If you love destruction and the anarchy of a third world country, Mercenaries
2 is your game. Within minutes you're given a grenade launcher, barreling
through the jungle in a jeep, ploughing down the hill in a tank and then within
hours you're calling in airstrikes that level cities. Being a mercenary has
never been so fun.
There's not a whole lot to the story, you're a mercenary betrayed by a
client and out for revenge, uh…that's it really. The character modelling is
great and I felt a genuine connection to each of the characters with their
witty one liners and outfits, but let's face it, who gives a damn about the
story if theres a plethora of weaponry to destroy and annhilate your
Everything about the game comes down to one point. Do whatever the hell you
want. And that's the exactly it. This isn't realistic! And that's the point of
the game. Will you make friends with this faction or crush them underfoot? My
advice is the more you forget the story, the more fun you will have.
The stockpile system is one of the highlights of Mercenaries 2. Find
yourself in need of specialised transport or heavy duty weaponry? Select the
appropriate item in the game's menu, toss a flare onto the ground and your
personal helicopter pilot will give it to you. You can get huge amounts of
airstrikes, specialised equipment and vehicles and you even get your hands on
Gameplay-wise, the missions aren't too satisfactory. The AI isn't intelligent
and all too often I found myself blasting a stationary target. They also become
tedious after a while and once you've beaten the main campaign only true Mercs
at heart will attempt to collect all the collectibles and complete the side
Vehicles are diverse and one of the most satisfying parts of the game. Will
you disguise yourself in an enemy faction's car? Or disguise as a civillian?
Will you call up an airstrike or get a helicopter gunship delivered to you? Will
you use the hydrofoil, machine gun armed boat or perhaps mow down the gates with
your rocket launcher equipped sports car? The range is diverse and immense.
Graphics are another key highlight. The environment is 90% destructible and
once you get your hands on those devastating airstrikes you'll find it hard to
stop. The lighting and shadowing looks fantastic and the water effects are
brilliant. Explosions look incredible and satisfying and all too often I found
myself leveling buildings just for the fun of watching it crumble.
Simply put, Mercenaries 2 isn't about realism or tactics. It's all about
destruction and violence and fans of the genre and anyone else will find
Mercenaries 2 to be a valuable addition to their collection.