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Resident Evil Village’s Mercenaries Mode is a lot of fun. Here’s a look at some games you may enjoy that feel similar.

By Geoffrey Martin

Published 2 hours ago


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Resident Evil Village features an incredibly fleshed-out alternate gameplay experience, namely, Mercenaries Mode. Mercenaries mode is essentially a wave-based, horde mode with increasingly difficult enemies from across the Resident Evil Village solo gameplay experience.

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Mercenaries mode provides a more frenetic and arcade-style gameplay feel with scoring, upgradeable weapons, and quick, pick-up-and-play action. If you have thoroughly been enjoying Mercenaries mode and are ready for similar gameplay experiences, then this list will provide some excellent choices for your to try out. These are not all horror-themed games, but instead, provide a similar arcade-type experience for players to enjoy.


Payday 2

Players that have enjoyed Mercenaries mode in Resident Evil Village will find a lot to love with Payday 2. Payday 2 is an action-focused FPS where you and a team of up to four players need to complete various heists set across a wide range of locations.

Payday 2 features some intense first-person combat, similar to that of Mercenaries mode, but here focusing on teamwork and strategy. The actual moment-to-moment gameplay is arcade-like in nature though. The game also features a plethora of upgrades in order to become more proficient at stealth and strategy in order to complete the heights.

Killing Floor 2 an intense, horror-focused FPS game that can absolutely be played solo, but is best with a team of players. The Zeds in this game are fast and lethal so strategic thinking is necessary to survive the horde-based gameplay.

As you progress through the various missions and diverse, creepy stages, you get to upgrade your weapons on the fly between rounds. Upgrading your equipment is vital to success in Killing Floor 2 because each new wave brings more and challenging enemies, including some downright harrowing boss encounters.


Although deviating from the pure single-player focus of Mercenaries mode in Resident Evil Village, fans of intense, close-quarters shooting action will get a lot out of Rainbow Six: Siege. Rainbow Six: Siege tasks you and a team of online players with various offensive or defensive objectives in small maps across the world.

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There is a large emphasis on strategic thinking and tactical coordination. You simply can’t go in all guns blazing and expect to win easily. You must properly balance your team with healers, juggernauts, and more nimble characters in order to thrive online.

Leon and Jill from Resident Evil fixing a generator in Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer game in which four survivors must repair generators across spooky maps before a killer stalks them down and sends them to the abyss. Fans of Mercenaries mode will undoubtedly enjoy this game for its thoughtful approach to moment-to-moment action balanced with survival.

Playing as the survivors is vastly different from playing as one of the creepy killers. The biggest difference is that the survivors play from a third-person perspective and the killer in first-person. This multi-faceted approach to gameplay keeps each match interesting and intense, no matter which side you are on.


TimeSplitters 2

Timesplitters 2 is a classic FPS from the Playstation 2, Original Xbox, and Nintendo Gamecube era of gaming. Not only did this title feature an excellent single-player campaign, but it also featured a robust suite of arcade modes for players to dive headfirst into.

Easily one of the best arcade modes was where you and your friends, along with a combination of bots could take part in fast and frantic deathmatches. What made these arcade modes special was the diverse and wacky array of characters to choose from. Fans of arcade modes in games will fall in love with Timesplitters 2. While it’s much more action-focused than strategic, it offers a lot of gameplay diversity.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood offers up a completely unique and diverse take on the otherwise heavy single-player focused series, for better or worse. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is an FPS with a large emphasis on co-op gameplay with more arcade-type elements including lite RPG?progression and weapon variety.

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While this game wasn’t as revered as its series’ previous entries, fans of more arcade-focused action really seemed to enjoy it. This is not a horde-based or wave-based game but it still provides a similar gameplay experience due to the large swarms of enemies at any given time. It’s utterly different but offers a ton of action fun.


Strange Brigade is a unique, fun, and oftentimes silly third-person action-adventure in which players must work together to fend off waves of enemies while avoiding traps. Taking place in the 1930s, this game has a whole Indiana Jones feel and style, not only to its presentation and tone but also with its gameplay.

Strange Brigade can absolutely be played solo but is much better in co-op due to the intense challenge with hordes of baddies. As you journey from zone to zone, you can try out a variety of period-appropriate weapons with some fun upgrades as well to make you stronger and more efficient.

The Gears of War series has been around for a long time now, with its horde-based arcade mode being one of the go-to experiences for fans of the series. Gears 5 arguably features one of the best suites of gameplay variety from the solo campaign to the multiplayer matches to the horde mode.

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Gears 5’s horde mode might be the closest option in terms of gameplay to Mercenaries mode in Resident Evil: Village. Wave after wave of enemies continues to bombard the player with each new wave increasing the challenge level.


World War Z’s main selling point is the sheer number of zombies on-screen at any given time. While it doesn’t have the core gameplay loop that Mercenaries mode has, it does feature crazy intense third-person shooting action. While best played in co-op, going through the game in solo modes ups the ante in terms of intense survival action.

At various points throughout your globe-trotting adventure, you and your team of companions will come up against a whole horde of zombies. At these moments, you must stand your ground, set up defenses, and simply hope for the best outcome.

Left 4 Dead 2 features some of the best zombie shooting action full stop. Left 4 Dead 2 is pure arcade zombie shooting fun and becomes even crazier and over-the-top should you opt to go it alone. Clearly, this game was built for co-op in mind but solo players will still have a lot to enjoy here.

This is a much more simplistic experience though, leaving out upgrades and RPG-type elements, instead of going for the pure arcade pick-up and play experience. If you want to shoot some zombies while thinking tactically as a team, Left 4 Dead 2 might just be for you.

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