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Mercs

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
69
...
Genesis
81
4.2
Amstrad CPC
...
0.8

User Reviews

Capcom's answer to Ikari Warriors Amiga *Katakis* (37493)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 5 3.2
Amstrad CPC 1 0.8
Arcade 2 3.6
Atari ST 1 2.8
Commodore 64 2 1.9
Genesis 8 4.2
SEGA Master System Awaiting 1 votes...
Wii 1 0.0
ZX Spectrum 2 1.9
Combined MobyScore 22 3.1


The Press Says

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93
GenesisConsoles Plus
A part deux reproches principaux (pas d'animation plein écran et un seul joueur), MERCS est superbe !
92
GenesisComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Mercs is a magnificent conversion of a pretty spanky coin-op, with the unbelievable bonus of two different games stuffed onto one cart! Great graphics and sound all add to that arcade feel, but it's the gameplay stakes where Mercs really comes into its own. Hard enough to keep you coming back for more, you'll be constantly amazed by the sheer variety of the levels and features packed into this stunning game. If you're a fan of romping shoot 'em up action and you've only got spondulicks for one cartridge, make sure this is it. Mercs is mega - the best blast I've seen in ages. Buy it, turn the lights down low and turn your bedroom into an arcade - 'cos that's how good it is.
91
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
Besides manning weapons like machine guns and flamethrowers, you can also commandeer enemy vehicles. You can level trees and villages, creating total mayhem. With bosses like planes and tanks, your mission won't be easy, but you'll have a blast. The sound effects are a bit weak, but the background music is good. I did detect some noticeable slowdown when the screen gets busy. Mercs is for one player only (too bad), but there are two unique playing modes: arcade and original. The arcade mode gives you continues, and the original mode lets you choose your character. If you like destructive arcade action, this game is for you.
90
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
All of the features of the arcade have been successfully translated, even down to the massive gun turret that the Mercs can commandeer and use to their great advantage! The eight-way scrolling playfield works well and is a nice innovation. The graphics themselves are as close to the coin-op as can be expected and there's a nice variety in all of the backdrops and sprites. For the most part, the sound and music fit the bill perfectly (though the music at the end of each level is a bit lacking) with nice raucous explosions and hard tunes to accompany the frenetic action. MERCS is a nice conversions that fans of the coin-op original will love to bits.
88
GenesisMean Machines
In the death 'n' destruction stakes, this spot-on conversion takes some beating, featuring some of the meatiest mega-weapons ever seen in a game of this kind! Like most Megadrive games, you can finish it fairly quickly on the easiest level, but select the hardest one and there's a decent challenge to test your shoot 'em up skills. The graphics are excellent with plenty of small, but nicely detailed sprites running around trying to bring about your demise, and sound consists of thumping soundtracks and even louder explosions. With two different games in one cartridge, shoot 'em up fans who ask Santa for Mercs will have themselves a very merry Christmas!
87
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG)
All of the features of the arcade have been successfully translated, even down to the massive gun turret that the Mercs can commandeer and use to their great advantage!The eight-way scrolling playfield works well and is a nice innovation. The graphics themselves are as close to the coin-op as can be expected and there's a nice variety in all of the backdrops and sprites. For the most part, the sound and music fit the bill perfectly (though the music at the end of each level is a bit lacking) with nice raucous explosions and hard tunes to accompany the frenetic action. MERCS is a nice conversions that fans of the coin-op original will love to bits.
86
ZX SpectrumCrash!
MERC is a real winner with me. The tune at the beginning may be a little, erm, grating, but the rest is excellent. A real cool blaster, and I didn't say it looks like an updated version of Commando once, (even if it does)
82
AmigaAmiga Action
