Army of Two: The 40th Day was ok. My first major concerned is the non-sequitur of a story. Starting out you just kinda spawn in Shanghai and progress from there, no back story, no revelation of the events that occurred between the games. While I’m all about playing games and not watching cut-scenes, I was disappointed by the lack of back story in this game. The story in the first game was fun, even if it was relatively easy to see through. This game, on the other hand, had basically no story other than you’re stuck in Shanghai, shit is blowing up everywhere, and there’s an army fighting you that isn’t Chinese. Meh, I would ask for more.
The producers did do a good job of adding new content to the game. You have some additional abilities and weapons. You also have a more flexible customization system, giving you the option to change weapons, weapon parts, storage capacities, clothing, masks, etc. They did do a good job with these features, particularly using the new abilities. Using the charge feature on the lower difficulty settings was fun, although not useful on Contractor difficulty, as were the bayonets.
I was lucky that I had VGL_Justin to play through this game with me, though. The gameplay when played co-op with a partner is fun and will give you a generally good experience, even though some of the level designs weren’t the best I’ve seen. However, if you are going at this game on your own, you’re probably not going to have as good an experience. Your partner’s AI is shaky at times and it becomes frustrating that it forces you to more or less make him move. A lot of micro managing which is something I don’t get super pumped about.
Overall the game isn’t terrible, but I was hoping for better. I was hoping to see some of the things fixed that were wrong with the last game, which they weren’t. They may have gotten worse. There were lots of times the controls didn’t work correctly and I ended up dead. Annoying. At any rate, though, the game is solid and is a fun pick up with a friend, especially if you can get it on the cheap. If you want to check it out you can buy it hereor grab it from Gamefly.
I’m going to give Army of Two: The 40th Day a 6.5/10.
Keep it real,