Nostalgia is a huge part of the gaming community. With rapidly changing technologies and new parameters for what is possible, there is always a group of people who resist the changes, and pine for the old days of 2D characters and platforming adventures. Tribute Games’ Mercenary Kings, the latest title from the makers of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, is everything that a traditionalist would hold dear in gaming, but it falls pretty flat when asked to do anything else beside “look like an old game I couldn’t beat in 1995.”
Outside of the modifications function, this game seems to be a simple run and shoot nostalgia fest, and for many gamers that just isn’t going to be enough to merit it’s ridiculous price tag of $14.99. While there are screenshots out there that show some amazing weapons and fights with bosses, I found the game so insanely difficult that there was no way I could get there. That in and of itself takes me back to the SNES days, where often I would only ever see the first level of a game.