MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries

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MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries
MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries cover
Developers
Activision
Release dates
DOS 1996
Windows 1996
MechWarrior
MechWarrior 1989
MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat 1995
MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries 1996
MechWarrior 3 1999
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance 2000
MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries 2002
MechWarrior: Living Legends (unofficial game) 2009
MechWarrior Online 2012
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries 2018

Key points

MechVM fixes compatibility issues with modern systems.
Windows versions do not work on Windows 8 and later.[1]

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail DOS
This game is not available digitally.

Version differences[edit]

The Titanium Trilogy includes Mercenaries as well as MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat with both expansions.
The 3Dfx Interactive Edition does not actually include a 3dfx renderer.[2] 3dfx support was included in the Titanium version.
The DOS version uses software rendering. This version can be played in DOSBox.
Windows versions can be played using MechVM.

Essential improvements[edit]

MechVM[edit]

Windows versions do not work on Windows 8 and later; choose the DOS version when prompted (not included with all Windows versions).[1]
Use MechVM[3]
  1. Download MechVM and extract it.
  2. Run mechvm.exe and install the game through it.
  3. Go to the directx folder on the game disc.
  4. If dplay.dll exists copy it to the Mercenaries installation folder.
  5. Set mercswin.exe to run in Windows 95 compatibility mode.
  6. For versions with 3dfx renderers use nGlide.

Patches[edit]

The v1.1 Patch fixes various issues and adds dynamic salvage (the original release had pre-determined salvage[4]). Battlepack and Titanium versions are already patched.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use replacement MINTRO.SMK

Apply the MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries intro skip.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 only; for higher 4:3 resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Install nGlide and force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Install nGlide and force in the graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Install nGlide and force in the graphics card control panel.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Versions with 3dfx renderers can run at higher resolutions using nGlide (choice of stretched or pillarboxed 4:3); for Direct3D versions see the WSGF entry.
Use nGlide[citation needed]
  1. Install nGlide.
  2. Run the nGlide configurator from the Start screen/Start menu.
  3. Set your resolution.
  4. Change aspect ratio to "4:3" for the correct perspective or "fit to screen" for a stretched output.
  5. Select the 3dfx renderer in-game.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8 Official servers have been shut down.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Windows version crashes on mission launch on Windows 8 or later[edit]

Windows versions crash on Windows 8 and later; use the DOS version instead.[1]

Issues fixed[edit]

No music[edit]

The disc must be inserted in CD-ROM 0; see this page for details.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) 486-66
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 45 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA 256 Color
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Pentium 100
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 195 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D or 3dfx compatible

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Forum | Zeus Software • View topic - Mechwarrior 2: 31st Century Combat compatibility list error
  2. MW2 3D - FAQ
  3. Forum | Zeus Software • View topic - Mechwarrior 2: 31st Century Combat compatibility list error
  4. MW2 - Mercenaries, What's the deal with salvage? - Google Groups