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Game Overview

Mercenaries is a revolutionary, 3rd person action-shooter game set in the near future and inspired by real world events. On the eve of a historic reunification of North and South Korea, a ruthless general stages a military coup to take control of North Korea and threatens the world with nuclear war. The international community launches a global task force to stabilize the region. However, when diplomatic efforts collapse and the region descends into anarchy they announce a one hundred million dollar bounty on the North Korean general and his top military and scientific advisors. The targets are identified in a most wanted list in the form of a 52-card deck of playing cards. As one of the top operatives for a private mercenaries company called Executive Operations, you have been called in to collect on these bounties.

The Bottom Line

A "sandbox" war action game with open-ended gameplay in a gigantic world. Set against the outbreak of warfare spurred on a Korean dictator coup, players have free reign of a massive landscape to take bounties on the "Deck of 52" evil warlords and minions as you work towards taking down the general who started the onslaught. Commandeer tanks, choppers and other military hardware to traverse the game's literally miles of landscape across two complete battlefield areas, and build up cash for armory to finance the big jobs by taking on bounties from field agents.

Expert Reviews

GameSpot review logo

Dense with explosive content that satisfies on a fundamental level. Of the games that have tried to borrow the Grand Theft Auto style of play, Mercenaries is one of the most successful.

GameZone review logo

Just one of those brilliant action games ripe with all the things that make this one an addictive joy to play. With a giant battlefield as your playground, plenty of guns and enough vehicles to use it doesn't get any better than this.

IGN review logo

A wild ride of pure action and destruction. It's a long, deep game that continues to deliver on its promise (it's marketed with the tagline "playground of destruction") with an unending amount of military might, muscle, and variation.

Game Features

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ESRB Game Ratings

ESRB Rating of "T"
This game is Rated: Teen
Content is most suitable for children ages 13 and up. This game may contain violence, gambling, suggestive themes, crude humor, or some strong language.
Content Descriptors:
Mild Language, Violence
Game Info
Platform:Microsoft Xbox
Release Date:1/11/2005
Developer:Pandemic Studios
ESRB Rating:T
Game Quality Ratings
Difficulty: Easy

Recent Customer Reviews

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction for the Xbox

If you like military action games, you must try this one.
Published 2845 days ago by phungus

Excellent Buy

This is a great game to borrow, however, I wouldn't recommend someone buy it. It is a great...
Published 3006 days ago by dreaeuh

While not without flaws, one of the most addictive games I've played recently

A definite recommendation. Great action, addictive and fairly large size/scope.
Published 3180 days ago by moviefan15

Destructively Fun

It's excellent if you like destructive and shooting games.
Published 3316 days ago by rtsmaster

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