After the recent conflict in the Gulf, there seems to have been a new breed of war style games. Mercs continues the current trend, taking the Commando style shoot'em-up one step further. In terms of gameplay, there's no improvement over past products, but technically it has improved. The action is fast and frantic, while the difficulty level is perfect. The addition of extra weapons and power-ups is also appreciated. Although not standing out from the crowd, it will appeal to fans of the genre.
80
GenesisGamePro (US)
Mercs won't go down as the biggest and baddest blow 'em-up adventure of them all, though it's good to the last annihilation for sure. For many gamers it'll be tough to deal the final satisfying death blow, because you get limited continues in Arcade mode and none at all in Original mode. If that doesn't faze you, however, your order are to lock-and-load Mercs and save the prez!
80
GenesisSEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Quel bilan tirer sur le soft de Capcom ? A peser le pour et le contre, il est largement positif. Au rayon du négatif, la durée de vie, famélique, mais pour ce type de jeu, c'est tout de même très classique. Les deux modes seront bouclés en 2-3 heures à peine, mais intenses. La quête du high-score permet aussi d'y rejouer, et rattrape un peu la durée de base. En bref, un jeu de shoot efficace, propre et fun, c'est tout ce qu?on demande. D'un autre côté, la bouillie de pixels n'est pas formidable à voir, et n'est surtout pas à la hauteur de la 16 bits Sega. Ajouté aux ralentissements épisodiques, Mercs manque la mention « grand jeu », pour venir se situer parmi les valeurs sûres de la MD, et, après tout, c'est déjà très bien.
75
GenesisJeuxvideo.com
Mercs est un excellent défouloir réservé avant tout pour les fans du genre old-school qui ont apprécié son ancêtre Commando sorti en 1985. Le titre de Capcom est nerveux, jouissif et bourré d'action intense du début à la fin. En revanche, on ne peut que déplorer l'absence de mode multijoueur dans les versions consoles, alors que l'on pouvait jouer en coopération jusqu'à 3 sur la version arcade. Donc si vous souhaitez jouer avec des potes, il faudra vous rabattre sur la version arcade du jeu, pour les autres, vous pouvez foncer ! Go Go Go !
75
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
Actually, sometimes you won't have the foggiest idea which way to go. Your rock-hard Merc stays pretty much in the centre of the screen, and each level covers a large area. So it's quite possible to dash through a stinky swamp, blow up a couple of lean-to sheds and waste 200 enemy soldiers before finding out you've set off in completely the wrong direction. Drat and double drat! (That's what I tend to say. Anyway.) MERCS doesn't have the most incredible graphics you'll ever see, but it's strength is said (by US Gold, naturellement) to lie in the gameplay. Hmm. I'm not so sure. It's good fun, certainly (and even better with 2 players). Oh sure, it's fast, and it's also action-packed, so no quibbles there. But I reckon it's pretty easy and it's not often I find arcade games particularly easy. Basically I'm just concerned about how long it'll take you to complete it. Caring, aren't I?
75
GenesisIGN
Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS, if taken strictly as a Genesis conversion of the Capcom arcade classic, would be found lacking -- it's not as visually spectacular as that original edition, and it also completely cuts out that version's multiplayer co-op capability. But, luckily, the SEGA team who ported the project took the time and invested the effort to offer gamers of the day fresh, new content to counterbalance the cutbacks -- and they succeeded. The included "Original Mode" here is so different that it's essentially its own separate game, and that makes the overall offering definitely worth consideration for your Wii Points.
72
AmigaAmiga Joker
Letztendlich aber ist die Spielbarkeit das alles entscheidende Kriterium, und da ist War Zone leider nur zweiter Sieger: Mercs spielt sich einfach eine Spur flotter, es kann mit allerlei Feinheiten wie Liften oder daß man im Sumpf langsamer vorwärts kommt, aufwarten. Zudem muß man hier auch nicht ewig in unendlich zähe Gegner ballern - das ganze Gamedesign macht einen etwas professionelleren und vor allem abwechslungsreicheren Eindruck. Das soll nun aber nicht bedeuten, daß War Zone schnell langweilig würde! Dazu ist es schonmal viel zu schwer...
70
WiiNintendo Life
In terms of originality Mercs is hardly set to scoop any awards, but it’s about as fine an example of an old-school arcade blaster as you’re likely to find and shows just how talented Sega’s internal development teams were once upon a time; to take another company’s title and improve it is no meat feat. It’s just a shame that a two-player option wasn’t forthcoming, as this would have made the game a near-essential purchase, but you can’t have everything.
