From the first time you call in an air strike, Mercenaries 2 will make you remember why you love video games.

User Rating: 9.5 | Mercenaries 2: World in Flames X360
O.K. Let's start with the bad: there are a few minor graphical glitches from time to time. Well, now that that is over with, the good: Mercenaries 2: WiF is the most fun I have had playing a video game this year! This is one you will have to play for yourself to understand just how involved it can be. From the first time you call in your first air strike or take that first flight as you pilot one of many helicopters, you will be in love. Now about the game.

You start off as one of 3 Mercenaries, one female and two males. The story is kind of all about revenge so I will let GS tell you about that. Anyway, you end up becoming like a rouge mercenary doing work for any of several different waring factions in Venezuela. Along with the lady directing your operations, you get to acquire new members in your little "Merc Gang". You can get a mechanic, heli-pilot, and a jet pilot.

The game allows you to destroy EVERYTHING. If an RPG cannot bring it down then call in your drunken jet pilot to hit it with a bunker buster. There are a lot of different air strikes available for purchase from the factions you work for. Different factions have different shop items. However, it is important to keep the factions happy if you want to get good prices.

The game allows you to drive, or pilot, EVERYTHING. If it is on the map and you can reach it, you can hijack it. From tanks, to cars, to motorcycles, to Helis everything is yours for the taking.

The graphics in this game are awesome and the explosions are the best I have seen in a X360 game to date. You will notice that your character will stop and block their face during particularly huge explosions. The driving mechanics are awesome in this game as well with the handbrake being the first thing you need to master as you will often be sliding around corners under heavy enemy fire.

There are a lot of other great features in this game as well which you will discover as you play. And play you must, because this is the best game of the year so far. Mercenaries 2 is what the whole "Sandbox game" thing is all about. It is better than the first and easily the best "sandbox" game ever made. Don't believe anything negative you may hear about this game, this one is a rare gem amongst a sea of mediocre games.