China invades Venezuela to secure another source of oil to meet their growing demand. The allied take control of Margarita, an island in the northeast portion of the map, and the outskirts of the Allied-controlled city of Cumaná.
Soon after, the faction pays the mercenary to take various outposts around the city. After this, they meet with General Peng, who was promoted after his successful campaign in North Korea. Peng reveals he is glad the mercenary is back, and offers him a series of contracts in exchange for a nuclear weapon.
The Allies are holding a Chinese soldier hostage in the center of Cumaná. To Peng’s annoyance, the Chinese are ordered to halt operations until the soldier is saved. Peng tells the mercenary that in his first contract, he must rescue the soldier, and for a bonus, destroy the three key Allied-controlled buildings in the city.
The Chinese then occupy the city for themselves. The second contract is to secure the oil for China by eradicating Universal Petroleum by:
- Destroying the General Carmona bridge linking Maracaibo to Caracas and the bulk of the AN forces
- Destroying the Universal Petroleum HQ in Maracaibo
- Destroying the Universal Petroleum processing plant, thus rendering it useless.
The mercenary levels the buildings, leaving only ruins. China then secures the country’s oil.
Peng offers the player his last contract, leading the Chinese assault on Caracas by verifying CIA operative Agent Joyce at the Allied HQ, destroying key Allied Nation occupied buildings in the city, and stopping any counterstrike from the AN. After battling through Caracas, the mercenary eventually gets to the Allied HQ and verifies Joyce.
In Caracas, they meet with Peng, who tells the mercenary that the nuke and the cash are being delivered as they speak. They are interrupted in their conversation by a mushroom cloud going off in the distance, with Fiona revealing that the Castle of Saint Anthony near Cumaná, the Chinese base, was destroyed by Solano.
Solano then broadcasts over the city that if Chinese troops do not withdraw from the country, more devastation will follow. Peng is ordered by Chinese superiors to return to China, and wishes the mercenary the best of luck with their final mission.
The game features three playable characters, all from the original game: Jennifer Mui, Mattias Nilsson and Chris Jacobs. All characters follow the same storyline that centres on the player’s character of choice.
You play as one of three mercenaries–all of whom have very similar storylines. The game follows your absurd quest for vengeance on a man who hired you to do a job and didn’t pay. Mercs 2’s story is bad (as is the voice acting), but it’s ultimately inconsequential and all of the cutscenes can safely be skipped.
The first few missions are designed to get you accustomed to the game’s third-person-shooting action. In the span of 30 minutes you’ll shoot several different weapons, use grenades and C4, and drive cars, boats, and jeeps as you secure what will eventually become your home base.
After that, the first few contracts you take on are fun, but that’s mostly because the gameplay mechanics are new and the thrill of destruction is still fresh.