70
SEGA Master SystemGamesCollection
Mercs non ha mai avuto particolarmente successo su Sega Master System, non è esattamente uno di quei titoli che a distanza di anni vengono osannati, ma a mio parere ancora oggi può regalare ore divertenti a tutti noi. Sega come al solito ha fatto un buon lavoro. Si ringrazia Madrigal per i suggerimenti e le correzioni.
70
GenesisSega-16.com
I enjoyed MERCS greatly, and can't recommend it enough. It has great length, simple game play, and is fun as heck. Arcade mode is reason enough to play, and the addition of the original mode makes it a no-brainer. The lack of a two player option hurts, but there's still a lot here to enjoy.
70
GenesisPower Play
Über die Moral eines solchen Spiels läßt sich Wochen diskutieren. An der Spielbarkeit gibt es jedoch nichts zu rütteln. Die Grafik ist gut und scrollt sauber in alle Richtungen. Das Spiel ist fair und nach einer Gewöhnungsphase (anfangs ziemlich hektisch) prima zu meistern (kühler Kopf besiegt Panik). Trotz des relativ einfallslosen Spielprinzips ("Treff Ich Dich nicht, triffst Du mich.") macht Mercs Spaß - nicht zuletzt dank schmucker Extras und allerlei Überraschungen unterwegs. Empfindliche Naturen sollten jedoch lieber die Finger davon lassen. Eine menschliche Söldnerfackel, die Ihr mit Eurem Flammenwerfer entfacht, ist nichts für schwache Nerven.
67
SEGA Master SystemSegaFan.com
Como pasa con los "ports" directos en lo que a mapeado respecta, la duración es exigua; principalmente por la drástica reducción del nivel de dificultad sobre la recreativa y la eliminación del modo multijugador, resultando un caso bastante similar al de Golden Axe por poner un ejemplo. Por si fuera poco tampoco están las fases nuevas que se incluyeron en Mega Drive, con lo que las aventuras de estos soldados a sueldo en Master System se acaban en un suspiro.
61
Atari STST Format
On the whole, Mercs should be the kind of game that converts well to the ST, but the hassles that you must put up with and the lack of long lasting interest make it look sadly as though the game is just half-baked.
61
Commodore 64Commodore Force
Graphics are of a decent standard, but the action is marred by slowness of scrolling. You either wait for it to catch up, or you plough into a squad of enemies you didn't see coming. Not that good, not that bad.
55
AmigaDatormagazin
Mercs figurer är små och snygga. På det stora hela är grafiken i Mercs mycket elegant gjord. Även ljudeffekterna i Mercs är bra och i bakgrunden hörs en häftig melodi.
50
Commodore 6464'er
Die Spielidee wirft den Spieler nicht um und ist altbekannt: Schieß ab, was dir in den Weg kommt! Die grafische Ausführung bei der Bildschirmballerei verwöhnt den Spieler auf keinen Fall mit visuellen Leckerbissen und die Animation der Sprites ist auch nicht berauschend. Ebenso der Sound, denn die mickrigen Klänge können den mageren Gesamteindruck kaum herausreißen.
46
AmigaPower Play
Von der Moral fange ich erst gar nicht an: Wem angesichts des groben "Schieß-alle-Feinde-ab"-Schemas übel wird, der ist ohnehin inkompatibel zu Mercs. Auch über alle inhaltlichen Bedenken erhabene Bildschirmkrieger müssen nicht gerade ihren Flammenwerfer versetzen, um diese gute Stück unbedingt zu kaufen. Von der soliden Grafik und dem Zwei-Spieler-Modus mal abgesehen präsentiert sich Mercs als plumpes Hektikgeballer. Dem permanenten Rumknallen in alle Himmelsrichtungen geht jeder Pfiff ab. Man kann's zur Not spielen, aber relativ rasch droht Langeweile. Ein überflüssiges Allerweltsballerspiel.
42
Atari STPower Play
Von der Moral fange ich erst gar nicht an: Wem angesichts des groben "Schieß-alle-Feinde-ab"-Schemas übel wird, der ist ohnehin inkompatibel zu Mercs. Auch über alle inhaltlichen Bedenken erhabene Bildschirmkrieger müssen nicht gerade ihren Flammenwerfer versetzen, um diese gute Stück unbedingt zu kaufen. Von der soliden Grafik und dem Zwei-Spieler-Modus mal abgesehen präsentiert sich Mercs als plumpes Hektikgeballer. Dem permanenten Rumknallen in alle Himmelsrichtungen geht jeder Pfiff ab. Man kann's zur Not spielen, aber relativ rasch droht Langeweile. Ein überflüssiges Allerweltsballerspiel.
30
WiiEurogamer.net (UK)
Horizontal spaceship shooters may outnumber vertical soldier shooters on the VC, but if you're desperate for something to scratch that itch you'd be better off hoping for Ikari Warriors to make an appearance.