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MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries

DOS - 1996

Also available on: Windows

Year 1996
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action, Simulation
Theme BattleMech, Licensed Title, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Vehicular Combat Simulator, War
Publisher Activision, Inc.
Developer Activision, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, Behind view
Dosbox support Supported on current version
4.51 / 5 - 57 votes

Description of MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries

In 1996, Activision, Inc. publishes MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries on DOS. Also published on Windows, this action and simulation game is abandonware and is set in a battlemech, sci-fi / futuristic, licensed title, vehicular combat simulator and war.

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How to play MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries

Thanks to Damon, you can now download a full ISO preinstalled. Warning, performances can be really bad in DOSBox.

This download of Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries is a pre-installed package for MS-DOS, fully patched to v1.06. Use MERCS.EXE to launch the title, and mount MERCENARIES_DOSWIN.CUE as an ISO using DOSBox’s IMGMOUNT command.



Do NOT burn the CUE file to a physical disc and run from your CD-ROM drive; there is a bug present only when running in DOSBox that prevents the game executables from detecting the disc, even after successfully using it to install.

You can find more information on these amazing games at the Mechwarrior 2 community forums at Just know that they will NOT provide technical support for anything other than legally obtained, official copies, but feel free to search existing threads to find answers to the more common questions, including advance controller mapping, and how to play online.

Thanks for downloading, and enjoy Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries!

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Comments and reviews

CommanderHunter 2019-04-27 0 point

Just to note, to play the 3DFX Interactive Edition on modern systems (you’ll have the most luck with Windows 7 and under), you must use a modern version of DGVooDoo2, as it actually uses an older version of Direct3D which newer versions of DGVooDoo2 can wrap. This version of the game is pretty much the 1.08 beta version of the game, which was a D3D patch for Mercs. It’s supposedly unstable, but I haven’t tested it enough to be sure and I don’t want to resort to patch 1.1 as it has problems.

MekBanditR 2019-04-25 0 point Windows version

here is link to mechwarrior 2 mercenaries 3dfx interactive edition and yes i give permission to make use of this iso as well:!STpW2KyI!Y_D1B-6nn05PwvnMVvl77cAYessK3Rhi85M17LsX0M0
this version runs best with mechvm. not nglide wrapper compatible.
here is link to battletech retro gaming league for more help:

Imperator 2018-11-04 1 point DOS version

DOS version works perfectly. Here are the steps for DOSBOX on Mac:

Rename unzipped folder in home directory; I called mine DOSMERCS. Then, go to the preferences text file and add the following after the line '# Lines in this section will be run at startup.':


Upon clicking on the app, it will load automatically. Mine had the sound working right away without needing to calibrate. You may have a little difficulty with the highest game resolution, but it can be mitigated by playing around with other settings in the preferences file.

Imperator 2018-11-04 0 point DOS version

DOS version works perfectly. Here are the steps for DOSBOX on Mac:

Create folder in home directory; I called mine DOSMERCS and placed the unzipped folder inside, renamed MERCENARIES. Then, go to the preferences text file and add the following after the line '# Lines in this section will be run at startup.':


Upon clicking on the app, it will load automatically. Mine had the sound working right away without needing to calibrate. You may have a little difficulty with the highest game resolution, but it can be mitigated by playing around with other settings in the preferences file.

Jack 2018-04-05 1 point Windows version

I can’t get this to work. Can you provide detailed instructions on how to install this without gerating missing file errors?

Mojoswagger1980 2018-01-06 -1 point

Titanium Edition runs better on my phone now than it did on the pc i originally played on (lived would also be fair). Thanks So much myabandonware ! Made my day.

omicron 2017-12-24 0 point

I have the 3dfx version (not the one available for download here) working on 1280x720. I followed the instructions on If you have any questions feel free to email me at

Mojoswagger1980 2017-10-26 1 point

Truly epic !! Still the greatest mech game ever made and one of the greatest games ever. 2017-09-06 0 point

Hrm why not have the Titanium Edition, that worked with a minimal patch on XP. Not sure what it would take to run on 10

sillyryuken 2017-01-09 4 points DOS version

To whom it may concern:

I managed to get this working on W10, here's how:

First, I "borrowed" a dosbox folder and config file from a release of dungeon keeper gold (any old dos game that comes packaged with dosbox from gog will do, or you can use a fresh instal of dosbox, and make your own config file, the benefit of copying one already made is that it has all the options already set, more or less).

