The MechWarrior series is a pretty legendary set of complex combat sims that mix a high level of detail with intense action and some gripping storylines. This third entry in the franchise is a typically superb effort which impresses with its visuals, options and its sheer level of playability. The plot here is a fairly convoluted one, and as usual finds the universe in turmoil, with the various Clans that popularize the lore out for each other's throats, and with you in the role of a mech pilot caught deep behind enemy lines. What follows is a twenty mission campaign which sees you starting out in a fairly ordinary mech infiltrating enemy territory and which progresses all the way up to some really hefty gear. There's all the usual features on offer here, with new and improved damage models which recreate the horrors of mech war extremely well, with your mech limping as it gets hit, and with destroyed limbs sparking and trailing wreckage. There's an extensive range of customization options, with lots of heavy duty hardware to try out, and if you can find other players, there's a cool multiplayer mode, but even if you can't, the single player campaign will keep you highly entertained. As far as mech combat sims go, this is a top notch effort. The visuals are great, with a nice level of detail and some impressive effects and environments to explore. The missions are varied and thrilling, with intense combat that keeps you focused at all times. The game is fairly complex but not overly so, so when combined with all the options and the decent plot, this makes for a great experience.