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Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Review

The opinion of this reviewer appears to have grown increasingly jaded in this console generation. In the build up to releasing both the 360 and the PS3, the new era of graphics was touted as the crown king returning to his former glory. We would all kneel before Zod in supplication to the glory of graphical splendor the likes of which would turn Pixar green with envy. I have yet to see anything come close to approaching that, although Ninja Gaiden II came closest.


Long story short, the graphics in Mercenaries 2 get the job done well but never bowled me over.


The work on the graphics both in-game and in cinematics is solid, and it is fun catching minor details in the world, like the way smoke whips around as helicopters buzz by or the flaming detritus in the air. The heat bloom off the backs of armored vehicles is a cool addition too, but I have a personal fondness for the flame jets that crown the oil rigs. Enemies move in fairly static patterns, but they and the many vehicles have all been polished up to a high, merry shine.


If anything, the graphics have been refined and polished more than technologically advanced. Improvements are almost so subtle as to be imperceptible. Water is simply gorgeous. I

For those of us who love seeing every little detail recorded, the new menu options track every single aspect of the game. This is especially helpful since it also records conversations and tasks, which can be re-examined when the audio cuts out. Which it will. Repeatedly.


I mention this up front because the sound, in particular the voice work, is stellar. But at no point will I grant a perfect grade for a game with audio gaffes like this. When an audio cue simply overlaps another, that

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“Assume the escort submission position.”


I realized something as I was writing this review. One of the knocks I

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Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).

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