The best mech games on PC (2022)

By Sean Murray

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Evan Lahti

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From anime mecha to rusty 100-ton warmachines, the best mech games for giant robot lovers.

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If you're looking for the best mech games, I have two things to say to you. One, you have excellent taste, regardless of whether you prefer mechs of a plodding behemoth variety or something with a nimbler anime flavor. Two, look no further, because we've gathered all the finest mech games here for you to peruse.

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Whether you like hardcore simulation and strategy or the explosive thrill of mecha anime, games about big stompy robots have always had a home on PC. With recent bangers like MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and BattleTech, it's a good time to be a fan of games about 100-ton death machines.

While mech games span genres, they are bound together by the simple truth that piloting suits of mechanized armor into combat is a fantasy that never gets old. It's an aesthetic that dates back decades to the very first MechWarrior in 1989 and now lives on in newer games like Titanfall 2 and Brigador. That's why we've rounded up a diverse selection of our favorite mech games spanning multiple genres—from the traditional sim to button-mashing character action.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

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Release date: 2021 | Developer: Piranha Games Inc. | Steam (opens in new tab)

"MechWarrior is extremely back," reads our review (opens in new tab). Mercenaries is a satisfying return to form from the series that popularized the mech genre back in the '80s. Mechs stomp around with appropriate weight and crunch the earth around them. As an in-cockpit mech game, it's a great companion to the more tactical view from 2018's BattleTech that can also be played cooperatively in story missions and one-off skirmishes. If only it revived the cheesy FMV storylines of past games. Still, the series is in good hands with Piranha Games, the same studio behind Mech Warriors Online (which you can read about below).

Read more: MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries review

BattleTech

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Release date: 2018 | Developer: Harebrained Schemes | Steam (opens in new tab)

BattleTech is a good adaption of the mech-based tabletop game that by now has received waves of Paradox DLC™. You can take the route of a story campaign or go full sandbox in Career mode, diving straight into open-ended merc company management, taking procedurally-generated contracts alongside more handcrafted Flashpoint missions that emerge as you play. As with XCOM, difficulty and permadeath (or permanent loss of parts) can be punishing, depending on your settings.

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Titanfall 2

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Release date: 2016 | Developer: Respawn Entertainment | Steam (opens in new tab)

Respawn Entertainment gave mech games a much-needed adrenaline shot when it released Titanfall in 2014, but it's Titanfall 2 that fully realized the potential of a shooter that contrasts parkour running and gunning with slow, strategic mech combat. What came as a complete shock, however, is that Titanfall 2's campaign turned out to be one of the best the FPS genre has seen in years.Each level is an inventive execution on a single brilliant idea, like snapping back and forth between the past and present, that binds together a surprisingly affecting story about the bond between a pilot and his loyal mech companion. It's not nearly as tear-jerking as The Iron Giant, sure, but Titanfall 2 proves that even a story about giant steel robots can have a lot of heart.

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Sadly, Titanfall 2 also became one of the bigger gaming tragedies of 2016. Despite packing in a much more robust multiplayer, the sequel couldn't compete against the other popular shooters of that year and its population quickly declined. Don't make the mistake of thinking Titanfall 2 is dead, however. It's multiplayer community is small, but there's still plenty of players in the more popular modes like Attrition—meaning Titanfall 2 is still one of the best mech games ever released.

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MechWarrior Online

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Release date: 2015 | Developer: Piranha Games | Steam (opens in new tab)

MechWarrior Online inherited the august legacy of classic titles like MechWarrior 2 and MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries—both games we’d love to include in this list if they weren’t so damn hard to get running on modern hardware. But make no mistake, MechWarrior Online is a great mech game in its own right. It's developed by Piranha Games, the same studio that released MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries this year. The free-to-play shooter might not have a singleplayer campaign, but it captures the tense thrill of attrition-based warfare in its excellent competitive matches.

Each game is a 12v12 slugfest that ends with players earning currency and experience, and customizing their rides in between rounds. While that comes with its own share of problems like a long grind and microtransactions, MechWarrior Online excels at capturing the slow pace of combat that made the series so revered to begin with.

Unlike most first-person shooters out there, where players can correct their mistakes with lightning quick reflexes, your life in MechWarrior often hangs with decisions made 30 seconds ago. Being behind the wheel of a lumbering robot makes it impossible to get yourself out of trouble once you get into it, making cooperation with teammates a crucial part of victory.

