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  • Summary: In this 2D action game, you are part of the Mercenary Kings, the most skilled team of warriors-for-hire on Earth, but when your friends have fallen and the fearsome forces of CLAW have seized an island-wide top secret Laboratory Base, you have to do what it takes to stop them.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 6, 2018
    90
    It may just be nostalgia, but for its price, Mercenary Kings Reloaded feels like a perfectly fair package.
  2. Feb 13, 2018
    76
    Mercenary Kings is a modern classic run 'n' gun game and this Reloaded Edition will hopefully allow more gamers to experience its multiplayer mission-based mayhem. Tribute Games lives up to their name yet again.
  3. Feb 20, 2018
    75
    A 2D action game with a frantic rhythm and a very striking and well-done visual aspect. It proposes many missions and possibilities but they get diluted over time after repeating the same stages and mechanics again and again. The multiplayer mode makes this shooting game's fun last longer by letting us play in co-op mode locally and online.
  4. Feb 6, 2018
    64
    The content is not at fault, nor is the level design and replay value. This one’s a blast to play with friends, and that may be its most saving grace. The sluggishness of movement and shooting is halved when you’re playing with a good friend who can share in the mayhem. It also allows online play with friends, strangers, or by invite only so you can tailor your desired experience. Playing solo is doable, but MKR is a whole lot more fun when it’s played with friends.
  5. Feb 20, 2018
    60
    Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition adds two new characters and expands the weapon building but the missions are not balanced for an enjoyable single-player experience. The amazing sprite art and animation is the real star here, but sadly not so much the gameplay. The co-operative mode is definitely how Mercenary Kings was intended to be experienced. The visuals and characters just barely keep this engaging enough to keep people playing solo.
  6. Feb 27, 2018
    60
    Mercenary Kings: Reloaded takes some serious steps to breathe new life into the gun-toting, fast-paced arcade shooter, resetting your expectations by adding RPG elements such as weapon crafting and loot drops into the mix. It's ambitious, but also sorely repetitious, lacking in mission variety and the kind of enemy AI needed to make the grind feel worthwhile. Blending genres has created a kind of mediocre middle ground, with the only truly exceptional aspect of the game being it's fantastic visual style. The vivid, gorgeous pixel art elevates the experience, as does the ability to jump into local or online co-op with ease, so if you're looking to temporarily swap your Bowgun for an AK-47, then this is definitely still worth a look.
  7. NF Magazine
    Apr 25, 2018
    60
    I hope Tribute Games keeps doing their thing until the end of time, but this run-and-gun just didn't do it for me. [Issue #33 – May/June 2018, p. 19]

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  1. Apr 18, 2018
    8
    The game can be challenging. I am hooked though. Mostly finding the material I need to craft new equipment. The missions tend to be the justThe game can be challenging. I am hooked though. Mostly finding the material I need to craft new equipment. The missions tend to be the just there for me to get new gear. Some of the missions do sometimes need another player(s). That is where I take two points off. When adding a second player in local it does not split the screen or share. It splits the screen into four boxes. Making the sprites really small and hard to see in Coop. In online multiplayer this is not an issue. Expand