Summary: Mercenaries 2 at first seems your ordinary run-and-gun free-roam shooter. And for the most part, it is. The difference lies in the fact that your are not only able to destroy everything and anything in sight, but are encouraged to do so. Not many games can claim they do the same. You definitely won't find anything like that in COD. Plus, every time you kill an enemy, they tend to say funny things. Like pirates wailing they were just going back to college.
Summary: Don't listen to what anyone else says if you buy Mercenaries 2 for the PS3 YOU CANNOT PLAY IT ONLINE! I called EA's pathertic customer support line for four hours and they told me that I could not go online they have permenently disabled the servers because not enough people played it. If you own a PS3 you have to completely log off to play and even then there is severe ghosting, lag and other assorted glitches.
Summary: Please read the other reviewers' comments regarding how good this game is (or isn't). My only comment is that the description suggests that it has both online and split-screen co-op multiplayer. That is not correct. The game only supports online co-op, not split screen. Hope this helps you from making the same mistake that I did.
Summary: It is a co-op game for on-line users only! I just wanted to make that clear for the ones who want to spend some time with their kids that is somewhat descent for them to play without the cussing and everything else that's in the games today. Don't get me wrong this is a great game, but what disappointed me was that its a single player game. I just want a descent third-person shooting game that I can play with my son beside of me not on-line.
Conclusion: Definately a good rental game this one - I thoroughly enjoyed the first few hours, but got a little bored in the end so I'm glad I rented and not bought. The semi-open world structure is nice, graphics are good, if not excellent, and I enjoyed the freedom to use various vehicles including tanks, as well as decent destructible buildings and scenary - air strikes are a cool way of taking out buildings for example and the physics seemed decent to me.