Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction

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Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
One of the first destructive open world games
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platforms: PS2 Xbox
Release Date: January 11th 2005
Developer: Pandemic Studios
Publisher: LucasArts
Franchise: Mercenaries
Next Game: Mercenaries 2:World In Flames

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction is a game the is an open world game that takes place in North Korea in 2009. It is one of the first games to have a destroyable open world, from destroying bridges to destroying a 112 story hotel, anything can be blown up.

The game was a commercial success that spawned 1 sequel and sadly, too cancelled games, Mercs3: No Limits and Mercs Inc.

Why It Rocks

  1. It's an open world game, with a lot of exportation.
  2. You can destroy everything with any kind of bomb.
  3. It has a lot of content, from using tanks to even using a Apache helicopter.
  4. Really funny Easter eggs that reference Indiana Jones to Aliens.
  5. Has an interesting story.
  6. Characters that are likable.
  7. Awesome soundtrack.
  8. Balanced difficulty, not too easy and not too hard.
  9. Good Graphics.
  10. Lots of interesting missions.

Bad Qualities

  1. If you're in South Korea, you can't play it. However, the ban is lifted by the Game Rating Board in 2007.
  2. Some levels are too hard.
  3. You can't swim in water like in Red Dead Redemption.
  4. Can be unenjoyable to play, and can annoy the Russian Mafia since they give you most of your weapons, bombs and vehicles.