MechWarrior 4 Workarounds

The recent free release of MechWarrior 4 has gone about as smoothly as the run-up to the launch of the free version of the mech game, which is to say not particularly. The Mektek website is currently showing an Apache placeholder page (presumably recovering from demand-related overloads), and many users have reported problems attempting to obtain and install the game. A post on this site has instructions on how to try and get the game client as a straight torrent download, as well as a couple of tips on how to get it to run. It's not clear where things stand right now, but hopefully that can help some of the folks having problems with this.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 3, 2010, 10:07
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 3, 2010, 10:07
May 3, 2010, 10:07
 Prez
 
Sadly the high def patch doesn't work, and I'm stuck at 1280 x 1024.

Hopefully this will be fixed, but I am kinda doubtful, since it's a free release, and they have games to make.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 3, 2010, 10:01
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 3, 2010, 10:01
May 3, 2010, 10:01
 
Isnt it amazing that a game that never sold well has such a HUGE following???

Something that the dumbass Corporate suits of Christmas Future dont understand is the potential to REVITALIZE an entire genre by simply re-releasing an oldschool game (modified to run on new systems) for free or for a small fee....

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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 3, 2010, 09:25
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 3, 2010, 09:25
May 3, 2010, 09:25
 
It adds a bunch of new mechs that Mektek has modeled, textured and outfitted. MANY gameplay changes such as Line of Sight Radar and new weapons and weapon rebalances..
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May 3, 2010, 07:10
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 3, 2010, 07:10
May 3, 2010, 07:10
 
Stolk wrote on May 3, 2010, 02:50:
You guys do realize this is a really old game right? Yes? Well, k, nevermind then. I'll be over here.
You realize that this is still better then most games that have been produced in the last 7 years? Sad, but true.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 3, 2010, 06:30
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 3, 2010, 06:30
May 3, 2010, 06:30
 Rigs
 
So, tell me, if I already have Mech4 and the Black Knight expansion, what does this add? I haven't been able to get the torrent and at this point, I'm wondering if I even need it at all...


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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 3, 2010, 03:38
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 3, 2010, 03:38
May 3, 2010, 03:38
 
It's been posted in alt.binaries.old.games and alt.binaries.cd.image.games if anyone wants to grab the whole thing without faffing around with torrents.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 3, 2010, 02:50
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 3, 2010, 02:50
May 3, 2010, 02:50
 
You guys do realize this is a really old game right? Yes? Well, k, nevermind then. I'll be over here.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 3, 2010, 01:38
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 3, 2010, 01:38
May 3, 2010, 01:38
 
I gave up trying to get it. I used the torrent link that someone posted in the release comments. I started it before I went to bed and left it up all night, and when I got up the next morning I only had 1.3%.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 21:44
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 21:44
May 2, 2010, 21:44
 
Vuze supports DHT....

http://www.vuze.com/
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 21:41
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 21:41
May 2, 2010, 21:41
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on May 2, 2010, 20:01:
None of the links to the torrent file from the other thread worked for me. Anyone know of a working link to the torrent?
Use a client that supports DHT.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 21:05
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 21:05
May 2, 2010, 21:05
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on May 2, 2010, 20:01:
None of the links to the torrent file from the other thread worked for me. Anyone know of a working link to the torrent?

Did you try this link from the article mentioned in Blue's link?

http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/184877601/mektek?tab=summary
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 21:04
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 21:04
May 2, 2010, 21:04
 
Why they didn't publish a torrent in the first place, and prefer it, is beyond me. Bundle an installer with the assets (which is 98% of the data) and just get the few necessary updates, keeping it in your MTX ecosystem but saving on bandwidth and embarrassing downtime when you're trying to get good PR for future projects. It's not 2001, where most people are on dialup and 2GB is obscenely huge. These days, 2GB of free game means people with even a passing interest will download it almost without thinking.

For Wowbagger or anyone else who can't get the torrent, I've rehosted it on MediaFire here (Edit: This torrent is the one from ISOHunt, so it has DHT/PX enabled as well as using a variety of public trackers like openbittorrent and ilibr in addition to Mektek's tracker, which as of this post is still up)

This comment was edited on May 2, 2010, 21:47.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 20:01
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May 2, 2010, 20:01
 
None of the links to the torrent file from the other thread worked for me. Anyone know of a working link to the torrent?
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 19:43
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 19:43
May 2, 2010, 19:43
 
Guess I should feel lucky b/c I extracted the torrent from the MTX downloaded client and fired up uTorrent and got my stuff in about 20-30 minutes...

Maybe I just got lucky before 300 or 400,000 of my close personal friends all tried to get it too....
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May 2, 2010, 18:18
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 18:18
May 2, 2010, 18:18
 
If anyone still has MTX installed, the tracker itself seems to be up, so downloading via MTX does actually work.

So far my install process seems to have been:
  • Run MTX and download MW4 (.0017)
  • Kill MTX when it tries to install, disable antivirus, restart MTX, right-click MW4 and select "install game"
  • Wait a few minutes for MTX to successfully hash and install .0017
  • Right-click MW4, select "check for updates"
  • Wait for MTX to download .0018 update
  • Kill MTX when it tries to install update, restart MTX, right-click MW4 and select "check for updates"
  • Wait for MTX to install .0018 update
  • Right-click MW4 and select "check for updates
  • Wait for MTX to download and install .0020 update

I figure that the biggest problem is MTX playing nice with my anti-virus, or maybe it's just randomly hanging... but I did finally manage to get everything running using just MTX. No CD checks, registry editing or anything else was required... and I can now launch the .exe directly from the MW4 directory.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 18:11
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 18:11
May 2, 2010, 18:11
 
The lack of any significant follow up is a bit disconcerting, too.

Yes, I realize this is a free release, but this was definitely not the way to do things. Additionally, as a judgment of their technical expertise, this serves only to make me extremely skeptical of any future products they may put out.
No wonder this release took so long.
Waiting too see if a better download option pops up in the next few days,
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 17:52
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 17:52
May 2, 2010, 17:52
 
failed hard... I foolishly removed all previous MW4 installs in prep for this nue terd... disappointed... feel rather gullible... would have been better on all fools day.

I'll try that torrent, MTX is something Nurgal would have tossed up out of it's bowels... oi.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 17:50
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May 2, 2010, 17:50
 
Yeah, I've given up on this untill they get a proper torrent out or mirror the game on some file sites. Were they hoping everyone would love their crappy Mektek client or something? Bad, bad idea.
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
May 2, 2010, 17:26
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Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 17:26
May 2, 2010, 17:26
 
The real joke is, its easier to pirate it than getting the free version, the world is up-side down.

But then again, this is exactly what mektek bargained for with their central platform for distribution, MTX. Which is more like a single point of failure

This comment was edited on May 2, 2010, 17:35.
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