MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries – Review

Look at the bright side, kid: You get to keep all the money.

These are the last words spoken in the intro cutscene in MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries which was released in 1996. The player is plunged into the brutal and merciless world of mercenary life from the very beginning, as they are suddenly put in charge of the protagonist’s mercenary company after their former commander was left to die on the battlefield when their dropship took off without her.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, released in 2019, is the fourth entry in the series of Mercenaries spin-offs in the highly-acclaimed MechWarrior games that puts the player inside the cockpit of massive, towering bipedal war machines known as BattleMechs, or ‘Mechs for short.

It successfully blends the deep customisation of ‘Mechs and piloting them in action on a wide variety of worlds and environments, with the careful management of assets and personnel as you work for various warring factions in search of fame and fortune.

What makes this game special and worthy of being the best Mercenaries game since MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries, is the fact that it does just about everything so well that it feels like it is the sequel that fans have been waiting for ever since.

Other than the comparatively weak and underwhelming soundtrack and intro cutscene, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries excels in every other area as it adds tons of options and choices for the player to decide how they want their mercenary career to play out.

If you’re a fan of the original MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries, or just curious as to what the fuss is all about, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will take you on a long and lucrative journey. Make your mark in the dark underbelly of the mercenary world in the 31st century, where glory and honour mean nothing; and cold, hard cash means everything.


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