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  • Summary: Set in the Resident Evil universe, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will deliver relentless action with players competing against the clock to defeat as many enemies as possible in a fixed time. Featuring Mercenaries missions from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, now fully realised in stunning 3D, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will add brand new modes and well known characters from the series to enrich and extend the Mercenaries experience. Furthermore, the title will take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS� WiFi Connectivity, allowing players from around the world to join forces in co-op gameplay, regardless of location. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 69
  2. Negative: 4 out of 69
  1. 90
    If you're looking for a portable-optimized intense high-score game centered around killing zombie-like enemies, this fits the bill. The Mercenaries 3D is worthy of a full retail release, and hopefully we'll see more like it in the future.
  2. Jun 29, 2011
    Unlike the disastrous Resident Evil: Mercenaries Vs. on iPhone, this standalone arcade style shooter comes fully loaded with 30 missions, a deep skill system and sharp looking visuals. Most importantly, it's one head blasting good time.
  3. Dec 19, 2011
    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is a fantastic experience...while it lasts. Sadly, as with other impressive titles such as Nintendo's own Pilotwings Resort and Steel Diver, Capcom has delivered a high quality product with plenty of thrills and spills, but lacking in the vital longevity stakes for anyone other than die-hard score chasers.
  4. Jun 28, 2011
    Despite its considerable flaws, at its core, Mercenaries is a ton of fun. From the moment I started playing it I couldn't put it down.
  5. Jul 24, 2011
    While Resident Evil's gameplay is a little on the clunky side today, it's still wholly enjoyable and packed with thrills, and it's just a shame that it's short-lived and awkward to get to grips with.
  6. Jun 30, 2011
    Quality gameplay squandered by clumsy design, The Mercenaries 3D misses the opportunity to become the definitive The Mercenaries game, instead settling for a passing distraction.
  7. Jun 29, 2011
    It's hard to shake the feeling that Mercenaries 3D is the slimy result of a Capcom executive meeting titled "What can we get away with this time?"