With an overly complex skill tree and an unintuitive menu system, MechWarrior Online isn't exactly friendly to newcomers. But it has a devoted community that is genuinely welcoming to newbies and has created abundant out-of-game resources to get new MechWarriors up to speed. And once you've gotten everything figured out you'll be able to customize hundreds of different mechs with over a hundred unique weapons systems, with all of it steeped in rich lore born from a classic game franchise.

Strike Suit Zero

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Release date: 2013 | Developer: Born Ready Games | Steam (opens in new tab)

There’s an appeal to the lumbering tank-like combat of some mech games, but Strike Suit Zero captures the thrill of piloting an agile death machine packed with more missile launchers than the entire US Navy fleet. It’s space-faring Japanese mecha at its best.

You start off piloting a fairly standard space fighter, but pretty soon come across an experimental piece of military hardware called the Strike Suit. This suit is capable of switching between fighter mode, where you to fly about space Freelancer-style, and giant killer robot mode where you turn into a Macross-style mecha capable of taking down clouds of enemy fighters at the touch of a button.

The first time you line up your crosshairs on some 30-plus incoming enemy fighters and let loose that wave of missiles will give you chills. It's a mech power fantasy unlike anything else. Power, agility, and flitting from objective to objective while raining death and destruction wherever you go makes you feel like a robot god. And things get even more intense when you start taking on capital ships—the miles-long battlecruisers that will make you look like a bug, but never feeling like one. Thanks to two capital-ship-busting autocannons, you can crack open that battlecruiser faster than they can shout "nani?!"

MechCommander

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Release date: 1998 | Developer: FASA Interactive

BattleTech is the fantasy of being a warrior-engineer. You trade missiles and lasers with other bipedal tanks, you win or lose, and then you head back to the drawing board to repair damage, refit weapons, reallocate armor, and rethink your all-PPC 80-tonner.

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I love the rhythm of the combat—the plentiful gaps as mechs take a breath to reload, rotate, or take aim.

MechCommander was the first game in the series to add 'tactician' to that job description, and it holds up remarkably well as a real-time tactics game. Over dozens of escort, search and destroy, and scouting missions, you command as many as three lances (12 mechs) at a time, waypointing them away from explosive fuel drums and out of the range of turrets as you duel with light, medium, heavy, and assault-class enemy mechs. I love the rhythm of the combat—the plentiful gaps as mechs take a breath to reload, rotate, or take aim. In those moments, you're anticipating an arm being blown off, or whether your Raven will dodge that Gauss cannon.

While MechCommander's progression system for pilots is limited by modern standards, mechwarriors can permanently die, have a set of individual voice lines (the death cry of Rooster, a clumsy yokel, is particularly haunting), and are charming enough. More fun is the battlefield work of trying to shave off just enough of that enemy Masakari or Thor so that you can salvage it, repair it, and bring it into your next battle.

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Iron Brigade

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Release date: 2012 | Developer: Double Fine | Steam (opens in new tab)

Double Fine's not-quite-a-tower-defense-game spin on mechs is one of the most unique thanks largely to its campy B-movie vibe and WW1-era aesthetic. Don't make the mistake of thinking Iron Brigade is yet another tower defense game where you place rows of static defenses that usher waves of stupid enemies into killboxes, however. Yes, each level has you fighting off waves of aliens, and yes there are towers, but your primary defense is your hulking mech that you stomp around in as aliens rush your defenses—and it's simply a ton of fun.

There's a good deal of variety to play around with too. Your mech can equip a variety of different weapons that each bring a distinctive kind of destruction to the battlefield, and there's always an upgrade to work towards in between each mission. There's a balance that you'll want to maintain, however, as more powerful mechs mean weaker stationary tower defenses. New enemy types are readily introduced as well, which gives Iron Brigade a steady pace that makes it hard to pull yourself away from.

But the real star of this show is the weird B-movie quality of the characters and writing. Mech games are often gloomy and overly serious, but Double Fine brings a fun absurdity that perfectly complements the simplistic joy of blowing aliens back to hell.

