MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries

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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 Windows The Mission set up screen

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MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries Windows The game's title screen.
There are configuration options in the menu bar and hot spots on the screen.
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MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries Windows One of the game's configuration screens that is accessed via the menu bar
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MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries Windows The instant action menu, where you choose your own, your allies and your enemies mech's

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User Reviews

Mechwarrior 2... only better. Windows Evan Kerr (10)
Giant robots have never been cooler. Windows Zovni (9326)
MW2 was a great game, Mercenaries just made it better DOS NotTwoQuick (22)

Critic Reviews

Game Revolution Windows Jun 05, 1996 A 100
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Power Play Windows 1996 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot DOS Oct 10, 1996 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Privat Computer PC Windows 1997 82 out of 100 82
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) DOS May 02, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker DOS Oct, 1996 77 out of 100 77


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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)

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