In the config file, the two changes that I made was to set the cpu type to "pentium_slow" instead of "486_slow", and tghe cycles to 300000 (afaik, any value greater than 120000 will do for running the game at 640x480, but to use 1024x768 ersolution, you'd probably have to use 400000 or more to get a stable framerate, as dosbox does struggle with it a bit).

At the end of the config file, add the following lines:

mount c d:\mw2mercs\mercs
imgmount d d:\mw2mercs\mercenaries_doswin.cue -t iso

Obviously, the path d:\mw2mercs\mercs is wherever you put your game.

Next, for your convenience, make a shortcut to mercswin on your desktop (note, mercs is a dos program, and W10 will not let you make a shortcut to it, but it doesn't matter). Right-click the shortcut, and where it says path (for example "d:\mw2mercs\MERCS\mercswin.exe"), change mercswin.exe to the dosbox .exe, and add -conf -noconsole -exit. In the end, it should look something like this:
"d:\mw2mercs\MERCS\dosbox\dosbox.exe" -conf "d:\mw2mercs\MERCS\dosbox\dosbox.conf" -noconsole -exit

This will run dosbox, and load the prepared dosbox.conf file which will set your cpu type and cycles to the desired values, as well as enter commands for mounting the drives (otherwise you'd have to do that manually every time you want to play).

Game runs fine for me so far - no crashes and the only weird artifact is stuttering sound when another menu is open, but plays fine during missions/cutscenes.
As mentioned - using 1024x768 makes the framerate stutter a bit - increasing cpu cycles in the .conf file should solve the issue, 300k cycles is fine for running 640x480 in all high settings, and playing a game from 1996 i really don't care for full HD 1080p resolution.

Some guy 2016-03-19 2 points

Can anyone show steps to get it working on windows 10 please

Vitoria90 2016-03-02 1 point

Use MechVM to run this game's Windows version. Install the Titanium version from the CD using it and just play. It's safe and works like a charm (visual glitches might happen on Win7 because of Explorer.exe. To mitigate that, open the Task Manager with Ctrl+Shift+Esc and terminate explorer.exe after opening MechVM, play, and when you're done, go to the Task Manager, click on File, New Task (Run...) and type in explorer.exe and press the OK button. This also works, from my experience, with StarCraft 1 and Warcraft 2, if you have similar graphics issues with that).

sndwv 2016-03-01 0 point

The audio tracks in the .cue sheet are off by 2 seconds (for the DOS/WIN version at least). Subtract 2s from each track from TRACK 03 onwards to fix, so INDEX 01 27:33:70 becomes INDEX 01 27:31:70 etc.

Splyn 2016-01-10 -1 point DOS version

DOSBOX fails to mount the .cue file. Looks like the .cue file is corrupt.

Job 2016-01-07 0 point

There are both version (DOS & Windows 95) in the package.

yo 2015-08-05 -1 point Windows version

Anyone get this to work on Android yet?

roman117 2015-03-17 2 points Windows version

Can't even install it - after I mount it and choose the install directory, I get the message 'Installshield Engine has stopped working' followed by a black screen with the game's music playing forever until I close it.


Menslo 2015-02-21 2 points Windows version

Is this version patched to 1.1?

Tyler 2015-01-07 1 point DOS version

I'm trying to install this game but having trouble. Not that familar with dosbox. I'm using D-Fend Reloaded which has dosbox in it. Which commands do I need to type and in which order to make the game run. I've downloaded this 657 MB zip file and unzipped it to its' own folder on my desktop.

manicbassman 2014-12-21 1 point DOS version

I have both the original quick reference card and the Tri-M Mercenary Academy Book

mechtester 2014-12-07 1 point DOS version

My environment is Linux + DOSBOX. I noticed the image mounting command wasn't working for the cue file. I edited the cue file to read:
I just changed the case of the extension. I suppose you could also just change the bin file's extension case too.

After that the game loaded fine and I got to play, however after some missions the game would just crash. I was pretty happy about the performance on my laptop though!

smite2001 2014-11-23 0 point Windows version

i was just stupid... it is the windows version, i failed to recognise the image file in the second dir

smite2001 2014-11-23 0 point Windows version

looks like this is the MAC version of the game (i get 2 folders after unzipping, one is called "_MACOSX"... no exe)

Jacked 2014-09-26 1 point Windows version

This is the Windows version not the DOS version. dang it.

bill84 2014-07-25 1 point Windows version

no .exe file

Sherbert T Cat 2014-07-05 0 point Windows version

This was AWESOME!

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Windows disk image version, contains optional patches in mw2mercs-patch folder. Mount on Windows using MagicDisc or another disk mount software.

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