The 40th Day is a biblical reference. And it indirectly could refer to a plague, because quarantine originally meant that you endured a sickness for 40 days, like so many in the bible did. If you could manage that you were considered free of the sickness. We vary such isolation now because, you know, germ theory, but the name stuck, and refers directly to "40".
Then you have Moses, Noah, Jesus, all manner of biblical characters enduring things for 40 days. 40 was a numerological term in Hebrew which just symbolized "a long time," just like 6 represented imperfection, and 7 represented perfection.
The first one had some good ideas, and then something happened before it came out and it all went to shit. Most of the realistic merc things like the tampons and the little minigame to resuscitate your mate all went away and you were left with a game that was supposed to be very dark and violent and instead had the violence with two douchebags that wouldn't be able to shoot their way out of a liquor store.
If you're going to make a game based on PMCs, make them realistic. There are idiots that go over there and shoot up the place like these humps, and they usually end up dead - shot by real PMCs to clean out the trash. Don't come over here and think it's easy money, I'll shoot your ass myself if you blow my mission by being a cowboy, and it's real easy to blame it on insurgents. Real personnel that do this work are professionals that know their business and aren't high-fiving in a firefight. Shit, Gears is more realistic in tone than Ao2 was, and that's just sad.
EA, make the game right and you'll have a solid shooter that isn't just another game. These guys go there for money, but that's just an extra incentive, they go private because it sidesteps the chain of command and beuracratic red tape that ties your hands. They want to make a difference and get the job done, and not have some REMF screw up their shit because of some clerical error.
I agree with Death_Burnout that this article was too dry for a jeff article. Anyone who just simply wanted game information or a press release can go anywhere for that, instead of a random article here.
On a side note: I think they're making a mistake by not making Army of Two: TIts, Fire, and Destruction instead.
This news made my morning. Fist bumping, Wu-Tang discussion, gold plated shotguns, free DLC levels, and a ship captain who talks about ships blowing faster than a Thai hooker. What's not to like? I guess I just don't have good taste in games because I don't suck Bioshock's dick.
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