GameZone: Mercenaries 2: World in Flames PS2 Review

Review by Louis Bedigian:

"Gamers love destruction. We love to engage in large-scale battles, steal vehicles and weapons that could help us win, and destroy anything that could hinder our progress. It's the very foundation that built Grand Theft Auto, which has been the precedent for most of our open-world action games. But few titles have been able to approach the level of destruction introduced by Mercenaries, one of the most creative shooters to grace the first Xbox and PlayStation 2. And from the moment its long-awaited sequel – Mercenaries 2: World in Flames – was unveiled, gamers have been clamoring for more destruction, an element that has been taken into overdrive on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Just take a glimpse of the trailers posted right here on GameZone and you'll be enamored with the possibilities of the game Pandemic spent the last three years developing.

However, the beauty, expectations and inevitable praise lies with the game's new-gen debut. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions have already garnered a tremendous amount of attention. Mercenaries 2 is also headed to the PC. But where does that leave the other version, which was designed for the eight-year-old PS2?"

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PoSTedUP3726d ago

i might get this for my ps2 considering that i dont buy multiplatform games for my ps3 anymore not until RE5 and tombraider come out.

Figboy3726d ago

i have Mercs 2 on my PS3, and it's really, really fun.

i only ignore multi-plats from publishers like EA, Activision, and Eidos, as most of their offerings are [email protected] although Criterion is the best dev EA has, and Infinity Ward is the best dev Activision has, and Crystal Dynamics is the best dev Eidos has, so i at least give those studios the benefit of the doubt.

if you have a PS3, there's no reason to pick up the sub par PS2 version of Mercs 2. you won't regret it. the co-op is also a lot of fun. it's the new game i pop in when i'm in the mood to just blow some sh*t up. GTAIV used to be that game, but not any more. being able to destroy buildings and set the forests on fire is infinitely better.

Mercenaries isn't a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination, and the visuals are adequate, but the fun-factor can't be denied.

not all multi-platform developers make crappy ports.

and besides, Mercenaries 2 was developed on the Playstation 3 first, then ported to the 360. i remember reading a cover stories YEARS ago where Pandemic said as much. of course, at the time, it was a PS3 exclusive. even so, it was deved on the PS3 first, and the performance of the game is rock solid as far as i can tell (and i've logged over 10 hours into the game right now. no framerate or control issues, or anything that is typically standard of a crappy PS3 port).

rent it for your PS3 first if you're still undecided, but from all signs, the PS2 version is sounding like trash (maybe you should rent that one too, just to compare).

I_am_a_gangsta3726d ago


PS2 fails just like PS3rd.

nieto3726d ago

mmmm a 10 years old console getting a game that scored better than too human. LOL ;-D

thewhoopimen3725d ago

It actually looks pretty decent for a ps2 title^^ better than wii hehe.