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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close to Gears, but no cigar
Set in a future where private armies are undermining government military, blah, blah...hell, it's a shooter. And it's for two people. And they swear and high-five each other when whacking the enemy. What's not to like? Fire at the enemy melts, get your aggro meter glowing and all guns will be trained on you. Leaving your buddy free to sneak up and shoot them in the back...
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware E A haven't told us everything
This is a nice "fill in" game while we await the next big title. Its a bit of fun with a friend online - but only if that friend is in the EU aswell !!
I got this game to play with not only a friend from Sweden but also a couple of friends from across the pond.
But OH NO you cannot do that - thats why when you see a European gamer online with this game it says...
Published on 11 Mar 2008 by SD


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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close to Gears, but no cigar, 7 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Set in a future where private armies are undermining government military, blah, blah...hell, it's a shooter. And it's for two people. And they swear and high-five each other when whacking the enemy. What's not to like? Fire at the enemy melts, get your aggro meter glowing and all guns will be trained on you. Leaving your buddy free to sneak up and shoot them in the back of the head like the dogs they are. Controls easy (nice touch is tapping Y button to baseball slide into cover). Being a co-op, playing the campaign alone means trusting the AI, which in the main is pretty good. Simple shoulder and d-pad clicks send out orrders, and if you're taking too much heat, you can tell your guy to get all medieval on the enemy ass, and he'll draw fire while you recover. Follow set objectives to gain cash (which you can also bump up completing side missions and searching for level bonuses) which you can they spend, spend, spend on new weapons and upgrades (excellent touch) as well as blinging the sh*t out of your guns. Enemies can't help but pay attention to a diamond-studded missile launcher or solid gold AK47. You can also purchase body armour upgrades and menacing steel face masks. Nice.

Gameplay is intuitive, menus really smart and clear. First level tutors you through the various player controls, and hints pop up in the early stages. Characters are meaty, dialogue suitably rough, tough, rude and funny, enemies aggressive and locations well drawn (apart from the odd texture rip). Sound, including score, dialogue and weapons, score a big fat 10. Problems? Not many. Given the release date fell back by several months, the gameplay doesn't feel quite as polished as it should. Cover system not as tight as Gears or R6 Vegas and automatic weapons seem a little weedy in the early stages (I emptied an entire clip into one dumbass melt without him dropping). But you're not going to buy this for the campaign...you're gonna buy it to hit Xbox live and go hellfire crazy with a buddy. And that's where Ao2 as at its best. Multiplayer hook-up is easy, but I did notice a warning saying you could only co-op on XBL with another PAL disc owner...I guess that means you can't play with you Yankee buddies. Shame.

Overall, it's kick-ass fun, and certainly the best shooter since CoD4. Hoo-ahh!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware E A haven't told us everything, 11 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This is a nice "fill in" game while we await the next big title. Its a bit of fun with a friend online - but only if that friend is in the EU aswell !!
I got this game to play with not only a friend from Sweden but also a couple of friends from across the pond.
But OH NO you cannot do that - thats why when you see a European gamer online with this game it says "Army of Two EU ".
EA should have made us aware of this fact - very underhanded I say.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A different approach to shooters, but falls short in some key respects, 21 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
ARMY OF TWO is a third-person shooter that features you controlling either Rios or Salem (with either you or the computer controlling the other), who are mercenaries who are sent on missions to war-torn places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and you must use teamwork in a way that is done quite differently to other games in the genre.

The key to all of the teamwork is the Aggro meter, which swings between you and your partner depending on how much you shoot, throw grenades etc; the idea is that you can gain Aggro so that you can coax the enemy into attacking you while your partner sneaks around and attacks them while they're trained on you. Alternatively, you can get them to similarly distract the enemy and you flank them (in fact, some foes can only be harmed from behind, so this approach is valuable).

Other teamwork involvement includes the step-jump, which allows you to boost your partner up to a higher level (but you can also shoot baddies before launching yourself up there yourself if necessary) before they put their arm down to grab you. Either that, or you can get them to initiate the step-jump and go up to the higher ledge (but remember to pull up your partner!).

