This really might be the only game where you really can blow up
every single thing in the gaming environment.
"Mercenaries", kind of a "Grand Theft Auto Lite" in terms of
violence, language, and total side missions, does have this going
for it--at some point during the course of the game, you will have
to blow up every building, every statue, every enemy installation,
every bridge, every aircraft and every bad guy that gets in your
way. And, if you have time on the side, you could even go out
and blow up all of the innocent civilian buildings, too...depending
on how your game is going, you just might use an air strike to blow
up everything on the map.
"Mercenaries" (LucasArts) lets you play as one of three mercs,
each with "individual" characteristics but really just a different
voice to grunt, yell and react with during the course of the game.
Your mission--head to North Korea and take out the Deck of 52, the
52 leaders of the North Korean regime that have collected nuclear
weaponry and plan on using it against the world. Using money
collected from side missions that must be completed in order to gain
intel on where each member of the 52 is hiding, you can buy weapons,
vehicles and air strikes that will be used to either capture or kill
each bad guy. There are also mini-missions where you can beat
non-violent objectives to earn a little cash, which might be helpful
in unlocking cheat codes or having a little more money to drop a
gunship attack on a suspicious looking group of villagers.
The game features much death, but it's most bloodless and
sometimes comical. You can always pick up the weapons of dead
bad guys, or use their equipment against them; you will find
yourself hijacking enemy choppers, tanks and APCs often. You
make more money by capturing bad guys alive, so you are always
interested in trying that first; if at first you don't succeed, just
drop a fuel-air bomb on them, blowing up the entire facility, and
take the dead guy's picture. Mission accomplished.
It's this quality that makes the game good, but not great--it's
basically lather, rinse, repeat about 52 times, as you go out, buy
new weapons, kill a group of baddies, buy new weapons. The
mission variety is poor, but blowing shit up is really a ton of fun.
The game takes about 20 hours to get through, and you'll probably
never play it again. Overall, not bad, but for the real deal,
you'll need to go get "GTA" games instead.
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience