Mechwarrior Online (MWO) is now free to play and no longer open beta.
Mechwarrior Online (MWO) is now a free to play PC video game.
MechWarrior Online FREE TO PLAY is now Open beta for everyone.
Okay guys and gals, this has to be one of the best free to play games I’ve seen in a long time…
Are you a fan of the classic Mechwarrior games? well then this is for you! We have waited and waited for one, and now it’s here!
The graphics are wonderful, granted the only downside is you will need a somewhat new video-card. I’m playing on a GTX 560ti Twin Frozer II and it runs quite well. It uses the Crysis 3 engine so expect some great visuals, lighting and particle effects. You can choose from tons of Mechs(giant robots you drive). From speedy light Mechs to Huge ones with high power weapons, but everything is balanced very well. Light Mechs have tons of speed they can run circles around larger Mechs and make great scouts. Medium Mechs are a great choice if you like a little speed but still want to pack a lot of punch. I like the Heavy Mechs the most, they are huge! just watch out for two or more light mechs on you at once, they are quite slow when walking and moving the arms.
It’s a small download, about 2.2 gigs, updated all the time. You can buy custom skins and what they call Hero Mechs, but I’ve yet to see the need to spend any money on these features, they really made sure this game didn’t turn out to be like allot of free to plays.
Here is where half the fun is at the MechWarrior online Mech-Lab!
This is the Mech-Lab, from here you can customize your Mech. You are able to adjust every section, from weapon hard points, heat skins, jump jets, and custom skins.
The Mach-Lab interface is very easy to you can just click on any part of your Mech and it will display your load-out information. They did a great job on the interface the Mech will rotate on the screen for you for a good angle at what you’re working with.
Lets take a look at some of the Mechs you can play in MechWarrior online free to play, all the Mech classes have at least 4 variant types to choose from. It’s boils down to what type of hard-points they can carry, speed, and if they have jump-jets. You can also buy special Hero Mechs but I don’t find them to be all that great, plus they just cost you real world money. But hey if you want to look cool and are really into the game, go for it.
|Jump cap||150 m|
|Weapons||1 x SRM4  4 x medium laser|
Designed in 2784, the fact that the Jenner was the sole property of the Draconis Combine was a source of pride, however this honor would later be tainted by the ‘Mech’s prominent role in the Kentares Massacre. Even after the destruction of its Diplan ’Mechyards factory in 2848, the Jenner remained a common sight among the regiments of the DCMS until Luthien Armor Works reopened a line on Luthien in 3046. The Jenner’s primarily laser armament and phenomenal speed helped to make the the ‘Mech extremely well suited as a guerrilla fighter. The design has a top speed of 118.8 km/h. This mobility is further enhanced by the addition of five Smithson Lifter jump jets, giving the Jenner a jumping distance of 150 meters. The primary downfall of this ‘Mech is also one of its assets: with such a heavy reliance on energy weapons, the Jenner is woefully light in the area of heat sinks.
|Jump cap||150 m|
|Weapons||1 x SRM4  4 x medium laser|
The Raven is a technological marvel and employs a large number of advanced electronic warfare systems, possibly making it the most advanced light ‘Mech on the field, at least in detection and targeting equipment. It was first built by the Capellan Confederation as an electronics test bed unit that was pushed into combat during the Fourth Succession War, when the Federated Suns made a concentrated effort to destroy the Liao state. Since that time, rediscovered Star League technology has allowed the Raven to reach its full potential.
The Raven has a maximum speed of 97.2 km/h, which is respectable for a ‘Mech of its weight class. It is armored with four and a half tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor, giving it good protection. To further its survivability, it is outfitted with CASE to protect against any ammunition explosions. The ‘Mech is also powered by an XL Engine and carries some of the most advanced electronics warfare equipment in the Inner Sphere.
|Chassis||Coventry Metal Works|
|Engine||Omni & GM 150|
The Commando was commissioned in 2463 to be built by Coventry Metal Works (then known as Coventry Defense Conglomerate) as the Lyran Commonwealth’s first reconnaissance BattleMech, but it is also used for close-range support due to its firepower. It carries four tons of armor, but against anything other than other light ‘Mechs the difference in the amount of armor is negligible.
It is often claimed that the Commando was designed as a competitor with both the popular Wasp and Stinger light ‘Mechs, but these were in fact only developed some years later (in 2471 and 2479, respectively).
The Commando is mainly in Lyran use, while the COM-2D is also produced in the Taurian Concordat and the Marian Hegemony deploys the COM-4H.
That’s a good look at the Medium Mechs you can use in MechWarrior online free to play. (these are a bit more fun IMO at my age, I’ll leave the lights for the people who still have fast hand eye coordination)
|Top speed||119.59 km/h|
|Per cycle cost||134,999 C-Bills|
Originally conceived in 2572, the Hunchback is well-known as an urban combat BattleMech built for close-range combat. The only real flaw in the Hunchback’s design as a city fighter is its lack of jump jets combined with its relatively slow ground speed of only 64.8 km/h. Aside from this flaw, the design is a respected and dangerous ‘Mech when in a city environment. When in the open though, its lack of any long-range weapons makes the Hunchback little more than a slow-moving target.[
|Top speed||70.80 km/h|
|Per cycle cost|
The Centurion was originally designed to compliment the Trebuchet fire support BattleMech. To allow the Centurion to do this duty, it was equipped with a heavy and varied arsenal that allows it to strike at enemy units at a variety of ranges. The top speed of the Centurion is 64.8 km/h. While this is slower than the Trebuchet that it guards by 22 km/h, it is capable of keeping up with most fire support ‘Mechs and the Centurion has made a reputation for itself as a front line combat ‘Mech. In order to keep up with demand, Corean Enterprises licensed the design to Jalastar Aerospace in 3047
The Cicada was introduced in 2740 by HartfordCo Industries in trying to capitalize on the growing need for BattleMechs. HartfordCo built the Cicada to compete directly against the Locust. The ‘Mech was designed around a similar doctrine of speed and has a top speed of 129.6 km/h. The Cicada design did eventually meet some unforeseen problems that sullied the reputation of the ‘Mech. Primary among these was a critical flaw in the design of the heat sinks used that could cause severe heat management concerns and could even lead to an inadvertent shutdown in a combat situation.
That’s a good look at the Heavy Mechs you can use in MechWarrior Online free to play. (I just love using Heavy Mechs in MechWarrior online. To me nothing beats the Atlas class Assault mech, but sometimes you need the speed. With more people teaming up online, sometimes the Assault Mechs are not the best choice. But most of the time, Assault Mechs FTW)
They are constantly updating Mechwarrior online. Listing every Mech for this free to play game would be impossible. It is a fantastic game, so give it a try. (It’s only about a 2.6Gb download)
You can download Mechwarrior here..
Check out the WIKI page for it for a better look and more pictures of the Mechs and weapons for Mechwarrior Online FREE TO PLAY
It’s in Beta stage currently, and they are always adding new content, best part is this isn’t a pay to win game! and its quite bug free for a Beta game(if anything this makes its more fun!, lots of new content almost every week!)
Hope you check it out and contact me via E-Mail if you’d like to join in some matches.
Here is a small video of the gameplay.
Some screen shots of the action for your viewing pleasure.