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Game review by
Matthew Pavao, Common Sense Media
Mercenaries Game Poster Image
Killing-for-profit game definitely isn't for kids.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

One of the mercenaries is a woman and another is African American, but they are still fighting --- and killing -- for money.


Not a lot of blood, but constant death and destruction.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that death and destruction are constant in this game. The violence is very real and bodies go flying, although there's little blood. Playing as killers for hire, players jack cars, take hostages, and mow down enemies for profit, not any noble cause.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byJ C November 16, 2009
Adult Written bysilly2007us November 7, 2008

A grate game for kids over the age of 16

a strong game with alot of violance for profit an sweet game when you get passed the anomated violance. its fun to pass time and an easey one to play.
Teen, 15 years old Written byzelda fan April 10, 2013


Old game i used to play on the ps2 it was one of the best games i had on there and there's no blood.
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheYoungRater December 20, 2012

GTA move out the way!

im a kid too and I dont have this game (yet) but there is virtually no blood no sex no honor, I dont have this game because of the word Mercenary- someone for h... Continue reading

What's it about?

MERCENARIES follows the ExOps, a group of mercenaries looking to capitalize financially on a Korean conflict. You must guide the mercenary you have chosen to stop the new North Korean leaders before they amass a nuclear arsenal. Each enemy has been paired with a playing card to designate his importance. The mercenary goes through a deck of 52 enemies; the goal is to get to the Ace of Spades, Gen. Choi Song.

While hunting for the Ace of Spades, the mercenary has the option of running missions for the other factions located in the demilitarized zone. These missions can be for cash to purchase other useful items, such as cars and weapons, from the black market, or to keep interested groups in the area satisfied. Winning the favor of the Russian Mafia, the Chinese government, the North Koreans, and the Allied Forces, all of whom occupy some space in the DMZ, is of utmost importance to succeed.

Is it any good?

The strength of this game comes from the realism of its battle scenes. Whether sneaking through a North Korean camp to take out a signal jamming device, or using C4 explosives to take out a whole building, players will find their adrenaline pumping. These realistic battle scenes can become a little too real for younger players. While the amount of blood and guts in the game is a minimum, the death and destruction is constant, and there is enough authentic violence to warrant a 17+ rating.

Even for older players, the destruction of the game eventually grows stale. There's hardly any character development and the storyline doesn't even rip off a war movie, which would at least give it a little depth. The soundtrack is boring, and it takes a ridiculously long time to get to missions. Overall, mature players will find the realistic battle scenes and complicated missions entertaining enough, but younger players should stay far, far away.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the plot points and themes, especially those that are grounded in the real world. For example: Why are the North Koreans the enemy in this game? Why are mercenaries used in war? Is it ever ethical to be a mercenary -- or to hire one?

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