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  • Summary: Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is an explosive open-world action game set in a massive, highly reactive, war-torn world. A power-hungry tyrant messes with Venezuela's oil supply, sparking an invasion that turns the country into a warzone. But for you, international crisis is all upside: YouMercenaries 2: World in Flames is an explosive open-world action game set in a massive, highly reactive, war-torn world. A power-hungry tyrant messes with Venezuela's oil supply, sparking an invasion that turns the country into a warzone. But for you, international crisis is all upside: You are a mercenary, and you profit from chaos. Mercenaries 2 features a slew of potential clients, all willing to pay you to do their dirty work. Dirty deeds, done for exorbitant fees. These are world powers with deep pockets, deep grudges, and enough arms and ammo to start World War III. This is your kind of environment. Mercenaries 2 features the latest and most dangerous in civilian and military tech, everything from shiny new sports cars, to the future-tech satellite-guided bunker-busting mini-nuke. Tanks, APCs, boats, luxury automobiles – you name it, you can have it delivered to you in real time. And if you run out of cash you can always 'acquire' the gear you need in the field. If you see it, you can buy it, steal it, or blow the living crap out of it. Play your own way, or play with the help of a friend in the new cooperative multiplayer mode. You are not a soldier. You don't have to play by anyone's rules. You have your own code: you will fulfill the terms of the contract, no matter what. Not everyone in the world of Mercenaries is as honorable. Everyone will try and screw you, given the chance. They think they can get away with it, because they don't know rule #1: EVERYBODY PAYS. [Pandemic Studios] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. 90
    Innumerable games strive for a cinematic vibe, but most fail to pull it off when they take themselves too seriously and overburden the gameplay with content better left in movies. Mercenaries 2 is the rare videogame that gets the balance just right.
  2. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    80
    Fun. It's three little letters that seem to have been lost - Mercs 2 has it in spades! [Nov 2008, p.98]
  3. I suppose it’s fitting that Mercs 2, like most topics bearing the weight of political posturing, is ultimately flaccid. But that doesn’t stop me from expecting more.
  4. Mercenaries 2 is arguably a bigger and more ambitious game than the original, but it feels less polished and less satisfying.
  5. While the games action and explosive atmosphere are fun to behold the repetitive nature of the missions and mainly the glitches keep happening so repeatedly that enjoyment is fleeting.
  6. 40
    It’s unfortunate that so much of the game world is so irredeemably broken.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. Jan 30, 2012
    10
    Maybe they closed the studio, but this game really deserved more. Maybe it wasn't the best game ever made, but if they could just make aMaybe they closed the studio, but this game really deserved more. Maybe it wasn't the best game ever made, but if they could just make a better shooting system, then the gameplay would be on the top quality. That's what ruined this game in my opinion, because it affected every single second of the gameplay. But it was actually good. So many hours of gameplay, so MANY unclockable cars and other vehicles, SO MANY NUKE BOMBS and so much entertaining. Don't say you didn't like it if you played it for 20 - 30 hours. It is addicting and bunch of fun. There are always something to do and the map is SO BIG. You have to try this game out before you die one day. Expand
  2. DanielP.
    Oct 5, 2008
    10
    With its huge world, Mercs 2 is one of the best games you can get if you don't want to play the storyline all day long.
  3. Devon
    Sep 4, 2008
    9
    If you liked the first Mercs, then I would say definitely get this game. The game offers so many vehicles, weapons, and ordinances. Not to If you liked the first Mercs, then I would say definitely get this game. The game offers so many vehicles, weapons, and ordinances. Not to mention you actually get a nuke. The story wasn't as deep as MGS, but in a game where everything is about blowing stuff up do you really need a blockbuster story? If you can look past the minor glitches and decent graphics then definitely check this one out. Did I mention you get a nuke? Expand
  4. codyd
    Sep 8, 2008
    8
    If you do not raise a smile after throwing your C4 laden vehicle into a bunch of enemies before detonating it, then you are in the minority If you do not raise a smile after throwing your C4 laden vehicle into a bunch of enemies before detonating it, then you are in the minority of people who will not find fun with mercenaries 2. It's a game that never takes itself seriously, and as such you shouldn't either, it demands no respect, it just hands you an open world of toys to kick some ass with, many weapons, tons of vehicles, and of course, a whole lotta bombs. Expand
  5. JustinS
    Jan 16, 2010
    8
    Mercenaries 2 is a sandbox game from Pandemic Studios set in Venezuela. And it is, in a word, awesome. Sure, it''s not particularly Mercenaries 2 is a sandbox game from Pandemic Studios set in Venezuela. And it is, in a word, awesome. Sure, it''s not particularly deep or pretty and it is a little glitchy. But It is so satisfying to pump rocket after rocket into a building, and watch it explode in a cathartic furor of shrapnel and explosives. Like I said, awesome. Expand
  6. Jun 16, 2014
    7
    I really don't know how I feel about this game.. Originally I bought the game for $5 (just for the **** and giggles) and was semiI really don't know how I feel about this game.. Originally I bought the game for $5 (just for the **** and giggles) and was semi disappointed.

    Really, all I can say is the vehicles in this game are awesome. I had a blast riding around in the monster truck and plowing over my enemys. What makes it even better are the arcade style driving mechanics that offer a crazy taxi sort of feel.

    The only reason this game got bad reviews was the shooting mechanics and boring missions (this is coming from someone who finished 1/3 of the game). Mercs 2 biggest selling point is destruction, so why cant we have more destruction missions? The game offers more hunt the targets or capture the base sort of gameplay which isn't all that bad and not all that good. Also the tedious shooting mechanics make it feel as if your bullets are flying around in the entire circle reticle.

    Personally I didn't get a chance to try the co-op since the game keeps freezing upon launch - due to pandemic studios closure. This was a bit of a downer but for paying $5 it wasn't too much of a problem.

    Overall 7.5/10

    I still don't know if I plan on finishing the game..
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  7. Oct 22, 2021
    0
    Imagine my surprise that this godawful game manages to have some positive reviews. I hated every bit of the three or four hours I played ofImagine my surprise that this godawful game manages to have some positive reviews. I hated every bit of the three or four hours I played of this game. From the wonky controls, terrible graphics and tired mechanics. Every inch of this game screams mediocre, from its design choices to the elements like collision detection that should have been pretty run of mill. Especially since video games have been made for sometime already there's just some mistakes people aren't supposed to make anymore. Expand

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