First introduced as an unlockable in Resident Evil 4, the action-based "The Mercenaries" mode set a new standard for what players could expect from hidden extras.
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
The Mercenaries 3DS plays it safe, carrying over the core mechanics and goals from "The Mercenaries" mini-games you're already familiar with. There's no real campaign or story here to be told -- instead, the game is broken up into "missions," the goal of most of them to kill as many enemies as possible within a set time limit. While this does get changed up a bit as your progress -- there will be a timed boss battle or a wave-based mission, for instance -- that's the meat and potatoes, and you shouldn't expect much more.
The Mercenaries 3D contains five missions with a varying number of sub-missions, for a total of 20 stages. Remove the first set of missions which act as straightforward tutorials, and you're looking at fewer than 20 missions, the entirety of which can be unlocked in a few hours. The game does feature eight playable characters, each of which has his or her own set of weapons and scoreboard. While I suppose you could count each mission as a fresh experience when played with a different character, that seems to be a far stretch -- the core content never changes.
While The Mercenaries is all about action and shooting, Revelations will take a more traditional path and will merge action with exploration and puzzle solving. The trial only focuses on moving through a small area, and then encountering and shooting three of the same monster before it fades to black and your experience is over. This is particularly disappointing because Revelations is one of my most anticipated games of 2012, and I've seen what's in store -- it's a lot more than repeatedly shooting monsters with a pistol.
THE VERDICT - Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
Reviewed by Nick Chester
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