MechWarrior 2 Soundtrack Tribute

My coworker Phil always makes fun of me because I have the MechWarrior 2 soundtrack in my iTunes share. It’s the first game soundtrack that I ever could toss in a CD player and take around with me, and is also one of my first encounters with ambient music. Since MW2 is pretty much abandonware, and the soundtrack itself isn’t available anywhere, I’m thinking about putting it on my site as properly-tagged mp3s so that other fans of the series can reminisce. Unfortunately, CDDB has a completely bunk set of track names (i.e. Mechwarrior Soundtrack 1, 2, etc.), and it would be nice to get a little text context into each piece of music. I don’t have time to do this all by myself, but if anyone wants to help, it would be a fun way to promote one of my favorite game soundtracks ever.

Here’s some proof that i’m not the only person who loves this soundtrack:

The game’s soundtrack was amazing as well. Not only did it fit the theme of the game, but many of the redbook audio tracks were good enough to listen to on their own in an audio CD player.
http://www.gamespot.com/gamespot/features/all/greatestgames/p-49.html
The Mechwarrior II seriers from Activision gets my vote for best video game sound track ever. (Although WoW is pretty dang good) These techno/tribal tunes really helped to set a mood better than any game prior to it, IHMO. And I believe it still holds true today. Actually, I have the sound tracks on my IPOD and listen to them quite regularly. True, they lost something in the 2nd and 3rd installments of the game, but still top notch. ~T.D.~
http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=146552&cid=12276984
If any feature of Mechwarrior 2 could measure up to the computer voice, it would have to be the music. The music on the game CD was so good that I would usually leave it in the drive and play it through the speakers as I was working — in fact, I am listening to the music right now. It’s still good, after all these years (tracks 03, 09 and 14 in particular… ah, heck, they’re all good). The missions were worth playing just to hear the next music track, which usually matched the feel of the mission (quiet sneaky staccato music for stealth missions, grand vocals and crescendos for all-out assults). Once again, my opinion may be biased — because I have always been a fan of electronic music — but others have said the same things, so I know I’m not completely nuts.
http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2003/7/9/33821/10218

Also, if you have reason to believe that MW2 is not abandonware, please contact me so that I don’t make any mistakes. :)

273 thoughts on “MechWarrior 2 Soundtrack Tribute

  1. Nice post, brought back a lot of memories. I too loved the MW2 soundtrack enough to listen to it over and over again. In fact, I would place it in the CD player for OTHER games — track 4, “The Thrill of the Hunt”, in particular reminds me of Tomb Raider and the dinosaur encounter.

  2. Ahh the memories! Back in the day I got into the boardgame Battletech. Then later, I of course fell in love with the MW games on the PC….oddly enough I didn’t care for the RPG (paper/dice), version of MW. I can proudly say that I’ve bested each and every game, on every difficulty setting. I sure got my money’s worth out of the old Thrustmaster FS16 :D

    So, I’m wondering, I see a couple of posts about the startup sfx but it all seems to be the newer, faster version. IIRC in the origional game, the sequence started with the engine’s turning on (sounds like two big air gaskets coupling), THEN the computer gives you status. Also, it seems slower in my memory than the newer ones I’ve heard since. If anyone has the older version or knows where to find it please let me know at gotindrachenhart@msn.com

    Thanks!

    Tim/Streaks (MW is how I got that nickname, I still go by it lol)

  3. Ah can’t believe there’s so many others who love this soundtrack so much as me, really takes me back to my early teens. It truely is the greatest game soundtrack I have ever heard!

    The Jenner gets my vote!

  4. Incredible!!! I´m from Chile and played Btech centuries ago, then a multiplayer Btech game on those old 386 PC, the Mechwarrior games..I loved MW2 and all the secuells…I was looking for the .wav to add them to my new laptop and i found this…more than 2 years of posts and lots of people…Thanks for the music it takes me back a lot of years ago, when i was younger and all that cares was to avoid that Critical Hit on your engine, LOL.

  5. I stumbled across a post mentioning the a new Mechwarrior game being in development and I felt a sudden pang of nostalgy :) I just had to scramble to find the sountrack and listen to it…. Ah, the memories! I think it was the first game that made me go out and buy a better videocard (and has been a vicious cycle ever since :D )

    I hope the new game is worthy of the name!

  6. Hi, I have the 3dfx MW2 which only runs with my Orchid 4MB Voodoo card which it was sold with and inextricably linked. This is by far the best version than the standard non 3dfx versions. I have just set a a PC on its own with the voodoo card just to run this game I loved it so much!

  7. zomg. complete zomg!

    i loved and lived this game. my best friend and i only referred to each other by our MW2 rank names for years. lol.

    finding this soundtrack and listening to it has brought me back. im sure if I find the Cd I can find a way to get it to work on Vista Home premium?!

    wish me duck. i mean luck!

  8. Yeah there are some videos on youtube floating around that are supposed to be for Mech Warrior 5… supposedly the whole deal got kaiboshed because of some lawsuit involving the robots or battlemech or something. Kinda a shame and I hope they can work out some sort of agreement. I would REALLY love to see a fully modern, new game but actually based completely around mechs.

    You have some other games around with ‘mechs’, like FEAR 2 and Battlefield 2142 but it just isn’t the same. I want the complexity and customizability of the Mech Warrior games. Just operating all the weapons and driving the mech and shooting an enemy was almost a two person job, I want those days back!

  9. Mr. Sawhill,if you’re still reading this forum, I would like you to know that you have made yet another Mechwarrior fan very happy by posting the link to the Battlepack edition tracks. Hearing them again, especially track 13, made my eyes water. It was like meeting a friend thought lost long ago. :) Thank you very much! :)

  10. G’day All,

    What a forum eh? Out of interest have you checked out GOG.com – they make a business of updating and selling Good Old Games. They do not have Mechwarrior yet but last timme I was there you can vote for games you want them to re-issue – worth a try anyway. Thanks to Ryan for hosting those tunes.

  11. Man.. as I’m looking back through this 6-year thread, I’m thinking we really need to start our own website or something to keep this little mini-fangroup going. In lieu of taking the time to do that, I created a FB community page. I probably should take the time to put an actual page at http://b19.org/music/JeehunHwang/ instead, but… for now, may I present [http://on.fb.me/rlPEAEI] for your consideration.

  12. Man, this sure brought back memories! I absolutely LOVED the soundtrack from MW2 and the GBL expansion pack CDs.

    Heh, still have my original DOS CDs, and all books and manuals :)

  13. Hey, just wanted to say thanks for sharing these with us! The MW soundtracks have also long held a special place in my memories… and I was getting some nostalgia hearing about the new MW game coming out (supposedly it’s going to follow the free to play model? hmm)

  14. I had two copies of the game, one to play and one to listen to in a CD player. Sadly i lost both over the years. still looking for a way to buy or download the songs.

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