Army of Two

Army of Two Review for PS3

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New action tile from EA that pits you with a clever AI comrade or a live person in co-op play.

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6Out of 10
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The four-player Vs. mode is unlike most other multiplayer games on the market
The four-player Vs. mode is unlike most other multiplayer games on the market

The four-player Vs. mode is unlike most other multiplayer games on the market

Something else EA almost got right is the weapons upgrade system. Before each mission and often mid-mission you're able to buy new weapons or upgrade existing ones. Cash is earned by completing objectives and it's pretty plentiful so you can upgrade quite regularly. Sadly you can only carry three weapons at once, plus your grenades, so it's unlikely you'll switch to anything new once you've got a fully kitted out killing machine - you can even add bling to make your gun nice and shiny and to attract more aggro. What effectively ruins this though is the lengthy loading you have to endure when you want to buy or upgrade. The menu itself takes far too long to load and then you need to load a new menu for each weapon type. Towards the end we often opted to stick with what we had rather than endure the loading once again.

Whether or not it's a great tool or simply a way to overcome poor level design is unclear, but Army of Two features a GPS, essentially telling you where to go and what the objectives are. For the most part it's perfectly possible to navigate without having to follow a set of glowing orange arrows, given than most of the maps are pretty linear, but we did have to consult the high-tech gadget from time to time.

As in Gears of War, Army of Two's competitive multiplayer modes only cater for a small number of players, in this case four. As a team of two you're placed in a large map (there are only four at the moment, but more via DLC wouldn't be a huge surprise) and you need to complete objectives before the opposition in order to earn cash. With AI enemies also littered about and the objectives being pretty varied for a multiplayer shooter, Army of Two's Vs. mode is certainly something you won't have played before. How much fun you get from it will depend on how you found the core controls during the campaign and if you can buddy up with a real friend who knows the ins and outs of the game.

Ultimately, a few major problems hurt the overall experience.

Ultimately, a few major problems hurt the overall experience.

Built using the Unreal Engine 3 Army of Two looks solid, but nothing more. Character models are excellent, but the environments are pretty sparse and enemies start to resemble clones before too long. The hovercraft sections don't shine visually either, with the vehicle almost looking like it's been pasted into the scene. Thankfully the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions both run at a pretty smooth frame rate and the differences between the two visually are minimal at most - we had both running side by side and it's hard to pick a winner. On the Xbox 360 everyone's got rumble support and there are plenty of Achievements to earn, while the PS3 features a few minor motion control additions, such as moving the controller up and down to reload your weapon.

It's hard to be down on a game that tries to do something commendable, but Army of Two suffers from too many problems to be the game we wanted it to be. It just about scrapes through, enough anyway to warrant some decent sales and hopefully a sequel. Hopefully next time Rios and Salem will be a little less wise-cracking, take things a little more seriously and come complete with levels and gameplay scenarios that match the clever aggro system. While the gun-play certainly grows on you as you progress, some hefty tweaks there wouldn't be amiss either. As a trial for a new gameplay concept Army of Two does its job, but as a great game it falls someway short.

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ok soo i picked this game up for a tenner in hmv...not too bad actually well worth the money for a few hours of shooting...very linear and kinda railed at times but a bit of fun for two
Posted 23:09 on 21 May 2009
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Tom has explained the game perfectly, but 6 was a pretty poor score. 7.5 or 8 would have served better. Very enjoyable game, played a couple times through and enjoy the games light heartness. I think the games main fault is to portray itself as serious hardcore when it's more just fun.
Posted 14:42 on 07 September 2008
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I THOUGHT IT WAS A FRIKEN AWSOME GAME AND I WAS SUPRISED ON WHAT REVEWS IT GOT
Posted 00:24 on 31 March 2008
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i got it 1 week ago from game in uk. I though it was rubbish for the first half an hour then was alright i thought was a bit of a fun game nothing special but good fun to have and play though ive only seen one other person on psn so havebnt played online wich is gutting cant wait when i do though bet its quality.
Posted 14:26 on 12 March 2008
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GameSpot's review has just been published: http://us.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/armyoftwo/review.html

6.5/10.
Posted 21:39 on 11 March 2008
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Yes, JayB, we're all noobs compared to you and your limitless gaming experience. Which is odd, when considering how you write, I'd have to assume you were twelve years old. You must have gotten a lot of gaming in when you were a toddler.
Posted 17:24 on 11 March 2008
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Razor or wat eva ur stupid name is , this game got nothin short, controls are bad , mult-p aint pretty s@@t , this game made 4 lil kids
Posted 16:06 on 11 March 2008
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I find it odd that the couple reviewers who gave this game pretty bad reviews both complained about about not being able to kill guys on the run or take guys out at close range. I think they just suck at the game. I seem to have no problem doing this. It seems like the want the game to play exactly like other games they have played. Not to mention you can adjust the aim settings as well.
Posted 15:38 on 11 March 2008
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This game is mint! the only beef i have with it is that enemys are not get hit when i am exactly at them. I use a 40 round clip aiming at this guys headspace at bout 5 meters and nothing, i had to play dead instead. But im well happy with this game! worth 37 quid neways.

Jaybe there must b a lot of noobs in this gaming world but your the only one who thinks its crap :blushsmile:
Posted 14:14 on 11 March 2008
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From wich planet r u? only noobs will play this crappy game.... gonna trade it tomorrow
Posted 03:51 on 11 March 2008
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bortonj88

This game is absolute quality! Just been playing for ages with my mate on campaign and we are hooked. Truly a great game!
Posted 02:55 on 11 March 2008
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Army of two is a brilliant game the only thing i don't like about it is you can only kill bosses from the back!!!!!!!

Shotgun them down, run round them and pump some lead into their back while they're getting up :D
Posted 19:14 on 10 March 2008
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Army of two is a brilliant game the only thing i don't like about it is you can only kill bosses from the back!!!!!!!
Posted 12:14 on 10 March 2008
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As for Army of Two, you only have to take a quick look at the sub forums over at XBox.com to realise that it might be worth a bit more research before parting with your money.

Really? Most of the guys I've seen over there are in love with this game - infact I played the versus mode with 3 guys I met on the Ao2 xbox forums today and we had a great time.

To be honest the only downside to this game is how short it is but then again after other games being much the same (Call of Duty 4) you can't really complain about that.
Posted 21:58 on 09 March 2008
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This game is ****ing sweet... 1) the close combat is my favorite option (they can choke slam somebody to DEATH).. thats priceless.... and 2) I think that not knowing where bullets come from is kind of the point of being an open gun fight. I mean, to an extent you'd know, but I find that once I find out who shot me, I just run at him and pump kick the turban off his head.

Great game, don't listen to this guy.
Posted 23:31 on 08 March 2008

Game Stats

Army of Two
6
Out of 10
Army of Two
  • Solid visuals
  • The aggro system is great
  • Lacks spectacle
  • Awkward controls
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Release Date: 07/03/2008
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360
Developer: EA Montréal
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 18+
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