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The stand-alone follow-up to Mechwarrior 2, Mercenaries puts you in command of a small company of 'mechs whose only loyalty is to money. As there is a brutal war between 2 tribes underway, your goal is to cash in by doing tough jobs for both sides.

Buy and equip your mechs, hire pilots, and fight in a wide array of campaigns against rebels, pirates, the Clans, and even other houses of the Inner Sphere. In the Merc mode you will have to keep an eye on stocks of salvageable material, and use this to designate which Mercs are built next, while Story Mode plays like a straight-ahead action game. Internet options include play with up to 15 others around the world.


MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries DOS Teaching a Vulture a lesson at dusk.
MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries DOS Punishment via Short Range Missiles
MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries Windows Searching for enemy mech's
MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries Windows The game's title screen.
There are configuration options in the menu bar and hot spots on the screen.
Demo version

Promo Images

MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries Screenshot
MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries Logo
MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries Screenshot
MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries Screenshot

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User Reviews

Mechwarrior 2... only better. Windows Evan Kerr (10)
Giant robots have never been cooler. Windows Zovni (9308)
MW2 was a great game, Mercenaries just made it better DOS NotTwoQuick (22)

Critic Reviews

Game Revolution DOS Jun 05, 1996 A 100
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Windows Oct 22, 1996 94 out of 100 94
PC Multimedia & Entertainment DOS Oct 22, 1996 94 out of 100 94
PC Games Windows Dec, 1996 A- 91
PC Games DOS Dec, 1996 A- 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Dec, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Zone DOS Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88 DOS 1996 85 out of 100 85 Windows 1996 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec, 1996 84 out of 100 84


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In the readme, the recommended detail settings for each class of processors (P1, PII, ...) are listed. At the end of the list, there are the specs for a Cray supercomputer. The recommended settings for it are high detail on everything and a 1024x768 resolution (which the game does not support).


  • Computer Gaming World
    • May 1997 (Issue #154) – Space Simulation Game of the Year
    • May 1997 (Issue #154) – Space Simulation Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)

3D OEM versions

"Mercenaries" was one of the games that used to be shipped with early 3D accelerator cards. That's probably because with its open 3D environments and detailed mech designs it was a great title to showcase the cards' capabilities. At least these specific versions are known to exist:

- 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics Edition

- ATI 3D Rage Edition

- PowerVR PCX2 Edition

- S3 Virge Edition

- Matrox Mystique Edition

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