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Watch huge robots smash stuff in this new MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries trailer

We spent some time with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries in December, and came away optimistic about its potential. The AI was weak, our resident robot jockey Steven declared, but it's "shaping up to be the mech game I've always wanted." It's a good look at the state of the game so far, showcasing changing mission conditions, various types of enemy units, the inconvenience of enemy reinforcements, and other elements of gameplay. 

But sometimes you want to just kick back and watch a few minutes of giant robots blowing the 31st-century crapola out of everything that moves. For that, the new "Biome Update Teaser" is what you need. It makes no pretense at demonstrating how to play the game; there's nothing in it about heat management or weapon linking or sensor configurations. It's just "pew pew boom" with a few landscape shots, all of it buried underneath a repetitive but appropriately martial (and loud) soundtrack.   

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is set to come out in December, and my hopes are high. The free-to-play MechWarrior Online has built up a dedicated community over the years, but fans of single-player campaigns (like me) have been left out of the fun for far too long. MechWarrior 2 is one of my favorite games of all time, and I very much hope that MW5: Mercenaries can recapture that magic. 

As lead news writer during ‘merican hours, Andy covers the day-to-day events that keep PC gaming so interesting, exciting, and occasionally maddening. He’s fond of RPGs, FPSs, dungeons, Myst, and the glorious irony of his parents buying him a TRS-80 instead of an Atari so he wouldn't end up wasting his life on videogames.