Army of Two
Army of Two is EA's latest idea into the
squad based first person shooter market which revolves around two
military guns for hire, Salem and Rios who are not only battle hardened
but are probably two of the toughest soldiers in the world.
developers have done a great job at introducing both these characters
into the story, giving us a glimpse of their past and also their future
which takes place during the Iraq war. Not only are the characters quite
likeable but they have their own different personalities and traits
which makes for some interesting gameplay.
The story of Army Two involve our heroes
and when someone within their
mercenary organisation is setting up its members, Salem and Rios come
are drawn into this mystery, all in the name of stopping international
In its essence, Army of
Two is your traditional third person shooter with a squad based
interface. Even though the AI in the game is rather apt, you cannot rely
on your partner to dispose of all the enemies and in two player mode,
the game does become quite realistic.
The missions in Army of Two are
diverse and entertaining with the player visiting a wide variety of
different locales as they dispose of terrorists. By completing missions
and certain objectives, you are awarded money which can then be used to
purchase additional weapons and equipment.
What sets Army of Two apart from its competitors is the introduction of
a new "skill" called agro which allows the gamer to distract their
opponent in order for their partner to flank the enemy. Fortunately the
developers have included a rather in-depth tutorial which teaches you
all the variety of maneuvers and commands that are available to you in
There's some really cool
"other" maneuvers as well, such as helping your
partner to unreachable places and then lifting them up. The friendship
between Salem and Rios is great and you can perform some great little
tweaks in the game such as playing the air guitar together, high fiving
or even slamming heads. Camaraderie at its best!
The combat of Army of Two is frustrating at
the best of times and even on easy, it's sometimes quite difficult to
eliminate your foes as the aiming system feels quite flunky and lagged.
Especially when you are encountering a wide variety of enemies,
targeting can be difficult due to the fact that they don't stand still.
There are some tactics such as the "back to back" method where you stand
back to back with your partner and attack the enemy in an almost Matrix-esq
feel. The developers have really stressed this point in the game as you
need to rely on your partner to successfully complete the game and to
make things easier for the players. You can also command your partner to
perform certain objectives, however the control system is a little
If you get fatally
wounded, your partner will drag you to safety (or vice versa) and you
can then administer a life saving injection. Where the game really
shines is playing cooperatively with another person which almost
forgives some of the above flaws in the game.
The game features a variety
of weapons and items available to the player that would make almost any
military general blush by the diverse variety allowed for your characters. Match
that with a variety of multiplayer options as the campaign mode is
rather short and you can have hours of fun either online or with another
gamer on the same XBox 360.
Graphically, the XBox 360 version of Army of Two is a visual treat that
features high resolution graphics, extremely detailed characters who
move with true realism. The special effects in the game are first class,
especially the explosions and muzzle fire of your weapons.
backgrounds are also quite detailed in some places and whether your
parachuting into an enemy encampment or using a car shield in the
streets of Miami to prevent you getting killed, the attention to detail
The sound effects of Army of Two are quite realistic and sound great through our
surround sound system, match that with some over the top voice acting
and you have one clichéd sounding game with a soundtrack to match. The
one-liners in the game do become a little repetitive but some of them
are really entertaining and really help get you into the role of the two
In conclusion, Army of Two is an entertaining squad based shooter,
however does suffer from sometimes a frustrating control system. Once
the kinks are worked out by the player however and you have mastered the control, the title is
quite apt, especially the online mode which is definitely the winner in
Great graphics, interesting gameplay make Army of Two an
unusual if not satisfying experience as this is a strategically squad
based game not a stock standard first person/third person shooter. Go