Wow this is so reminiscent of the Battletech series. Even now I still have fond memories of watching the cartoon and Mech Warrior video games. If I remember correctly the Ax Man was my fav mech like the one Adam Steiner piloted.
I've got all the mech warrior FPS's and the expansions but what I REALLY want is for someone to develop it with a modern graphics engine, more story line and COMPLETE customization of my mech to include salvaged parts from down mechs. I'm thinking along the lines of a frankenmech. To my knowledge Microsoft still holds the title and is not willing to part with it so someone can actually make something new and improved out of it. Though I'm sure for the right sum of money they will make a deal.