Troop surge

Mercenaries 2 does it the old-fashioned way
By AARON SOLOMON  |  September 16, 2008
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As you advance through the game, you make friends who can help you in your quest and, should your battles become too haywire, provide you with air support. As you drive around, you will also discover large stashes of cash and various bombs and oil tankers that can be stolen once you’ve gotten yourself a helicopter pilot.

Throughout, tongues are firmly planted in cheeks, and a subversive tone prevails — think John Milius’s love of blowing shit up mixed with Michael Moore’s acrimony toward the current administration. With so much attention being paid nowadays to “realistic” shooters like Call of Duty and the amazing Gears of War, it’s refreshing to find a game that lets you re-create John Matrix’s epic violence spree at the end of Commando, Latin American villas and terrible accents included.

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