kidikd's Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (Xbox 360) review

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It's fun to blow things up.

There's a difference between a very fun game and a very good game. A very fun game will offer almost endless kicks from beginning to end. A very good game will provide the same value as a very fun game while also offering few technical problems, an interesting storyline, and perhaps a really good multiplayer option. Well, at least Mercenaries 2: World in Flames has a really good co-op mode.

This game is pure testosterone-fueled fun. If you like explosions, hijacking helicopters in midair, and political intrigue, than 2/3 of this game are for you (Hint: No intrigue here). The storyline is more generic than Call of Duty 4's, and much of this poorly-covered "revolution in South American country" ground was covered even more poorly in Just Cause. The characters (more specifically, Mattias Nilson) are entertaining, but say the same things every 5 minutes (Literally. Count it.). Also, the "anything, whenever you want it" PDA is gone from the first game, replaced by scattered shops that all have different things and are 500 miles away from each other. Anyway, onto the fun.

You can blow up an oil rig in this game. With your friend. And detonate it as you're jumping off like in the end of Die Hard With a Vengeance. That is how awesome this game is. There are many "very fun" games that contain only half the fun of that. Another example: Hop in a tank. Get your friend to get a helicopter. The helicopter has a winch. Pick up the tank. Instant fun. The sheer amount of stuff you can do in this game is amazing. Honestly though, it's not quite as fun to play alone. It's still enjoyable, as there's a ton of collectibles, side-missions, and story missions that make you feel like a badass, but it's far better with a friend. The original Mercenaries was a fine game, and if you're only expecting a remake of the first, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the good (not great) graphics, the beautiful next-gen explosions, the amazingly un-laggy online co-op, the wider selection of vehicles, the greater number and variety of missions, and Mattias Nilson being even more badass than in Mercs 1.

In the end, this is a game that has greatly benefited from appearing on this generation of consoles. Go in expecting the same enjoyment that the first game provided, and you'll come out impressed by the few great improvements. Worth a buy, seeing as it provides a better sandbox than even GTA 4.

3 Comments
Posted by Joker

Good review. Instead of reading professional sites reviews, I have decided to choose a Giant Bomb review of this game to see whether I will purchase it or not. I have decided to, hope you continue to enjoy that game duder.

Posted by Gizmo

Mmm, I think Ill buy this game ^^

Posted by Davvyk

Im glad you enjoyed the co op thats the only reason im going to buy it tomorrow. The reviews ive read say that you cant stray very far from each other while playing co op however which sounds terrible. Is this the case?

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    Repetitive, broken, bug-riddled and bad. 0

    For developer Pandemic and publisher EA, releasing Mercenaries 2 at the front-end of the holiday rush seemed like a wise decision on their part. The first game, released in 2005, was well received by critics and gamers alike for its over-the-top but solid gameplay, impressive storyline and diverse and eccentric cast of characters. For the second game, the guys at Pandemic promised a bigger and better playground of destruction, with more explosions and, of course, more fun. They did deliver on th...

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