Presentation is one of the many high points in Mercenaries. As you go about your business across the Korean landscape, it’s hard not to be drawn into the game. Environments present the whole scope of the conflict, from locked-down cityscapes to run-down farming villages. The texture work is a little muddy in some areas, adding to the game's dirty, war-torn feel. War zones are dark and cloudy, giving the feel that there’s really a much larger conflict going on around you. Wars can spring up at literally any moment in the game, sparking fantastic firefights, complete with all the explosions you could ever want in a game. Mercenaries also offers completely destructible environments, giving you even more options while dealing with missions. Why go around a building when a well-placed smart bomb can remove it for you?
Audio isn’t quite as expansive as the visuals, but still fits the game’s mood. The main score is perfect and represents a wide variety of music, from sweeping military scores to relaxing choral melodies. The music doesn’t always fit the situation, such as when the previously mentioned choral music began playing while I launched missiles at a Chinese convoy. But the quality is so good it just feels right. In fact, I’d probably put it up against most Hollywood scores. LucasArts, or at least Pandemic, should really consider offering the soundtrack for sale or download since they’ve already made one sale.
The rest of audio package is great. Most of the voice work you’ll hear is chatter from your mission op who drops clues as to what you should do next. All mission briefings are fully voiced, with each character showing off their own personalities. One element that I thought could have been pushed a little more was the news reports. After you capture/kill one of the 52 generals, new reports will play (when you’re standing next to news vehicles) announcing the news. The reports repeat the same capture in an endless loop, so it can get annoying if you choose to cruise around disguised as a journalist. It would have been neat if the news reports could have been expanded, offering a broader view as to what was going on in the region.