Supreme Commander 2

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Release date: 2010 | Developer: Gas Powered Games | Steam (opens in new tab)

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When it comes to sheer scale, nothing compares to Supreme Commander 2. This real-time strategy game is the exact opposite of the intimate brawling of MechCommander, instead reveling in the chaos as legions of robot units blast each other across sea, sky, and land. Battles frequently feature hundreds—if not thousands—of units that you can customize in real-time to adapt to your enemy's strategy. And if that weren't cool enough, you can even build towering experimental units—colossus-sized mechs that dwarf everything else on the battlefield.

With hundreds of units to manage, Supreme Commander 2 can be intimidating for those who already struggle to keep up with RTS games. Fortunately, an improved UI and the ability to instantly zoom out to see the entire battlefield help to keep things manageable even when fighting on multiple fronts while managing production chains. There's a lot of depth here too, as each faction has their own strategies, like the Cybran navy's ability to sprout legs and walk on land.

While the campaign serves as a good introduction to all these layers of strategy, Supreme Commander 2 really shines while skirmishing in multiplayer or against the AI. If you can find a friend to play against, few games will rival the insane scale of Supreme Commander's battles.

Brigador

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Release date: 2016 | Developer: Stellar Jockeys,Gausswerks | Steam (opens in new tab)

Brigador is the rare kind of game that feels both nostalgic and refreshingly modern. Its '80s synthwave soundtrack, isometric angle, and gritty retro sci-fi aesthetic mask a brutally punishing indie roguelike that revels in chaos and destruction. When it originally launched in 2016, it was so difficult that it was actually hard to enthusiastically recommend, but the recent Up-Armored edition smooths that curve out while adding even more mechs, pilots, and missions to an already robust game.

No matter how you approach combat, Brigador always shines in the moment-to-moment action.

With over 56 mechs to pilot and 40 weapons, there's an intimidating amount of customization and playstyles to account for. While the temptation to go in guns blazing is always present, hit-and-run guerilla tactics are often the better strategy. No matter how you approach combat, Brigador always shines in the moment-to-moment action. It's both extremely fast-paced and precise, and you'll need to choose your shots carefully even as you frantically weave down city streets avoiding fire from dozens of enemy units.

The appeal of mech games has always been closely tied with their destructive firepower—the ability to level entire city blocks with the push of a button—and Brigador captures this sensation wonderfully. Environments are fully destructible, and it's a literal blast being able smash through a skyscraper rather than skirt around it. It's still a punishing game where one split-second mistake can spell defeat, but Brigador rewards those who can stomach its challenge.

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FAQs

What is a mech in a game? ›

In most cases, mecha are depicted as fighting machines, whose appeal comes from the combination of potent weaponry with a more stylish combat technique than a mere vehicle. Often, they are the primary means of combat, with conflicts sometimes being decided through gladiatorial matches.

What game has a robot protagonist? ›

Group Description
Game TitleYearPublisher
Ultrakill2020New Blood Interactive
Don't Break the Robot2020Artwork Games
Detective Bot2020Something Something Games
Hang In!: Monkey Bars Robot2020NoraPerikaProject
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Is Armored Core on PC? ›

If FromSoftware is consistent with its recent releases, Armored Core will likely launch on Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC.

Is Hawken on PC? ›

The game is still active on consoles, being developed by Hawken Entertainment and published by 505 Games.
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Hawken (video game)
Hawken
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows December 12, 2012 Xbox One July 1, 2016 PlayStation 4 July 8, 2016
Genre(s)Vehicular combat, first-person shooter
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What is the most powerful mech in MechWarrior? ›

What's the biggest, strongest mech in the entire MechWarrior gaming universe? It's the Dire Wolf, 100 tons of sheer destructive potential.

Is MechWarrior Living Legends still active? ›

MechWarrior: Living Legends has been in development since December 2006, and was at version 0.7. 1 Beta as of January 2013. As of August 21st, 2022, the mod has been brought to version 0.15. 4 by new developers from its community, marking over a decade of continued development and support.

Is the madcat in MechWarrior 5? ›

This 'Mech appears in later titles as well, such as MechWarrior 4 and MechWarrior Online, though it is absent in MechWarrior 5, since that game takes place before the Clan Invasion.

What is Mech NFT? ›

Mech NFTs are playable unique AI generated Mechs. Each of these Mechs looks different and has different abilities. Stats are generated based on the AI algorithm for each one. These Mechs will mine, battle, and breed in our upcoming Mech.com game. Mech NFTs are playable unique AI generated Mechs.

