Developed by Rideon Japan, who has developed every single entry in the Mercenaries Saga series, and published by Circle Entertainment, Mercenaries Rebirth: Call of the Wild Lynx is the sixth installment of the strategy RPG series. It was released on November 11, 2021 for the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles.
The Resent of a Woman
The story in Mercenaries Rebirth is not a happy one. Allow me to quote the intro:
“On the eastside of the West Continent lies the kingdom of Astras. It has been years since Astras won the war against their neighboring kingdom Vestia. Princess Kiera, first born and only child of the king and late queen was to succeed her father on the throne. But things took a turn when the king’s concubine, Princess Rosa of Vestia bore a son. After the prince’s birth, Rosa was crowned queen. She persuaded the king to name her son successor instead. Soon after, the king met a sudden death—
Because Kyle was young, Rosa reigned as Regent of Astras, but her rule was not a kind one. The people suffered under her tyranny. For in truth, Rosa held no love for Astras. She resented the political marriage She was forced into by the Vestian court. The only love she held in her heart was for Kyle, her son, and she cannot for the people of Astras nor their cultures. Many factions desired Princess Kiera to reign. Currently, the court is divided.”
Finely-tuned for Hire
Play for keeps
What is old is new again
Traditional Mercenaries Saga formula
Battles in Mercenaries Rebirth are the same as they ever were in the series and should easy enough to pick up for anyone vaguely familiar with SRPGs. Let me give a quick rundown of how the game flow usually goes:
First, you choose which battle you want to do via the “Battle List” map. Chapter battles are one time battles so try to get the treasure here on the map or it will be lost for the playthrough.
Next you select your units. Mercenaries Rebirth has a system called the “Leader Skill.” This skill is a bonus usually to all units for the duration of the battle. The skills not only change depending on the character but with the class as well.
After you have selected your characters, you fight a standard isometric grid battle commonplace in SRPGs. Afterwards, you can level up skills, purchase equipment, do side-missions, and eventually progress the story via chapter battles.
During chapter 15 in the game, you will be given a serious choice which affects the rest of the game. For the first playthrough, there will be two choices, while the next subsequent playthrough will have three choices. Obviously choose whichever you like, just know some characters are limited to certain routes.