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Mercenaries 2: World In Flames Review

Submitted by on Friday, 24 October 20083 Comments

Ahhhh. That ‘new game smell’. It gets me every time when I take off the plastic wrapping and open up the box. It almost gets me hooked on the game before I’ve even played it.

But does Mercenaries 2 keep the ‘high’ going, or does the rush end there?

The game lets you chose from three characters; Mattias, Chris and Jennifer. Of course I immediately chose Jennifer and got thrown into the action. As you start the game it holds your hand through a tutorial, quickly getting you to the stage where you’re ready to call in an airstrike and blast your way into an enemy compound to rescue your employer, who betrays you soon after.The game is a story of revenge, where you have to earn the respect of local groups in order to buy bigger and better weapons to ultimately take down your former boss. The story for Mercenaries 2 is quite light and you’re not going to buy it for its storyline.

A lot of the time you are simply running around doing missions for the locals, but as most of these missions involved various explosions I really enjoyed them. There are several types of missions which involve destroying buildings, capturing high value targets, liberating camps and killing for a bounty. These missions give you something to come back to even after completing the game.

However, the game really shines when played in online co-operative mode. I played the whole game through online with a friend and loved every moment of it. Offline gaming in Mercs 2 is still fun but it I didn’t have quite as much fun with it as I did online.

My only criticism of the online mode would be that you can only move 500 metres from your companion before the game forces you to move closer together. I sometimes found that frustrating and it occasionally gets in the way of flanking strategies. The game also has some glitches – I got stuck in an invisible room once and the only way to get out was to restart the mission.

Graphically the game is very bright and colourful. You can’t always see too far into the distance and there is occasional pop-up, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the game. The explosions were beautiful, and the way that buildings crumbled when they were destroyed was very realistic.

Trophies have just been released for this game which increases the chance that I’ll play through it yet again.

I’d recommend this game to anyone who’s looking for something fun and light-hearted to play. Mercenaries 2 doesn’t have the depth of some other games, but it is a game that can be enjoyed on its own merits.