After watching the first few videos on Mercenaries it did not appeal to me at all. But, in a moment of pure FOMO I pre-ordered the Lich King bundle on Monday the day before launch. Last night I played for a little just to get the feel of it. All PvE.
Still too early to know if I will really enjoy this mode but I had fun last night. It was a little annoying having to complete the tutorials before I could open my packs but I suppose it gave me a very basic understanding of how the game works even though I'd watched the intro videos so it wasn't really necessary.
My first impressions after playing it for a little were better than I expected. The game looks good and doesn't feel very clunky once you get used to the combat sequence. Some of the fights were actually quite enjoyable. Some of the character portraits are gorgeous and I definitely get the appeal of customizing your character.
There seems to be an excellent variety of characters which is cool but maybe a little too many when you consider that you have to earn coins for each character in order to upgrade abilities and equipment. Does anyone know if there is a complete list of all the mercenaries available?
Mercenaries seems like an ideal mode to play on iPad or tablet. Playing BG's on a tablet is super frustrating but I think Mercenaries will be great. Little to no APM required.
My main concern is that I think Mercenaries has been hyper monetized and designed with monetization in mind from the very beginning. I've read some people getting 8 characters to level 30 in one decent sitting so maybe it is possible to F2P the mode and still enjoy it but with so many characters, each with his own currency, it seems like those who spend $$ will have a significant advantage over those who don't.
Conclusion: it's better than I thought it would be. Game feels good to play which is no surprise. Let's see how long it takes for the novelty to wear off or how long until someone discovers the best combination of characters and we get a standard meta like PvP experience.