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Mercs is a shoot 'em up influenced by Ikari Warriors. You are an anti-terrorism soldier, and must rescue a former President from a Central African revolutionary gang.

You run through each of the 8 levels, which primarily scroll horizontally, shooting everyone before they can shoot you. At times you will have to shoot trees and other scenery to progress.

Finding strategic placings is important, especially as you can't shoot while on water. Most of the time you are on foot, but at times you can hijack vehicles of shot foes. There are improved weapons, smart bombs and energy recharges to collect. Each of the 8 levels ends with a large vehicle requiring multiple shots to destroy.


Mercs Genesis Level 2 boss, still needing 5 big hits
Mercs Genesis Across the bridge
Mercs Genesis The level 1 boss perishes
Mercs Genesis Level 3 starts

Promo Images

Mercs Screenshot
Mercs Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "戦場の狼Ⅱ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS" -- Wii title
  • "Senjō no Ōkami II" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Nov, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Sega Force (UK) Jan, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Mean Machines Dec, 1991 88 out of 100 88
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Jun 05, 2005 8 out of 10 80
IGN Feb 09, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75 Mar 18, 2011 15 out of 20 75 Jun 24, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Dec, 1991 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1991 7 out of 12 58


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Capcom Generations

Game was also released in Capcom Generations from PlayStation, it is straight conversion from arcade. The game is on the third disk of collection.


  • Commodore Format
    • October 1995 (Issue 61) – The Bottom 10 Games of all Time

Martin Smith (66864) added Mercs (Genesis) on Jan 08, 2006
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