To the joy of the fans, Resident Evil Village Relive The Expendables mode. After completing the game, it can be purchased from the Bonus Content Store, allowing players to tackle their challenges. However, the mode can be quite overwhelming for new players who still don’t understand what they are doing.
In The Mercenaries, the highest scores are obtained through speed, preparation, and most importantly, killing all enemies in each stage. Here’s what players need to know to get started.
Resident Evil Village allows players to build their own equipment for The Mercenaries for the first time. While it may seem tempting to buy as many weapons as possible to deal with various situations, the most effective strategy is to buy a single weapon and use the remaining Lei to upgrade it. This weapon is usually the F2 sniper rifle, the W870 TAC, or the SYG-12. Every now and then it may be a good idea to buy the sniper or shotgun as a backup between areas, but this depends on the types of challenges and enemies you face in an individual area and scenario.
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After selecting your primary weapon, sell your starting pistol (the LEMI), as well as all non-ammo for your chosen weapon and its healing items. Speed is essential, which means getting hit often will slow you down enough to break your combination completely. Stopping to heal is less important than in the main story mode. Use your Lei to upgrade your weapon as much as possible, and remember that you can continue to use the shop between areas, which means these initial upgrades won’t be all you can get. Also, keep in mind that the ammo capacity upgrade reloads your magazine, so don’t reload at the end of each area. Upgrade the ammo capacity instead, as this provides additional ammo at no additional cost.
During each initial run of a stage, it is a good idea to focus on recognition rather than high scores. The ideal race in any scenario, and the best way to get the highest scores, is by killing all enemies while maintaining the same kill combo at all times and getting every available time bonus. This is no easy feat, and S and even SS ranks can be achieved while dropping a combo once or twice.
Your scouting tour should involve locating each enemy in the level, pointing out where and when they appear, and determining the best way to kill them all. Be on the lookout for Moroaică that linger on the ground as they count towards your kill count and can easily be overlooked if you’re not careful. Also be sure to locate each time bonus and blue orb as both will be needed to get those high scores.
The priority during this first run should be to obtain at least a B rank, which is not too difficult a task even considering the inevitable errors of a first attempt. Completing a stage with a B rank grants additional Lei, which can be used in the shop at the start of the race, making you much better equipped to tackle the level. A rank will unlock the next stage, S will unlock new abilities for the blue orbs, and the SS rank in each stage will allow you to unlock the LZ Answerer in story mode, a clear reference to Star Wars.
From blue orbs, prioritize the abilities that increase the damage of the weapon you are using, the ones that increase your speed and double the ammo capacity. The best ability is perhaps the ability to blow up enemies when they are killed by bullets, allowing you to clear a room of enemies with minimal use of resources. After beating The Mad Village stage, the last four areas are reductions from the first four with new store items and weapons available.
From here on, the previous strategy will no longer apply. In addition to the starting LEMI pistol, you will be able to purchase the GM79 grenade launcher or the M1851 Wolfsbane magnum. These stages are much more difficult than the previous ones. The main strategy for these involves upgrading the LEMI and buying Wolfsbane for bosses like Soldats, as the regrettable gun damage will likely prove infuriating after the catharsis of rampaging in earlier stages. Prioritize the reload speed and damage of the LEMI and try to stock up on mines if you can. The additional damage can prove invaluable when dealing with larger enemies in combination with the magnum. Remember to collect as much pistol ammo in the areas as you will likely run out otherwise.
Although challenging, The Mercenaries is fun and engaging. After getting into the rhythm of your strategy, you’ll want to keep trying to beat your last score. Remember that dying in one area does not affect your final score; it only counts the scores of the completed races in each area. This means there is no penalty for dying while learning the lay of the land.
These two strategies are currently considered the best and most effective ways to beat The Expendables mode with the highest possible scores, but it’s always good to experiment. Outlandish strategies, like just using the knife and restarting until a blue orb grants the Masamune ability that makes knife attacks 10 times stronger, are likely to be effective for those who have the patience for it as well. Regardless, the LZ Answerer should now be within your grasp.
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