• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Jun 28, 2011
Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 69
  2. Negative: 4 out of 69
  1. Jun 28, 2011
    60
    It's simply a shame that this full-priced retail title based on a bonus mini-game still feels like, well, a bonus mini-game. The Mercenaries 3D almost feels like a project Capcom used to test the 3DS waters for what's sure to be next year's more complete Resident Evil experience.
  2. Jul 21, 2011
    74
    If you know what you're letting yourself in for, go for it. It's a pocketable version of a minigame, with online play, and 3D that doesn't need glasses. It's honestly little more than that.
  3. Jul 1, 2011
    60
    If you're not entirely sure whether you're going to enjoy The Mercenaries 3D or not, ask yourself this: is £35 too much to spend on a mini-game ripped out of Resident Evil 4?
  4. Jun 29, 2011
    62
    The action is there and it's solid, but the package as a whole isn't enough to fully satisfy. The lack of story brings a hollow feel to this Resident Evil experience, as well as other small factors here and there. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D delivers non-stop action, but it just can't bring enough substance in the gameplay to make the entire experience enjoyable.
  5. Jun 29, 2011
    80
    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.
  6. Dec 19, 2011
    70
    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.
  7. Oct 7, 2011
    60
    A disappointment. The game seems like a test project on the 3DS for Capcom with the end goal of checking how the engine works on the 3DS hardware.
  8. Sep 20, 2011
    83
    Fans of Resident Evil games will probably want to give this one a shot. Not perfect by any means, but still a fun one.
  9. Jul 28, 2011
    80
    An entertaining entry in the Resident Evil series, The Mercenaries 3D manages to maintain its addictive quality while gaining portability, allowing you to better your score on your way out the door and beyond.
  10. Jul 24, 2011
    75
    Fans of the Mercenaries mode won't get that much new, but what they get, is quite nice.
  11. Jul 24, 2011
    60
    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.
  12. Jul 21, 2011
    78
    It's fun, challenging and has a high replay value, and also has very good graphics. But at the same time is limited, short and somewhat repetitive.
  13. Jul 20, 2011
    50
    It's difficult to look at this game as a recommendable product. It can be completed within two hours and has low repeat values.
  14. Jul 18, 2011
    67
    None of the problems seem too large or frustrating, but together, take away from the entertaining base experience. The arcade action, variety of characters and shooting aspect all work so well that it's disappointing to see the skill system not fully polished nor is online expanded upon further. That's why Mercenaries 3D is merely a good game, with the future prospects of becoming great on 3DS.
  15. Jul 13, 2011
    60
    An accurate port of the Resident Evil Mercenaries minigame - and that's all it is.
  16. Jul 12, 2011
    80
    A handheld compilation of RE4 and RE5 Mercs mini games that will feel like a nice bonus to Mercs players that enjoyed the Mercs mini game.
  17. Jul 12, 2011
    50
    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D contains the same high-quality action as the bonus modes in Resident Evil 4 and 5, but this time in attractive 3D. Unfortunately it doesn't contain enough actual game play. Too few missions, missing favourite characters and areas and enemies that only have been taken from the latest two games. It's just not worth the money, and with the save file debacle there's little value in buying it used either.
  18. 40
    Everything in this game smells of calculated recycling and boring gameplay possibilities. Some people might find this attractive based on a few hours play, but you'll be sighing for more content only a short time later. The best thing about it is the included demo of the coming Resident Evil Revelations, and that says it all.
  19. Jul 11, 2011
    50
    But ultimately Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D, for all its combo streaks and rank awards and nods towards arcade addiction, can't quite shake off the feeling that it's a game that, like its predecessors, would have been more satisfying as a bonus mode, perhaps to the forthcoming Revelations (a brief demo for which is included here). Isolated and presented in the way it has been here, the limitations of Mercenaries are exposed.
  20. Jul 11, 2011
    67
    At its core, The Mercenaries 3D is an intense and frantic action shooter, dedicated to those who love the "old school" of gaming and its score system. But there isn't almost anything that one can't find in the Mercenaries mode of RE4 and 5, so why should one buy one mode for the price of an entire game?
  21. Jul 10, 2011
    50
    Though the action chugs on occasion, the 3DS hardware can handle a game of this magnitude. But the 3DS' small screens and the extremely limited peripheral vision may leave players feeling like they're operating the game through a peephole.
  22. Jul 10, 2011
    65
    This latest Resident Evil game only gives you five missions to play over and over. The controls are far from perfect and so this game isn't worth full price. The 3D-images do look great however, and the co-op mode will entertain you for hours to come.
  23. 50
    An action game that features the game mode made famous in the 5th installment of the franchise. Nevertheless, and however much I wanted to like it, an average game completion time and meager content that cannot be deleted contribute to making this game not much fun. With that being said, it is visually stunning and provides a good preview of what can be graphically expected from the upcoming installment on the 3DS. Let's hope that it impresses us more.
  24. Jul 7, 2011
    65
    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D offers addictive, score-attack action, but lacks the content to make it more than a fun minigame.
