[edit] Background

Mercenaries is a revolutionary third-person combat-action game that delivers the next level of free-form gameplay in massive interactive environments. The game gives players the opportunity to take on the role of a soldier for hire in an open-ended world. Mercenaries is set in North Korea in the near future, where a coup has plunged the troubled nation into chaos. An elite private military company, Executive Operations, has dispatched a mercenary to track down the "deck of 52" fugitive members of the old hardliner regime - before they can launch a nuclear attack. The nonstop action within Mercenaries is heightened by the integration of the Havok physics engine, making everything within the environment act and react as it would in real life.
In the game, players choose to be one of three mercenaries: an American ex-soldier, a British secret agent, or a Swedish bounty hunter. Each playable character has unique strengths and weaknesses that affects gameplay. For example, characters demonstrate increased expertise such as stealth, speed, or sniping allowing for unique interactions with the international factions, including China, North Korea, and the Russian Mafia. Players choose to make enemies or form alliances with these factions in order to obtain new vehicles and weaponry and unlock new bonus missions that are specific to each faction.

[edit] Gameplay

Mercenaries takes on a free-roam approach to the battlefield, from the beginning of the game you are free to go around and continue in the game by accepting contracts, or perhaps you could go out and get some cash by collecting bounties, or anything. You are free to steal cars, jeeps, tanks, APC's and even helicopters, there are over 20 weapons including anit-air RPG's, SMG's and Sniper Rifles. Every contract offers a diverse and original objective, adding new elements of gameplay each time, in one mission you might be required to fend off enemies platoons and you can do so by any means necessary, so really you are welcome to find your own diverse and original ways of completing contracts.

[edit] Features

  • Take control of one of three different mercenaries: Chris Jacobs, Matthias Nilsson or Jennifer Mui. Each has their own personality.
  • Use more than 20 combat weapons, including Light Machine Guns, Anti-Armor Rifles, Suppressed Submachine Guns, and Assault Rifles.
  • Hijack and commandeer over 50 realistic vehicles, including Attack Helicopters, Main Battle Tanks, Armored Personnel Carriers, Civilian Sports Cars, and Armed Pick-up Trucks.
  • Use hard-earned money on better weapons, powerful vehicles, or devastating airstrikes. You can also sell vehicles on the Mafia-supported Black Market.
  • Earn prestige among factions by doing "dirty work" for them, or betray them at will. Your career as a mercenary is in your hands.
  • Destroy everything in sight! An enhanced engine drive and ragdoll graphics allow for unparalled destruction.
  • Do what you want! Be it completing contracts for different factions or free-riding through the countryside, there will always be something to do. Unlockables and collectibles contribute to the replay value.

[edit] Hardware Requirements

8MB Playstation 2 Memory Card required
590KB minimum space needed to save
Analog Control Compatible: All Buttons
Vibration Function Compatible

Official URL

Official Site

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Oct 22, 10 9:43am
A good game. Mercenaries
Feb 8, 10 3:58pm
good Mercenaries
Jedi Revan
Nov 27, 09 9:22pm
I even captured general song Mercenaries
Dark Assassin
Jul 16, 09 6:52am
Explosions, explosions, explosions... Mercenaries
Jun 24, 09 1:28pm
Everyones saying this one was better than its sequel, so if i cant put the sequel down, what will happen with this one? Mercenaries
Jun 15, 09 7:21pm
Blow the crap out of North Korea. And get paid to do it. Hell yes. Mercenaries
Mar 1, 09 7:40am
still the original, still one of the best out there Mercenaries
Jan 25, 09 5:05am
its so fun to blow things up Mercenaries
Sep 13, 08 7:08am
GTA: North Korea. Mercenaries
Aug 4, 08 5:27am
Really good, destructive enviroments and interesting missions. Mercenaries
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Release Dates
  • North America:
    • Jan 27, 2012 (Movie)
    • Jan 11, 2005 (PS2)
  • Japan: Q4 2004
  • Europe: Feb 18, 2005
  • Australia: January 2005
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