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Army of Two: The 40th Day – first look

New mechanics include the mock surrender, where one partner walks out with hands up while the other takes advantage of enemies’ gullibility. Another cool element involves use of GPS trackers – one player can mark targets and hostages, which allows the other player to see the targets through walls. In one scenario we saw, the two players had gotten separated by a car crash. One player encountered a hostage situation that the other player couldn’t see. Once the targets were tagged, the second player could see that they were standing behind a wooden window shutter. This allowed both players to line up headshots on separate targets and execute a simultaneous attack with the second player shooting through the wooden shutter at an enemy he couldn’t otherwise see.

Rios and Salem have been injected with a bit more personality by having them lift up their masks in non-combat situations so you can actually see their faces. More importantly, the player has more control over shaping the personalities. On top of the choices for saving hostages or not, the players can also decide how involved in the 40th day disaster they want to be – it can be all about survival and cash if that’s what suits your fancy. Also new is the ability to negotiate payment for a job – you can demand whatever amount you want, or even ask for no pay at all to show what an ice-blooded psycho you are.

The controls aim for a more intuitive and seamless cover system. There is no button to snap to cover – simply approaching cover engages it, and leaving merely requires moving away from it. Sprinting to cover works by just letting go of the stick when you get close, and vaulting over cover happens by simply continuing to sprint. We’re wondering how well the system will work – by the sound if it, it will have advantages and disadvantages compared to the now “default” approach that Gears of War standardized. Without a snap-to button, we can see problems with going into cover when you don’t want to. However, if the details of it are handled smartly and consistently, it could work very well indeed.

Topping things off are the graphical improvements. Character animations are more varied, with bodies reacting more realistically to the environment. The lighting and shadows are more detailed, and the disaster elements happen both in front of your eyes and in “stories” left over in the world around you. The aftermath of destruction isn’t just random broken crap everywhere – you can piece together a sequence of events to how it all happened, which adds a fun element to the disaster feel.

Finally, no details have been given yet, but we know that weapon customization has been expanded, and multiplayer is supposed to be significantly bigger. With those promising improvements added to the list, it’s easy to see how EA has listened to the feedback from the original game and taken on just about every complaint there was. The multiplayer especially sounds tantalizing, so we’re hoping to hear more about it soon.

Mar 16, 2009

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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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