Niche Spotlight – Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, Now on Steam

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Many longtime Monolith Productions fans will remember Shogo: Mobile Armor Divison, the first-person shooter hybrid that lets you battle in bipedal mechs or on foot. Heavily inspired by classic anime like Patlabor and Appleseed, the game has finally been re-released onto Steam, and even GOG.

Released back in 1998 for Windows PC, the game has ubiquitous controls between traversing on foot or in your mecha, and the combat even featured an interesting mechanic in which you could nail critical hits – something typically not found in shooters or mecha games at the time.

In the game, players take the role of Sanjuro Makabe, a Mobile Combat Armor (MCA) pilot and a commander in the United Corporate Authority (UCA) army. The story takes place during a brutal war for the planet Cronus, mostly over its coveted liquid resource, “kato.” You’re tasked with locating and assassinating the rebel leader “Gabriel.”

It’s worth mentioning the game apparently wasn’t optimized for modern displays properly, so you’ll want to grab this widescreen fix to make sure you’re getting the full experience without any visual distortion.

Here’s a rundown on the game:


You play Sanjuro Makabe, a Mobile Combat Armor (MCA) pilot and Commander in the UCA Security Force. The UCA was originally formed by three dominant megacorporations (Andra Biomechanics, Armacham Technology Corporation, and Shogo Industries). Originally intended as a joint venture that would ensure the continued profitability of the three organizations that founded it, the UCA is now independent, and the dominant military power in existence.

Your mission is to locate and assassinate a rebel leader known only as Gabriel. All of the action takes place either on the planet Cronus or on the spaceship Leviathan. The Leviathan is the flagship of the UCA and is commanded by Admiral Akkaraju. Cronus is the only known source of the biologically active material known as Kato, an incredibly powerful energy source essential to the process by which interstellar travel is possible.

Your deadly enemy is The Fallen, a fanatical terrorist group lead by the mysterious Gabriel, threatens the balance of power on Cronus, and ultimately, control of Kato. You will fight them on your feet or from within one of the different types of Mobile Combat Armor, a giant mech which can run, duck, strafe, swim or transform into an ultrafast hovertank.

You will know the true power of giant robots!

  • Anime-influenced graphics and gameplay design
  • Fight on foot or pilot a giant mech in both open and urban environments
  • An interesting storyline with two possible endings

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  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Only PC game I’ve ever beaten besides Army Men.

  • Cubed Grapes

    I didn’t expect this to see a Steam release. Pretty exciting.

  • Lucky

    That’s a damn shame. Although Shogo is p great.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I was console during my childhood not to mention our comp spazzed out. Shogo came with Septerra Core (couldn’t figure out where I was supposed to go after killing the first boss).

  • sanic

    I saw the word mobile and my body began rejecting it but then I realized it was part of the games title.

  • Zack

    I remember playing this back in the day… I’ve still got my physical disc and case kept safely :)

  • ToaKraka

    Now, if only Claw, Gruntz, and Get Medieval (whose demos were on Shogo’s disk, IIRC) were updated for modern machines…

  • 2501

    That’s awesome, i remember seeing this game years ago and thinking how much it resembled Patlabor.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Shogo was fucking awesome. I still remember the badass opening with a chick singing some sweet Jpop song while showing footage of massacres involving rocket launchers and napalm weapons~.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    That’s too bad, the game even have two diverging paths and endings. For its day, the game was huge, it featured the best skies to date and the graphics while not on par with Unreal were also pretty damn good~.

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  • Feniks

    Golden age of videogames.

    But this game was already on GoG for years iirc.

    https://www.gog.com/game/shogo_mobile_armor_division

  • My brother broke my CD for Septerra Core. I was a couple of hours in too. Sadly I was kind of enjoying that one.

  • NukeA6

    If only No One Lives Forever resolved the licensing BS and got a Gog.com release. Of course, I don’t mind bootlegging it since the game probably doesn’t work well on modern OSs.

  • DrearierSpider

    >Now on Steam

    Fuck that, get the GOG version. Don’t be a DRM supporting faggot.

  • Yah I made sure to add the GOG link up there. Seems to have been on there for years

  • DrearierSpider

    Man, Monolith had some fucking awesome original IP’s back in the day. SHOGO, Blood, NOLF and even F.E.A.R. & Condemned for all their faults. Such a shame that they’re making LotR spinoffs these days. Not bad games by any means, but I think we’d certainly see cooler stuff if they were totally independent.

  • DrearierSpider

    Blood as well. It’s at least being sold digitally, but the source code has never been released due to a mix of legal issues and Atari being massive cocks.

  • MusouTensei

    I played through that a while ago (GoG version) imo wasn’t very good, not the most well programmed really, like, one part I entered a level and was instantly killed till I managed to move backwards fast enough by sheer luck. Quite the opposite was a bossfight where the boss simply didn’t move until I got closer, but I could already shoot and kill it. And what’s going on at the ending?

    I mean for the less than 2 bucks I payed, I guess, but nothing I will ever reinstall again.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    My father gave away all my computer games before I could even figure out how to go further.

  • You had me at the 80s-as-fuck jpop theme song.

  • BentoBlame

    This is probably one of the few games that lets you shoot allies in your headquarters and then the leader immediately orders everyone to kill you. Aside from that, had a great time with this game might replay it eventually.