Is AOT a mecha anime? ›

While Attack on Titan doesn't have any mecha, it parallels great mecha anime. Titans are effectively the mecha of Eren Jaeger's world. Every standout mecha anime includes huge fights, melodrama, monologues, special techniques, and piloted suits of immense power.

What is a mech in scythe? ›

Each player in Scythe can deploy up 4 mechs to assert force over the uncharted lands surrounding the Factory and to protect their workers and territories. Each mech is linked to a special ability, most of which are unique to each faction.

What games are like Detroit become human? ›

Detroit: Become Human

Can you still play Armored Core? ›

Armored Core is currently available digitally as a PSone Classic for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita and costs $5.99.

Will there be an Armored Core 6? ›

We don't know yet, but previous games in the series have been released on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Therefore, we expect to see Armored Core 6 on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. We'd also not rule out a PC release.

What is the most recent Armored Core game? ›

Armored Core: Verdict Day

Why was Hawken removed from PC? ›

According to a statement on the official Hawken Facebook page, the decision has been made so that the team can "refocus" its development efforts.

Is Blacklight Retribution on PC? ›

Blacklight: Retribution is a free-to-play first-person shooter video game developed and published by Hardsuit Labs (formerly Zombie Studios) for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Can you get Dauntless on PC? ›

The short answer is yes - there are Switch and mobile versions of Dauntless in development. The longer answer is they're not here yet - Dauntless Switch, iOS and Android aren't launching alongside the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions, and there's no estimated release date, either.

Are there any mech games on PS5? ›

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

Published on the PS5 in 2021, this installment of the MechWarrior franchise is worth playing for anyone who loves the idea of moving metal hunks across sprawling terrains filled with enemy fodder.

What is Lancer RPG? ›

Lancer is a mud-and-lasers RPG about mechs and the pilots who crew them, featuring deep narrative play, gritty tactical combat and broad customization. Follow along! Massif Press. Massif Press. 9,440 backers pledged $432,029 to help bring this project to life.

How many different mech models are in the Genesis collection? ›

There are a total of 10,000 unique NFT's in the Siduri Genesis Collection. They are broken up into 8 different types of 3D game-ready mechs, each with their own set of traits, game stats and rarity.

Will Relayer come to PC? ›

Is Relayer on your radar? Equip your mech with a suitably oversized sword in the comments section below. News Summary: Relayer, a mecha RPG, reminds us that it will be released in March for PS5, PS4 and PC.

Is Relayer turn based? ›

Like the latter game, the recent PlayStation 4 and 5 release of Relayer blends verbose conversations with gridded, turn-based strategy.

Are there any good mech games PS4? ›

This is a full list of the best Mech games available on PlayStation.
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GameZone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner HD Edition
Score2,217
Ratio1.74
Gamers11,038
Comp %23.1
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Is there a mech RPG? ›

In fact, mechs are a surprisingly popular topic among independent RPG designers. Heavily inspired by shows like Mobile Suit Gundam and Evangelion, as well as video game franchises like Armored Core and Titanfall, these games tackle the mecha genre from all angles.

Is Lancer good in mech Arena? ›

Lancer not only has decent HP and high speed, but it also has an extremely flexible ability. It can parkour to rooftops, after which it can rain down javelins or any other weapon while being virtually untouchable.

Is there a BattleTech RPG? ›

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MechWarrior is a role-playing game (RPG) based on and set in the BattleTech universe. The player usually takes on the role of a MechWarrior, but other career paths are available (increasingly so in later iterations of the game).

What is the biggest Battlemech? ›

Assault[edit]

Assault 'Mechs are the heaviest regular class of BattleMechs, weighing in between 80 and 100 tons.

What is Mech NFT? ›

Mech NFTs are playable unique AI generated Mechs. Each of these Mechs looks different and has different abilities. Stats are generated based on the AI algorithm for each one. These Mechs will mine, battle, and breed in our upcoming Mech.com game. Mech NFTs are playable unique AI generated Mechs.

How tall is an Atlas Mech? ›

In canon/lore, an Atlas is 14m tall; in MWO the given height is 18m, as the devs felt that the canon sizes were too small by quite a bit (and they were right, actually). You can extrapolate the other mechs based on their heights compared to an atlas.

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