So, after months of having it sit in my Steam library collecting virtual dust (like so many titles in there...), I've finally gotten around to trying out Battletech, the Turn Based Strategy game based in the MechWarrior Franchise.
Over all, it's not a bad game by any stretch. Looks good, sounds good, plays well, their take on the turn based formula is a welcome change of pace following so much time in XCOM and similar titles.
The only main complain I have with this game is something I never thought I'd have an issue with in modern games: Autosaving. Or lack there off.
Right, lets back up here for a second. We all know Autosaving. A nice little feature we've gotten so accustomed to that it is a staple for pretty much non-multiplayer mode in pretty much every game made today. Checkpoints, autosaves, quicksaves, ect. You typically don't see a game without it.
Especially strategy games of any kind.
This is why I specifically mentioned XCOM. It's the closest thing I could think of to compare Battletech to. In XCOM, you are given an Autosave after every turn, with two other older ones from the previous turns, so should you get royally screwed up some how, you can go back and try and fix that. Plus a bonus one BEFORE every mission, so if you REALLY messed up (like going into a really tough mission with all Rookies), you can rectify your mistakes.
Battletech does not have this feature. You get one autosave, and it's given at the start of every mission. Meaning if you do not save litterally after every turn, you may be stuck with having to redo the entire mission. You could be fighting the last enemy in the mission, but if you did not save prior, you will have to redo the entire thing if you suddenly fail a forced objective like "all units must survive". If your game or PC crashes on you and you haven't been saving like crazy, you will need to redo the entire mission.
And I'm not the only one who has this complaint.
What's baffling is why a dev would decide to even make an Autosave system like this in a modern game in the first place. Frequent autosaves aren't a luxury, they're a must.