Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Quick Review of MegaMek

Last week, I discovered a game called MegaMek. For what it is, MegaMek is pretty decent. It recreates the old Battletech board game accurately. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try, I just can't get into it. I was really excited when I first found it, but after some time spent fiddling around with it, I have come to the conclusion that it just isn't for me.

I actually don't think it has anything to do with the game itself or the interface. The problem is that, without any real face to face human interaction, the Battletech game itself is pretty bland. In order to really enjoy this game, it would need eye-popping graphics (which wouldn't be true to the board game genre) or... well... I can't think of anything else that would make a Battletech game fun enough to play on the computer. According to the Wikipedia article, there is a 3d version in development. That might do the trick.

All in all, I have to give the creators of MegaMek credit. I think they have achieved (or are very close to achieving) what they set out to do. It is a solid game. I just can't get into it on a computer screen.
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