Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. An incredibly solid universe with barely a technical glitch to be found, but it's soulless and almost bereft of plot or character. This is a sandbox game that's begging for a purpose. [March 2005, p.80]
  2. The biggest praise that can be heaped upon the title is the fact that mere moments after turning my Xbox off, I was craving another piece of the enjoyable action. And isn't that what gaming's all about?
  3. It's definitely entertaining and the game carries the GTA vibe well, but with very little story, it degenerates into a mindless blast fest that, while fun for a little while, loses its mustard the longer you play.
  4. 65
    The one shining ray of hope in this game is the hopefully more game companies will seek to utilize more Asian heroines with British accents. Come on, LucasArts...it's the least you can do after this stinker.
  5. Explosions certain are fun, to a point, but when that point is all a game has to offer we just can't help wanting something else. [March 2005, p.108]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    9
    The game may be filled with glitches and a few bugs that you simply cannot overlook, but to me, this defines open-world destruction. It isThe game may be filled with glitches and a few bugs that you simply cannot overlook, but to me, this defines open-world destruction. It is very similar to the GTA series, except it takes out all the unwarranted drug and sexual references, and just replaces it with war in South Korea. The amount of vehicles lacks in comparison to its sequel (which is not as good gameplay wise) but the fact you can man anti-air and artillery units is amazing. The deck-of-cards system is pretty cool, with each suit representing a type of target and the higher the face value, the more important (and guarded) the target is to the North Koreans (NK). There are NK bunkers EVERYWHERE, so you can always pick a fight with them to test out a new gun or to just run them over. Tanks are pretty fun to drive, and blowing up an entire town couldn't be much more fun. The missions/contracts you accept range in difficulty and type, so there is a good variety there. If you read my review of the sequel, Mercenaries 2, you will see what makes this game an overall better fit between storyline and just doing whatever you want. The cheat codes are amazing, since this game was developed in part by Lucas Arts, you can get a Han Solo or Indiana Jones costume :) Full Review »
  2. GB
    Dec 8, 2009
    10
    Not without bug & niggles, this game is however a beautiful, fun, flowing cohesive whole. It gets a '10' (actually a Not without bug & niggles, this game is however a beautiful, fun, flowing cohesive whole. It gets a '10' (actually a nine-point-something) because it's one of the games I have enjoyed the most and come back to repeatedly. Full Review »
  3. ConnerD
    Feb 2, 2009
    10
    This game is one of my all time favorites, I preordered it on the PS2 in 2004 before its release in 2005 and could sense that it was going to This game is one of my all time favorites, I preordered it on the PS2 in 2004 before its release in 2005 and could sense that it was going to be a great game. I have since replayed it multiple times and am even considering purchasing it for Xbox to replay on my 360. Great game. 10/10 Full Review »