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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 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
  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. flargman4a.
    Oct 7, 2008
    10
    I love the ability to blow up everything my favorite vehicle has to be the sports bike i just love doing tricks. in the first one you wouldI love the ability to blow up everything my favorite vehicle has to be the sports bike i just love doing tricks. in the first one you would try to do a back flip and would be forced to jump off your bike. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2013
    9
    It's one-dimensional, but it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Is it for hardcore gamers? It must not be, because I enjoyed it and I'm aIt's one-dimensional, but it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Is it for hardcore gamers? It must not be, because I enjoyed it and I'm a "play it through once and sell it" kind of guy. I don't dispute the criticisms some folks are leveling, but I didn't notice them myself.

    It's a brainless run-and-gun. You get a mission, you go shoot guys and blow stuff up. That's exactly what I expected. It's kind of the antithesis of GTA IV, which IMHO suffered from being TOO lifelike. This is just "pop it in the machine and wreak havoc" kind of game, and sometimes that's a good thing.

    I also noticed that even 5 years after release, it's still easy to find a partner online... at least it is at 6 a.m. when I've been playing it :-)

    So, while your jaw won't drop at how innovative it is, it's still good, brainless fun.
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  4. CoreyF
    Aug 27, 2008
    8
    Rented it before it came out cuz i work at a video store. The action is great i love the weapons and the open world environment. Some of the Rented it before it came out cuz i work at a video store. The action is great i love the weapons and the open world environment. Some of the textures are pretty lame at times and the driving isn't the greatest. otherwize this is a great game. Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2013
    8
    8.5-Presentation: The setup is interesting. And the plot is well written and paced. Featuring well flesshed out characters with hilarious and8.5-Presentation: The setup is interesting. And the plot is well written and paced. Featuring well flesshed out characters with hilarious and interesting dialogue. The menu's are well laid out.
    8.5-Graphics: Beautiful art style, realistic shadowing, excellent explosions, and great textures. The animations are weak though.
    7.5-Sound: Voice acting is hit or miss, but the music is excellent and the sound effects are good.
    7.5-Gameplay: The actual map design is amazing. But the missions are mediocre. However, the controls are great, and the mechanics are solid. The AI is rather dumb. Luckily an inovative co-o mode comes to save the day.
    8.5-Lasting appeal: There's plenty to do and tons to blow up. There's a lot of toys to play with, and co op adds value to the package.
    Overall-8/10
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  6. MarkW.
    Oct 17, 2008
    8
    I started playing this and thought "I'm sure I've played this before", which was impossible of course seeing as it's only just I started playing this and thought "I'm sure I've played this before", which was impossible of course seeing as it's only just out. Then I realized I was thinking of Just Cause on the Xbox 360. They feel almost identical, only bizarrely Just Cause is prettier. Mercs 2 though is, IMHO, well worth buying. It's so much fun running around blowing stuff up. And the freedom the game seems to give allows for some fantastic unscripted moments, like hurtling up a hill in a jeep, taking off, over a compound wall, ejecting from the vehicle before it hits, coming down running and taking out a couple of enemy soldier with a few rounds to the head. Awesome. Expand
  7. KasparU.
    Sep 7, 2008
    3
    My thanks go out to Simon The Artist for opening my eyes with a detailed review (in contrast with the many fanboyish comments handing out 9s My thanks go out to Simon The Artist for opening my eyes with a detailed review (in contrast with the many fanboyish comments handing out 9s and 10s without any analysis). I was about to order this game, because I loved the first Mercenaries, and from what I had seen on Gametrailers, I didn't believe this could fail. Boy am I glad I didn't! After playing around with this sorry excuse for a videgame for about 15 minutes at my local MediaMarket, I had already had enough. I am not going to put up with abysmal AI, tons of graphics issues and collision glitches and generally poor design. I may give this game a rent, someday, IF they patch it and fix at least the most egregious screw ups. You have been warned people, try before you buy! Expand

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