Sequel to the excellent Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction released a few years ago, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames unfortunately does not live up to the standard set by its predecessor.
Gameplay is where it starts to fall apart. While there is a wide variety to weapons to find, the all feel and perform roughly the same. This makes picking up new ones rather pointless unless a player is running out of ammo for the gun they currently have. The whole experience feels stunted, too. The first Mercenaries gave players free control over what they did. The game was truly open-ended. In Mercenaries 2 players don't have a lot of options.
The strong point of the game is co-op, which is a blast with a friend. But that point's not strong enough. Mercenaries 2 had high expectations but completely failed to meet them.
Reviewer: Matthew Theroux