Excerpt: Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction was all about purposely blowing things up, and then grinning in the aftermath as you looked around at your handy work. Now for those expecting me to say that this sequel is a more grown up and intelligent game, Pandemic’s mindset was exactly the same here, thus it’s about delivering a very unsubtle message to your enemies by turning things into raging fireballs. Quite simply, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Excerpt: It has been a little while since I have written a review. Don't get me wrong, I have still been playing games, but with a more relaxed point-of-view instead of the critical eye needed for a review. But now the time is right to, well, get back in the game. Luckily the first game I get to review is a game that I was looking forward to playing and had some high hopes for: Mercenaries 2: World in Flames for the Xbox 360.
Excerpt: The mercs are back, and this time they’ve moved from North Korea to Venezuela. The story is mostly standard action fare, with your character being betrayed by his/her employer, almost being killed, and, worst of all, not getting paid. Suitably pissed off, this sparks off the tale of revenge that is the game’s storyline, and while not particularly different from other action games and films’ storylines, provides a good reason for your chosen character’s motivations.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is chock full of violence, and it encourages players to pull off outlandish stunts to take out enemies. Hundreds of weapons are at your disposal, as well as air strikes, tanks, and other items. The main character's motives aren't heroic either, as his main goal is to pad his bank accounts. However, the violence is neither bloody or gory. While players can kill civilians, they are penalized for the casualties.
Excerpt: 2008 may be remembered as the year that Electronic Arts made room for original intellectual property. With the likes of Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, Army of Two and Spore, the company is diversifying its lineup in a way we haven't seen for a very long time. Mercenaries 2 is part of that strategy as it is only the second game in the franchise and the first under the EA brand. Unfortunately, it's also the weakest of the new IP that they are trying out.
Conclusion: Despite its many issues, Mercenaries 2 provides a solid experience. With its open world environments, plethora of vehicles and weaponry, Mercenaries 2 provides several instances of non-stop action. For those who are fans of the Grand Theft Auto series, especially GTA14, will appreciate the grandeur Mercenaries 2 provides within its environments and gameplay experiences. Considering you can pick up this game brand new for $19.99, it’s definitely worth your time and money.