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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition (2014) is a running and shooting game. You control an army character, craft a wide arsenal of weapons and take on bosses that retreat when they are nearly beaten. It's unusual because it leans into gaining familiarity of its levels rather than showing you new locations.

Play is frantic and looks like a 16-bit Amiga, Atari ST or Sega Megadrive game. You can jump, crouch, roll and zip-wire from one area to another. The small moveset and set-on levels mean you have to get creative to dodge enemy bullets while getting your hits in. Periodically, you have to reload your game by completing a timed challenge. This slows the action temporarily while also upping the tension.

As you progress things move from simple extraction missions to more complex challenges. With these come more difficult enemies. There's not a huge range, but each must be understood and learned if you are to defeat them. You need to learn enemies predictable patterns, rather than just outshoot them.

Each time you complete a mission, or fail, you return to home base. Here you can craft all manner of weapons, combining parts to create new weapons. This system is robust and makes a tangible difference. Which means that finding new gun parts is both rewarding and changes how you approach your next level.

The result is a skill based game that is about technique and refinement rather than just nostalgia. As you play you discover a deeper game loop from the well realised enemies, challenging bosses and general weapon improvement loop. As an added bonus, on PlayStation 4 there are some nice additional controller touches. You can use the touchpad to scroll the map. Each time that you reload your gun the controller makes a sound.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Platform and Shooting game with Action, Collecting and Role-Play elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. Local shared screen co-op play on consoles and PC.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for for some moderate violence. Violence consists of you using a variety of weapons to kill multiple opponents. Enemies are both human and fantasy. Blood and gore is shown.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood and Gore, Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco and Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Playing in a group means that younger children can enjoy this game, although they will need patience to progress and be able to communicate well.

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation Vita.
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/03/2014

Out Now: PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Platform, Shooting (Action, Collecting and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Tribute Games (@TributeGames)


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