  25. Jul 7, 2011
    68
    The Mercenaries 3D is nothing more than a portable version of a collateral game mode. How can it be fun for more than a few hours?
  26. Jul 6, 2011
    55
    Again, it's more of a misunderstanding than anything. Capcom thought gamers wanted a bare-bones, stand-alone version of Mercenaries, and that's what they made.
  27. Jul 6, 2011
    60
    Mercenaries 3D feels more like an oversized tech demo rather than a full game. Capcom has made serious efforts to deliver something decent, but it is obvious that a mode packed as an extra in Resident Evil 5, cannot justify its full price tag.
  28. Jul 6, 2011
    50
    As a full price title, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is really disappointing. Maybe it should have been included as a bonus-game in the upcoming Revelations chapter.
  29. Jul 6, 2011
    60
    The Mercenaries 3D is a fun game that will provide you with hours of fun. But, unless you're a huge fan, there really is no incentive to keep playing this game after you complete it once.
  30. Jul 5, 2011
    70
    As it stands, it's barely an improvement over the console version, and aside from the handheld portability, there's no real advantage to playing The Mercenaries 3D instead of The Mercenaries Reunion mode in Resident Evil 5. While there are not a lot of better choices for the 3DS at the moment, this game is for fans only. Everyone else should avoid it.
  31. Jul 4, 2011
    40
    There's no way one can't see Capcom's expedience in this game. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is a game mode, sold full price. The experience was tailored to appeal to scoring aesthetes, with a decent challenge for those who want to unlock everything, but the game remains rough and arid for most. With the noticeable exception of the production values and a working multiplayer, the game is a poor one: no story, repetitiveness beyond reason, a level-design based on scavenging previous games, and in very limited numbers... please no more. Resident Evil, as a saga, didn't need such an effort.
  32. Jul 1, 2011
    65
    A case of trying to flesh a mini-game into a full experience. It simply fails to offer enough content to warrant the hefty price tag, and I found myself coming back to it less and less as time wore on. The concept is fantastic for a portable game, but the amount of content and execution kills it dead in its tracks.
  33. Jul 1, 2011
    70
    The enhanced interface and new skill system make this 3DS version more than the sum of its borrowed parts. Given the choice between Mercenaries and Resident Evil 5's Mercenaries mode, I prefer the handheld version to its high-res but lumbering ancestor.
  34. Jul 1, 2011
    70
    Bereft of new content and lumbered with a seriously flawed save game system, it would be easy to dismiss Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D as a waste of plastic, but the action-packed, score-based gameplay is undeniably engaging.
  35. Jul 1, 2011
    70
    The Mercenaries gets off to a promising start, and in the short term it can be a thrilling blast, but by refusing to augment or develop the core idea from its mini-game roots, Capcom has doomed it to second tier status.
  36. Jul 1, 2011
    60
    It can't entirely compensate for the lack of depth, but wading together into a throng of the undead, guns blazing and fists flying, leaving a trail of dissolving bodies in your wake, is without question a grisly pleasure.
  37. Jun 30, 2011
    40
    If I wanted to play the Mercenaries game mode, why would I pay $40 for this handheld version when I could ostensibly get both Resident Evil 4 and 5 for way less? The gameplay in Mercs 3D has been competently recreated on the handheld, but it's all to recreate an experience that is done (mostly) better and way cheaper on other platforms.
  38. Jun 30, 2011
    67
    So yeah, the game has some issues that keep it from being a great RE handheld experience. But at its core it does get the whole Mercs experience down pat, and playing online with random partners is still immensely fun.
  39. Jun 30, 2011
    60
    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.
  40. Jun 29, 2011
    25
    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?"
  41. Jun 29, 2011
    70
    It's also worth noting that unless you're keen on repeatedly playing levels to boost your overall rating, you may tire of the game quite swiftly.
  42. Jun 29, 2011
    65
    Mercs 3D is a pretty fun title, and diehard Resident Evil fans will no doubt eat it up like candy while waiting for Racoon City and Revelations. However, if you're not a Resident Evil junkie, you should stand clear.
  43. Jun 29, 2011
    83
    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D doesn't intend to be a full survival horror experience but it is well designed for short-burst gameplay and, despite the series' history of drawn-out immersion, it works. It's very likely that down the road when a more robust entry makes its way to the 3DS, we'll look back on The Mercenaries as a less-than-full experience but for now it's a fantastic distraction that delivers polished action.
  44. Jun 29, 2011
    68
    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D delivers a simple but addictive experience. It's a game for fans and 3DS-owners looking for a shot of pure portable action.
  45. Jun 29, 2011
    70
    The addition of Resident Evil 4 takes up Niintendo 3DS. It's a game not very long, very repetitive and unattractive. Chris, Rebecca, Jill and many others shoot anything that moves, without argument.
  46. Jun 28, 2011
    60
    The Mercenaries 3D had the potential to be an awesome expansion to Resident Evil's popular survival mode. But due to a severe lack of new content, it's not worth $40, and it almost certainly won't hold your attention once you complete the all-too-brief missions.
