Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is set in August 2010 in Venezuela. The story begins as the player approaches businessman Ramon Solano’s villa. The player is greeted by a man named Blanco, who worked with the player in the past. In the meeting inside the villa, Solano hires the player to rescue a Venezuelan Army General Carmona who is being held prisoner in an old colonial fortress on an island off the coast by the Army after a failed coup attempt. The player uses weapons and air strikes supplied by Solano to assault the fortress and rescue Carmona. But once Carmona is rescued, Solano attempts to murder the player to avoid paying and to make sure there is no one to interfere with his plans. The player escapes despite being “shot in the ass”, and begins to plan revenge on Solano.
Following a second successful coup by Carmona, Solano is chosen as the “civilian leader of a military government”. Solano attempts to seize control of the country’s oil supply, which is held by a company called Universal Petroleum (UP). Fierce fighting ensues between Universal Petroleum’s hired mercenaries and the Venezuelan Army (referred to as the VZ in the game) under Solano’s control. This results in the collapse of the country, especially in the city of Maracaibo, where the UP’s overseas headquarters is located. This chaos drives people from their homes and causes widespread property damage. After taking control over Solano’s villa, the player establishes their private military company (PMC) and helps the causes of the factions in exchange for money and information on Solano. This includes capturing VZ outposts, “verifying” High Value Targets (or “HVTs” for short) by either capturing or killing them, destroying key structures, and doing other work that the faction’s forces cannot accomplish.
The mercenary first works for Universal Petroleum in the city of Maracaibo. The merc is given his first proper contract by the CEO Dr. Lorraine Rubin, to rescue a high-ranking member of UP held by the VZ somewhere in the city of Maracaibo. Eventually, the mercenary finds him in an armored van on one of the main roads in the city and rescues him.
The player’s next contract involves the protecting of the CFO of UP, currently stranded at the UP oil refinery. The refinery was evacuated due to Solano’s “nationalization” program, which involved the overtake of the refinery. The CFO remained there in order to dispose of secret documents. The mercenary protects the CFO while he disposes of the documents, before they themselves escape as the refinery is overtaken by the VZ. During a conversation in the car on the way back to Maracaibo, the CFO reveals that Universal Petroleum didn’t trick the country into letting them extract the oil for virtually nothing, but in fact that they tricked the country into paying UP for the oil rights.
At their return, Rubin gives the player the time of the meeting between Solano and Blanco, but doesn’t know the location of the meeting. She then suggests that the merc should go to the PLAV, or the People’s Liberation Army of Venezuela, for information.
Around this time, the player can choose to work with a faction of Jamaican-based pirate smugglers operating in the islands of the north section of Lake Maracaibo. Involvement with the “Pirates” does not alter the gameplay and the Pirates only offer HVT, bounty, and small contracts in exchange for money. There are no main contracts supplied by the Pirate leader, making them useful only for their superiority of the North section of Lake Maracaibo and their cheap equipment they can sell to the mercenary.
- Required – Internet Connection
- OS – Windows XP (SP3)/Vista (SP1)
- Processor – Pentium 4 with Hyperthreading / AMD Athlon X2 (XP), AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Vista)
- Memory – XP: 1 GB RAM / Vista: 2 GB RAM
- Hard Drive – 10 GB + Save Games (20 GB for Digital Download)
- DVD Drive – 8x Dual Layer (not required for Digital Download)
- Video Card – 256 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0*
- Sound Card – DirectX 9.0c compatible
- DirectX – Version 9.0c (included on disc)
- Online Multiplayer – 512 Kbps or faster; 2 Players
- Input – Keyboard, Mouse or Xbox 360 Controller for Windows