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 52
  2. Negative: 12 out of 52
  1. Jun 29, 2011
    Do not be fooled by IGNorant reviews or those written by foolish "users". Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is a fun filled action packed little brother to its console companion with a TON of replay value. The game CAN be played repeatedly so if you think that you can only play through once you are way wrong! It is, however, set up like an arcade machine in a sense and the perks and other unlocks remain unlocked indefinitely once originally unlocked. That being said the game controls wonderfully and the character models are comparable to the console versions. I ran into some relatively minor frame-rate issues (minor in that they do little to hinder its enjoyment or playability). There are MANY more missions than the critic at IGN claimed (for whatever reason) and the perks, characters and other unlocks were fun to explore with loads of different combinations. Each character can save a rating to the game and each time your previous rating is beat it will save the new one (typical of most arcade type games) Each character has unique moves and weapon combinations and can be tweaked with perks and an additional outfit (with a separate outfit score slot) THIS GAME HAS PLENTY OF REPLAY-ABILITY so if you have heard otherwise ignore them and try it out for your self. While it has some issues this is a fantastic handheld version of the Mercenaries mini game we have all come to love. The included demo of Resident Evil: Revelations was indeed very short, however, it did provide players with a strong sense of the setting and environment they can expect from the next title (the ambiance it creates can easily be compared to Dead Space or early resident evil titles) The real verdict is that this game should NOT be overlooked as an empty un-replayable arcade shooter as other critics seem to assume, but as a handheld replica of its console cousins with beautiful visuals, exciting action packed shooting sequences and a substantial amount of added depth. A MUST BUY FOR FANS of the series and Mercenaries mini games as well as 3DS owners who have been itching for an action title. Expand
  2. Jul 1, 2011
    OK, UPDATED REVIEW! Still a 10 as you CAN repeat CAN have as many save files as you want, you can replay and even start a NEW save for your friends or to trade it in, although you can trade it in already. You need a NDS cart, video tutorial on YouTube on how to... So anyway the game has amazing graphics! It is not just a 5 min play through and tbh anyone who thought this wasn't the same MERCENARIES type game mode through out loads of previous resident evil games are stupid and should not call them selves a fan, in which case why buy it? The gameplay is fun, addictive, and most of all REPLAYABLE, so if anyone is reading this and you like resident evil games then my review is THE one to go by, ALL of the bad reviews are trolls that only follow hyped up games and dint have an opinion of there own just sheep. Also likento add I buy games for the fun and even if you couldn't (although you can) delete your save, it means you rely on trade in so you shouldn't bother anyway and also says that you friend should buy his own game, your friend is a bum! Seriously every bad review I doubt even have a 3DS...either that or are just blind. Mafia 2 had no replay value whatsoever all you could do was buy a suit and drive a car.....yes wow lol. COD=waste of youth just to unlock an extra prestige but loose loads of items OMG AMAZING...sarcasm much?!? Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2011
    This is a great game. Nice visuals and a lot of enjoyable action. It's a shame everybody don't feel the same way . But hopefully people will buy it even if it got some very bland reviews. Expand
  4. Jul 11, 2014
    A truly arcade version of Resident Evil, almost looks like it was a port of 2000s arcade! There is almost no story here, just a bunch of random RE-style levels with waves of RE-style enemies. Game uses RE4-style controls allowing for quite dynamic and intense survival action, and if you do not expect actual RE experience here (this is a score attack game - again, there is no story!) and like the RE spinoffs (like light gun shooters), you will have a great time playing The Mercenaries. There is a ton of skills and character/map combination, so replay value is quite high. And there is more - playing with a friend is strongly recommended on later stages. Not for the faint of heart or perfectionists, controls may be a pain sometimes, but overall a solid arcade-style package that works great on a handheld. And nowadays quite cheap too! Expand
  5. May 4, 2013
    No plot to speak of, and things can get monotonous fast as you spend hours killing enemies over dull levels. However the combat itself is actually quite a lot of fun most of the time, and provided you can find someone to play with online really saves this game. Shame there are no on-line leader boards. Expand
  6. Jul 7, 2011

    You should not be reviewing games on Metacritic. If you're going to give a game a 10, there should be no complaints
    whatsoever, yet in your review, which is fairly short, you go on to complain half the time about the game and you cannot spell! A 10/10 game is flawless, RE: Mercenaries is not flawless...... you even say so yourself. Please stay off of Metacritic. It's ignorant people like you who destroy the credibility of game reviews here on metacritic.

    Oh, and BTW, the game is OK. I gave it a 6 / 10, which is being generous. No touchscreen first person shooter controls on a touchscreen centered gaming system?! WTF?! This game should really not have even been released as a stand - alone $40 MSRP game. It should have been an add-on or a Downloadable title in it's current iteration. Don't even get me started on the Saving debacle associated with this game..... I won't go there because plenty of us already know what kind of crap that whole thing turned out to be. Hopefully Capcom won't pull that BS anymore.

    Overall though, for what it's worth, it's an OK game and suits "on - the - go" portable gaming well. It should have been a DLC game though and not a full retail release.
  7. Jun 29, 2011
    Capcom has sunk to the lowest level possible by only offering one save file that can not be overwritten. You will not be able to start the campaign over and of course you will never be able to sell the game or trade it in for credit. Publishers are so jealous of the used game market they attempt to convince people it is bad for gaming. In reality it only benefits gaming and without it the industry would suffer. Publishers are blinded by jealously and fail to see this. Thousands of gamers rely on in-store credit and used games so they can by New games. This is how the entertainment economy is able to grow.

    As a life-long gamer I will never support such behavior. This is worse then Capcom withholding content from games only to charge later for it as DLC. This is a all new low. Capcom is on my Boycott list and any game they are affiliated with that interest me I will be renting it.

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