Originally Posted by Amphitrite
At the moment I'm playing Half-Life 2 and it's fantastic! I haven't tried playing it online yet, but will soon :)
If you're playing it at all that must mean you've got Steam. If you've got Steam, you absolutely MUST play the Half Life 2 Episodes. They expand on the gameplay in interesting ways but the story improves dramatically. That's saying a lot considering how good the story line in this series already was.
And about MechWarrior, I have played the board game but it's been a really long time. I agree about the auto-cannons in MW3 kind of cheapening the game a bit but the game itself was pretty phenomenal. The fourth game looked good but lacked the customization of 2 and 3 and the combat was just so slow. That's the biggest criticism of Chromehounds I've read as well. I like mechs and all, but I like them to play like a hybrid of a FPS and flight-sim rather than slow and plodding.