The other teamwork thing of note is the ability to snipe two targets simultaneously using the Co-Op Snipe option (in one-player mode your partner shoots almost immediately after you do, while in two-player you press A to initiatiate a countdown from three to one, so that you can synchronise your shots), or you can even swap guns with each other (you both have a primary weapon, a secondary weapon and a special weapon, as well as grenades).

For more intense battles you may be lucky enough to find a riot shield lying around (or on some occasions you can get a makeshift one from the door of a vehicle), which one of you can hold while the other tags along behind you and shoots. The shield has its own "health" meter and is destroyed once this meter drops to zero.

Another key thing that makes this somewhat different is that the two characters on your team do not really get along all that well and often bicker. In fact, Electronic Arts have even added a bit where you can go up to your partner and congratulate him or even belt him one if you think he did a lousy job! It doesn't actually affect the gameplay as such, but it's a nice little addition!

As with other TPS games such as Gears Of War, you can use cover, blindfire, aim for more precise shots and do melee attacks on close enemies (there are quite a few of these, not just butting them with your gun). Between missions you can also use money collected by completing mission objectives or finding hidden cases of information to either buy different weapons or upgrade ones you already own (to increase damage, accuracy and how quickly they affect Aggro). Sadly you cannot collect weapons from downed enemies, unlike in other games, so you have to hope that an enemy you down drops a little satchel containing ammo to replenish it.

Some extra bits that differentiate Army Of Two from other games are the use of two-person transport such as a parachute (one steers it, the other person shoots enemies); there are other vehicles but I'll leave them as surprises, as they appear late in the campaign. There are some occasions where you are completely surrounded by foes and the two of you go into Back-To-Back mode, where you rotate around each other and take out the enemy as they try and shoot you from all sides (it's all in rather nice slow-motion, too).

If you get downed your partner should try his best to get to you, drag you to cover if necessary (you can still shoot while being dragged), and heal you (which takes about five seconds and gets interrupted if he gets shot in the interim, meaning he will have to try again as quickly as possible before you die and have to restart from the previous checkpoint. If your partner is downed you must get to him and heal him before he dies, in a similar manner.

Army Of Two is quite an achievement, yet a bit of a disappointment at the same time. Yes, it's different enough from the rest of the genre to warrant a look, but it also does not quite fulfil its promise. You see, the AI of your team-mate in one-player, while fine most of the time, can get really bad if you've either been downed (in which case he often drags you into danger and gets shot to bits himself, meaning Game Over), or if he's shooting from behind a riot shield (he quite often does not prioritise the enemies very well, or sometimes runs off for no explicable reason), which can leave him vulnerable to being downed, and you having to hope he's not surrounded so that you can drag and heal him without being gunned down yourself. It happens quite a bit and it's very frustrating.

The most galling thing about Army Of Two is that the AI of the enemy is ridiculous! They can blindfire from a great distance with superhuman accuracy and often inflict too much damage too quickly, whereas your guns get affected by recoil and you cannot do the usual thing about holding your breath while using sniper rifles (meaning that you have to wait for the sight to stabilise, which can leave you taking a lot of bullets from others). It's a bit unfair in that respect, not to mention totally unrealistic.

So, all in all, not a total disaster, but passable -- it's just that it could have been so much better with a little more thought. It's definitely best in two-player mode due to its annoying flaws.

Rated 18 by the BBFC for strong bloody violence and language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Two, 31 July 2009
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Whether you're playing alone or ripping it up on split-screen co-op, Army of Two will leave you craving for more - and at Amazons price of 10.99 this game is a must-have for anyone wanting a game that clearly has quality to it.

Straight off the bat - this game is really, really good. The characters are believable, the dialogue is well thought out (no cheesy one liners here!) and the game play is fairly solid.

Pro's:
- Impressive graphics
- Good enemy A.I. (so long as you play on normal difficulty or higher)
- Clear storyline. Great characters. (complete with great cut-scenes)
- Great Co-Op shoot 'em up.
- Moderately easy to gain achievement points.
- Original and fun ideas for Xbox Live play.
- Re-playability
- 2 content downloads - one is FREE and adds 2 extra levels to the game.

