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Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
70
2.9
Windows
63
3.8
Xbox 360
71
2.9

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 8 2.9
Windows 8 3.8
Xbox 360 5 2.9
Combined MobyScore 21 3.3


The Press Says

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93
Xbox 360GamingTrend
Mercenaries 2, despite its flaws, is overflowing with win. It is fun, makes you think, provides plenty to do to make up for the rather short primary storyline, features an inspired vocal cast, and gives you the chance to unwind by carpet bombing Jamaican pirates with a friend. Mercenaries 2 is absolutely fun in spite of its quirks and should be at the top of everyone’s must buy list.
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Xbox 360Pelit
World in Flames ei ole muuttanut mitään oleellista edeltäjänsä menestysreseptistä, mutta se on onnistunut tehokkaasti poistamaan ykkös-Mercenariesia vaivanneet tyylivirheet ja keskinkertaisuudet. Kaikki, mikä oli Playground of Destructionissa erinomaista, on World in Flamesissa lähes täydellistä.
85
Xbox 360Good Game
Sure, the graphics aren’t really what you’d expect from this generation of console, but the firepower and size of the world is impressive, so you let it be. I had a lot of fun with it, and with an online co-op mode where you can revive your partner, it’ll be that much more fun, 8.5/10
85
PlayStation 3Good Game
Sure, the graphics aren’t really what you’d expect from this generation of console, but the firepower and size of the world is impressive, so you let it be. I had a lot of fun with it, and with an online co-op mode where you can revive your partner, it’ll be that much more fun, 8.5/10
85
Xbox 360Gameplayer
Small gripes aside, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is a title for anyone who’s ever stomped on a sand castle, mashed together Tonka trucks, or blown something up. It’s big, it’s bad, and the thrill of demolishing everything in sight never gets old.
85
Xbox 360GameZone
Mercenaries 2 gives fans of the original game exactly what they would want, namely bigger explosions and a bigger world to destroy. While there are a few technical problems, Mercenaries 2 is a nice improvement over the carnage and pandemonium of the original.
85
Xbox 360NZGamer
So, as long as you're not looking for something to show off your huge TV and expensive console system to your friends, Mercenaries 2:World in Flames is something that any serious open-world gamer should add to their collection immediately. Even if you're not normally into these sandbox games, you should check it out - the ability to approach missions as you want to or just cruise around town in a tank, blowing stuff up is something you can't get anywhere else and simply must be experienced.
85
Xbox 360Game Arena
Mercenaries 2 is a must play game. It’s not a story-driven masterpiece experience like Grand Theft Auto IV, but it is genuinely fun. The game has full online coop – one of the drawbacks of playing a game on a developers Xbox 360 is that you can’t experience the multiplayer side of things, but even single player you’ll be heavily addicted in no-time. The graphics, the variety of vehicles and the all around excellent gameplay are enough to keep you coming back for more.
85
PlayStation 3Gameplayer
Small gripes aside, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is a title for anyone who’s ever stomped on a sand castle, mashed together Tonka trucks, or blown something up. It’s big, it’s bad, and the thrill of demolishing everything in sight never gets old.
83
Xbox 360GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Mercenaries 2, is a fun and addictive game which unfortunately has its fair share of issues. That said, all in all the game is a hell of a lot of fun to play and if you have a friend it makes a great two player cooperative experience. If they had spent more time play testing the game and polishing certain aspects of the design it could easily have been a classic, but as it stands it is recommendable, but be aware there will be times when you really do want to punch the screen in frustration.
83
PlayStation 3GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Mercenaries 2, is a fun and addictive game which unfortunately has its fair share of issues. That said, all in all the game is a hell of a lot of fun to play and if you have a friend it makes a great two player cooperative experience. If they had spent more time play testing the game and polishing certain aspects of the design it could easily have been a classic, but as it stands it is recommendable, but be aware there will be times when you really do want to punch the screen in frustration.
83
Xbox 3601UP
And that's about it. While Mercs doesn't do anything particularly new or interesting, the formula is inherently fun (as long as you enjoy blowing things up like I do). I can keep complaining about the quirks -- ridiculously repetitive voice samples from NPCs, a climax that consists of a trial-and-error button-pushing session -- but the wealth of smaller problems are insubstantial in light of the effective fundamentals. It won't light the world on fire, but this next-gen playground of destruction offers you tons to do (well, tons to explode), it's always enjoyable, and I dove right back in after the credits rolled.
83
Xbox 360Game Revolution
To be fair, it was usually possible to desperately wiggle and jump and wrench (or in a few memorable cases, self-grenade) my way clear of these snags; they were annoying, and they shouldn’t have happened, of course…but none of these quirks have stopped me—or anybody else—from playing Mercs 2 for obsessive hours a time. Occasional hiccups or no, having this much open-world freedom to come at the enemy any old way you see fit is just too much damned fun. Viva la revolución!
83
PlayStation 3GameZone
There are not many surprises here, but there is a lot of action and a great deal of entertainment value. Bigger and more robust than its predecessor, Mercenaries 2 is a solid action-adventure ride that combines role-play elements, solid characters and a sense of fun.
83
PlayStation 3Game Revolution
To be fair, it was usually possible to desperately wiggle and jump and wrench (or in a few memorable cases, self-grenade) my way clear of these snags; they were annoying, and they shouldn’t have happened, of course…but none of these quirks have stopped me—or anybody else—from playing Mercs 2 for obsessive hours a time. Occasional hiccups or no, having this much open-world freedom to come at the enemy any old way you see fit is just too much damned fun. Viva la revolución!
83
PlayStation 31UP
And that's about it. While Mercs doesn't do anything particularly new or interesting, the formula is inherently fun (as long as you enjoy blowing things up like I do). I can keep complaining about the quirks -- ridiculously repetitive voice samples from NPCs, a climax that consists of a trial-and-error button-pushing session -- but the wealth of smaller problems are insubstantial in light of the effective fundamentals. It won't light the world on fire, but this next-gen playground of destruction offers you tons to do (well, tons to explode), it's always enjoyable, and I dove right back in after the credits rolled.
82
PlayStation 3Worth Playing
Much like its predecessor, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is about wreaking tremendous havoc and having fun while you do it. It's a good game that's prevented from being great by sub-par graphics, a few too many bugs and an overall lack of any serious challenge. If you can look past these shortcomings, however, Mercenaries 2 offers a great deal of high-energy explosive thrills and seriously satisfying action gameplay that is well worth your attention.
80
Xbox 360games xtreme
Mercenaries 2 is a great but flawed game, it could have been a true kick-ass title but in the end it’s let down by some poor design choices, a lack of thought in terms of certain elements, censorship in terms of ragdoll physics for some countries and the kicker is the region locked multiplayer preventing regions from other PAL regions from playing together. I have to say that EA have made some poor choices in this respect.
80
Xbox 360TTGamer
There are so many vehicles and weapons in Mercenaries 2 that even once you have finished the game you will want to go back and try new things. Helicopters, jeeps, tanks and other vehicles are present and offer a number of challenges to the player. Unfortunately the air vehicles are not available to use for the player but everything else is. This is clearly the major strength of Mercenaries 2. The best way to sum this title up is that if you liked the original, you will love the sequel but for those expecting more, you will be disappointed. Mercenaries 2 won't win game of the year but is not a bargain bin title either. Fun times can be had and if you can look past the bugs and lacklustre visuals, you will find a fairly solid title that will keep you entertained during this quiet time of the gaming year.
80
Xbox 360Game Over Online
All considered though, Mercenaries 2 isn’t a complicated game to assess. It’s a stupid action game in a long and storied tradition of stupid action games. The enemies are dumb as dirt and there are lots of tools at your disposal for causing wide-scale devastation. It looks great and it’s good clean violent fun. That you can melt the world down to beaded glass along side a buddy is even better. The only thing holding Mercs 2 back from being more than that is, well, everything. In fact it doesn’t really seem like it wants to be more than that. And hey, that’s cool. Consider that your official rent-before-you-buy advisory. Otherwise, happy exploding.
80
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Das Spiel ist unterhaltsam und bietet einiges an Action, aus den Augen lassen darf man nur nicht, dass es sich dabei eher um einen Arcade-Fun-Titel handelt und nicht um den Profi-Egoshooter. Wer ein solches Setting mag und dazu noch auf Explosionen steht ... hier ist euer Spiel! Für uns das ideale Spiel für Zwischendurch. Einlegen, Gas geben, Spaß haben.
80
Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
When writing reviews, there's this task called 'screen-grabbing', where some baroque and sinister machinery is used to capture game images. It's a tedious process, and the one bad thing about a job that's pretty much like magic fairy dust falling from the skies 24-7. Well, in Mercenaries 2, it was fun. In fact, in fact it was pretty awesome.
80
Xbox 360IGN Australia
Mercenaries 2 is a heap of fun. Sure, there’s a rinse and repeat feel to many of the missions. Sure, there’s not really much in the way of repercussions for being a complete bastard who does what he wants, as you can just pay off factions that become hostile towards you. And sure, the controls stumble just as they’re about to cross the finish line, but you know what? You’ll still have fun playing this. Rope in a friend and you’ll have even more.
80
Xbox 360Kombo.com
Mercs 2 scores high points because it's clear that the development team at Pandemic Studios was focused in their approach to creating this title. They had a core belief of giving players total freedom to execute their own style of play without having strict, linear rules. It comes from the destructible environments and no holds barred design of the open world. It is too bad that some technical glitches had to crop up but some leeway is given due to the fact that Mercs 2 was built from the ground up, meaning no recycled material from the original Mercenaries was used, and was executed very well for this ambitious project. Mercs 2 is a largely successful effort that will literally give you more "bang" for your buck than most games out there.
80
Xbox 360GameDaily
In some respects, Mercenaries 2: World In Flames isn't perfect and it isn't entirely pretty, but when it comes to blowing up stuff alone or with a friend, it gets the job done. If you need to relieve stress, spend some time in this fictitious Venezuela.
80
Xbox 360GameSpy
Mercenaries 2 is a lot of fun if you don't get bogged down by its rough-hewn minutiae and relish the simple pleasures of blowing things up. Its carrot-on-a-stick equipment mechanics do a decent job of stringing you along for ever bigger bombs, but still give you a sense of short-circuiting the system through its tantalizing hijacking mechanic. There are definitely graphical problems and sound issues to forgive, but the gameplay itself is very solid and makes this a worthy successor to the first Mercenaries.
80
Xbox 360TeamXbox
But I expect more out of the series. Mercenaries holds a very important place in the pantheon of open-world sandbox games that were brought into existence thanks to GTA. Mercs is supposed to be the really fun one. The completely bombastic, action-packed explosion-fest that is bound to happen in a sandbox full of things that make really loud booms. The design and concept behind Mercs 2 is fantastic. Some of the artistic ideas and especially the music are totally top notch. It’s just a shame the entire experience doesn’t quite live up to expectations.
80
Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
Certainly not as good as GTA IV, the similarly playing Mercenaries 2 still is enough of a blast romping through the jungles and cities of Venezuela with hot and heavy gunplay.
80
WindowsNZGamer
Mercenaries 2 has lived up to its expectations to be a fun and crazy game about having a hell of a time in a war zone. There are however a few issues with the PC version at this time that should have really been patched before the game was released. Take for example the first few hours of gameplay – if you shot an enemy they wouldn't shoot back, only if the player was in a vehicle would they even realise you were there. The game seems to improve as it progresses, yet the odd glitch left the general feel of the game a bit disappointing. Overall though it does quite well to satisfy the needs of pyromaniacal PC gamers.
80
PlayStation 3IGN Australia
Mercenaries 2 is a heap of fun. Sure, there’s a rinse and repeat feel to many of the missions. Sure, there’s not really much in the way of repercussions for being a complete bastard who does what he wants, as you can just pay off factions that become hostile towards you. And sure, the controls stumble just as they’re about to cross the finish line, but you know what? You’ll still have fun playing this. Rope in a friend and you’ll have even more.
80
PlayStation 3Hooked Gamers
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is a respectable sequel to one of the most fun and overlooked games of last console generation. The action is fast and there is always plenty of visual eye candy, be it a carpet bomb or sports car with mounted rocket launcher. The game runs pretty well with only a few graphic and AI glitches. Ugly textures and disappearing debris can be a drag though. Being tethered to your co-op buddy can limit your possibilities but there is a lot you can do working within that restriction. This game unapologetically stays ‘arcadey’ when other sandbox games go for the gritty and realistic look. Driving monster trucks through shanty towns offers an experience only Mercenaries can deliver. World in Flames is a fun action game that doesn’t take itself particularly serious.
80
PlayStation 3GameDaily
In some respects, Mercenaries 2: World In Flames isn't perfect and it isn't entirely pretty, but when it comes to blowing up stuff alone or with a friend, it gets the job done. If you need to relieve stress, spend some time in this fictitious Venezuela.
80
PlayStation 3GameSpy
Mercenaries 2 is a lot of fun if you don't get bogged down by its rough-hewn minutiae and relish the simple pleasures of blowing things up. Its carrot-on-a-stick equipment mechanics do a decent job of stringing you along for ever bigger bombs, but still give you a sense of short-circuiting the system through its tantalizing hijacking mechanic. There are definitely graphical problems and sound issues to forgive, but the gameplay itself is very solid and makes this a worthy successor to the first Mercenaries.
79
Xbox 360IGN
Mercenaries 2 is like a newsstand; it has a lot of issues. Still, I can’t deny that there were some hootin’ and hollerin’ moments. For every time I cursed the stupid AI, I cheered at the demolition of another building. For every bug that got me stuck in some bushes, there was an attack chopper waiting to be jacked. If Mercenaries 2 had more polish, it would have been a great game. As is, it’s still worth playing –- and enjoyable –- but falls far short of its promise.
79
Xbox 360GameTrailers
World in Flames delivers on what it tries to be--a high octane playground of destruction. Venezuela’s a step-up from dreary North Korea, and even if it doesn’t provide the payoff or scope of GTA IV, the repetitive action is at least consistent. Mercenaries 2 offers a chance for some mindless fun. Just don’t expect much more.
79
Xbox 360Console Monster
Overall Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is a great game. Really enjoyable to play, especially when playing online with a friend, and should be purchased by any destruction loving fan. The game is a little repetitive at times, and the character voices are a little annoying and they feel a little neglected, but still a great game. Good job EA and Pandemic Studios.
79
WindowsIGN
Mercenaries 2 is like a newsstand; it has a lot of issues. Still, I can't deny that there were some hootin’ and hollerin’ moments. For every time I cursed the stupid AI, I cheered at the demolition of another building. For every bug that got me stuck in some bushes, there was an attack chopper waiting to be jacked. If Mercenaries 2 had more polish, it would have been a great game. As is, it’s still worth playing –- and enjoyable –- but falls far short of its promise.
79
PlayStation 3IGN
Mercenaries 2 is like a newsstand; it has a lot of issues. Still, I can’t deny that there were some hootin’ and hollerin’ moments. For every time I cursed the stupid AI, I cheered at the demolition of another building. For every bug that got me stuck in some bushes, there was an attack chopper waiting to be jacked. If Mercenaries 2 had more polish, it would be a great game. As is, it’s still worth playing -- and enjoyable -- but falls far short of its promise.
79
PlayStation 3Gamers' Temple, The
One big problem is the controls and the ability to aim worth anything. The aiming seems very hard to control. You either can barely move the target icon or it goes flying right by your target. It's just not very smooth. More of an issue is the AI of everyone in Venezuela, friends and foes. Nobody seems to be doing what you would expect. Often you will have a major battle going on but if you look closely you will see plenty of armed to the teeth people just watching and not wanting to get involved. I understand a passive attitude but once the stuff starts hitting the fan right next you and you are a trained killer you just might ought to start shooting back at someone, anyone! This lack of any understandable AI really hurts what is otherwise a fun game.
78
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Mercenaries 2 is a huge game with loads of stuff to keep you busy and some remarkable destruction that dazzles the eyes. Sadly, the game is also shallow, offering a gameplay experience that rarely elevates above the most basic run and gun style. Abysmal AI and poor balancing are apparent even in the first few hours of play, and the frequently repetitive mission structure sure doesn’t help matters. Luckily, the co-op experience is a blast; the lack of a decent story isn’t as bothersome when blowing things up with a friend. In many ways, Mercenaries 2 is a fantastic example of a game that values breadth over depth. There are a huge number of weapons, vehicles, collectibles, missions, and areas to explore. But all that content blurs together when there is so little to distinguish one activity from the other.
78
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
Mercenaries 2 is a huge game with loads of stuff to keep you busy and some remarkable destruction that dazzles the eyes. Sadly, the game is also shallow, offering a gameplay experience that rarely elevates above the most basic run and gun style. Abysmal AI and poor balancing are apparent even in the first few hours of play, and the frequently repetitive mission structure sure doesn’t help matters. Luckily, the co-op experience is a blast; the lack of a decent story isn’t as bothersome when blowing things up with a friend. In many ways, Mercenaries 2 is a fantastic example of a game that values breadth over depth. There are a huge number of weapons, vehicles, collectibles, missions, and areas to explore. But all that content blurs together when there is so little to distinguish one activity from the other.
77
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
So between all the destruction, Mercenaries 2 is a solid game that lives up to what it is suppose to be. But because of the dragged out middle section of the game, we aren’t going to recommend a buy here. The game is worth a rental and a purchase if you want to keep your destruction going. So if you’re looking for a fun game, check out Mercs 2.
77
Xbox 360Daily Game
Still, all of the AI and gunplay don't detract from the overall enjoyment of blowing stuff up, especially with a friend. If making things "go boom" puts a smile on your face, Mercenaries 2 will not likely disappoint. But if you're looking for a well-rounded experience that has the polish of a GTA IV-like open world, Mercenaries 2 is probably better suited as a rental than a purchase.
77
PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
So between all the destruction, Mercenaries 2 is a solid game that lives up to what it is suppose to be. But because of the dragged out middle section of the game, we aren’t going to recommend a buy here. The game is worth a rental and a purchase if you want to keep your destruction going. So if you’re looking for a fun game, check out Mercs 2.
77
PlayStation 3Daily Game
Still, all of the AI and gunplay don't detract from the overall enjoyment of blowing stuff up, especially with a friend. If making things "go boom" puts a smile on your face, Mercenaries 2 will not likely disappoint. But if you're looking for a well-rounded experience that has the polish of a GTA IV-like open world, Mercenaries 2 is probably better suited as a rental than a purchase.
77
PlayStation 3Playstation Illustrated
If you consider Michael Bay's collective works, some of the best Hollywood has to offer, you'll like Mercenaries 2. Otherwise, rent it or skip it.
76
Xbox 360Worth Playing
Despite a plethora of technical problems that make Mercenaries 2: World in Flames feel like an unfinished title, it remains a lot of to play. You can bring down a city with the press of a button, and the explosions are simply breathtaking. I had a lot of fun while I was playing, but the mediocre length and frequent bugs make the title a little hard to recommend for $60. For now, it's a much better rental option than a purchase.
75
Xbox 360Power Unlimited
Mercs 2 staat gelijk aan pure actie en hersenloze destructie hetgeen, vooral in co-op, gepaard gaat met dolle pret. Maar dan moet je wel de ontzettend talrijke bugs en andere slordigheden, de onaantrekkelijke graphics, de af en toe fucking beroerde physics en het ietwat simplistische stijltje voor lief nemen. Gaat je dat lukken?
75
Xbox 360Good Game
Audio felt a bit neglected. Most characters only have 3 things to say, and say it a lot. We also noticed a bug when a lot was going on where certain sounds, like gunfire, wouldn’t load. Stuff like that needs to be mentioned but didn’t detract from what I thought was a really fun game, 7.5/10
75
PlayStation 3Good Game
Audio felt a bit neglected. Most characters only have 3 things to say, and say it a lot. We also noticed a bug when a lot was going on where certain sounds, like gunfire, wouldn’t load. Stuff like that needs to be mentioned but didn’t detract from what I thought was a really fun game, 7.5/10
75
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Verstehen Sie mich nicht falsch! Mercenaries 2 macht Spaß. Keine Frage! Gerade der Koop-Modus ist perfekt für bierselige Freundesrunden. Aber Pandemics neuester Streich krankt einfach an zu vielen Enden. Wundersame Grafik-Bugs, eine Fahrzeug-Steuerung, die der von betrunkenen Schiffskapitänen gleicht, und ellenlange Strecken, in denen einfach nichts passiert - solche Schnitzer kann ich nur schwer verzeihen. Schade!
75
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
If I had to sum Mercenaries up in one word, I would say “fun.” If I had to sum it up in five, I would say “fun but glitchy as hell!” On the face of it, it’s Mercenaries as we know and love it; plenty of big explosions, outrageous stunts and elaborate weapons but the AI and glitches throughout the game leave you with a bitter aftertaste. It’s more like an empty shell of a game, but with so much promise and little substance, we still definitely recommend you play it.
75
Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
This kind of out-of-the-box thinking is almost necessary to make Mercenaries 2 as rewarding as it ought to be. It’s a giant, busy sandbox full of all kinds of fiery and destructive toys, but you have to get a firm handle on the game’s uneven tempo and immersion-breaking little quirks to fully enjoy the amount of freedom it offers. Are you prepared to work for fun instead of just for money? If so, flame on.
75
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Mercenaries 2 very much feels unfinished, while it is no doubt an entertaining romp, the dull story, lack of character depth (with the exception of Misha, just because he make me laugh) and really irritating repeated voice-overs from everyone all add up to a game that needed some extra development time, ultimately it could have been so much better than it is. If you like your open-world games, guns and massive explosions then Mercs 2 will set your world on fire, and should still please open-world fans despite its many faults. It just may be worth waiting for the bargain bin sales or opt for a rental instead.
75
Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Mercenaries 2 is a bit of a dissapointment, If you like blowing stuff up with a friend its great but as a single player game it seems a bit shallow.
75
Xbox 360UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
While it’s true that the technical issues do bring the entire experience down, the core gameplay in Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is entertaining enough to keep players engaged for a full playthrough. Hell, some may even start over for a second go-‘round to see how the story unfolds if an alternate path is taken (there comes a point when one of the superpower factions needs to be chosen over the other). Mercenaries 2 is the very definition of sloppy game development, but it matters little in the end. If you’re a fan of open gaming spaces, non-linear approaches to action and destruction on a mass scale, even the worst of Mercs 2’s glitches won’t get in the way of your good times.
75
Xbox 360Gaming Age
That being said, if what I say appeals to you, then Mercenaries 2 will fill your need for destruction. If on the other hand you have been spoiled by the evolution of gaming the last 2 or so years, then you may be a tad bit let down by what has transpired here. Mercenaries 2, much like their in-game avatars, succeeds by getting the job done with no frills and nothing more. To many gamers that just may be enough.
74
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Mercenaries 2 ist vor allem kurzweilig. Das Rumbrettern und Sprengen macht mir einen Riesenspaß. Vor allem zu zweit, auch wenn ich die Mitstreiter nicht kenne. Doch die Schludrigkeiten in der Bedienung und die ständig gleichen Wortmeldungen der Feinde trüben meine Freude am Zerstören. Aber das ist ja das Gute an Mercenaries 2. Wenn ich mich wieder mal aufrege, mache ich einfach was kaputt. Und dafür werde ich auch noch belohnt. Prima!
74
Xbox 360TalkXbox
The plus side of these faults is that they never hinder your fun with the game. There aren’t any crash bugs or glitches that force you to restart missions from the beginning again, the game is very forgiving and is just plain fun. Although most games would be crucified for getting so many simple things wrong, what World in Flames does right, it does well. The arcade style shooting mixed in with the Hollywood blockbuster epicness delivers one of the more satisfying action games in recent years. If you’re a skeptic you should at least give Mercenaries 2 a shot. There’s plenty of content in here to implant a smile on your face and keep it there for a long time.
73
PlayStation 3Gamesmania
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames kommt mindestens ein paar Jahre zu spät auf den Markt. Als Starttitel für eine neue Konsolengeneration hätte ich eine solche Grafikhochrechnung auf HD-Auflösung vielleicht noch akzeptieren können, im Vergleich zur besser aufgestellten Genrekonkurrenz sieht World in Flames aber stellenweise richtig hässlich aus. Doch es ist nicht nur die Technik, die eine höhere Wertung verhindert. Auch das Gameplay wirkt unausgereift und veraltet. Die Missionen spielen sich oft nach Schema F, auch wenn die tolle Zerstörungsorgie darüber ein wenig hinwegtäuscht. Fans des Vorgängers werden aber dennoch mit Mercenaries 2 ein paar unterhaltsame Stunden verbringen, davon abgesehen mag ich aber nur für den spaßigen Online Koop-Modus eine Kaufempfehlung aussprechen.
73
Xbox 360Gamesmania
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames kommt mindestens ein paar Jahre zu spät auf den Markt. Als Starttitel für eine neue Konsolengeneration hätte ich eine solche Grafikhochrechnung auf HD-Auflösung vielleicht noch akzeptieren können, im Vergleich zur besser aufgestellten Genrekonkurrenz sieht World in Flames aber stellenweise richtig hässlich aus. Doch es ist nicht nur die Technik, die eine höhere Wertung verhindert. Auch das Gameplay wirkt unausgereift und veraltet. Die Missionen spielen sich oft nach Schema F, auch wenn die tolle Zerstörungsorgie darüber ein wenig hinwegtäuscht. Fans des Vorgängers werden aber dennoch mit Mercenaries 2 ein paar unterhaltsame Stunden verbringen, davon abgesehen mag ich aber nur für den spaßigen Online Koop-Modus eine Kaufempfehlung aussprechen.
73
WindowsGamesmania
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames kommt mindestens ein paar Jahre zu spät auf den Markt. Als Starttitel für eine neue Konsolengeneration hätte ich eine solche Grafikhochrechnung auf HD-Auflösung vielleicht noch akzeptieren können, im Vergleich zur besser aufgestellten Genrekonkurrenz sieht World in Flames aber stellenweise richtig hässlich aus. Doch es ist nicht nur die Technik, die eine höhere Wertung verhindert. Auch das Gameplay wirkt unausgereift und veraltet. Die Missionen spielen sich oft nach Schema F, auch wenn die tolle Zerstörungsorgie darüber ein wenig hinwegtäuscht. Fans des Vorgängers werden aber dennoch mit Mercenaries 2 ein paar unterhaltsame Stunden verbringen, davon abgesehen mag ich aber nur für den spaßigen Online Koop-Modus eine Kaufempfehlung aussprechen.
72
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
These nitwits ruin even the co-op experience; attacking factions with a friend is underwhelming given their feeble resistance. Furthermore, many of the vehicles don’t give the passenger anything to do — you can’t even shoot out the window while riding shotgun. I suppose it’s fitting that Mercs 2, like most topics bearing the weight of political posturing, is ultimately flaccid. But that doesn’t stop me from expecting more.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
These nitwits ruin even the co-op experience; attacking factions with a friend is underwhelming given their feeble resistance. Furthermore, many of the vehicles don’t give the passenger anything to do — you can’t even shoot out the window while riding shotgun. I suppose it’s fitting that Mercs 2, like most topics bearing the weight of political posturing, is ultimately flaccid. But that doesn’t stop me from expecting more.
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Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
I appreciate the online cooperative play, but they really needed to deliver more substance and higher production levels to make it work, and playing it together with a buddy doesn't magically fix the game's glaring (but not disastrous) problems. If you really wanted to get more out of rampaging around in GTAIV or want to go through an open-world action game with a buddy together over Live, then this one is worth your money. Otherwise, you might want to keep your cash and see what the rest of the holiday season offers us.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
While the concept behind M2 is a good one, too many issues keep the game from being as enjoyable as it should be. Having to muddle through numerous menus to use the game's impressive airstrikes, travel all over the map to find work and shops, your inability to find a gun that fires straight, and a serious lack of challenge hamper what would otherwise be a fun and destruction-filled romp. If you can look past all the game's problems, you will still find a good game that is entertaining to play. Unfortunately, these abundant flaws are persistent and make sure that everybody pays, including the player.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
While the concept behind M2 is a good one, too many issues keep the game from being as enjoyable as it should be. Having to muddle through numerous menus to use the game's impressive airstrikes, travel all over the map to find work and shops, your inability to find a gun that fires straight, and a serious lack of challenge hamper what would otherwise be a fun and destruction-filled romp. If you can look past all the game's problems, you will still find a good game that is entertaining to play. Unfortunately, these abundant flaws are persistent and make sure that everybody pays, including the player.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Best leuk hoor, alles opblazen, maar wat meer variatie en een betere afwerking hadden we wel kunnen waarderen.
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WindowsKrawall Gaming Network
Mir hat „Mercenaries 2“ aber immerhin einige Stunden lang Spaß gemacht. Wenn ihr Daueraction mit dicken Explosionen mögt, wird es euch vielleicht ähnlich gehen. Doch leider hält die Technik nicht ansatzweise mit, und auch spielerisch wird im Großen und Ganzen Dünnpfiff geboten. „Merceneries 2 – World in Flames“ ist also kein Spiel, das man unbedingt haben muss.
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PlayStation 3Deaf Gamers
On the whole, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is a solid action title for the PlayStation 3. Poor AI, repetitive missions and disappointing visuals are just three reasons why this isn't a great game. If blowing up virtually everything in sight is your idea of fun and if you can live with the game's problems then you'll definitely have some fun with World in Flames and make no mistake about it, it can be fun. The online two-player co-op mode gives the game some replay value and under ideal conditions it can be fun. As a single-player experience however, I honestly feel that World in Flames could have been better.
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WindowsGameCell UK
There’s a whole host of other small problems to do with the difficulty and mission design but if you can come to terms with the above then you can deal with them too. Mercs 2 is, in a word, shoddy. It’s also a sequel, making a lot of the niggles less forgivable, and they haven’t bothered to port it to the PC properly. Can you ultimately get over it? To an extent yes, because it still remains a jolly old jaunt when you’re pasting the enemy with cluster bombs every five minutes. It has the good grace to remember to be fun and the sense not to take itself too seriously. Mercs 2 never overcomes its handicaps, but it makes the experience at its core enjoyable enough for you to forget about them for a while. I can’t possibly recommend you pay full price for it (as I did) but in a couple of months when the price has come down and it has (hopefully) been patched it will be well worth an install.
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Xbox 360PlayDevil
"Mercenaries 2: World In Flames" is a barrel of fun but it does have its problems. Co-op with friends is fantastic and just blowing the city to rubble can give you hours of pleasure, but the glitches and bugs brings it down a bit, what could have been a great game. The quick time events and dialogue can start to become annoying after a while and the AI makes for no strategy. If you are looking for a co-op game I would give this game a go, but for people who are unsure I would play the demo first and decide from there.
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Xbox 360Fragland.net
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is a pretty no-nonsense game where you first and foremost need to blow everything up to afterwards worry about a possible story. Perfect for people who don't want to think a lot but those that like a decent story will have to look elsewhere.
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Xbox 360Jolt (UK)
Mercenaries 2 is arguably a bigger and more ambitious game than the original, but it feels less polished and less satisfying. With the exception of online two-player co-op, which, when it works, works really well, most of the new changes seem arbitrary at best. It feels more like an early current-gen game, in content and in execution. It’s not the sequel you’d expect after three-and-a-half years. Sandbox games have moved on, and this one barely scrapes by the threshold of acceptability.
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Xbox 360GamePro (US)
The game's focus on action does lead to some intense moments but the rest of the game doesn't instill the same sense of excitement. The gameplay is there but fundamental aspects like the presentation and graphics are fairly mediocre, which cuts into the fun. Still, while it isn't the prettiest game or the most original, it does get the job done when it comes to delivering some cheap thrills.
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Xbox 360XboxAddict
All in all, Mercenaries 2 was, despite certain shortcomings, a lot of visceral fun and a great catharsis of destruction. There isn’t a lot of story to absorb, there aren’t a lot of play mechanics to master, and there are enough little nooks and crannies to explore and exploit that the game will keep you picking up your controller every odd weekend to let off some steam blowing stuff up, cooking off ammo and driving a swath of destruction through poor war-stunned Venezuela for a long while. It’ll feed your Appetite for Destruction until Gears of War 2 shows up in late fall, and though not a game you troop out to show off your Xbox 360 to your non-gamer friends, it’s easy enough to pick up and play that you might get those same friends to pick up a controller and join you in the noisy, explosive fun.
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Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
Mercs is all explosions with little care given to the wrappings. The lack of real story actually keeps the game playable and in the future Pandemic may be better off forgoing the pretense of plot. Story, graphics, sound and nearly everything you can think of fail, but Mercenaries is about little more than getting paid to blow stuff up, and in that regard it completely succeeds. Rife with these sorts of inconsistencies, World in Flames illustrates a bit too well that multi-platform development is not for the faint of heart.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Though the game may feel rushed in places, and very rough around the edges, it does exactly what you’d expect it to – builds on the original game’s idea of a free-roaming gun for hire selling their military expertise to the highest bidder. If you like plenty of action and a whole lot of impressive set-pieces, then Mercs 2 is a no-brain purchase. It may feel a little bit short unless you’re the sort of person who wrings every single scrap of achievement-scraping out of the game, but the game’s certainly good enough to warrant a couple of plays through with different characters, and allying yourself to different factions to see how it affects the overall plot.
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Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
Since the game's tone and audiovisual aspects fail to impress, and the gamplay is just blah, it's tough to recommend spending the full $60+ price, especially when you consider what else is new and on the shelves. You want an action game? Download Bionic Commando: Rearmed. Need a shooter? Wait for Gears of War 2 or Resistance 2. Want a game with tons of replay and killer multiplayer? A little game called Rock Band 2 should be your first choice. There probably won't be any reviews claiming the game is awful or unplayable, but Mercenaries 2 has the distinct disadvantage of being too little too late on next-gen systems with far better choices for your gaming dollar.
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Xbox 360Console Obsession
There’s a lack of polish and less of a challenge in comparison to the original, although Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is still deserving of your attention if you liked Playground of Destruction or just like this sort of thing in general. Lets face it, lots of us do like witnessing such explosive devastation, but Playground of Destruction picked up this contract and did more successful things with it.
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PlayStation 3Jolt (UK)
Mercenaries 2 is arguably a bigger and more ambitious game than the original, but it feels less polished and less satisfying. With the exception of online two-player co-op, which, when it works, works really well, most of the new changes seem arbitrary at best. It feels more like an early current-gen game, in content and in execution. It’s not the sequel you’d expect after three-and-a-half years. Sandbox games have moved on, and this one barely scrapes by the threshold of acceptability.
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PlayStation 3PSW (Playstation World Magazine UK)
Mercs 2 is disappointing because its execution doesn't live up to its ambition. Though big and bold, There's a feeling that you've played it all before. And you have.
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PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Mercs is all explosions with little care given to the wrappings. The lack of real story actually keeps the game playable and in the future Pandemic may be better off forgoing the pretense of plot. Story, graphics, sound and nearly everything you can think of fail, but Mercenaries is about little more than getting paid to blow stuff up, and in that regard it completely succeeds. Rife with these sorts of inconsistencies, World in Flames illustrates a bit too well that multi-platform development is not for the faint of heart.
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Xbox 360Peliplaneetta.net
En voi sanoa, että Mercenaries 2 olisi mitenkään mahtava peli, mutta myönnän suoraan, että siinä on hetkensä: se voi olla keskinkertainen, mutta silti on hauskaa poksauttaa punainen savukranaatti ja juosta henkensä kaupalla pois alueelta, ennen kuin taivaalta sataa massiivista tuhoa ja kuolemaa. Siinä on fiilistä, jota ei oikeastaan löydy mistään muusta pelistä, ja kaikesta huolimatta se erottaa pelin massasta. Se on hauskaa, ja se jaksaa riemastuttaa kerran toisensa jälkeen. Valitettavasti se ei vain mitenkään riitä kantamaan koko peliä.
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Xbox 3603D Juegos
Sólo los incondicionales de la acción más frenética y descerebrada encontrarán acomodo en Mercenaries 2. La saga fracasa en su labor de dar el salto a la nueva generación, y cae fruto de un desarrollo que peca de repetitivo. Abundantes Bugs, escasa dificultad y aburrimiento a corto plazo son los principales puntos negativos de un videojuego que no presenta nada particularmente nuevo, aunque su fórmula es inherentemente divertida.
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WindowsPC Gamer
Much of what drags Mercs 2 down could be resolved with a patch, and hopefully it will be, because there’s some greatness in there that’s obscured by the locust-like bug swarm. There’s about 20 hours of game here if you try to do all the side missions, and jumping in with a friend and tearing the place apart is itself worth a few more solid hours of entertainment. Luckily, there are no real game-ending bugs, so you can satisfy your appetite for destruction if you’re willing to pay for an unpolished game.
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PlayStation 33D Juegos
Sólo los incondicionales de la acción más frenética y descerebrada encontrarán acomodo en Mercenaries 2. La saga fracasa en su labor de dar el salto a la nueva generación, y cae fruto de un desarrollo que peca de repetitivo. Abundantes Bugs, escasa dificultad y aburrimiento a corto plazo son los principales puntos negativos de un videojuego que no presenta nada particularmente nuevo, aunque su fórmula es inherentemente divertida.
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
All in all, Mercenaries 2 is a decent game which can provide some good times. It is also a very flawed game that exhibits many issues, particularly technical, and some with gameplay. It doesn't offer the most robust multiplayer experience, the visuals aren't sparkling, the audio is a mixed bag, and the gameplay isn't exactly cutting edge. But the scope of the game is commendable and there's certainly a ton of potential here - I just wish that potential received some polish before it was given to us. Rent this one before you buy it.
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PlayStation 34Players.de
Die Grafik kann man mit etwas gutem Willen vielleicht auf besserem Xbox-Niveau sehen, aber viel mehr auch nicht - die trantütigen Figuren und die detailarmen Levels lassen Vergleiche mit Hochglanzprodukten wie GTA 4 schon von vornherein nicht zu. Schmeißt man das Spiel aber nicht schon nach fünf Minuten aus dem Laufwerk, entfaltet es nach einiger Zeit einen überraschenden Reiz: Die lahme Technik wird zur Nebensache, die flotte Steuerung, das befriedigende Krawumms-Spielprinzip inkl. der mächtigen Explosionen und das offene Missionsdesign gewinnen die Oberhand. Das gilt allerdings auch für die Bugs: Dabei rede ich noch nicht mal von den allgegenwärtigen Clipping-Problemen, mit denen lernt man mit der Zeit zu leben. Aber die völlig verbuggte Online-Lobby, der immer wieder lustlose Heli-Pilot, die strunzdoofe KI sowie logische Fehler wie die schon vom Hinkucken gefangenen HVTs nerven doch tierisch.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
Mercenaries 2 takes the huge open world and the destruction of the original game and cranks it up more than a few notches. Everything is bigger, better and louder and although it can get repetitive very early on, once the second half of the game is reached, it begins to pick up momentum and powers ahead, firing on all cylinders. The game delivers entertaining - although sometimes frustrating, sometime hilarious and sometimes jaw dropping gameplay, and with a small bit of patience, it ends up being an amusing and for the most part, an enjoyable experience.
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PlayStation 3Game Freaks 365
I can't help but feel that Mercenaries 2 was rushed out of development to meet management's deadline. If Pandemic were given even six more months to smooth out the rough edges, fix the glitches and possibly add more varied missions, Mercenaries 2 would have lived up to its full potential. As it is, Mercenaries 2 is a playable adaptation of an open world sandbox game with the niche of being a gun for hire in a war torn country like Venezuela. While it is definitely a great rental, I would not in good conscience recommend that you buy it.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
I can't help but feel that Mercenaries 2 was rushed out of development to meet management's deadline. If Pandemic were given even six more months to smooth out the rough edges, fix the glitches and possibly add more varied missions, Mercenaries 2 would have lived up to its full potential. As it is, Mercenaries 2 is a playable adaptation of an open world sandbox game with the niche of being a gun for hire in a war torn country like Venezuela. While it is definitely a great rental, I would not in good conscience recommend that you buy it.
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Xbox 360Gameslave UK
All in all, Mercenaries 2 is a great idea, poorly executed. If Pandemic had put a little more polish into the box then they would have had a gaming classic on their hands. As it stands, Mercs 2 is still a fun game to play, provided you can ignore the numerous little flaws that plague the game. But in the end if all you want to do is spend time blowing things up in a pretty environment and feeling like a badass, then this might be worth a try.
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Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Mercenaries 2 feels like a rush-job sequel to a game that came out years ago, and for every step forward it takes at least two or three back. The best thing about it is that it ramps up the explosive carnage and chaos tenfold, making it spectacularly fun at times. Sadly a litany of bugs, glitches and shoddy workmanship undermine the experience at almost every turn, culminating in a half-arsed online co-op feature that could have been the jewel in Xbox Live's co-operative crown. It's worth a look if you liked the original, but for everyone else, invest your gaming dollar elsewhere.
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PlayStation 3Computer Bild Spiele
Diese wilde Zerstörungsorgie stellt mit ihren aufwendigen Explosionen und pausenlosen Schusswechseln manchen Actionfilm in den Schatten. Der schwarze Humor und die gnadenlose Übertreibung der Gewalt relativiert die Brisanz des moralisch höchst bedenklichen Spielablaufs. Die fünf verschiedenen Fraktionen, von denen die Aufträge kommen, verleihen der Ballerei immerhin den Ansatz einer taktischen Note. Trotzdem kann man das Spektakel nicht uneingeschränkt genießen. Zu auffällig sind die technischen Fehler und die Ungenauigkeiten der Steuerung.
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Xbox 360Computer Bild Spiele
Diese wilde Zerstörungsorgie stellt mit ihren aufwendigen Explosionen und pausenlosen Schusswechseln manchen Actionfilm in den Schatten. Der schwarze Humor und die gnadenlose Übertreibung der Gewalt relativiert die Brisanz des moralisch höchst bedenklichen Spielablaufs. Die fünf verschiedenen Fraktionen, von denen die Aufträge kommen, verleihen der Ballerei immerhin den Ansatz einer taktischen Note. Trotzdem kann man das Spektakel nicht uneingeschränkt genießen. Zu auffällig sind die technischen Fehler und die Ungenauigkeiten der Steuerung.
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Xbox 360Xboxygen
Mercenaries 2 reprend la recette de son prédécesseur, sans artifice ni génie. Le seul changement notable est la présence d’un jeu en coopération en ligne qui rend l’expérience encore plus grisante et déroutante. Malgré ce fond très agréable, Mercenaries 2 ne propose pas un visage des plus séduisants, la faute à une technique solide mais qui est loin d’exploser la rétine et plutôt éloignée des canons actuels de la next gen. Le jeu est aussi parsemé de quelques bugs -la plupart gênants mais jamais handicapants- et dispose d’une IA pour les ennemis et les alliés totalement déplorable. Malgré ces grosses carences techniques, le jeu captive après quelques heures et propose un immense défouloir, une sorte de plaisir coupable dont on ne peu se détacher aussi facilement. Mercenaries 2 : L’Enfer des Favelas s’impose comme un jeu moyen mais qui saura se faire pardonner ses défauts par un plaisir de jeu bien présent et un fun à toute épreuve et dans un jeu vidéo, c’est l’essentiel.
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PlayStation 3Blend Games
I wish Mercs 2 was a bit more than what it ended up being. Even with a some more polish on the AI and graphics I doubt anything except a complete overhaul could help ease the repetitiveness of the gameplay. It’s fun while it lasts, but I just can’t help but feel Pandemic let us down with the game that was delivered.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Voilà le problème qui se pose quand on veut se faire une idée de Mercenaries 2 : quel équilibre parvient-on à trouver entre ce qu'il y a de bon et les moments où l'on maudit le jeu. Certes, Pandemic a tenu son pari en sortant un titre offrant le loisir de tout faire péter dans un monde ouvert, poussant le vice jusqu'à développer un moteur autorisant des destructions vraiment impressionnantes et assez fun. Mais le prix à payer est un peu cher : une cruelle absence de challenge, une IA qui est probablement la pire de la cuvée ludique 2008, des bugs en pagaille et un manque de maîtrise de l'ambiance désespérant. Si rien de tout cela n'est susceptible de gâcher votre plaisir, alors vous pouvez tenter de vous lancer dans Mercenaries 2, mais dans le genre, on lui préférera Bad Company.
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Xbox 360G4 TV: X-Play
Mercenaries 2 won't entice those expecting glitch-free gaming, diverse missions, gritty realism, and cerebral combat. Yet for the run-and-gun crowd, it's escapist entertainment worth seeking out just for the sheer amount of chaos you can create within the colorful jungle setting. It’s not long, it's not deep, but it's never boring, especially with a friend. Had the developers ironed out some of the quirks and expanded the game's options, Mercenaries 2 would have easily earned a higher commendation. Apparently those involved were guilty of pulling the trigger before steadying their aim.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
It's actually hard to be so negative about a game we were so looking forward to. Somehow, despite the extended development time, Mercenaries 2 feels rushed, which simply isn't good enough when it's going to be directly compared to the ultra slick GTA IV and the high quality of the original game. Once you get past the terrible opening missions and start blowing things up with massive explosions there's a game here that is worth a look, but it's criminally unpolished and as such will leave many gamers rather unsatisfied.
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Xbox 360Giant Bomb
That Mercenaries 2: World in Flames isn't better seriously bums me out. Even in its current state you can see so much potential for breakneck, anarchic fun, which makes its laundry list of problems that much more frustrating.
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Xbox 360TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Mercs 2 is nothing short of a monumental disappointment. We thought it could be the best of the rest as far as open world gaming is concerned, but it's turned out to be little more than its last gen predecessor. Even the graphics aren't much improved.
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Xbox 360Video Games Daily
A big brash bully of an open world shooter which rarely shines. Diverting for a couple of hours perhaps, but for the same price you could bag yourself a trio of superior efforts like critical darling Crackdown. Better luck next time, Pandemic.
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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
The only redeeming value of Mercenaries 2 is the online co-op play, but even that has bugs and glitches. With that aside, one can only imagine if Mercenaries 2: World in Flames had six more months of development to fix the kinks and add a diverse set of content to make the game engaging.
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WindowsVideo Games Daily
A big brash bully of an open world shooter which rarely shines. Diverting for a couple of hours perhaps, but for the same price you could bag yourself a trio of superior efforts like critical darling Crackdown. Better luck next time, Pandemic.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Voilà le problème qui se pose quand on veut se faire une idée de Mercenaries 2 : quel équilibre parvient-on à trouver entre ce qu'il y a de bon et les moments où l'on maudit le jeu. Certes, Pandemic a tenu son pari en sortant un titre offrant le loisir de tout faire péter dans un monde ouvert, poussant le vice jusqu'à développer un moteur autorisant des destructions vraiment impressionnantes et assez fun. Mais le prix à payer est un peu cher : une cruelle absence de challenge, une IA qui est probablement la pire de la cuvée ludique 2008, des bugs en pagaille et un manque de maîtrise de l'ambiance désespérant. Si rien de tout cela n'est susceptible de gâcher votre plaisir, alors vous pouvez tenter de vous lancer dans Mercenaries 2, mais dans le genre, on lui préférera Bad Company.
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PlayStation 3Gamer.nl
Mercenaries 2 biedt een groot, vernietigbaar Venezuela als digitale speeltuin. De geweldige mate van destructie en de online coöperatieve modus zijn de speerpunten van het spel. Helaas is het voor de rest een exacte kopie van het drie en een half jaar oude Mercenaries, met alle fouten inbegrepen, en dat is iets wat in deze tijd echt niet meer kan. Had ontwikkelaar Pandemic het voor elkaar gekregen om Mercenaries 2 mee te evolueren met de nieuwe generatie consoles, dan hadden we een waar topproduct kunnen hebben. Nu rest slechts een zesje.
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PlayStation 3G4 TV: X-Play
Mercenaries 2 won't entice those expecting glitch-free gaming, diverse missions, gritty realism, and cerebral combat. Yet for the run-and-gun crowd, it's escapist entertainment worth seeking out just for the sheer amount of chaos you can create within the colorful jungle setting. It’s not long, it's not deep, but it's never boring, especially with a friend. Had the developers ironed out some of the quirks and expanded the game's options, Mercenaries 2 would have easily earned a higher commendation. Apparently those involved were guilty of pulling the trigger before steadying their aim.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
It's actually hard to be so negative about a game we were so looking forward to. Somehow, despite the extended development time, Mercenaries 2 feels rushed, which simply isn't good enough when it's going to be directly compared to the ultra slick GTA IV and the high quality of the original game. Once you get past the terrible opening missions and start blowing things up with massive explosions there's a game here that is worth a look, but it's criminally unpolished and as such will leave many gamers rather unsatisfied.
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PlayStation 3Play.tm
You can see the core of a decent game in here if you ignore the problems, albeit one that would be let down by uninspired mission design and a dodgy plot. Unfortunately, the fact that it seems to have been released before the testing department even had a sniff of it means the whole experience is rife with bugs and glitches that ensure any real pleasure is sucked painfully out through the players ears on a regular basis. It is a real shame, and you wonder what Pandemic could have done with another few months more development time. But as it is, there's a whole list of other shooters out there far more worthy of your time and money... I suggest you play them instead.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
Overall Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is disappointing. There are a handful of noticeable bugs and glitches in the game, both in the cinematics and gameplay. It’s funny to see a character moving around the screen awkwardly, and to see your car sunken into the road, but then you remember this is next gen gaming and this shouldn’t be happening. As mentioned, the sound and graphics aren’t great, they aren’t terrible but they’re not great. The gameplay feels extremely repetitive and gets boring quickly. It’s a good thing there’s the option to either do missions and HVT’s so there’s some variety. The driving mechanics that were used are very weak and makes evasion driving tough. The AI isn’t smart at all, but having some inaccurate and weak weapons in your arsenal compensates that. The storyline is terrible and makes no sense, if there even is a storyline.
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PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
Overall Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is disappointing. There are a handful of noticeable bugs and glitches in the game, both in the cinematics and gameplay. It’s funny to see a character moving around the screen awkwardly, and to see your car sunken into the road, but then you remember this is next gen gaming and this shouldn’t be happening. As mentioned, the sound and graphics aren’t great, they aren’t terrible but they’re not great. The gameplay feels extremely repetitive and gets boring quickly. It’s a good thing there’s the option to either do missions and HVT’s so there’s some variety. The driving mechanics that were used are very weak and makes evasion driving tough. The AI isn’t smart at all, but having some inaccurate and weak weapons in your arsenal compensates that. The storyline is terrible and makes no sense, if there even is a storyline.
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WindowsGame Shark
Mercenaries 2 has a lot going for it in that it delivers a cooperative experience set in a sandbox environment where explosions are pretty and plentiful. However, playing it alone showcases how repetitive the missions are and without that second player it is just you versus an AI that is far from intense or tactical. The numerous bugs and crashes that plague the PC version are troublesome, as is the game’s refusal to really adopt any of the advantages of the platform.
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WindowsGamer.co.il

אילו היה מרסנריס 2 מגיע לחנויות לפני שנתיים או שלוש, היינו אומרים כי הוא מהווה שדרוג מינורי – אך סביר, ביחס לקודמו. ב-2008, כאשר הוא מונח על המדף לצידו של ג'י.טי.איי. 4, המשחק הזה פשוט לא עומד במבחן. אני לא מצליח לחשוב אפילו על סיבה אחת טובה לקנות אותו, אלא אם אתם ממש משתגעים משעמום, ומוכנים להסתפק באקשן מטופש וחסר מחשבה לחלוטין. גם אז, עדיף שתסתפקו בהשכרה.

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Xbox 360JeuxActu
Partant pourtant sur de bonnes bases, Mercenaries 2 : L'Enfer des Favelas s’est finalement pris les deux pieds dans le tapis. N'apportant aucune innovation, le jeu de Pandemic Studios n’a même pas réussi à s’adapter aux consoles HD. Visuellement pauvre, bourré de bugs et affublé d’une physique étrange, le titre ne retiendra pas l’attention des joueurs surtout lorsqu’on connaît tous les hits prévus pour cette fin d’année. Alors certes, Mercenaries 2 est défoulant au possible en solo comme en coopération, mais ce n’est guère suffisant pour un GTA-like. Dans le genre, il y a beaucoup mieux.
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PlayStation 3JeuxVideoPC.com
Difficile de ne pas effectuer le parallèle entre Mercenaries 2 et Alone in The Dark à l’heure de conclure ce test. Dans les deux cas, l’attente était sans doute trop importante chez nombre de joueurs. Aussi, les gros soucis ayant émaillé le développement des soft d’Eden et de Pandemic ont conduit à des mécanismes de gameplay d’un autre âge et à une réalisation très décevante. S’il n’est pas impossible de prendre du plaisir dans les favelas du Venezuela, il faut bien se rendre à l’évidence : World in Flammes n’est pas à l’hauteur de nos espérances et ne soutient pas du tout la comparaison avec les cadors du genre.
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PlayStation 3JeuxActu
Partant pourtant sur de bonnes bases, Mercenaries 2 : L'Enfer des Favelas s’est finalement pris les deux pieds dans le tapis. N'apportant aucune innovation, le jeu de Pandemic Studios n’a même pas réussi à s’adapter aux consoles HD. Visuellement pauvre, bourré de bugs et affublé d’une physique étrange, le titre ne retiendra pas l’attention des joueurs surtout lorsqu’on connaît tous les hits prévus pour cette fin d’année. Alors certes, Mercenaries 2 est défoulant au possible en solo comme en coopération, mais ce n’est guère suffisant pour un GTA-like. Dans le genre, il y a beaucoup mieux.
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Повторив декорации и структуру позапрошлогодней Just Cause, Pandemic Studios подорвалась на том же минном поле, что и конкуренты. Жаль, что итогом стараний, как и тогда, стал еще один безногий GTA-клон. No pasaran!
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Xbox 360Gamestyle
Yet despite the glaring flaws in Mercanries 2, the game still manages to have enough about it to save it from the depths of gaming oblivion. Somehow, against all the odds, the game still manages to be fun. Perhaps it’s the sheer over-the-topness of everything, Mercenaries 2 displays an exuberance missing from so many “realistic” games these days and it is this that will hold interest long after it should have waned. Despite running in to more inexplicable indestructible scenery than we care to mention, the flaws still can’t outweigh the satisfaction of calling in a well-timed airstrike and watching the havoc it causes. The online co-op in particular is a hoot (even if it does make missions even easier). Yes, the game is short and yes, it has all the depth of a puddle, but those easily pleased and looking for simple shooting thrills, could do worse than this game.
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Xbox 360UOL Jogos
"Mercenaries 2: World in Flames" é uma grande decepção. O primeiro jogo pode não ter sido original, mas era consistente e garantiu uma experiência bastante satisfatória. Já este sofre de todo tipo de problemas, desde a elaboração de seu enredo até a programação mais básica, repleto de falhas de design e bugs que chegam a interromper seu avanço na trama. Ainda há alguns momentos de diversão, uma vez que o arsenal à disposição é grande, faz muito estrago e você pode chamar um amigo para se juntar a você. Mas é um resultado final muito fraco diante do potencial da empresa e da expectativa criada.
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PlayStation 3UOL Jogos
"Mercenaries 2: World in Flames" é uma grande decepção. O primeiro jogo pode não ter sido original, mas era consistente e garantiu uma experiência bastante satisfatória. Já este sofre de todo tipo de problemas, desde a elaboração de seu enredo até a programação mais básica, repleto de falhas de design e bugs que chegam a interromper seu avanço na trama. Ainda há alguns momentos de diversão, uma vez que o arsenal à disposição é grande, faz muito estrago e você pode chamar um amigo para se juntar a você. Mas é um resultado final muito fraco diante do potencial da empresa e da expectativa criada.
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WindowsUOL Jogos
"Mercenaries 2: World in Flames" é uma grande decepção. O primeiro jogo pode não ter sido original, mas era consistente e garantiu uma experiência bastante satisfatória. Já este sofre de todo tipo de problemas, desde a elaboração de seu enredo até a programação mais básica, repleto de falhas de design e bugs que chegam a interromper seu avanço na trama. Ainda há alguns momentos de diversão, uma vez que o arsenal à disposição é grande, faz muito estrago e você pode chamar um amigo para se juntar a você. Mas é um resultado final muito fraco diante do potencial da empresa e da expectativa criada.
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Xbox 360Gamekult
Sans même parler de sa réalisation qui laisse à désirer, Mercenaries 2 se trouve pourri par un gros paquet de bugs, une I.A. totalement à la ramasse et un manque global de soin et d'optimisation. Le résultat est donc aussi déroutant que frustrant : Mercenaries 2 laisse parfois entrevoir ses qualités et se montre fun et sympa à jouer, mais il se retrouve vite rattrapé par ses innombrables défauts. Difficile de se laisser prendre totalement au jeu dans ces conditions. Encore un joli gâchis.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Given its troubled, delayed development, hope remained that Mercenaries 2 would deliver on the series' promise. Instead, the usually reliable Pandemic has produced a game that not only fails to compete with any current-generation openworld, but somehow takes a backward step from the original. With uninspiring combat contributing to a succession of desperately poor missions, the only remaining question is whether the developer will get a third chance to rectify matters.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Mercenaries 2 is filled with bugs and glitches that are unacceptable in a retail release. Even if it were possible to overlook the broken elements, you're still left with abysmal AI, repetitive mission structure, unsatisfying weapons, and a huge world without much to do. Mindless, random destruction provides some thrills, but there are so many better open-world action games out there (including the original Mercenaries for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox) that there's no reason to spend your time and money on this clearly unfinished game.
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Xbox 360Gamervision
With its threadbare narrative, unlikable characters, uninspired combat, and myriad technical issues, Mercenaries 2 is a huge disappointment. There’s some fun to be had blowing up buildings with a friend online, but playing through enough of the game to unlock these weapons is more of a chore than it’s worth. People who really, really, really like explosions can get a weekend worth of enjoyment out of it, but for anyone with a taste for a quality shooter, there are plenty of better options out there.
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WindowsGamekult
Sans même parler de sa réalisation qui laisse à désirer, Mercenaries 2 se trouve pourri par un gros paquet de bugs, une I.A. totalement à la ramasse et un manque global de soin et d'optimisation. Le résultat est donc aussi déroutant que frustrant : Mercenaries 2 laisse parfois entrevoir ses qualités et se montre fun et sympa à jouer, mais il se retrouve vite rattrapé par ses innombrables défauts. Difficile de se laisser prendre totalement au jeu dans ces conditions. Encore un joli gâchis.
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PlayStation 3Gamekult
Sans même parler de sa réalisation qui laisse à désirer, Mercenaries 2 se trouve pourri par un gros paquet de bugs, une I.A. totalement à la ramasse et un manque global de soin et d'optimisation. Le résultat est donc aussi déroutant que frustrant : Mercenaries 2 laisse parfois entrevoir ses qualités et se montre fun et sympa à jouer, mais il se retrouve vite rattrapé par ses innombrables défauts. Difficile de se laisser prendre totalement au jeu dans ces conditions. Encore un joli gâchis.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
Mercenaries 2 is filled with bugs and glitches that are unacceptable in a retail release. Even if it were possible to overlook the broken elements, you're still left with abysmal AI, repetitive mission structure, unsatisfying weapons, and a huge world without much to do. Mindless, random destruction provides some thrills, but there are so many better open-world action games out there (including the original Mercenaries for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox) that there's no reason to spend your time and money on this clearly unfinished game.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Voilà le problème qui se pose quand on veut se faire une idée de Mercenaries 2 : quel équilibre parvient-on à trouver entre ce qu'il y a de bon et les moments où l'on maudit le jeu. Certes, Pandemic a tenu son pari en sortant un titre offrant le loisir de tout faire péter dans un monde ouvert, poussant le vice jusqu'à développer un moteur autorisant des destructions vraiment impressionnantes et assez fun. Mais le prix à payer est un peu cher : une cruelle absence de challenge, une IA qui est probablement la pire de la cuvée ludique 2008, des bugs en pagaille et un manque de maîtrise de l'ambiance désespérant. Mais sur PC, il faut encore une réalisation indécente et en dessous de tout.
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WindowsComputer Bild Spiele
Diese wilde Zerstörungsorgie stellt mit ihren aufwendigen Explosionen und pausenlosen Schusswechseln manchen Actionfilm in den Schatten. Der schwarze Humor und die gnadenlose Übertreibung der Gewalt relativiert die Brisanz des moralisch höchst bedenklichen Spielablaufs. Die fünf verschiedenen Fraktionen, von denen die Aufträge kommen, verleihen der Ballerei immerhin den Ansatz einer taktischen Note. Trotzdem kann man das Spektakel nicht uneingeschränkt genießen. Zu auffällig sind die technischen Fehler und die Ungenauigkeiten der Steuerung.
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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
What has Pandemic done to Mercenaries 2? When it was first announced it looked like the next-gen game to beat. However what we have here is one ugly game with more than its fair share of flaws. Worse yet, it's almost impossible to play with all of the bugs and weird design decisions. This is definitely not the Mercenaries 2 you were asking for!
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Xbox 360ActionTrip
Now we all know there are countless GTA clones out there, such as Saint's Row, Crackdown or similar games. But at least they offered a few cool concepts of their own. So, to cut a long story short, Pandemic gives us a game rather unworthy of its predecessor; which means fans are bound to be disappointed (if there still are any). On top of that, Mercs 2 simply doesn't have what it takes to compete with today's top shooters.
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WindowsgameZine (UK)
All in all, Mercenaries 2 is a testament to what could have been – an intelligent geopolitical commentary merged with an exciting and engaging game set in beautiful surroundings. Instead, it feels like the developers spent an evening watching McBain and decided to make the game – though they have at least given El Presidente a name. Fans of the first game will find little that is new, while newcomers will be forced to dismiss it as an overblown console port that’s around five years out of date.