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Mechcommander 2 was abandoned by its publisher (Microsoft) who helpfully released the source code.
Some clever people then got the gameup and running again, minus video cut scenes of course.
This game was a favourite of mine back in the day, and I was sorry to lose access to it when my last Windows XP computer died some years back. The game sees you as the commander in charge of groups of mechs on the battlefield, telling them whre to move, directing thier fire, and so on.
For me it had the right mix of action and strategy. I was happy to realise the game is quite easy to set up and run on a Windows 10 machine. This was a throwaway comment in a podcast I was listening to, but I paused that and immediately went and got the game up and running (okay, after a couple of tries).
The game was a little shaky but I was able to play it through to completion. Now I get to play through again, but challenge myself each time, e.g. only taking light mechs to the battlefield.
As with all classic games it’s difficult to recommend this to anyone. I enjoy it now because I enjoyed it before and while the graphics aren’t there, the gameplay definitely is.
However if you like Mechs and you like strategy games, this is your most recent option in terms of computer games. I can’t believe it either.