  47. Jun 28, 2011
    60
    On paper it's a cynical cash grab while everyone waits for Revelations, but despite the price this is a fun and addictive score attack shooter.
  48. Jun 28, 2011
    50
    It could have been an addictive mission-based multiplayer title perfect for a portable platform, but with its limited content and quickly tiresome combat, Mercenaries 3D is little more than a fully-priced proof of concept.
  49. Jun 28, 2011
    64
    There's not quite enough meat on this bone to satisfy the appetites of starved 3DS owners, so resist the temptation to bite. Capcom's certainly capable of delivering a better game than this quick and dirty rush job.
  50. Jun 28, 2011
    67
    If you're not into the whole arcade style of play where zealously gunning for high scores (that can't be shared) is the whole point, $40 is far too steep of an asking price.
  51. Jun 28, 2011
    62
    An expanded multiplayer mode cobbled together from the console experience doesn't make for an engaging handheld title. Mercenaries 3D is simply not worth your $40.
  52. 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.
  53. Jun 28, 2011
    60
    The underlying mechanics are a lot of fun and the new characters, maps and Skill system make it a more robust offering than anything that's been on a console. But even these additions don't justify the hefty pricetag, and with no online leaderboards to spur further playing, we suspect most will move on not long after the five-hour game is complete.
  54. Jun 28, 2011
    65
    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.
  55. Jun 28, 2011
    80
    This game may be considered a direct port of the popular game mode, however it is a very addictive experience, with an online mode that works very well.
  56. Jun 28, 2011
    80
    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D delivers a fleshed out, faithful, yet slightly flawed version of the gripping bonus mode. Imperfections aside, playing The Mercenaries 3D with a friend is the most thrilling handheld co-op experience I've ever had. Fans and 3DS-owners looking for a shot of pure portable action with a rewarding progression system should definitely check it out.
  57. Jun 24, 2011
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.
  58. A brilliant and bloody rampage through recent Resi lore. High score chasers only. [July 2011, p.82]
  59. Jun 11, 2011
    82
    Really hard to put down, even though it makes our palms all sweaty and gives us horrible dreams about chainsaw men. You've got to play this - it's great. [June 2011, p.52]
  60. Oct 19, 2011
    67
    A boring minigame stretched to full lenght boots. The idea should have been scrapped at the development table. [Sept 2011]
  61. Sep 14, 2011
    75
    Unfortunately Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D doesn't feel very much like a Resident Evil game. It feels more like a zombie shooting gallery, except with blood spurts with each hit instead of the ding of a bell.
  62. 60
    Easy and entertaining adrenaline run for score and chain-kills is fast paced but short. It shows what happens when you change series motto "Survive!" to simple "Kill!". [Issue#207]
  63. Aug 16, 2011
    60
    There is a lot of potential in Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D. The actual concept and implementation of the mercenaries mode is great, but, as it stands, only as an addition to a more complex game. It simply didn't make the transition from mini-game to full game successfully; more attention was needed to bring it up to the high standards players expect.
  64. Aug 8, 2011
    50
    Watching it charge forty quid for it is downright aggravating. [Issue#112, p.108]
  65. Aug 2, 2011
    60
    What should be a bonus game mode has been made into a full price game. Although it's fun at times it's really short and lacks content.
  66. Jul 11, 2011
    60
    Needs fresh ideas, more new content and less recycling of old material. You can make a good game based on a great extra mode like Mercenaries, but this 3DS game is just not that.
  67. Jul 8, 2011
    82
    Bite-size snippets of horribly intense action. The perfect shooter for 3DS. [Aug 2011, p.96]
  68. 60
    Fun in short bursts, but there simply isn't enough content in this unbalanced action game.
  69. Jul 1, 2011
    75
    If you manage your play sessions wisely, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D can be entertaining--it is, after all, plain fun to shoot and stab monsters with an array of weapons. [July 2011, p.86]
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 51
  2. Negative: 12 out of 51
  1. Jun 29, 2011
    10
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jun 28, 2011
    8
    Great game. Not mind blowing or revolutionary, but toms of fun. It's exactly what I expected the game to be. If you liked Mercenaries mode, then you'll love this.. There's a good amount of maps and a wealth of content to unlock. IGN gave this an 6.5 because it lacked content? Wrong game. There's EX levels and costumes to unlock on top of a progression based perks system. My gripe is that the animations of enemies coming from far are terrible. They look like claymation cartoons in a bad way. Also, the sound design is nothing special, but it works. Play with headphones. Sure the game has pretty much the same objectives, but besting each level for a high score with different characters is great. This is for high score chasers only. Full Review »
  3. Jun 29, 2011
    10
    This game deserves much better reviews than people are giving it, it's a 6 at worst. But in My opinion it sits comfortably at seven. It offers enough with the upgrade system to warrant replay, and the gameplay itself is fantastic. The visuals are some of the best on the 3DS so far, and the online co op becomes an absolute bloodbath in seeing who can slaughter more foes. Get it or miss out, it's worth the money for a perfect pick up and play game on the go. Full Review »