Wednesday 26th January 2022,
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Retro Review: Battletech the Crescent Hawk’s Inception

OK, I’m gonna come clean. Battletech: The Crescent Hawk’s Inception is one of the first games that I borrowed from a ‘friend’ and proceeded to copy. Yeah, I was a badass even back in 8th grade. Tony (name changed) and I met at the playground after school and we traded a bunk of floppy disks, and Battletech was one of the catches. We didn’t talk, we didn’t even look at each other. A quick exchange, and it was over. Some would say that was the downward spiral, but hell, other kids my age were smoking pot and having sex behind the gym.

BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk’s Inception is a turn-based adventure/role-playing video game game released in 1988 by Westwood Studios and based on the BattleTech franchise. It was one of the first commercial ports of the licence, and featured some of the franchise’s worlds, institutions, political figures, and weapons, particularly the three-story tall Battlemechs. Battletech was originally a boardgame created by FASA and it’s mostly known these days from the mechwarrior series which featured the large customizable giant robots with which you can fight.2906


You take the role of Jason Youngblood, a young MechWarrior cadet stationed on Pacifica, which is part of the Lyran Commonwealth. While at the Citadel,  you learn how to pilot a Battlemech and also to fight with small arms, all the while having to live up to the reputation of your hero father, Jeremiah(Great name by the way!). But that’s just the beginning…I won’t go too much into the plot, but let me tell you, it’s juicy. The first hour of play really sets the mood, that’s for sure. Oh, one quick tip: There are three different stocks that you can invest in at the bank, there is a ‘safe’ stock, that doesn’t yield much, there is a ‘iffy’ stock that can go either way, and there is a ‘high risk’ stock, which, well, I’m sure you can figure it out. Anyways, you can invest a bit in the ‘safe’ stock until you get enough money together, save your game, and then put it ALL on the ‘high risk’ stock, and try your luck! It’s a great way to get geared up before the digital shit hits the fan(oh, I’ve said too much….)

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Gaming Industry Veteran, Gamer, Geek. XP4T Co-Founder and Senior Editor. RIG: MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4096MB, Be quiet BQT P9 PRO 850W, 2 x Samsung Basic MZ-7KE256BW 850 Pro SSD 256GB, BenQ XL2420Z 61cm 3D Gaming LED, Monitor (3D 144Hz, Full HD, 1920x1080), Razer DeathAdder Left-Hand Mouse 3500dpi, Corsair CC-9011011-WW Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower, Asrock Z68 Pro3 1155 Mainboard (ATX, Intel Z68) LIBRARY: Steam + Uplay + GOG + Origin = 350+

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