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Classic Tactical Mecha Game CRW: Metal Jacket Finally Translated Over 20 Years Later

Fan translations for Japanese games have gotten more popular with an increasingly connected internet and better connections around the world. The latest game to finally be translated is CRW: Metal Jacket, a PC-98 game that features XCOM-like tactical battling game featuring mecha and their respective pilots.

The game was translated by fan group 46 OkuMen, who previously translated the Japan-only sequel to E.V.O. Search for Eden, the game E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution. Featured above, you can view a trailer showcasing the game’s finished English build, which got released to the public on July 1.

Originally released for PC-98 and DOS back in 1994, the game was later localized for China and Korea, only to be re-released on the original PlayStation as CRW: Counter Rebellion War.

The translation was originally mean to be a “quick weekend project,” however it quickly grew in scale due to the game having “many quirks about it that slowed down its progress significantly.” One of these setbacks was finding out many of the game’s interface being images, not text, forcing the team to get used to using the aged .UGD format.

CRW: Metal Jacket and all its required files are available now over on 46okumen.com.

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9 comments
  1. Lionhart16
    Lionhart16
    July 5, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Is it just me, or does the art style for the characters seem…..familiar?

  2. Marshall Graham
    Marshall Graham
    July 6, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Yea, it kinda looks like Shirow Masamune’s work, albeit less exaggerated.

  3. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    July 6, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Still looks pretty decent despite its age. I’ve always said fan translators are the best and most dedicated of the gaming community.

  4. Tarrasque
    Tarrasque
    July 6, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Reminds me of Power Dolls

  5. Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia
    Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia
    July 6, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Cool ! I want it ! I spend so many time playing Front Mission !

  6. FREECELL.EXE
    FREECELL.EXE
    July 6, 2017 at 3:54 am

    These dudes have been doing such a great job lately, in a span of so little time they’ve outputted 3 translations. If the world was fair they would be hired by some company to just keep doing this all the time.

    I had the chance to chat with them some time ago and if I recall correctly Appareden Fukuryu no Sho and Libros de Chilam Balam were being considered for the next translations.

    Nana was also doing some PC-98 translations recently but seems to have stopped from the looks of it.

    Still, 2017 is treating PC-98 really well.

  7. seibertron
    seibertron
    July 6, 2017 at 6:48 am

    download link not working? I get the following

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  8. This is Mugen Tenshin
    This is Mugen Tenshin
    July 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Speaking of old pearls. Anyone know a safe way to get the original Black & White (the God game) working on windows 10? You’d get a like for your troubles of letting me know!