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Battletech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception is an overhead view, 2D strategy game based on the Battletech strategy board game universe. Players take the role of Jason Youngblood, academy 'Mechwarrior trainee and son of famous 'Mechwarrior Jeremiah Youngblood. As the game's story unfolds, an enemy faction attacks the planet. Players must escape the initial attack, then journey around the planet gathering resources, 'Mechs and allies in preparation for the counterattack against the invasion forces.
Players must collect money through various means to acquire and repair 'Mechs as well as increase their characters' skills. At the beginning of the game, players are given a periodic stipend but later must rely on finding money from enemies and investing in one of three stocks available in the stock market. The stocks range from a stable growth stock with very little earning potential to a high-risk stock with both enormous earnings and loss potential.
Both human and 'Mech combat is turn-based. Each turn, players can select from a list of actions for each character or 'Mech to perform. Alternatively, an option is provided to allow the computer to handle combat if desired. Humans have health levels that decrease whenever they take a hit by weapons fire and, if the levels zero out, they die. Since 'Mechs have individual body parts, players must achieve a variable number of critical hits in one of the 'Mech's body areas in order to destroy it. For example, it may require three leg critical hits to destroy a 'Mech but only one center torso critical hit. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide