posted by DJTomEGun (CASTLE ROCK, CO) Sep 17, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
Fans of the game Mercenaries will probably find this game slightly enjoyable. It retains a lot of the game play style and tactics with some twists and new techniques.
On the plus side, it has a pretty big world with plenty to do and 3 unique characters with their own ups and downs, allowing the player some freedom to choose their play style. Decent graphics and an okay soundtrack add to a game that would bring out the violent side of Mother Teresa.
On the downside, I got bored playing this game after about 10 hours. The first hour or two offer plenty of things to do, upgrading your character and exploring the world available to you, but after that, I felt like this game took on more of a "grand theft auto" style play of "go here, do this, then go there, do that". I'd guess by about the halfway point of the game, any real challenge is composed mostly of just finding the most destructive way to accomplish a task. Effectively completing most of the goals of the game didn't provide the kind of entertainment I was really hoping for.
I would like to specifically express my opinion that this game felt half-attempted, or even old to me. The cut-scenes were substandard to what one would expect from even the opening sequences, and again, by about the 10 hour mark, the storyline has all but gone anywhere interesting. Considering the games that EA and Pandemic Studios usually come out with, this game must have really been low-budget. If this is the direction they plan on taking the Mercenaries franchise, I fear it will be short lived.
Long story short: I think its worth playing for a little while, but don't give it a priority in your Game-Q.
posted by GMarek99 (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL) Sep 10, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
Mercenaries 2: World In Flames at first had almost everything I wanted, but after I beat the game, it got real boring afterwards. At Mercenaries: Playground Of Destruction, you could beat the game so quick, you end up starting over, but then have more fun than you previously did. Mercs 2 may have some new features, like swimming, driving boats, creating your PMC, etc. But it pales in comparison to the Original Mercenaries, that had so much replay value, you couldn't stop playing the game. Mercs 2, is action-packed from the beginning, but plain boring and stale to the end.