Army of Two
Content at a glance:
Computer Platform: Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
Produced by: Electronic Arts (EA)
Price Range: $51-60
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: Mature Teen to Adult
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Reviewed By: Zack
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
Genre: Other Third-Person Shooter
Christian Rating: 1 of 5 (awful)
Gameplay: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Violence: 1 of 5 (extreme)
Adult Content: 1 of 5 (extreme)
If you are a fan of Gears of War or the X-box/PS2 hit, “Mercenaries” then you will instantly fall in love with this game. You play as one of two characters, Tyson Rios or Elliot Salem, two friends who met in the Army Rangers. During your first mission you are aided by the top mercenary in the world, Philip Clyde. After you’ve completed the mission he tells you of his employers, SSC, and how they’d make a great new addition. Rios and Salem become the newest addition to SSC’s mercenary group immediately after.
The gameplay is quite entertaining. The focus is one what the game refers to as “aggro” which is in short attracting all of the enemies fire either toward yourself or your teammate in order to flank them. The game explains it like this. The person with shooting is often the main target and everyone else is ignored. The person shooting with the bigger gun will be noticed more than a person shooting a smaller gun. You can order your teammate to begin laying down suppressive fire so you can move or you can order they move while you lay down fire. A pretty basic concept.
When you give the order however, your character or teammate might spew out a few colorful words, I’ll get to that in a moment. The enemy AI is actually pretty decent. I wouldn’t say it’s superb, but not too bad. Enemies will attempt to out-flank you, lay down showers of bullets, and throw plenty of grenades at you. Because of your armor it takes a good deal to take you down, but it is possible. When wounded you lay there and your teammate drags you to cover to heal you while you provide covering fire. One of my favorite things about this game is, just as you would expect, you earn money for completing your mission and other sub-objectives within your mission. You can use this money to purchase new armor, weapons, and weapon upgrades.
The graphics in this game are very good. Every environment you play in is wonderfully done and the cutscenes can seem quite realistic. One thing I would have loved to have seen in this game though is destructible environments. Even the bullet holes disappear almost immediately. A perfect idea for how destructible environments should be would either be Battlefield: Bad Company, another EA release scheduled for later this year, or F.E.A.R.
In all I think this game had upwards of 30 f-words in cutscenes alone, 15 s-words, and a** was used a few times by itself and in combination with “hole.” Most of the language occurs during cutscenes, especially those involving Clyde. In one scene he calls you and your teammate “f***-os” a few times. Your character responds by asking, “Who the h*** calls someone a f***-o?” The game is full of language, this goes without saying. Also, one feature of this game is if you push the “a” button next to your teammate they will do something to acknowledge a good move or whatever. All of these actions are fine except one they start to play the air guitar and both say, “Ladies lift your shirts!”
Overall this game has great gameplay especially it you have a friend to play throughout it with you, but due to the offensive adult content I can’t recommend this game to anyone under 17
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Year of Release — 2008
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