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First post, by BEEN_Nath_58

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This game has got a myriad of different versions and editions released. I have never been able to categorize them and there seems to be more editions than what I know. Can anyone help me listing and categorizing these games based on the platforms they work on (Windows and DOS, APIs and HW they run on)?

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Reply 1 of 8, by leileilol

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To keep it simple, there's three major fractures:
- the 1995-96 OG releases (including the original 3dfx/PowerVR/ATI/Matrox/S3 releases)
- The 1997 Battle Pack version (A lot of YMMV makeover)
- The 1998 Titanium Pack version (D3D with a lot of YMMV makeover)

I've only owned the OG releases and Battle Pack seems more about graphical parity with Mercenaries (which should be considered a separate game to MW2). I imagine this was all hell with regards to NetMech compatibility.

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Reply 2 of 8, by BEEN_Nath_58

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leileilol wrote on 2022-05-16, 15:33:
To keep it simple, there's three major fractures: - the 1995-96 OG releases (including the original 3dfx/PowerVR/ATI/Matrox/S3 r […]
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To keep it simple, there's three major fractures:
- the 1995-96 OG releases (including the original 3dfx/PowerVR/ATI/Matrox/S3 releases)
- The 1997 Battle Pack version (A lot of YMMV makeover)
- The 1998 Titanium Pack version (D3D with a lot of YMMV makeover)

I've only owned the OG releases and Battle Pack seems more about graphical parity with Mercenaries (which should be considered a separate game to MW2). I imagine this was all hell with regards to NetMech compatibility.

The Titanium Edition uses D3D/nGlide and also probably RRedline API. On modern Windows 11, both d3d and glide is usable for Titanium, the original uses DDraw and works too.

There were many other: 3D Positional Audio, Non Retail Pentium Edition, a Netmech Edition (a edition with this name), versions for STB Velocity. There was also an AOL version. I wonder how many more are there.

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Reply 3 of 8, by swaaye

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I have an ancient site bookmarked that thoroughly covered most of the releases.
https://web.archive.org/web/20040611024931/ht … com/k_lupinsky/

I actually didn't know they ever supported RRedline. But yeah apparently Titanium does.

Reply 4 of 8, by BEEN_Nath_58

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From this site it seems like PCX2 supports Mech2. Probably then Mech2 becomes one of the first games to be tested in case a PCX2 emulator comes out.

Now I got to find more DOS versions

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Reply 5 of 8, by BEEN_Nath_58

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So far I have been able to collect the following Windows 95 versions of MechWarrior 2:

  • MechWarrior 2 Pentium Edition
  • MechWarrior 2 Pentium Edition (Megamedia Bundle)
  • MechWarrior 2 The Titanium Edition
  • MechWarrior 2 Battlepack Edition
  • MechWarrior 2 Netmech Edition
  • MechWarrior 2 3Dfx Editions
  • MechWarrior 2 S3 Editions
  • MechWarrior 2 PowerVR Editions
  • MechWarrior 2 ATI Rage Edition(s?)
  • MechWarrior 2 Enhanced for the Matrox Mystique (other MGA cards?)
  • MechWarrior 2 Softkey
  • MechWarrior 2 The Essential Collection

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Reply 7 of 8, by BEEN_Nath_58

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The Serpent Rider wrote on 2022-05-17, 08:17:

Not only Ubisoft games need spreadsheet!

Wait until someone collects all the OEM Hardware versions 😉

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Reply 8 of 8, by BEEN_Nath_58

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Now for the Mercenaries versions (Windows 95):

  • MechWarrior 2 Mercenaries
  • MechWarrior 2 Mercenaries Enhanced Direct 3D Video and 3D Positional Sound
  • MechWarrior 2 Mercenaries Action Hall of Fame
  • MechWarrior 2 Mercenaries Direct 3D for HP Pavilion
  • MechWarrior 2 Mercenaries The Titanium Edition
  • MechWarrior 2 Mercenaries 3Dfx Interactive Edition (uses Direct3D)
  • MechWarrior 2 Mercenaries The Essential Collection (not sure)

Ghost Bear's Legacy (Windows 95):

  • MechWarrior 2 Ghost Bear's Legacy
  • MechWarrior 2 Ghost Bear's Legacy Battlepack Edition
  • MechWarrior 2 Ghost Bear's Legacy The Titanium Edition

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