MechWarrior

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MechWarrior
MechWarrior cover
Developers
Dynamix
Publishers
Activision
Release dates
DOS September 16, 1989
MechWarrior guide on StrategyWiki
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General information

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Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Requires the manual to answer copy protection questions.
DOS

Essential improvements[edit]

Run in DOSBox[edit]

To run MechWarrior correctly in DOSBox make the following changes to the DOSBox configuration file:[1]

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.GAM
In-game settings are stored in each save rather than shared.

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu
In-game options menu
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Layout is quite archaic compared to modern standards. The manual has a list of the keys on page 27. Changing the controls may be achievable in DOSBox using the remapper.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Limited native support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues fixed[edit]

Game freezes when completing a mission[edit]

Change mpu401=intelligent to mpu401=uart in the DOSBox configuration file[1] (see run in DOSBox).

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes EGA, CGA, Tandy

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 6.2
Processor (CPU) Intel 286
System memory (RAM) 640 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA graphics card

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Settings recommended by Gemini in Ancient DOS Games --- Episode 32: MechWarrior