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Army of Two: The 40th Day – first look

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Deftly avoiding the obvious “most cumbersome title ever award” and not naming the sequel Army of Two 2, we still get a perplexing number thrown in there – Army of Two: The 40th Day. The confusing moniker comes from a mysterious disaster caused by something known as the 40th Day Initiative. Where the last game followed potty-mouthed Rios and Salem on their mercenary exploits, 40th Day kicks things up an explosion or two (or 400) by throwing our anti-heroes into a seemingly peaceful Shanghai that soon erupts into a major warzone.

We got to see the whole thing kick off with a very Cloverfield-esque building collapse, replete with an unclear cause. As the dust cleared, we could see several fighter jets come streaking between the skyscrapers, and off in the distance an aircraft carrier flanked by a fleet of battleships began bombardment of the city. Moments later, an A-10 warthog came screaming in and slammed into the rooftop where Rios and Salem would engage in a firefight.

So, reservations about the original Army of Two being anti-climactic appear to have been addressed, yes? What we saw was early in the game, so hopefully the ultra-violence only goes up from there. Indeed, much of what was highlighted during our preview indicated a conscious effort to address numerous issues that hadn’t quite worked the first time around.

The partner AI has a more “alive” feel to it, moving to cover intelligently, calling out targets, and peeking around for threats. It’s hard to say how much the AI’s actual functionality has improved, as we mostly got to see how two-player co-op works, which of course is the way the game is meant to be played. Many of the co-op elements have been stripped down or thrown out completely if they were deemed superfluous – the focus now is to have fewer mechanics that work better. The aim is not only on making the game play more smoothly, but also to go for a more realistic feel – hence, the Overkill mode has been removed because it felt a bit too arcadey for the new tone.

The co-op elements in general are attempting to be more organic and less start-stop as before. There are many situations where you have to rescue hostages, and using one player to distract, ambush, or stealth kill while the other prepares a cross-fire will be key. Of course, you can also choose not to save hostages much of the time, allowing you to play the selfish mercenary equally to the more ethical approach.

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20 comments

  • sft10 - March 21, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    yeah you are right the levels aren't that replayable still very nice game
  • chillwill0330 - March 19, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    I can't understand why so many people thought the first one sucked. It had it's flaws, but it was a really fun co-op game. As long as you played it with a real person and not the computer AI. I love the first one, and I am looking forward to the second one.
  • tigermoth99 - March 19, 2009 8:28 a.m.

    hmmmmmm.........
  • Drail - March 18, 2009 3:01 a.m.

    I'm hoping this won't be just a stock re-paint of Army of Two. Looks promising so far, though, so hopefully, my fears won't be realized. By the way, is there a release date yet, I haven't seen one.
  • FancyRat - March 17, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    That new cover system had better be changed; I don't see how it could possibly work.
  • skyguy343 - March 17, 2009 2:56 p.m.

    i think they should have called it Army of Two 2 or Army of Four
  • sixboxes - March 17, 2009 1:37 a.m.

    Shocking they even greenlighted a sequel for this game. Next up, Kane & Lynch 2? All that aside, though, it does look rather pretty. And who knows? maybe they can turn it around.
  • gamerboy96 - July 29, 2009 2:53 p.m.

    army of two was shit hot and so will this be
  • S3RIUS - July 21, 2009 12:10 a.m.

    this game is going to be the best game ever.... besides gears 2
  • Army_of_One - April 16, 2009 1:36 a.m.

    i think im the only one who thinks this is going to be the coolest game ever i loved the first one and ill most likely like this one
  • Scott34 - April 5, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    I think this game has some serious potential but I find the ability to negotiate your payment rather pointless. What sort of mercenary would perform a job for no pay? But besides that, I loved the first one and will most likely love this one too.
  • Skykid - March 27, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    Army of Two sucks, Here is a suggested title name: Army of Two: Rise of the Idiots. lol:))
  • GoGoGadgetFlow - March 21, 2009 5:52 p.m.

    i enjoyed the first one alot. im glad to hear that weapon custimization has been expanded, i really liked it in the first one (platinum gatling gun = orgasmic). I just hope they add some stuff that will make it more re-playable. once i beat the first one, i never played it again. still, one of the best co-ops out there.
  • Makk_Mizzy - March 21, 2009 8:33 a.m.

    WE'LL I OWN ARMY OF TWO AND I ENJOYED THE GAME ME AND MY BROTHER PLAYED THAT GAME ALOT IT WAS SO FUN ESPECIALLY WHEN THE SUICIDE BOMBERS WOULD CHASE HIM AND I WOULD SHOOT THAT EXPLOSIVE DEVICE ON THEIR CHEST! EVEN WHEN HE WOULD BE PINNED DOWN AND I WOULD USE THE STEALTH AGGRO AND RUN AND DROP A HARD A** ELBOW ON THE ENEMIES HEADS OR CHOKE ME A S.O.B AND THROW HIM ACROSS THE BATTLEFIELD LIKE I WAS THE HULK! THE ONLY THING BAD I HAVE TO SAY BOUT THE GAME IS I WANTED MORE BOSS FIGHTS LIKE RESIDENT EVIL 5 AND THE GAME WAS TOO SHORT LIKE TUROK I BEAT THE 2 OF THEM IN 3 DAYS! OBLIVION AND FALLOUT 3 ARE GREAT LONG GAMES WE NEED MORE OF THEM TYPES OF GAMES I BEAT ELDER SCROLLS 4; OBLIVION BUT, IM STILL PLAYING FALLOUT 3! IM DEFINITELY GETTING ARMY OF TWO THE 40TH DAY FOR ME AND MY BROTHER TOO HAVE FUN WITH! IM GETTING DARKSIDERS; WRATH OF WAR, SPLINTER CELL; CONVICTION, AND OF COURSE EA SPORTS FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4!
  • caboose3698 - March 20, 2009 7:13 a.m.

    yea, i dont really understand what everyone's problem with this game was. i liked it. every game has its flaws. and yea, that new cover system will not work...stick to the GOW default
  • jar-head - March 19, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    actually EA has been doing quiet a fine job at producing lots of kick ass New games
  • rynosaurs - March 17, 2009 6:17 p.m.

    Man i cant wait til i get my hands on this game
  • Morning Ninja - March 17, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    Yes, another worth co-op game!
  • Jbo87 - March 17, 2009 2 a.m.

    I recently bought Army of Two as I was looking for some co-op games to play with my mates and despite the fact it received far less than rave reviews it's actually quite a lot of fun. The reason for this is simple....there are no games that are bad when you're playing with a friend. And come on, the game has a button so you can slap you're mate round the head if he upsets you. Classic.
  • lava_lamp - March 17, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    dude Army of Two sucked so will this

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