Army of Two Reviewed by IGN - 8.5

#1 Edited by Stephen_Von_Cloud (1530 posts) -

There's a video review up as well.  Got an 8.5:
 
  
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/105/1059414p1.html
 
 
A disaster movie in a game package, Army of Two: The 40th Day capitalizes on its co-op play to deliver an awesome action experience that's incredibly fun to play. Co-op moments feel more natural, and whether you’re playing by yourself or with friends, you’ll enjoy the fast paced action that doesn’t seem to slow down, even when you’re in the middle of a cutscene. The improved Aggro system (thanks to the inclusion of the GPS feature) and expanded weapons customization strengthens the tactics on the battlefield, which are much deeper than the previous title. Even multiplayer reinforces the co-op nature of the game, and its modes will keep you playing for a long time. The morality moments could have posed larger dilemmas and the AI still stumbles at times, but overall, The 40th Day is a great game to blast through.
 
 
Basically seems like they improved everything (but not perfectly).  The multiplayer is also apparently pretty fun. That's all I'd like to hear from this game, certainly going to check it out.

#2 Posted by MAN_FLANNEL (2462 posts) -
#3 Posted by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -

Better than I expect.  I'll add it to my GameFly GameQ.

#4 Posted by demonbear (1859 posts) -

EA Montreal, for the win!

#5 Posted by Laticsfan (596 posts) -

Fucking A, I was hoping this would be decent so I would have an excuse to check out the gun customisation. The multiple masks and the pretty cool sounding co-op in multiplayer top it all off for me, this has become a must buy.

#6 Posted by GunstarRed (5212 posts) -

didn't like the cover system in the demo..it didn't feel as good as the first game but that might be because I have played so much gears and other third person shooters where you have to press a button to get into cover... it always feels a little strange when it automatically snaps to it. The shooting was waaaaaaaay better though and I'm pretty  excited to play through this with my friend in splitscreen. 
 
I thought the first game was hugely flawed but a bunch of fun in co-op
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#7 Posted by EpicSteve (6487 posts) -

I feel like I'm the only one stoked for this game. There's something about the "bro-ness" I find appealing.

#8 Edited by SPACETURTLE (1622 posts) -

Oh, I've been looking forward to this game. Remember playing the last one with me buds. It's freaking entertainment! I do hope they have straighten out the issues that the first one sufferd with in multiplayer thou. I am of course thinking of the lame ass servers in the first one. Took me 20 minutes to get into a match with a good connection. Also, in the multiplayer in the first game, if one player dropped out of the game, the whole match just stopped. Which was hopless concidering the servers and all. Never the less, think this is a buy for me.

#9 Posted by h83r (470 posts) -

Isn't Nolan North voicing one of the dudes? If so, then has North ever steered us wrong?

#10 Posted by Snail (8606 posts) -

I played the preview version of the game with a friend. I have to say, the first levels were a great amount of fun, the game deserves that score if only for it's great multiplayer.

#11 Posted by Trilogy (2657 posts) -
@h83r said:
" Isn't Nolan North voicing one of the dudes? If so, then has North ever steered us wrong? "
Nolan North has to be wiping his ass with paper money at this point. That guy gets a ridiculous amount of work.
#12 Posted by addictedtopinescent (3645 posts) -
@EpicSteve said:
" I feel like I'm the only one stoked for this game. There's something about the "bro-ness" I find appealing. "
`Make that 2, I really want to play this
#13 Posted by Zereta (1368 posts) -

And I've now made the choice to get this instead of Bayonetta... 

#14 Posted by DanceDanceKennypants (632 posts) -

Is that like an old Gamespot 8.5? About 2 out of 5 stars?

#15 Posted by Creamypies (4070 posts) -

Well the demo was clunky as hell... so I'm guessing the full game better represents itself.

#16 Posted by SuperSecretAgenda (696 posts) -
@h83r said:
" Isn't Nolan North voicing one of the dudes? If so, then has North ever steered us wrong? "
Dark Void.
#17 Edited by pause422 (6190 posts) -

After playing the demo there isn't a single positive thing I can say about this game. I honestly expected it to bomb in reviews. Not that I take IGN's reviews serious in the first place, though.

#18 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -
@h83r said:
" Isn't Nolan North voicing one of the dudes? If so, then has North ever steered us wrong? "
I find his work to be very flat.  He's got a good voice, but it's exactly the same in every single game he's in.  He's quickly becoming the new Cam Clarke.
#19 Edited by Stephen_Von_Cloud (1530 posts) -
@WinterSnowblind said:

" @h83r said:

" Isn't Nolan North voicing one of the dudes? If so, then has North ever steered us wrong? "
I find his work to be very flat.  He's got a good voice, but it's exactly the same in every single game he's in.  He's quickly becoming the new Cam Clarke. "
To me he is awesome in Uncharted 2, one of the best voiced characters in video games, but in every other game he sounds pretty much the same but less animated.   It's like the thinking is"this is my only voice, but it can't sound like Nathan Drake" so he just has this flat delivery to all his lines.  Shadow Complex sounded so much like that to me and Dark Void does as well from what I've seen of that game.  
 
He's going to be playing all the everyman type characters from now on though apparently, so we better learn to love him...
#20 Posted by h83r (470 posts) -
@SuperSecretAgenda said:
" @h83r said:
" Isn't Nolan North voicing one of the dudes? If so, then has North ever steered us wrong? "
Dark Void. "
That wasn't his fault. The void was mad dark. Nolan North is only a man, dammit! 
 