Con's:
- Some levels have annoying bits of clipping which can make some enemies frustrating.
- Xbox Live ranked matches can be few and far between.
- Story can seem somewhat short for obsessive gamers.

Conclusion:
I gave this game 5 out of 5 simply because I could only really find one fault with the game that I felt could affect someone buying it and that is the fact that Xbox Live gamers might find the online matches sporadic (unless you have 3 other friends who own the game). This has not affected the 5 stars I have given this game simply because it does not best reflect how good the quality of the game is.

I would definitely recommend this game. I love it! With a sequel on the way, there's a lot of promise in a good series of games here and if you're in need of an extra online gamer for Army of Two, count me in! (Gamertag: CyberChristFF)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ace army, 22 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
A great game with great graphics. Although it only has six missions, you won't be getting through them in a hurry, as it's not a game to be rushed, and it just about beats 'Gears of war'. Very recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GAME., 19 July 2008
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This game is great, it provides entertaiment each and every time you play it which is something i have done constantly. Its only flaw is that its campaign is short however that doesn't stop me playing the game over and over. This is a certain buy if you want to be entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something Different, 26 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Well, this game is something different, forget CoD4, Gears of War, it is not, but, it is a good fun arcade game. Realism HA!!!!!
Playing online with a buddy on the co-op has to be the best feature, and can lead to some laugh out loud moments. The online Vs is a bit ropey and can be extremely annoying, but ultimatley fun never the less.
I haven't played single player campagin yet and to be honest doesn't really appeal to me, will probably only do it foe the achievements.
The graphics and animation on the main characters are good and well executed, the enemy are simpler. The enviroments are very simple and the textures look as if off the original xbox.
The weapons are varied and animated god on the characters, not like many games when you change weapons they dissapere on the characters. Strangley i found the pistols to be the most effective weapons, strange. Sniping is the biggest waste of time going. you can't move when your zoomed in. i really could swear at this point.
In all a good arcadey stocking filler. However not everybodies cup of tes
best adivce for this would either to be buy it second hand or rent it first. don't pay full price, you could be dissapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Groovy Game. Recommended for the 2player!, 18 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I not long completed this game, its pretty short game but very entertaining and i would recommend any fan of third person shooter to get this game. customing your weapons as detailed and in depth was very impressive, including having available weapon skins as *bling bling* was fantastic and very nice to see. the game play is very nice and a good story line and humour to the game. the only negative thing i can say is that u cant shoot through objects which was a little disappointing, non the less its an amazing game to play with your mate/sibling! recommended. great fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than I thought it would be, 17 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Based on the previews of this title I thought it would be disappointing, however having now finished it I found it a whole lot of fun. Yes it takes the Gears of War template and sticks it in a fairly generic setting, but to my mind its got more rewarding shooting than Gears (which if you take away the chainsaw weapon is actually quite boring to play) and better A.I.
I found Army of Two to be pretty tricky in places (you achieve this by simply changing the difficulty to a harder setting - try it, you might find the game lasts longer) and your partner is effective at healing you and taking out the enemy (but not so effective as to make you redundant).
It took me about 16 hours to finish the game and it mixes things up nicely so that when the on-foot shooting may be stretching your patience theres a hovercraft section or parachuting section that follows for variety.
The graphics are good but not incredible - theres a couple of bits with obvious glitching and the textures aren't quite as crisp as Mass Effect. The music is pretty good as are the sound effects, the interplay between the characters is quite amusing and the story is well told (albeit nothing you haven't seen before).
On the whole this is surprisingly good for an EA title and just plain good fun in general, hopefully a sequel will follow that improves on this excellent first game.
And one last thing - all these people who reckon the guns are rubbish: try upgrading them, then they tend to work better!! I had no problems with their power or accuracy so maybe these people are just a little bit rubbish at computer games?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STOP COMPARING THIS TO CoD4 AND GEARS!, 21 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Army of Two (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
ok this game may not be as good as gears of war or call of duty, but how are you meant to make something better than that? if you dont compare it to them, these kind of games can be amazing.
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