A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You're not in Venezuela as a hero. Your character just wants to earn as much money as possible, regardless of who is in his way.
Violence & Scariness
Players can kill foes using weapons like assault rifles, RPGs, grenades, C-4 explosives, and pistols. You can also call for air strikes, bombing runs, tanks, and other heavy weaponry. While you can see bodies flying after big explosions, the action is neither bloody nor gory.
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Cussing in the form of "damn" and the like during the single-player campaign, but you may encounter filthier language online.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The game alludes to your jet pilot as being a drunk. There are also some instances where characters are smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is chock full of violence, and it encourages players to pull off outlandish stunts to take out enemies. Hundreds of weapons are at your disposal, as well as air strikes, tanks, and other items. The main character's motives aren't heroic either, as his main goal is to pad his bank accounts. However, the violence is neither bloody or gory. While players can kill civilians, they are penalized for the casualties. Players can also take the action online, a feature Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for kids under age 12.
Is It Any Good?
The visuals of a building crumbling to the ground as smoke seeps through the wreckage are incredible. The vibrant explosions pack a ton of punch. And managing the bevy of options and weapons is easily handled through your PDA. Here, you can choose your missions, navigate the landscape with GPS, and sort out your stockpile of support options. These vary from bombing runs to tank and supply drops. Beyond the main missions, you can partake in a series of side quests. These fall under two main categories: Destroy a specific target or capture a high-value official.
As exhilarating as the action is, the game exhibits some unusual quirks. Enemies don't act aggressive enough when in small groups. They will shoot for a couple seconds, then stop long enough for you to recover and finish them off. Your character seems to have a rough time moving between trees or other foliage, as if you're in quicksand. While lacking a bit of technical polish, Mercenaries 2 compensates by creating an invigorating battle environment.
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