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Posted by Dj (913 posts) -

Grr! This is my bad ass face!
I had fond memories of Army of Two. While the writing and voice acting was completely atrocious it was also hilarious. The mindless murdering juxtaposed with the bromatic shenanigans made any attempt at a legitimate story completely impossible. Rios and Salem were a perfect parody of every single action hero ever made. The brodomoy between the two characters had me waiting for possible comedic gold with every word. In a genre where every shooter protagonist is the faceless puppet or war grizzled veteran, Rios and Salem were a breath of fresh air.

That’s why I’m no longer psyched about Army of Two: The 40 Day. In a similar move to the Prince of Persia series it looks like the sequel will take the dirtier, grittier approach to the story.  The one thing that Army of Two had going for it was the complete over the top insanity. Without it, Army of Two becomes yet another generic third person shooter with mercenary dudes.

I’m sick of this realism movement in shooters. Why can’t shooters be fun? The action movie motif has been done to death and it’s time for something new. I think the complete insanity of the two heroes made them more endearing then space Spartan 10432. Army of Two walked the fine line between stupid and funny like a professional trapeze artist. Now it’s yet another shooter, which are a dime a dozen nowadays.

How do you feel about realism in games?

#1 Posted by Dj (913 posts) -

Grr! This is my bad ass face!
I had fond memories of Army of Two. While the writing and voice acting was completely atrocious it was also hilarious. The mindless murdering juxtaposed with the bromatic shenanigans made any attempt at a legitimate story completely impossible. Rios and Salem were a perfect parody of every single action hero ever made. The brodomoy between the two characters had me waiting for possible comedic gold with every word. In a genre where every shooter protagonist is the faceless puppet or war grizzled veteran, Rios and Salem were a breath of fresh air.

That’s why I’m no longer psyched about Army of Two: The 40 Day. In a similar move to the Prince of Persia series it looks like the sequel will take the dirtier, grittier approach to the story.  The one thing that Army of Two had going for it was the complete over the top insanity. Without it, Army of Two becomes yet another generic third person shooter with mercenary dudes.

I’m sick of this realism movement in shooters. Why can’t shooters be fun? The action movie motif has been done to death and it’s time for something new. I think the complete insanity of the two heroes made them more endearing then space Spartan 10432. Army of Two walked the fine line between stupid and funny like a professional trapeze artist. Now it’s yet another shooter, which are a dime a dozen nowadays.

How do you feel about realism in games?

#2 Posted by DBoy (1997 posts) -

Army of Two was an OK game.  As you mentioned, the characters and dialog was laughable at best, but the gameplay was alright, aside from the idiotic stuff you needed to be 2 to do (open a door, climb a wall, etc)  We'll see how this one turns out.

#3 Posted by KnightsofRound (486 posts) -

I never played Army of Two, but the concept of the game appeals to me (that being the team mechanics and the ridiculousness of the characters/story).  I'll probably get around to it eventually but the lukewarm reception kind of turned me off a little.

Hopefully the sequel can still keep some of it's original charm, while possibly improving the story and whatnot.  I think realism is a good thing, but when every game tries to be a copy of each other it just gets tired and people need something new.  Apparently the whole realism movement is working though... for now anyway.

#4 Posted by snake6phw (166 posts) -

Well I loved the first, it's one of my guilty pleasures. I don't care what they do to the second, as long as it had badass dudes with masks on and upgradeable weapons, I'm down.

#5 Posted by GamerGeek360 (1959 posts) -

I never played the first one after hearing mixed reviews on it.

#6 Posted by Dimsey (962 posts) -

Lack of fist bumps and air guitar whilst blowing the shit out of everything and everyone that stands in my way has me less enthused for the sequel, but I'll likely still play it if only because I love me some co-op.

#7 Posted by Captain_Fookup (1519 posts) -

EA always ruins shit, the bromance made Army of Two.

#8 Posted by RisingRaiden (149 posts) -
@snake6phw said:
" Well I loved the first, it's one of my guilty pleasures. I don't care what they do to the second, as long as it had badass dudes with masks on and upgradeable weapons, I'm down. "
That's exactly how I feel about the first one.

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