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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

Mobile Game Review of "Mercenaries 2"

No subtitle in the mobile version! Apparently this mobile game is set AFTER the console version. Cervera rose to power after you help bring down Solano, but Cervera really hates Mattias... So... You play Mattias "Matty" and play 11 missions for various factions, and in the end, take care of Cervera personally.

The game itself is a 2D shooter that is very reminiscent of MOH:Airborne mobile or COD4 mobile where you play one soldier that fights alone with blazing firepower (i.e. play Rambo [tm]). There are several factors that makes the game user-friendly... Your health regenerates as long as nobody is near you and no crosshair is aiming at you. Also, your gun doesn't run out of ammo. If you finish one magazine, wait a second or two and it'll be reloaded. So the only reason to pick up a weapon is to get a new weapon, or to top-off the existing magazine to make the burst last longer. Also, you aim automatically at the nearest enemy, so you CAN move in one direction and shoot in another.

Otherwise, the game works like a typical 2D shooter... Move around the level, kill enemies, accomplish "objectives", usually by killing everybody, but it can be rescue (find key, grab key, walk to door with key), and more. However, there are a LOT of bonus stuff in this game. For example, you can blow up almost any house in this game... if you have enough grenades and/or rockets. And blowing up houses sometimes, reveal hidden bonuses, such as "laptops" you can collect for bonus. Other destructable items include statues of the dictator, ammo boxes (large and small), and vehicles.

There are four types of guns... the AK, the M-4, and the shotgun. The AK has good accuracy, but doesn't reach very far, reloads slowly, and only 4 bursts before stopping for more mags.

The M-4 was considered a "toy" when it was first released, mainly because it's "too light", and Mattell made a plastic replica of it, so a lot of people thought the actual gun was made of plastic as well. Nothing can be further from the truth. In the game, M-4 firs longer bursts, and allows the shots to spread a little.

Shotgun is excellent weapon when close in, but not good elsewhere.

There are also rocket launchers and grenades and sniper rifles to engage yet more enemies.

Enemy snipers that are in range will move a crosshair in your view. When it locks onto you, you better move quickly or else lose the health and then be forced to start over! Otherwise, nothing too special with the game.

Overall, the game is fun, but not that special to me. Call it a 7 out of 10.

Rating: 7 out of 10.0
Pros: simple interface, easy to pick up, lots of "destruction"
Cons: a bit TOO easy, not that challenging and very short

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