DescriptionDuring the last years of his reign, the North Korean president Choi Kim attempted a reconciliation with the country's southern neighbor, with the ultimate goal of reunification. However, his son, General Choi Song, and the military clique under his leadership, strongly disagreed with the old man's views. Eventually, Choi Song orchestrated his own father's assassination, took control of North Korea, and severed ties with the outside world.
Then the Australian Navy intercepts a North Korean freighter carrying nuclear weapons intended for sale to terrorist cells. In response, China, South Korea, the Allied Nations send troops into the troubled region to topple Song's regime. The Russian Mafia also bases itself in North Korea to take advantage of the situation. A bounty of a hundred million dollars for General Song was declared. This is where the mercenaries enter the playfield.
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction is a free-roaming war action and driving game with open-ended gameplay in a large world. The player can choose to control any of the three mercenary protagonists, each with their own strengths: North American Chris Jacobs can sustain higher damage; Jennifer Mui from Hong-Kong is proficient in stealth; Mattias Nilsson from Sweden can run faster than the others. Each of the mercenary also speaks different languages, which makes him or her more or less suitable for work with particular factions.
Players have free reign of a massive landscape to take bounties on the "Deck of 52", a list of most wanted people in General Song's regime. Four factions have moved in to take advantage of the coup for personal gains; each faction will offer the player resources such as vehicles and supplies, as well as missions that the player can use to make money off of. If the player completes missions for a faction, they will offer intel on the locations of various bounties from the deck, although it is possible to track down the bounties without them.
Players have a vast array of resources available to them to get the job done. It is possible to commandeer tanks, choppers and and any other military hardware to blow up the game's destructible landscape across the North Korean countryside. Helping out various factions provides access to numerous vehicle drops, supply drops, and air strikes.
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- "Mercs" -- Slang
Part of the Following Groups
- Gameplay feature: Radiation / Radioactive Poisoning
- Games made into comics
- Genre: Open world / Free-roaming / Sandbox action and driving
- Mercenaries series
- Physics Engine: Havok
- PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits releases
- Setting: Korean
- Symphonic Orchestra: Northwest Sinfonia
- Tank: M1 Abrams
|I’m a Mercenary and I love my job||Classic Nigel (150)|
|XBox Front||Jan 24, 2005||92 out of 100||92|
|IGN||Jan 10, 2005||9.1 out of 10||91|
|The Next Level||Feb 08, 2005||90|
|Console Obsession||May 31, 2010||9 out of 10||90|
|Kombo.com||Jan 20, 2005||9 out of 10||90|
|GameSpot||Jan 12, 2005||8.8 out of 10||88|
|4Players.de||Mar 19, 2005||86 out of 100||86|
|JustPressPlay||Apr 04, 2005||8.5 out of 10||85|
|X-Power||Apr 10, 2005||8 out of 10||80|
|Gamekult||Feb 18, 2005||7 out of 10||70|
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DevelopmentMercenaries originally started life as a new game in Electronic Arts' Strike series. That contract didn't go through, however, and after a year of development it was cancelled. Pandemic used some of the gameplay ideas from that project and adapted them into a new game they could call their own. The magnetic pulley on the final game's helicopters is a small relic from this past, instantly recognizable by veterans of previous Strike games.
Rating systemsThe original Japanese PS2 game came with a CERO rating of 15+ with a violence descriptor. It was later re-released with a rating of C with a violence descriptor.
ReferencesHan Solo and Indiana Jones are unlockable characters.
South KoreaThe game was originally banned in South Korea after government officials feared the game, which depicts a war with North Korea with South Korea as a participant, would further strain an already delicate situation between the two countries. However, the Korean Game Board announced that the ban would be lifted by the year 2007.
- 2005 – #8 Xbox Game of the Year
Related Web Sites
- Developer Interview (FileFront's David Wulzen talks to director Cameron Brown about this new third person shooter from LucasArts.)
- IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
- Mercenaries (Official Web Site)
- Wikipedia: Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (Information about Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction at Wikipedia)