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Im a big fan of the first Army of Two, its not the first third person shooter ive played, and army of two is very much like Gears of war in terms of its gameplay.
This is the second game of the franchise and was released by EA in 2010. The things about this game is that it is pretty short....even how I play, which is pretty cautious, you can complete this game in around 5-6 hours. So its pretty quick. Thats why its good that you can purchae this game for little more then a fiver (inc postage and packaging) on amazon.
You pick up pretty much where the first game left off. Rios and Salem are working for themselves afer being betrayed by their previous employer SSC. No as true mercenaries they finsd themselves in Shanghai on a job, and what do you know a massive war kicks off...a faction of mercenaries turns the city into a warzone, destroying buildings, blowing up cars and generally murdering anyone in sight.
All the lads want to do is get out of the city, but to do that they have to help certain people and get helped by certain people. Your fight through seven chapters of zoos, building on their side, streets and hospitals to getout of dodge.
The gameplay is almost identical to the first game , you have a 'order' wheel were you can tell your partner to cary out orders, stop, go forward etc. You have a weapons inventory that contains your main weapon, normally an assualt rifles, a shotgun of some kind, your secondary weapon - a handgun, a specialist weapon, normally a sniper rifle, a bazooka etc. and grenades. You can also pimp out your gun like the first, put in a shield, a silencer or a stabiliser. You can also buy diamond encrusted grenades at $100k each. Oh yeah for every civilian you save and dead merc you fleece you get cash.
I also like the face mask gps , which comes up when you press the start button, this shows you tagged enemies, where to go and threats.
In this game you also have certain 'decision' points, normally once a chapter where you will have to take the decision to either kill someone who is helping you or let them live. Depending on what decision you take will have consequences on a side story, brilliantly shown in a cartoonesque side show- think the film Kick-ass, and your close. You could decide to save a guys life and then you find out that he walks away and kills an innocent, stealing their money, so you find out that being merciful isnt always a good thing.
The soundtrack is pretty unremarkable and there are not many cut scenes and again not massively emotive.
The graphics are pretty good, fairly cartoony, but you can see that the movement of the people, although good, is not perfect. Its not call fo duty, when people get blown up or shot they sometimes do not fall right, you can throw a grenade and sometimes it will go off right near enemies and not seem to hurt anybody...so the programming is a little rushed, but 95% of the time its OK.
Army of Two: The 40th Day is a game I was absolutely hooked by from the instant I glimpsed upon THAT incredible trailer. While it doesn't live up to the promise of that trailer, it's still a fun actioner for a few hours, even if I wouldn't recommend it outright.
You control Tyson Rios and Elliot Salem, the titular Army of Two, who venture to Shanghai to work out a...business deal...of sorts, when they find that Private Military Contractors are fighting it out for supremacy over the land. It's up to you to clear them out and take it for yourselves.
This is a fun little game that's not exactly very involved, but it's got some surprisingly smart AI, and despite its repetition, is a well designed actioner that delivers the necessary visceral thrill and is also pretty good looking to boot. It's quite lean, which is why it's hard to recommend it outright, and the plot is virtually inconsequential, so it's really just a dumb - but entertaining - shooter.
The real let-down is the multiplayer, though, and it's not really the fault of the developers. This game never really gained an audience, and so nobody really plays online despite the fact that the gameplay lends itself well to multiplayer, and it is certainly well designed. There are some glitches (such as getting booted out for no reason), and lag has been an issue before, although if you log on now, not THAT long after it came out, you'll be hard-pressed to find many, if any, other people online, sadly.
Presentationally, it is quite alluring from a visual and aural perspective, but the rather brainless plot doesn't allow things to unfold in a pleasantly cinematic way. Still, as a simple pleasure, this is short, sweet, and entertaining.
Army of Two: The 40th Day is a third person shooter video game that is developed by EA Montreal and is a sequel to Army of Two. The game like its sequel focuses on two player co-operative play. It also introduces a new cover system which enables the players to take less damage. It features the two main character Tyson Rios and Elliot Salem. They have to fight for survival and prevail over terrorist forces that have attacked Shanghai in China.
The game also has new upgrades and weapons available. The players can add the barrel of one rifle to that of another rifle. Weapons can also be obtained from slain enemies. This was not possible in the previous installment of the game. Fighting techniques have also been improved. Bullets can now penetrate light materials like wood. The outcome of the story can also be chosen by the players by making good or bad decisions.
The game got a score of 74% from Metacritic and IGN has given it a score of 8.5/10.
This game follows ont eh story from the previous title, you play as Salem and Rios as they are in Shanghai while somebody is raining hell down upon it with loads of explosives. The game has been improved from the previous one with some new gameplay tweaks and some online multiplayer.
The in game grahpics are really good, no real complaints about them. The sound is good and crisp and I can find no problems with lag unless someone with a terrible cennection is hosting, but that's always the case.
The single player campaign has 7 chapters and is fairly fun to play, you can play on your own, with a friend on split screen or even online with a friend or randomer. The gameplay is still the same with the aggro meter. This is basically a meter which shows whose attention the bad guys is on out of Salem and Rios. The more you shoot at them, and the better customised your weapon the more you get their attention. This lets the other player sneak around to flank them, or be undetected for a while.
The are some nice new features in game, one is Salem and Rios not making as many stupid remarks in game, the second is you geta few moral choice to make in game, which have little comic style cutscenes to show how that plays out. These decisions affect your morality and how your friendship with each other is at the end of the game.
The new gameplay features involves hostages which are taken throughout the game you can chose new things such as a mock surrender while the other sneaks around, you can grab the groups corpral and then hold them up, chosing to tie them down or take them down to save the hostages. Or you can fail altogether in saving the hostages. Either way is good =]
The in game weapon customisation is also pretty good, and similar to before. You can change different parts of the gun, which you unlock throughout the campaign mode. There are options to change the stock, magazines, silencers etc. These will affect how much aggro the weapon attracts as well as handling, damage etc. Then you can also customise the colour from tactical camo painted weapons to pimped out gold to zebra stripes. You get money for kills and certain other things in game which is how you buy the weapons and pimp them out.
The online multiplayer has 4 different modes and this lets you play online in teams and against other people. The main modes are co-op deathmatch, warzone, control and extraction. However extraction mode is only unlocked with a pre-order code.
You also now have the ability to make your own masks online by logging onto the EA army of two website, where you can customise a mask, or logo and then get them in game for your character to wear.
The game has 8 different weapon sets you can chose while online, all of which only have two weapons at a time, so you can chose which one you wanna use and can change between sets when you die online too.
One of the best things about the game online is that unlike a lot of games, you can play split screen online, so you can a friend can partner up and go play online together. XD
The co-op deathmatch allows you and partner to pit yourself against other 2 player teams to shoot it out for the most points. Only downside is that if you palying alone you may soemtimes end up withoput a partner, making the odds unfair, and if your partner leaves, how many ever points you had as a team are reduced to how many point you have so far.
Then there is warzone where you play in larger team groups, in order to win tasks such as protect the VIP. Where two your team are the VIPs and they must not die over the time, while the other team has to eliminate them. These run in quick sucsession on a map with the first team to win 5 games or so winning before the map changes. There are tasks like protect the intel, demolition etc.
The control game is like king of the hill where you must control certain points in the game for a set time with each team fighting for control of it.
The extraction mode is unlocked with a pre-order code at the moment, and you basically fight on 16 different levels, against waves of enimies with up to 4 players.
With the new addition of in game trophies to aim to get as well as pimping out all your weapons etc there is a lot to do in army of two the 40th day, and it defiantely makes for a fun game. The new features make it more enjoyable and fun than before.