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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46

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  1. MathewR.
    Jan 14, 2005
    7
    This is a pretty decent game, but misses in a few key, basic areas. Firstly, the controls are messed up compared with other shooters. Second, the gunnery operation is lacking if you're into high precision aiming like Ghost Recon2. There are bugs which land vehicles in positions they cannot get out of (like a tank stuck on a fence it would realistically crush), among other things. The This is a pretty decent game, but misses in a few key, basic areas. Firstly, the controls are messed up compared with other shooters. Second, the gunnery operation is lacking if you're into high precision aiming like Ghost Recon2. There are bugs which land vehicles in positions they cannot get out of (like a tank stuck on a fence it would realistically crush), among other things. The open-ended side of the game is the big upside, and it's great to have a non-linear game to play. The effects are really well done, the graphics look excellent. I don't know, I just wanted to give some opposition to the pure 10/10 ratings. It's good, but it's not 10/10 material. Expand
  2. JamesS.
    Jan 21, 2005
    7
    Fun for a little while, but most missions lack substance. They ussually consist of a guy standing next to a building thats impossible to find, and depending on how late in the game you are, the more advanced protection he has. The airstrikes and other options are definatly fun for a little bit. The enemy is cheap at times, seeing the only way to really die is to get hit by the mindless Fun for a little while, but most missions lack substance. They ussually consist of a guy standing next to a building thats impossible to find, and depending on how late in the game you are, the more advanced protection he has. The airstrikes and other options are definatly fun for a little bit. The enemy is cheap at times, seeing the only way to really die is to get hit by the mindless number of RPGs in the air. Expand
  3. IliyasH.
    Jul 29, 2005
    6
    Just finished the game. Primary thought that comes to mind right now is how many glitches I had to deal with playing this game. Which made the game alot harder than it really was. As such, I had more frusteration than fun playing this Title.
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. 100
    The replay value of this game is huge, with hundreds of things to find, do and complete. Since all the contracts can be beaten in dozens of different ways, the fun factor in replaying the game just goes up and up, plus there are more than three different characters to do it with.
  2. The first game to truly capitalize on GTA's design paradigm, Mercenaries deserves its war-worn props. [Feb 2005, p.97]
  3. This is the perfect game for deep-thinking military strategists and an awesome ride for those who just like to blow stuff up.