Short words of mine.
It´s the first game for a long time i bought, and i am very glad i did.
You need to know what you do and it´s not easy at all.
I play slowly (storyline) and enjoy it.
I use mainly stock mechs, simple reason, they work quite good. I modefied centi to be a better brawler with srm and one shadowhawk with an extra lrm5 instead of srm. But this is also the problem i have at this stage, Tonnage and punch. Every mission you start brings you every minute to think push or not. 2 shadows, wolverine and centi make it interesting (hard) to get it done and i like it.
Last Storyline i played was kind of "WTF". Kill weapon transports before they leave, get swarmed by lights, indirect fire from mechs and turrets, i got kind of wrecked. Main Char in his Shadow got "killed", Centi cut to half, rest of my mechs heavy damaged and all Pilots injured. I was thinking of retry but i didn´t cause i don´t think it would be much better in the end.
My best Pilots are out of buiseness for several weeks and also the mechs but i am not broken and keep it going.
PS: Now Dragon is a bit better cause of tonnage but still lacks punch and don´t underestimate Initiative
I like the game very much as it is and enjoy it it like "Dawn of War I".