Windows - 2000
Description of Metal Fatigue
One of the best giant robot games I've ever played, Metal Fatigue is an excellent real-time strategy games in the same mold as Command & Conquer, but with enough innovations to stand above the crowd.
The story revolves around the interaction of three huge corporations in Earth's far future, called CorpoNations, whose field forces are led by one of three estranged brothers. These brothers, the Angeluses, are the focal point of the storyline for each Corponation. All three of the brothers originally worked for the Rimtech CorpoNation. However, after finding an alien artifact, the brothers argued and finally fought over how it should be handled. They then separated and joined one of the three CorpoNations. Diego, the oldest brother, still works for Rimtech. Stefan, the second brother was kidnapped and "re-educated" by the MilAgro CorpoNation after the brothers had battled. Jonus, the last brother, went to work for the Neuropa CorpoNation, and brought the alien artifact they had fought over with him. Rimtech is the "peacemaker" of the CorpoNations, a fact that the other nations try to use to their advantage. MilAgro uses a form of mind control to make their subjects do their will no matter what the cost or body count. They care little about the cost in human lives as long as the result is achieved. Neuropa is a form of "spiritual" CorpoNation, and all of the members worship this alien technology and always try to find some deeper meaning in the items that they find. Within this elaborate setting, you can choose to play as any of the three brothers.
Gameplay is where Metal Fatigue truly shines. Sure, there are "tandard" RTS features that everyone will recognize, e.g. harvest resources (lava in this case), build buildings, produce units, annihilate the enemy to go to the next mission. However, gameplay Metal Fatigue centers on giant robots, and they are not just another unit you can build. For starters, these robots are huge: they tower over vehicles and buildings. They are also carefully animated and built, in true polygonal 3D graphics similar to Total Annihilation. You have to manufacture different parts of a robot separately (e.g. torso, arm, leg), and each part can be researched for improvement. Before they are battle-ready, you must staff them with a human pilot unit.
Unlike smaller units, the range of orders you can give to the robots is much more extensive. You can, for instance, order a robot to eject its arm (ewww) to replace it with an improved arm from a destroyed enemy robot. Or you can salvage that arm during the battle, and give it to research to be able to build it in the future. Part of the fun here is that once research is over, that arm will be a modified arm tailored to suit your CorpoNation; it won't look quite like the enemy's arm you salvage in the first place. Great fun. The game interface is a breeze to use, because the options change according to what unit or building you have selected, so it only shows you all the relevant information and options for your current selection.
Combat, as in most good RTS games, is fast and furious. You'll soon have to contend with dozens of enemy units at a time, not to mention many types of menacing giant robots, each with its own attacks and weapons. The game is a lot of fun to play, especially since your robots DO make a difference in the game. Also, similar to Cavewars, each map has 2 extra maps you can explore: above-surface (i.e. in the planet's atmosphere) and below-ground. This makes the battle very interesting, as your spaceships can do battle high above ground and lend support to ground units below.
The plot also advances quite nicely through the missions, and each CorpoNation has its own agenda and significant differences in strengths and weaknesses. Playing the game as Rimtech will therefore be very different from MilAgro, and so the game's replayability is quite high. The only thing I feel is sorely lacking in the game is the ability to take over enemy robots with my infantry. Some maps also feel somewhat repetitive, and a more varied terrain would have been a welcome change.
These nitpicks aside, though, Metal Fatigue is a must have for all RTS fans who want something a little different than another Command & Conquer. Two thumbs up!
Review By HOTUD
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Comments and reviews
Bladez1992 2023-09-03 0 point
Hey everyone, I've had a project for a few years now making new installers for old PC games; Metal Fatigue is one of the games I've restored
Come check out Legacy Gamer's Union on Discord for this game and plenty of others that actually work on Windows 10/11
Hellektronic 2022-12-18 0 point
Use this guide to install Metal Fatigue:
Remember to install the Direct X version even if you already have better.
SuriViruS 2019-01-27 1 point
Hey great, I had a demo CD of MF. I thought it never has been realeased.
Pranjal Joshi 2019-01-09 1 point
can anybody tell me from where i can get this game i want to live my childhood again......