 @Stephen_Von_Cloud said:
" @WinterSnowblind said:

" @h83r said:

" Isn't Nolan North voicing one of the dudes? If so, then has North ever steered us wrong? "
I find his work to be very flat.  He's got a good voice, but it's exactly the same in every single game he's in.  He's quickly becoming the new Cam Clarke. "
To me he is awesome in Uncharted 2, one of the best voiced characters in video games, but in every other game he sounds pretty much the same but less animated.   It's like the thinking is"this is my only voice, but it can't sound like Nathan Drake" so he just has this flat delivery to all his lines.  Shadow Complex sounded so much like that to me and Dark Void does as well from what I've seen of that game.    He's going to be playing all the everyman type characters from now on though apparently, so we better learn to love him... "
I actually agree with this. He's amazing in Uncharted, and throughout last year, it was amusing to see him pop up in every game imaginable. Though, it's getting a bit, "overwhelming" to hear him coming out of everything. Not that he's bad at what he does. 
#21 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

I played the demo and I liked what I saw, even though I had some complaints. I'll probably just end up renting it and having a lot of fun before I take it back (split-screen Co-op, hell yes!).

#22 Edited by Ghostiet (5284 posts) -
@Stephen_Von_Cloud said:

" It's like the thinking is"this is my only voice, but it can't sound like Nathan Drake" so he just has this flat delivery to all his lines. "

Ever played Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time? He plays Seymour, the robot. I had no fucking idea until I've checked the credits. It's not his fault, it's the developers - they're probably phoning him to ask if he could play Drake in their game. It's the same with Robin Atkin Downes, "sir, could you play for us a troubled character with a strong voice fitting for a leader?", bam, then he plays a Scottish ogre in Brutal Legend.

Digressions apart, the Army of Two demo didn't let me check out the game in any other mode than co-op, so I am not interested. I won't buy a cat in bag.

#23 Edited by Stephen_Von_Cloud (1530 posts) -
@Ghostiet said:

" @Stephen_Von_Cloud said:

" It's like the thinking is"this is my only voice, but it can't sound like Nathan Drake" so he just has this flat delivery to all his lines. "

Ever played Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time? He plays Seymour, the robot. I had no fucking idea until I've checked the credits. It's not his fault, it's the developers - they're probably phoning him to ask if he could play Drake in their game.

"
I don't disagree, it's on the companies, especially when they so clearly cast him in similar "everyman" roles (Shadow Complex and Dark Void specifically).  Find someone else to be your characters.
 
 
 
@Ghostiet said:

Digressions apart, the Army of Two demo didn't let me check out the game in any other mode than co-op, so I am not interested. I won't buy a cat in bag.

"
Yeah that was stupid for a demo.  But the full game is not that way and early reviews are saying the partner AI is much better than in the previous game if you're going solo.
#24 Posted by captain_clayman (3322 posts) -

i played the demo
 
and let me say:
 
I FUCKING HATE VERTICAL SPLITSCREEN

#25 Posted by VWGTI (1919 posts) -

It'll be interesting to see what other sites and magazines say about this game. I'm thinking that Army of Two 2 will be a love/hate kinda game. I played the demo last night with a friend over Live and I didn't like it at all. The game feels a little sloppy.
#26 Edited by Shirogane (3578 posts) -

This game looks like it could be quite awesome...cept i got no bros to bro out with... 
Which seems to be the whole point of the game. 
 
Sad me =(
#27 Posted by septim (774 posts) -

Rental.

#28 Posted by applet0n (654 posts) -

I love co-op, but not enough to buy this. I'll probably just play it at a friend's and borrow it afterward for the achievements.

#29 Posted by EpicBenjamin (626 posts) -

Two days until it is released here in Norway. I'm seriously flipping out about it, can't wait to play it.

#30 Edited by Stephen_Von_Cloud (1530 posts) -

A few more reviews up on metacritic now if anyone is interested
 
Play Magazine - 9.5
  
The feature-rich, action-packed gameplay—co-op and solo—is a blast, but it’s the explosive presentation, that literally sees Shanghai falling to flaming pieces all around you, that steals the show and will have you watching your—and your buddy’s—back.
 

GameFocus - 9.0

Let’s applaud the development team over at EA Montréal. They’ve made many changes and added new things to please fans as well as the non-believers without destroying the essence of what makes an Army of Two game. Still, the game could do some things better, but, so long as improvements are being made, the Army of Two franchise will be around for another go. 

  
 

VideoGamer - 7
 

A solid, entertaining third-person shooter, best played with a friend, but it's not quite the big advancement over the original it could have been. It's a more cohesive game, thanks to its location and more believable main characters, but the AI still disappoints at times and the new morality system misses far more than it hits. It's also incredibly short, and without a top-tier multiplayer component to turn to, your fun will likely be over very quickly.

#31 Posted by zombie2011 (4973 posts) -

fist bump, followed by a high five.

#32 Posted by dyslekt (281 posts) -

MONEY HAT!!! 
 
Just kidding. Good for them, im waiting for the quick look like always :)

#33 Posted by LincoIn (255 posts) -
GameInformer - 6.5/10, 6.25/10
   
With so many great co-op experiences available to gamers, it’s tough to recommend The 40th Day. Lacking a cohesive story, solid controls, key multiplayer features, and polish, this sequel fails to close the gap of mediocrity running through its core game design. 
 

I've noticed GI's gotten a little harsher since their magazine redesign, heck they gave Silent Hill Shattered Memories a 6.25/10!

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