MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 38 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

56%

Critics Recommend

Based on 38 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Dec 11, 2019
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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 16, 2020

MechWarrior 5 is impressive when it’s able to work long enough to live up to its own potential.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 10, 2019

If you’ve been waiting for a full-on simulation with all the bells and textbooks, and nothing less will satisfy you, Mechwarrior 5 isn’t going to cut it. For everyone else though, it’s bloody excellent.

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Scored Reviews

Hu3br
Dec 11, 2020

MechWarrior 5 revigorates the franchise not only with its new visuals and procedurally generated maps, but also gives you a glimpse of the hardships faced by mercenaries that are treated not too different from gig workers that rose up in the last couple of years. A fantastic game through and through.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 10, 2019

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a return to form. As a fan of the series, it's been a very long wait, but PGI managed to deliver in a big way on nearly every front. While there are certain things that could be improved, what's here is an excellent four player mech-stomping good time.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
GameGrin
Joshua (Shnook)

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2019

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a great introduction to the MechWarrior series and is primarily a PvE game. Players can expect to be rocking to an awesome soundtrack as they destroy their enemies on the battlefields.

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Niche Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2019

While I would have preferred to see the franchise to return as a nice and proper sim like the old days, MechWarrior 5 still scratches my itch to stomp around the battlefields of the future in a giant robotic war machine.

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IGN
8.1 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

8.1 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2019

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries checks most of the boxes I would have asked for out of a modern revival of the series.

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Leadergamer
Dec 17, 2019

If you love big booms, this is your game!

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2019

It takes time to really get into MechWarrior 5, which is to be expected. At first, things go by at a plodding pace and your customization options are slim. But once you assemble your crew, jump into mechs you want to play as, and the story picks up, it starts to feel like old MechWarrior again. Mercenaries still might not satisfy everyone, but I enjoyed my reintroduction to the action-oriented BattleTech world.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Dec 10, 2019

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is an imperfect game. It makes a terrible first impression, but given time proves itself a belligerently fun experience.

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PC Gamer
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 10, 2019

MechWarrior 5 is a showcase of nostalgic, joyful mech combat.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Dec 10, 2019

MechWarrior 5 is a glorious return to the MechWarrior universe. Lots of mechs from the past return, while the gameplay stays true to the original formula. The campaign is lengthy, insuring you won't beat this anytime soon. The wait was definitely worth it.  If you're a fan of the mech simulator genre, don't sleep on this.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 12, 2019

A highly successful return for the long dormant sci-fi simulation series, and what it lacks in accessibility it makes up for in terms of satisfyingly tactical action.

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Saving Content
Dec 10, 2019

The combat is intense, frenetic, and never bogged down by the managerial aspects. The story is solid, and the characters are okay, but the BattleTech lore that begins to unfold throughout steals the show. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries captures the essence so beautifully of what made the MechWarrior: Mercenaries games so great two decades ago. It’s a welcome return for a singleplayer campaign of this storied franchise. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries skips all the pretenses, and lets you manage the finances and the intricate details of your own mercenary units to stomp around the galaxy at your leisure.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2019

To summarize: Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries is exactly the game I’ve been waiting almost 15 years for. It ticks all the boxes. It made me feel like a kid again, stomping around in big robots in a sci-fi setting. I couldn’t stop thinking about what ‘Mech builds I was going to try out next, and just couldn’t get enough of the gameplay. I gave Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries the Thumb Culture Gold Award because in my opinion, it’s an absolutely fantastic game. However, it doesn’t quite get the platinum, but only because I know that the BattleTech universe isn’t for everyone (just the absolute coolest people, ha).

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2019

Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries brings back most of the combat and management the series is known for. Your mileage may vary on just how satisfying that is, but in objective terms there are a number of small issues—from AI to graphics—that add up and keep this game from its full potential.

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Impulsegamer
3.8 / 5.0
Impulsegamer

Top Critic

3.8 / 5.0
Dec 18, 2019

Explosive 31st century 'mech combat with a satisfying single player experience.

