Cooperative gameplay has been a staple of video games over the past few years, it seems like if you don’t have cooperative play then your not a next generation game. EA is among many of the top tier publishers pushing out a lot of games that include or feature cooperative play. In fact today we are talking about a game that follows the latter of the two featuring two cynical badies who are out for blood. Today we are checking out Army of Two: The 40th Day for the Playstation 3 which hopes to build upon the games solid first outing. How does it turn out? Read our full review to find out.
If you read my review for Army of Two for the Playstation 3 a few years back you will find a lot of similarities in the two reviews. More then anything The 40th Day reminds me of a sequel to a high profile action movie that decides that the first movies action wasn’t big or crazy enough. The 40th Day takes place in Shanghai and boy does the game open with a "bang". It really is a stellar open to a game that then goes back to the tried and true two player cooperative format of the original game. Story wise the game is really a much better experience then the first which is a huge asset to the overall experience whether playing online, or offline.
So let’s talk about some of the areas where The 40th Day improves from its predecessor. First off there are a lot of extra incentives to playing with a human partner. Strategy is much more a part of the experience with the improved AI which tends to throw up much more of a fight then the previous game. As many shooters in this day and age cover is a big part of The 40th Day and working with your partner to take out the bad guys is crucial as the computer does a great job of picking off the guy who is out in the open. There is an extra bit of customization in this game which includes not only your character but your weapon. There is a ton of variety in the primary weapons in the game which gives a great variety in the gameplay and a good way to make your experience unique. You can spend as little or as much time as you want customizing your weapons which just adds an extra layer to the experience.
Overall the gameplay in Army of Two: The 40th Day is quite good, if not great. One of the big issues that was found in the first game and once again shows up here is the lack of variety in the gameplay, you seem to do a lot of the same missions multiple times. Not to mention that the story which has a great start does start to drag a bit later on in the experience. However where the story portion of the game has some faults a lot of that is made up for by a stellar multiplayer mode that once again tests out the team work between you and your partner. This game demands team work and no where is more evident then the multiplayer. Overall the gameplay is quite solid both online and offline and does do a good job of improving on the first game.
The area in which The 40th Day improved the most from the original game was in the visual department. From the opening scene of the game it is very apparent that this game means business. The character models are also much more vibrant and detailed which help increase the visual spectacle that is Army of Two: The 40th Day. There are still some slight clipping issues and some small areas that stand out with a little less polish but overall the games visuals do a great job of showing off a game that looks a lot like a summer action blockbuster.
It’s no secret that Army of Two or Army of Two: The 40th Day is meant to be played with a human partner, neither of these games thrives as a single player experience, however The 40th Day does do a better job of giving it a better go. The AI in The 40th Day is much stronger both on your side and the enemies. The 40th Day has a much better run in the story department and in the multiplayer sector as well. There are still some things that need worked on especially continuing to give more variety in the missions you partake in. This game is a blast to play with a buddy and can offer some great challenge along the way.
Army of Two: The 40th Day is bigger, badder, and better then the games first outing. The gameplay mechanics are more refined, the graphics are greatly improved, and the experience is a lot more fluid then the first game. With that being said the game still has growth areas that still need to be addressed for this game to make it to the elite status and I would imagine that even greater things are still to come from this still rather young series.
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