Mercenary was the No Man’s Sky of the C64 in many ways – a free roaming 3D game that was really more about exploring the vast unknown rather than shooting or getting into madcap adventures – and that’s why I loved it. Even though the cities in Targ were hilariously simple, it was a thrill to be able to just wander around them at your own pace and discover new things every time you played. It also had a ton of atmosphere, with the different factions competing for your help, and while I never got that far into this game (a lot of it went waaaaay over my head) I still remember my time as a Mercenary very fondly.

(And yeah I liked No Man’s Sky, come at me)