Army of Two: The 40th Day: Trivializing Serious Shit

Posted by GenericActionHero (4 posts) -

Just finished this game in co-op with my buddy and found it to be one of the most offensive games I've ever played.  It wasn't the stupid ass characters that did it though, it was all of the supposedly "serious" morality choices that caused a sour taste in my mouth.  You see the problem with Army of Two is that it's decidedly irreverent characters and story are littered with a multitude of moments in which I felt pure revulsion.    
In a game where one of the main characters jokingly talk about fucking a panda you should not have several scenes in which serious topics such as rape and child murder are main themes.  That's right, at one point in Army of Two you can make a choice that results in the rape of another human being and the murder of an innocent child! HOW FUCKED UP IS THAT?  
I fully support games in which difficult topics like this are addressed, but a game has to treat these topics with the respect that they deserve.  You have to earn the right to broach these topics, because trivializing serious shit is not "controversial" or "mature." Army of Two is a game with fist bumps and gold plated weapons, and it is fucked up that it is allowed to address serious topics in such a decidedly unserious atmosphere. This game is a great example of why some people view gamers as psychopathic fucks who are completely desensitized to violence.

#1 Posted by GenericActionHero (4 posts) -

Just finished this game in co-op with my buddy and found it to be one of the most offensive games I've ever played.  It wasn't the stupid ass characters that did it though, it was all of the supposedly "serious" morality choices that caused a sour taste in my mouth.  You see the problem with Army of Two is that it's decidedly irreverent characters and story are littered with a multitude of moments in which I felt pure revulsion.    
In a game where one of the main characters jokingly talk about fucking a panda you should not have several scenes in which serious topics such as rape and child murder are main themes.  That's right, at one point in Army of Two you can make a choice that results in the rape of another human being and the murder of an innocent child! HOW FUCKED UP IS THAT?  
I fully support games in which difficult topics like this are addressed, but a game has to treat these topics with the respect that they deserve.  You have to earn the right to broach these topics, because trivializing serious shit is not "controversial" or "mature." Army of Two is a game with fist bumps and gold plated weapons, and it is fucked up that it is allowed to address serious topics in such a decidedly unserious atmosphere. This game is a great example of why some people view gamers as psychopathic fucks who are completely desensitized to violence.

#2 Posted by Bubahula (2197 posts) -

it is weird. seems like an odd mix of styles.

#3 Posted by ZombieHunterOG (3530 posts) -

Who cares 

#4 Posted by SSully (4169 posts) -

Yeah me and my friend got to the part where you can get the kid killed and we were laughing our asses off. Not because it was funny a kid died, but because of how offensively they did it . Its a sterotypical asian kid, and he offers to get a gun, and once he gets the gun, an SVD sniper rifle, he holds it above his hand with 1 have, let me tell you this kid is like 6 and would never be able to lift an SVD over his head with one hand, and he basically is jumping up and down saying how he got it, then the enemys open fire on his little asian self. Its a fun coop game, but the morality stuff is just stupid, it seems that the bad choices are almost always more beneficial.

#5 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

They shouldn't trivialize panda fucking.

#6 Posted by Daryl (1781 posts) -

No framerate issues.

#7 Posted by applet0n (652 posts) -

I just finished it and the whole situation just seems that they didn't know what direction to take it in, as in whether to make it serious or over-the-top.

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