Mechwarrior 4 — Free at last, free at last!

Studio MekTek’s free version of Mechwarrior 4 has finally been released after years of hard work and miles of red tape. Unfortunately, this momentous occasion has been plagued by server crashes, buggy software, and a lot of empty feelings.

The release went live on May 3rd, but the site’s servers quickly crashed due to heavy traffic. I was finally able to download the client in the late evening — but it didn’t get any better.

The game file is about 1.7 gigs, and to help you download it, MekTek has MacGyvered (I’m sure duct tape and chewing gum were involved) a client that’s somewhere between Steam and uTorrent. The client is called MekTek X, or MTX, and it is riddled with problems. I haven’t been able to run MTX without it freezing — at which point I have to force close it and open it again to resume operation.

If you’ve got the resolve and determination of a Marine in boot camp, then you might actually get the game installed. As a reward, the game will launch and crash, asking you to insert disc 2. To overcome this problem you’ll need to revisit your old friend MTX and update the game. I’ve updated the game three or four times so far without any success.

I’ll let you know when I finally get the game running. After that I’ll write a review since MekTek has added many new features and improvements to the rusty metal classic.

If you get the game running before me, post a comment and gloat!

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