Free Release of MechWarrior 4 via MTX


So as I was minding my own business surfing the interwebz, I notice this little excellent bit of gaming interest if you’re a fan of MechWarrior

Apparently, Microsoft has released, for free, MechWarrior 4, here is the press release (at least as of the time of it’s posting)

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The downside is, the delivery method. You seemingly can only get it via the MTX client, which is comparable to Valve Software’s product: Steam where you simply choose from a list of games that are available for you to download, click on the Game and press the Install button:

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Unfortunately, the UI is very unresponsive and seems to go out to lunch for 30 seconds or more. Now to be fair, I am running 64bit Windows 7, so maybe 32bit or other OS's will have no problems… The UPNP doesn’t seem to work out of the box, nor was I able to get the torrent method of transfer (the default) to work, well period, I couldn’t get anything to actually download. Good theory, Valve has shown it, but this application needs to be a lot more stable or just go away and license steam. I’m open to distribution venues that are the easiest to use out of the box. No one is interested in punching wholes in firewalls manually when every other app can do it no problem… Frankly, shouldn’t have shipped as is. And even then it’s a beta version. I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time but….

I could be playing it now, if only it would download … sigh