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E3 Coverage - Mercenaries 2 World in Flames

Last night my friend Andrew and I went to Pandemic's party and saw their PS3 title Mercenaries 2 World in Flames. I was very impressed that they had this Humboldt Fog goat cheese that I really like. This is the first actual PS3 game that I've seen played. I've seen plenty of trailers and movies but this ws the first time I saw someone playing it. The game is due out in 2007.

It's pretty similar to the original Mercenaries. There's a support mechanic so you make friends with NPCs and then your friends can be called in with particular things to help you, like they'll bring you a dune buggy or a helicopter. One really cool thing is the ability to light fires and basically play with fire. That's the first time I've seen fire as a toy and not fire as an effect in a game. The dev team is going for an action movie feel so a lot of stuff looks very cinematic with the way the camera shows the action. You can take control of any vehicle anywhere. There's a grappling hook that you can use to board helicopters while they're in the air and then fly them.

One amazing thing is that you can make the game multiplayer on the fly. Just add the second player and they come in exactly at the same place seamlessly in a split screen. It was very cool.

The game has an incredible amount of detail and most of it at very far draw distances. It really showed off the horsepower of the PS3.

There are going to be "around" 35 missions with various mini games and such. There are 4 playable mercenaries, the original three plus a new character Eva.

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