES version, with two of them recommending it based on the diversity of levels, and the other two focusing on the frustratingly difficult single player mode and the confusing controls. They scored it a 6.75 out of 10 average.
- MechWarrior 3050 at MobyGames
- MechWarrior 3050 at GameFAQs (Super NES version)
- Battletech at GameFAQs (Sega Genesis version)
- Soundtrack information at SNES Music
- Battletech: A Game of Armored Combat at The Ultimate SEGA Retro Database
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