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MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat

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MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat
Publisher: Activision (US/EU), Bandai Visual/Activision (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (9 tracks)
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-23406G
Sega Saturn
US
$? T-13004H
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[1] T-13004H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-13004H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-13004H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-13004H-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 191226



MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat (メックウォリア2) is a first person shooter developed by Quantum Factory and published by Activision for a variety of platforms including the Sega Saturn.

It is part of the Mechwarrior/Battletech universe, a series that has seen most of its success on DOS and Windows computers. The only other game in the series to be released on a Sega platform is BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat for the Sega Mega Drive.

Gameplay

The game has the player pilot a walking mech, destroying targets on a 3D playfield.

Despite its name, the Saturn (and PlayStation) versions of MechWarrior 2 are in fact stripped-down versions of the PC version of the game (of which there are several flavours, beginning with a 1995 DOS release). The controls have been simplified, the maps are smaller, and the gameplay has a more "arcade-like" quality to it. Visuals are similar to the PC 3D accelerated versions of the game, however the game runs at a lower resolution and has different (and often higher quality) textures.

Interestingly the Saturn version also sports more detailed textures and skybox than the PlayStation release, though lacks alpha transparency effects. Maps also vary slightly between the two versions. Music from the 1996 DOS/Windows re-release, MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries is used, rather than the soundtrack bundled with the 1995 version.

Magazine articles

Main article: MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #89: "December 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
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Ultra Game Players (US) #93: "January 1997" (199x-xx-xx)
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EGM US 091.pdfEGM US 091.pdf

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #91: "February 1997" (199x-xx-xx)
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #92: "March 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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GameFan (US) Volume 5, Issue 4: "April 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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SSM JP 19970905 1997-30.pdf

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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #66: "1997-30 (1997-09-05)" (1997-08-22)
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SSM JP 19970912 1997-31.pdf

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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #67: "1997-31 (1997-09-12)" (1997-08-29)
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SSM UK 20.pdf

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Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #20: "June 1997" (1997-05-14)
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PlayerOne FR 075.pdf

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Player One (FR) #75: "Mai 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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NextLevel DE 1997-05.pdf

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neXt Level (DE) "Mai 1997" (1997-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
76 №27, p90-94[3]
60 №459, p38
79 №2, p64-67[4]
89 №20, p68-69[1]
50 №1997-34, p243[5]
Sega Saturn
71
Based on
5 reviews

Saturn, US
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Disc
Mechwarriorii sat us manual.pdf
Manual
MechWarrior2QRCSaturnUSManual.pdf
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Saturn, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Saturn, BR
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Cover

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:SSM UK 20.pdf, page 68
  2. File:SaturnPower UK 01.pdf, page 29
  3. File:CDConsoles FR 27.pdf, page 62
  4. File:SaturnPower UK 02.pdf, page 64
  5. File:SSM JP 19971003 1997-34.pdf, page 247