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Battletech: Heavy Metal

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Third expansion pack brings back classic robots for fans.

Game Linux , Mac , Windows 2019
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Since its release in mid-2018, this strategy game has made constant strides to improve and pack in more content for its fans' interests. Battletech: Heavy Metal marks the third and final DLC expansion in this "season" of content. While the previous expansions, Flashpoint and Urban Warfare focused more on new gameplay mechanics and maps, Heavy Metal is all about the 'Mechs. The game injects some new blood (or rather, motor oil) into the mix with the hulking powerhouse 'Mech, the Bull Shark. This behemoth is like a destructive force of nature on the battlefield, leveling city blocks with its Thumper cannon like it's nothing. The metal beast is a great addition to the previous lineup, filling a new role for those brave enough to take it to the frontlines of battle. Earning the Bull Shark involves playing through the new story-based Flashpoint. While this is a relatively short string of missions, it's a great bit of nostalgia for longtime Battletech fans, as they not only get to see the reintroduction of some long lost 'Mechs, but also stare down members of the classic and infamous mercenaries known as Wolf's Dragoons.

The Wolf's Dragoons aren't the only reason for Battletech fans to get nostalgic. Heavy Metal also introduces seven more classic 'Mechs which date back to the original tabletop game where, due to copyright issues, they weren't allowed to be used in later material. But now, these bots are back from the scrapyard, along with a host of new weapons. What's surprising is just how seamlessly these relics slide back into the fray. Each feels uniquely suited for a specific role and shores up any weaknesses players might have previously had in their squads. For fans, it's a return to old school glory for the franchise, while newcomers to the Battletech Universe still get a diverse selection of new toys to play with. By bringing together old and new, Battletech: Heavy Metal ensures that the current Battletech content season wraps without an ounce of rust in sight.

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