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Handsome Phantom
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2019

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries offers a surprisingly accessible action packed experience with an impressive amount of depth. The managing of resources and expenses creates an intricate and rewarding metagame that expertly complements the intensity of the game's battles. Despite some shortcomings in cumbersome menu design and lacking mission variety, MechWarrior 5 is easy to recommend for both series veterans and newcomers.

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New Game Network
74 / 100
74 / 100
Dec 15, 2019

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a shooter with a considerable degree of customization, set in an alluring but static universe, with combat being its central and redeeming feature. The action tends to be generally fun and satisfying, although framed around repetitive missions. The missed opportunities are obvious - such as greater depth to your company's management, or having a tangible impact on the game world.

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Worth Playing
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2020

The biggest issue with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is that it hits you with all of its shortcomings at once. Keep playing, though, and the game establishes itself as a fun title that's worthy of the MechWarrior moniker. Play it with friends, and it becomes even more entertaining. Dated aspects of its presentation aside, the combat remains fun mission after mission, and it continues to test you as you become more powerful. Start blowing apart enemy mechs with a small array of PPC cannons and make a few big pay days, and you'll appreciate the game for what it is.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2019

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries tries to be inclusive, but unfortunately makes the mainstream issues with the genre all the more apparent without doing anything truly new or exciting to really draw the player in.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2019

Like your Grandpa's rusty old Blackjack, Mechwarrior 5 is a great machine that could use a lot of polish.

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GameSkinny
Dec 9, 2019

Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries delivers pulse-pounding mech action. It just lacks the patches to make it truly shine.

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Gamer Escape
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 10, 2019

It may not offer the twitchest of gameplay, but getting past some antiquated aspects will yield an enjoyable time.

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Darkstation
Dec 11, 2019

Patient gamers waiting for a new installment of MechWarrior will be pleased to find a graphically modern version of a classic franchise, but also a game that struggles to compete with the story, pacing and characters of recent action games that have learned to balance complexity and momentum with a little more panache.

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Screen Rant
Dec 10, 2019

Our MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries review is in, and it's a game that flirts with greatness before settling into a more middling experience.

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MonsterVine
Jan 13, 2020

A thoroughly decent-to-good mech game with some weird design choices and a not-always-good retro feel.

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GameCrate
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2019

Mercenaries 5 needed six more months of testing and refinement before seeing the light of day. The game's mech combat is great for enthusiasts of the genre, but the lack of polish may leave newcomers cold. I recommend it for hardcore fans, but casual players may want to wait for the bugs to be ironed out.

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COGconnected
67 / 100
67 / 100
Dec 16, 2019

The core of the game is solid, and the financial dread of being a badass is something rarely explored in video games. I recommend playing MechWarrior 5 in co-op with a friend, as I found coordinating builds and strategies with someone really added a layer of fun and replayability to the contracts.

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Game Revolution
Dec 10, 2019

If you are a MechWarrior fanatic, MechWarrior 5 will probably give you hours of enjoyment. If not, I’d wait until some of the problems above are addressed before making a purchase.

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Windows Central
Dec 10, 2019

Though a fun concept and quite enjoyable in the opening hours, MechWarrior 5 suffers from really repetitive gameplay, sharp difficulty spikes without warning, and bad writing.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Dec 12, 2019

The hardcore fanbase will appreciate MechWarrior 5 at its core as it feels like a game that wishes it had today's hardware technology 30 years ago.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2020

For fans of pure mech action, there's enjoyment to be found in MechWarrior 5, but by and large, this is a game with a lot of unresolved issues that ultimately hold it back from being anything more than passingly fun.

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GameSpew
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2019

Playing MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, I couldn’t help but feel like it’s an old game given a fresh lick of paint.

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SECTOR.sk
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2019

MechWarrior is back with poor story without new ideas and charisma of previous games. Only contracts and cooperation can save this low quality sequel.

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PC Invasion
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 10, 2019

MechWarrior 5 is lengthy and complex but extremely tedious and often obnoxious. What could have been a very enjoyable experience is dragged down by bad movement, menus, and pacing.

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TechRaptor
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2019

Despite a solid 'Mech-shooting foundation, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is crippled by technical issues, horrendous grind, and repetitive missions.

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