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MechWarrior Online Now Supports DirectX11 and Gets a New Banshee Mech

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Posted: 10:05AM

If spending $60-80 on Titanfall is just not something you want to do right now, there are plenty of other games that feature titan-like mechs, and they won't cost you a penny. HAWKEN has officially returned to free-to-play following a brief Early Access period on Steam, while MechWarrior Online has been out of beta since September. If you haven't tried out either, now is as good a time as any, especially with this week's update to the latter.

MechWarrior Online has been updated with optional DirectX 11 support for those that want a little more graphical fidelity. As of now, the update simply adds MSAA to the game's video settings, but it opens the door for more DX11 features in the future, as Piranha Games president Russ Bullock alluded to on Twitter:

Keep in mind that it's not all rose and rainbows though – several people are reporting drops in framerate, including PC Gamer's Patrick Carlson. So if you don't have a beefy gaming PC, you may want to hold off on turning on MSAA at the moment until it's better optimized. But even if you can't handle MSAA, the update does have something for everyone – a new Hero 'Mech. Well, everyone who wants to spend money. As with all Hero 'Mechs, this new addition, called the "La Malinche" Banshee, can only be purchased with Mech Credits, which are obtained by spending real money. However, on March 18, a Standard Variant of the Banshee chassis will be available for purchase using C-Bills, the in-game currency.

Source: PC Gamer and Official Site

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Boinker on March 8, 2014 12:53PM
I play this and love it. ;) Come see me with the clan Ghost bears, Handle is Boinker.
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Not a fan on March 9, 2014 03:38PM
While this game is worthwhile as a FREE alternative to Titanfall, etc., be aware that the game remains in early stages of the "promised" game with a glacial rate of development... the game has major weapon and team balance issues, greatly favors teams while providing no true team support, has no real "endgame" and is, essentially, a FPS with big robots. Fun in the short term, but think twice before putting your money into it... A helpful hint would be to do a couple searches regarding it's overall user/critics rating on Metacritic or elsewhere, and visit their forums prior to any purchase.

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