Mini-Review: Mercs (Arcade) (Old Review)

With Commando out of the way, how about a sequel to a game so hard it’s up there with the Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins series, and I don’t know if people had ever heard of the sequel, if even knew it even had one. So, Mercs, known in Japan as Senjō no Ōkami II (戦場の狼Ⅱ Wolf of the Battlefield II), developed and published by Capcom and was released in 1990.

A former President has been kidnapped by rebels in the fictional African country of Zutula, administered by an apartheid government, it’s up to Joseph Gibson, Howard Powell, and Thomas Clarke, three men who are a part of a covert mercenary team known as the “Wolf Force” to save the president.

So the objective of the game is to shoot everything in sight, from the enemies to the tanks, buildings, Jeeps, EVERYTHING! And that’s about it.

The game is very simiar to the original, except the controls are tweaked so you can move around better, the graphics are better, and the difficulty IS EVEN WORSE!!! Now in the couple set of levels it’s all good, you can dodge most of the bullets and rocket blasts. Then later it becomes a war equivalent of a bullet hell game, you might dodge some attacks, only to get killed by something else, funny enough you have a health bar this time round and even that’s not enough, everything will be thrown at you, everyone will shoot at you at once, people will backstab you from behind, the weapons you have are not that suitable for a game like this, you can use either an Assault Rifle, a Shotgun, a Grenade Launcher, or a Flamethrower…USE A FLAMETHROWER!!! Since you can spin around and the fire will travel around and around and spread the fire to help you in game. You also get Mega Bombs, which will destroy everything on-screen, USE THEM! The music is AWESOME! It’s something that really captivated the action movies of the time, especially in the 80’s.

Overall, it’s an extremely tough game by Capcom, because what did I expect from them. Mercs is a true sequel to Commando on the basis that it’s just as difficult as the first game but has more testosterone this time round, but because of the difficulty it ends up being irritating, and that’s something you don’t want to feel when playing games, depending on what the game is. Also, for any women who don’t like the lack of clothing on some female characters in games, these three men wear nothing up top except for some straps for their guns, they even cover their nipples, it’s kind of funny actually.

I just need to point out that there is a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis version of the game. It has two modes, the Arcade Mode is the normal arcade game as you would have played it on those machines, then there is an original version where it has a new story and more stages. It also has a weapon shop to buy weapons using currency from dead enemies. Now this sounds promising until you realise that the game is one player only, not even two; keep in mind that in the Arcade original you can have up to three players sooooo, it’s not going to be too fun after a while.

You can get it on the Arcade, Amiga, Mega Drive/Genesis and the Sega Master System.

Rating: 3/5


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