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EA Brings the Debate to Mercenaries 2

How to make an already classy election even classier!

As if today wasn't already scary enough, EA has revealed that there's an update in the works for Mercenaries 2: World in Flames that will feature Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Barack Obama as playable characters. Here's a trailer showing the two candidates in action, courtesy of G4.

  


I'm all for a little political fun-poking, but my concerns about this are two-fold. For one, we've got less than a week before the polls close, so Pandemic doesn't have much time before this whole fleeting undertaking becomes completely irrelevant. Secondly, Mercenaries 2 gets away with a pretty unflattering take on modern Venezuela by not taking itself too seriously, but there's something a little unnerving about watching these potential leaders of the free world blowing up oil rigs in a country with whom the US has got some pretty tenuous relations.
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Posted by Ryan

As if today wasn't already scary enough, EA has revealed that there's an update in the works for Mercenaries 2: World in Flames that will feature Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Barack Obama as playable characters. Here's a trailer showing the two candidates in action, courtesy of G4.

  


I'm all for a little political fun-poking, but my concerns about this are two-fold. For one, we've got less than a week before the polls close, so Pandemic doesn't have much time before this whole fleeting undertaking becomes completely irrelevant. Secondly, Mercenaries 2 gets away with a pretty unflattering take on modern Venezuela by not taking itself too seriously, but there's something a little unnerving about watching these potential leaders of the free world blowing up oil rigs in a country with whom the US has got some pretty tenuous relations.
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Posted by Thordain

Thats gonna be crazy

Posted by TooWalrus

And they said Merc's 2 was a bad game.

Posted by Alphazero

That's no game, man. That's real archival footage.

Posted by Fr0Br0

How the hell did Pandemic even get Obama and Palin to agree to let themselves appear in a game that promotes violence?

Posted by DarkPants

holy shit that's awesome

Posted by dQuarters

Ah, you zany Americans. At least you got a healthy sense of humour about how ridiculous you can be.

Good on ya!
Posted by BawaTheGamer

thats weird

Posted by floodiastus

So is McCain to old to be in the game?

Posted by MagicKiwi

Obama is a terrorist! I KNEW IT!

Posted by zoozilla

I think I saw a terrorist fist bump.

Posted by natural_deadhead

Super Obama

Posted by Endogene

Enven though this is pretty neat i can see this going very very sour with the media.

Posted by HatKing

Something so very disturbing about this...I think I would get a kick out of watching McCain kill people with his bare hands but these two choices don't seem right.  Ugh...I hate it...keep my video games and my politics seperate.  It is like sex and food...I like them both but they never EVER should meet.

Posted by Woodtsunami

Yay and remember to vote Obama! (Because as this game proves he does have militiary experience!) :)

No really people just vote for Obama ok?

Posted by TooWalrus

McCain did enough killing in Nam. Give the hockey mom a chance.

Posted by Brontes_Muse

I think it looks fun

Posted by LordAndrew

Does McCain make an appearance as a prisoner of war?

Posted by English

Oh god that is absolutely hilarious. Watching palin take out a helicopter pilot is pure gold.

Posted by Neurogamer

LOL! Is this even legal?!?

Edited by Afroman269

Lol McCain was denied because no one wants to play as a senior citizen like terrorist.

Posted by I_smell

Oh my God.

Edited by Death_Burnout

This seems awkward, but whatever i'd totally play as Obama and love every second of it.

Posted by sionweeks

That is IMMENSE!  This actually makes me want to buy the game.

Posted by Meteora

All hell is going to break lose for the media.

Posted by RHCPfan24

I saw this earlier and I still can't believe it.  But Ryan has a point considering this will all be irrelevant by next week.

Posted by jyurakyumihawk

Oh man, Venezuela's gonna declare war on America.

Posted by Origina1Penguin

Didn't they fail to deliver on the last update, which was given a date a month in advance?  It still hasn't come out as far as I know.  Were they waiting to add these two characters to the additional ones already promised?

Posted by NinjaSquirrel

I think the only proper response to this is whaaaaa?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!??!

Posted by albedos_shadow

I give it about 2 days before the media catches onto this and implodes.

Posted by ThePhenomenal1

....thats just fucked up

Posted by am_dragon

If you play as Obama does Joe Biden randomly fall out of the sky?  I wanted to Like Merc's 2 but it just wasn't happening.  I fought through lockups and glitches to finish the game.  I'm glad I didn't hold on to it waiting for the DLC.

Posted by Gregomasta

Funny, very funny.

Posted by Worm

Co-op Palin and Obama XD That'll be weird.

Posted by Discorsi

totally got me interested in this game.  I hate you EA

Posted by insane_shadowblade85

This is the first steps to the beginning of WW3. You heard it here first! :D

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Posted by FoxMulder

wow!  Are they even allowed to do that?  this has to be just a funny spoof or something.  I highly doubt that both of them allowed them to be available in a game like that.  I'm sure they wouldnt like it depicting themselves as killers.

Posted by TabooTongue

LOL! LordAndrew.
I don't know if I like this either though, makes me glad I didn't buy Mercenaries 2.
A little too obvious propaganda for myself, if it wasn't already.

Posted by cikame

Thats pretty damn awesome, i'm actually pretty excited about this how sad am i.

I'm from the uk can't we have gordon brown n david cameron? i'm sure lots of videos of them dieing would appear on youtube.

Posted by GioVANNI

That's damn epic.

Posted by JoelTGM

This is really stupid.

Posted by sdauz

i loved the orginal mercs on the old xbox, these moves by ea r funny, but seem to be ruining the franchise in my opinion....

Posted by Old_Snake864

awesome !!!

Posted by Video_Tycoon

@cikame, I understand why you would want that, but than each country would have to have a different game, different character models, etc.  Hey, in Canada, I wouldn't mind Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion, but thats too much work for them.  Plus the US election effects a lot of people, both US, Canada and more.

Edited by mrfluke
and they say mccain is the only one with experience in war :P
Posted by HartKnight

When I first heard about this earlier today I wanted these player models. After a little bit I realized that I don't want to be reminded of this election years from now when I just want to play this game.

Posted by GmLx

Yeah i want to know HOW

Posted by elbow

Someone's gonna get Barrack'  Rolled...

Posted by DeanJParker

Haha, I'd love to see our British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, doing the Obama "Take the Tank" move lmao :P

Posted by Peach

Wow... just wow...

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