Capcom’s Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D — known as Biohazard: The Mercenaries 3D in Japan – has probably been one of the most anticipated games for the Nintendo 3DS and now that it’s finally been released, we’re wondering whether it was worth all the hype. The third-person shooter has received mixed reviews from critics, with many stating the same thing — that the game unfortunately lacks content.
Dan Whitehead from eurogamer.net gave Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D an overall rating of 7/10, describing it as a solid and often satisfying action game with simple controls. However, Dan also notes that the stages do start to feel repetitive quite quickly, and all the characters are exactly how you find them. In other words, they have no hidden depths or evolutionary abilities for players to discover.
Another point Dan makes is that the visuals can sometimes get a bit laggy when playing online. Meanwhile, Nick Chester from destructoid.com rated the game a little lower with a 6/10 score. The Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D game has a total of eight playable characters, with each character having his or her own scoreboard and weapons. It also comes with a number of unlockable extras and an achievement system.
One thing that disappointed Nick was the fact that only around 12 of the game’s 20 missions are playable in the duo mode. The guys over at nowgamer.com gave the game an overall rating of 7.6 out of 10. This review notes that although the game is relatively short (all missions can be unlocked in just 6 hours), the addictive nature of the game’s leaderboards will keep pulling you back to play it again.
Nowgamer.com says that although the lack of content is rather frustrating, the addictive nature of the hi-score tables and the excellent combat mechanics does give the game a surprising amount of replay value. Audrey Drake from IGN on the other hand gave the game 6.5/10. Drake says that while the graphics in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D are great, the game does suffer from a few frame rate issues.
However, Drake did go on to state that despite the considerable flaws it has, the Mercenaries 3D game is a ton of fun. The big point that this reviewer made is the fact that the game doesn’t justify the $40 price tag. As for Jamin Smith from videogamer.com, he gave the game a score of 6/10. Jamin says that although the game has plenty of unlockables and is graphically pleasant, it unfortunately doesn’t feel like a ‘proper’ game.
You can read the full reviews via the links provided. Have you had a chance to play the Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D game yet?