MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries
DOS - 1996
Also available on: Windows
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.
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.
IMGMOUNT D [Path to MERCENARIES_DOSWIN.CUE] -t iso
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 http://www.mech2.org/. 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!
Comments and reviews
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 0 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 mech2.org. If you have any questions feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Mojoswagger1980 2017-10-26 1 point
Truly epic !! Still the greatest mech game ever made and one of the greatest games ever.
ShadrachVS@hotmail.com 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 3 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 gog.com 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.
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.
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.
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:
FILE "MERCENARIES_DOSWIN.bin" BINARY.
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.
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