See the World in Flames

Monday 5 June 2006
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, the sequel to developer Pandemic's GTA-in-a-warzone actioner Mercenaries, will skyburst a ton of exciting new features into the series, including cooperative multiplayer, massive environments and - at last! - the ability to swim and steal boats.

As we revealed early last month, Mercenaries 2 will take place in Venezuela, where a tyrant overlord has been getting his hands dirty with the local oil supply, triggering an international invasion by the world's leading powers.

According to the game's excitable official site, we'll be able to play through the whole of the Mercenaries 2 campaign "with the help of your friends", suggesting online action for more than two players. Other add-ons are a grappling hook for hijacking in mid-air - like Just Cause - and options to build your own army of mercenaries by hiring tooled-up private soldiers stationed in the danger zone.

Above: At least one of the old characters, Swedish soldier of fortune Mattias Nilsson, is set to return

The gameplay has also been bolstered with new, next-gen effects - one example is that you'll be able to shoot a hole in the side of a fuel truck, watch the oil stream around the feet of your unsuspecting enemies and then make it all go WHOOMPHF! by tossing in a match.

As the original Mercenaries was, and still is, one of the best GTA clones around, we'll be keeping an eye on Mercenaries 2 as it gears up for release next year.

Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.