Once again we have an ill-conceived game based upon a movie as The Expendables 2: Videogame is pretty much a complete time waster. It truly is difficult to find something good about the video game debut of The Expendables since everything is poorly designed, doesn’t feel that good to control, and looks utterly terrible most of the time. With none of the spark found in the actual film and a plot that doesn’t even match the events of the film its shares the title of, The Expendables 2: Videogame only serves as a guide as to how to make a bad video game.
+ The voice acting is so bad that it’s funny. Seriously, the voice of Jet Li’s character is near comical in how racist and stereotypical it sounds.
+ If you like shooting at enemies that look like different types of Army Men then you’ll love this game.
- Controls feel disconnected as there’s no sense of where the characters are aiming.
- None of the Expendables have the standout personalities like they do in the films.
- Plot is dumb, like Sunday afternoon TV D-grade action movie bad.
- Camera moves in some really awkward positions and pans out too far so at times it looks like ants are shooting at one another.
- Having a limited number of Expendables playable in the game is dumb.
- Missions end abruptly and basically have no variety to them.
Sometimes it’s fine for a video game to be simple. As much as I may shout to the heavens about video games being original and pushing the boundaries of their particular genre I’m perfectly fine with blowing stuff up every two seconds without having to look deep within myself for some type of emotional meaning. Being a child of the late 80s/90s I was reared watching the glory days of action icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Dolph Lundgren in action classics such as Commando, Blood Sport, and Rambo amongst others.