Talon19912 2018-02-27 0 point
"This is not the correct version of metal fatigue for this territory" that's what I get when ever I try to run the game. WTH am I supposed to to about this?
hanshenrik 2018-02-21 0 point
for help in installing the game on modern computers, see http://metalfatigue.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_run_Metal_Fatigue_on_Windows_7_x64
lagank 2017-12-28 0 point
i just want to know that after installed metal fatigue iso on win7 64bit always ask for dis1.pliz let me if there possible solution.thnx
Max 2017-10-26 -2 points
TO ALL PEOPLE HAVING THE "Please insert Disc 1" PROBLEM
When you mount the Disc 1, make sure it's mounted with the DRIVER LETTER it had when you installed it. If, for example, you installed the game while the disc 1 was mounted with the "F:/" driver letter, when mounting it again to play the game, change the driver letter to F:/ if it loads up with a different one, so the game can find the Disc in your computer, as it looks specifically for the Disc 1 in the F:/ driver (the one where it was mounted when you installed it).
Do just that, and the game works.
Jack 2017-10-26 -1 point
The game asks me "please insert disc 1" when I try to play even though the disk is already mounted. Can somebody fix this thing already?
Bphmt 2017-10-11 2 points
It worked but I wouldn't see the right toolbar, which effectively made playing this copy impossible from practical standpoint...
Kira 2017-10-05 1 point
Dunno what everyone is complaining about runs fine for me. ive playd games up to two hours long and it runs fine and my computer is a literal potato
Unzip/Extract the files run setup reg then Mfatigue (APPLICATION) the other Mfatigue is just an icon.
MisterNautilus 2017-10-01 0 point
Where do i get a step by step installation guide? i can't do it by myself :/
logan 2017-07-27 1 point
It work for me but after few minutes it closed automatically.I follow all your rule but would not help it.thank uploading such a nice old game..thnx.
Infinitygamer 2017-06-24 0 point
lookin for this game for very long time it's nice that u keep old games too.
Fajar Sany 2017-06-10 1 point
Thank you, I've been looking for this for a long time. Runs very well on my old XP Laptop.
xxx 2017-06-05 1 point
how to run it? win7 pro, 16GB ram, 8core processor. program starts and there is a running process in windows but nothing happens
happyhusbandNwife 2017-03-01 1 point
Thank you, I really appreciated the files. I can relive my childhood now. And this time I will record it for my youtube.
SOVIETxGAMER 2017-02-08 0 point
Update: so i got it working but i did one campaign mission and it froze right on the mission accomplished screen, then had to completely reboot my computer. Tried to load skirmish but it wouldn't start.
SOVIETxGAMER 2017-02-08 -2 points
Downloaded and unpacked it but it won't open at all (keeps force closing) even when I try to run it in compatability mode. Any suggestions?
admin 2016-11-25 -2 points
NoCD Patch posted by @The Saurio analysed by VirusTotal, detection ratio 3/57. Looks OK.
The Saurio 2016-11-24 1 point
If you need it, I have this No-CD patch for the rip and full version problems ;)
Trololol 2016-09-28 2 points
I downloaded the RIP version and it said "Insert CD to play".
Now i have to redownload the full version :(
firstname.lastname@example.org 2016-08-24 1 point
I´VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS GAME FOR SO LONG AND NOW IT´S FINALLY HERE.
YOU ARE THE BEST!!
DESERTPUNK187 2016-07-16 1 point
how do you install it. my vcd wont open nor changing them and my discs are too scratched to try installing
DESERTPUNK187 2016-07-16 3 points
i recently told my son about this now were gonna duke it out hopefully tho i can get it working over lan
Psyker 2016-06-28 1 point
Holy cow, I had been looking for my disc for this forever and now I found it here!
This was one of my favorite games back in the day... spent hours playing it.
MetroidHatchling 2016-06-11 2 points
My favorite PC game of all time. I played this game for hours upon hours upon hours as a kid. I always thought the story was really awesome and interesting. The game is so obscure today though, which is a shame. I always wanted it to be more popular.
Ekul 2016-02-04 0 point
This game was amazing at its time.
It's a top-down RTS with giant robots. Each 'map' has three levels, the sky, ground, and underground. Mechs with jetpacks can fight in the air, but mechs can not go underground. As mechs take damage from certain weapons, their arms/limbs/parts can come off, and you can steal them and research how they were made to make them yourself. You have to put pilots in mechs too, and they can be killed and the mech stolen for free.
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