Mercenaries 2: World in Flames



An exciting and explosive open-world shooter.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.


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.

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.

What's it about?

MERCENARIES 2: WORLD IN FLAMES is the equivalent of a summer action flick, with over-the-top explosions and outrageous stunts. The sequel to the original Mercenaries shifts from one hotspot, Korea, to another: Venezuela. Your main goal is to thwart the country's dictator who recently seized control in a government coup. To find this dictator, you must establish relationships with different factions and complete contract jobs to gather more information. You'll also earn cash to bolster your private military company.

To assist in this quest, you'll recruit a support staff to help you hone your shooting skills, drop off supplies, and transport you from dangerous spots. You can also purchase items from the myriad of groups, including an oil firm and a Venezuelan rebel faction. If the action proves too tough alone, you can engage in missions through online cooperative play, a first for the franchise. Not only is the environment open-world, but fully destructible. Let's say you need to take out a sniper perched in a tower. You can pull out an assault rifle and kill your foe, or grab C-4 explosives and blow the tower to bits.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the game's open-world style. Is this type of games more entertaining than ones with a specific, linear storyline? Do you like playing this game online better than alone?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, PlayStation 2
Available online?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:August 31, 2008
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:T for Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old February 12, 2015

Know Your Child!

My mom let me get this game a couple months ago and she was hesitant about it because of the violence. The game is about killing enemies with guns and grenades. You also hijack helicopters and cars. But there is no blood or sexual content, just violence and mild language like d---, h---, p----- and a--. Just know your child!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 10 year old Written bysafe watcher March 27, 2011

10 and up

theres hardly a cause word in the game and no blood its not about killing every on not like the title ithinck 10 or 11 year olds and above but if your an over pertectef parent theres nothing inappropriate. o and if you try to kill an one besides bad guys then you get a bunch of money subtracted form your mission incom. and drugs arent a problem but your pilot is drunk u dont see him all the time mabe once and he just aks like old man jinkens off of spongebob. but the most thing you will be doing is drivng or racing cutom cars
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 7, 7, 10, 12, and 14 year old Written bya sane person December 1, 2010

Not super violent or profane, but has a bad message.

Look, it dosen't send a good message to kids, but its made purely for entertainment, not to be instructive. It has some violence where you can kill people with pistols, machine guns, rocket launchers,ect, but there is no blood, gore, guts, dead corpses or torcher like many other games nowdays, the langauge is probably about 4 or 5 d*mns, which is about E-10 level langauge, and you see tobacco use. But the reason im rating it so high, is because its not very innapropriate, but I dont like the message it sends about killing hundreds of people for money.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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