Mercenaries – Xbox

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Mercenaries - Xbox

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  • Flexible, action-packed missions as you go after everyone on the Most Wanted list
  • Explosive combat as you draw from a huge arsenal – you have the firepower to destroy anything you face
  • Highly detailed and massive open environments that are completely interactive – If you can see it, you can use it, steal it, drive it, fly it or blow it up
  • Choose which missions you’ll accept – You can work for the UN, South Koreans, the Chinese government or the Russian Mafia. Make sure you pick clients carefully – they can go from friend to foe in an instant
  • Use the cash you earn from different contracts to buy more advanced weapons, vehicles, even air strikes — or sell your vehicles and weapons on the black market

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction is a revolutionary third person action-shooter game, set in the near future and inspired by real world events. A military leader stages a coup just as North and South Korea are preparing to unify, turning that region’s political situation into violent chaos. As diplomacy fails, this new dictator threatens the world with nuclear war. The world’s nations put an unprecedented 0,000,000 reward on him and his advisors. You’ve decided to claim that bounty.

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  1. 73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    should not compare with GTA, January 21, 2005
    By 
    C. Lee (Chicago, IL United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Mercenaries – Xbox (Video Game)

    A lot of people who are unhappy with the game seems to be hung up on a simple issue: “Why isn’t this game like Grand Theft Auto and more?” Although players who’ve spent any time with GTA will feel immediately familiar with the game’s draw, a few hours in, you know that it’s a very different experience. GTA is more about DRIVING; Mercenaries is about BLOWING STUFF UP! Where as GTA has better vehicle physics, the third-person-shooter aspect of Mercenaries is much more deep. Where as GTA has a generally upbeat tone (with the incessant radio music, bustling city landscape and often humorous/cartoon-like urban dwellers), the mood in Mercenaries is a lot more sober (music right out of a war movie, dark war-torn landscape and hostile soldiers).

    If you enjoy GTA for the sheer freedom of actions you can take, whether it is to mow down pedestrians with a sedan, do impossible arial flips and in general, cause havoc just for the fun of it, you’ll really enjoy Mercenaries; in the sheer carnage factor, Mercenaries top GTA. In terms of character development (of both your character and various ones you encounter along the game), Mercenaries is rather flat and uninteresting, compared to GTA. Take your pick.

    There are two annoying things about the game for me. For one, the fact that you can routinely run through an enemy stronghold with a SMG and mow down dozens of soldiers while on foot without a hitch makes you feel uber-invincible. Whether it’s a good thing (more opportunity to kick butt!) or a bad thing (makes missions too easy and unchallenging) is up to you. Another is the faltering AI of the enemies. Sometimes, they swarm all over you at the slightest trigger of danger with no regard for their own safety other than the most simple reactions (duck out of the way of speeding cars or raining bullets); other times, you can brush past your enemies and they won’t lift a finger just because that particular faction is not your worst enemy in that particular mission. Often times, this leads to the feeling of being a in a Twighlight Zone; that you’re the only ‘human’ in the entire game while others are just pre-programmed to interact with you within the bounds of a rather limited script. Again, this really doesn’t hinder your ability to blow stuff up; but the interactive aspect with other ‘people’ kinda fall short of GTA.

    Overall, one thing’s without a doubt: Mercenaries will hook you the very minute you start playing and won’t let you go until you can no longer keep your eyes open (or die from dehydration and starvation).

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  2. 21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    GTA and Ghost Recon had a baby!, January 12, 2005
    By 
    wakerider74 (Pleasant Hill, CA) –

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Mercenaries – Xbox (Video Game)

    First off let me say that my review is based on the single player campaign only. I know it kinda sucks without multiplayer and the Xbox live people will bitch but single player games have been coming up way short lately selling the game on the live or multiplayer when these things should be added benefit!

    Ok, so the game has all the concepts of GTA3: Map system is identical, one massive area (about the size of at least 2 or maybe all 3 GTA3 islands put together), and contracts can be taken from different groups for cash and new merchandise in your online black market store. The game play is like a combo of Ghost Recon 2 and GTA3. The graphics are exceptional and the music was surprisingly good too. Every structure, vehicle, prop, and aircraft is destructible! The more creative you are the more fun you can make the game… have a large group of enemies near by? Air Strike and blow em to bits! Road Block? Put a pack of C4 on the hood of your vehicle, drive towards and jump out then trigger the C4… Road block cleared! There is so much more you can do and so much I have yet to discover but this game defiantly came under the radar and is shaping up to be a very nice surprise.

    My only negative is that it did seem to have about a 2 hour learning curve to get comfortable with the controls and general functions of the game.

    In short this is a great game for a solo experience, huge replay value and from what I can tell the length is very refreshing.

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  3. 18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent GTA style free-flowing 3rd person shooter, February 24, 2005
    By 
    Vynny “Vynrod” (USA) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Mercenaries – Xbox (Video Game)

    I’d been looking for a decent GTA style game for a while now and since XBox owners won’t see GTA:SA for some time I thought Mercenaries would fill the slot nicely. And boy it does!

    Following on from the GTA’s groundbreaking no-rules gameplay, Mercenaries allows for complete free-roaming non-linear action. The first time I exited the campground I wanted to see just how much freedom the game would offer – so rather than go an speak to whoever it was the game was directing me to, I decided to try to steal and enemy vehicle and go off on my own adventure. After finding a North Korean jeep and ‘acquiring’ it, my road journey began. Before I knew it, I was deep in a North Korean compound apparently having convinced the NK’s that I’m one of them. The sensation of knowing I might be caught at anytime is just one of the thrills the game serves up. I took out bunkers, subdued guards, stole tanks destroyed entire buildings – all without being instructed to. Marvellous.

    Sure, like with GTA, the game has certain plot points and story quests that will allow your character to progress and use bigger and better weapons. But you can do them in your own time when you choose – I love that. Even when you die all is not lost – unless you’re on an ace contract all that happens is you resurrect in the ally campground and lose some money; just like a hospital visit in GTA!

    The graphics perform well although there is a mist that’s obviously covering up pop-up. Understandable though given that massive terrain you can traverse (with NO loading). And the game does have a certain dark brown feel – but again it’s in keeping with the theme of the game. The physics of the game is incredible though, with almost everything destroyable, moveable or stealable. I was shooting some rockets at a guard tower and upon the third hit the whole thing fell. And it didn’t just go ‘pop’… it slowly FELL, with dust, bricks and debris flying off it all acompanied by appropriate bone crunching audio. It really took my by surprise at how it all went down, and since then I’ve been blowing up everything I can by using hand-planted C4 or even laser-targeted airstrikes for the big stuff.

    Overall this game seems quite shallow initially, but after scores of hours playing I can say this is every bit as deep GTA3 et al, and worth every penny. Highly recommended.

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