Why oh why do we have to endure games such as these? Yes, movie tie-in games are down right TERRIBLE for the most part. Still, marketing departments think any publicity is good publicity. That said, Expendables 2: The Video Game is another “must avoid” game.
Let’s start off with how bad the voice acting is. I’m sure they pulled some people from the front desk to read the lines of horrible dialogue. I’m sure that I could do a better impression of Sly Stallone than whoever they cherry picked to do it. For my fellow Asian’s out there, I am deeply sorry for the horrendous Jet Li impression that is in The Expendables 2: The Video Game. I cringe ever time I heard it, which thankfully wasn’t a whole lot.
Having The Expendables 2: The Video Game play like a isometric, old school arcade shooter only solidifies my need for breaking out my old NES and just play Ikari Warriors and the tons of other Commando clones. At least I could tell with those games that I was hitting what I was aiming at. Just hitting an enemy is an accomplishment in The Expendables 2: The Video Game. No feedback, bullet sponge enemies and horrible controls in general frustrated me to the point of expending all my patience.
Multiplayer works but there is almost no reason to play with others. Even with a full lobby of 4 players local or over the network, the fun that should accompany the fact that four manly men decimated their surroundings while explosion went off around them was never present. It ended up being more of waiting game with trying to get other players to follow you to continue the level instead of sitting behind cover killing what seemed to be endless waves of baddies.
The Expendables 2: The Video Game is another shining example of how not to do a movie tie-in game. Better to save your money on this and just use it to see the movie. At least on the big screen, you will have more enjoyment sitting through the whole movie than 10 minutes of the game.