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Army of Tedium
on 4 November 2013
The Army of Two franchise is by no means a massive step in the ' video games as art ' camp but it has happily allowed mindless fun and shoot outs for people to enjoy between games with a little more substance. As a fan of the previous two titles in the no holds barred, dumb fun, "yo' bro" series I was left with an overwhelming bitter taste in my mouth after completeing the story mode.
The campaign is at best a hurried and juvenille attempt at creating a scenario that trys to best the dangers beset within the first two games and a cheap way to cement the two new characters Alpha and Bravo. The story is very basic and the lifespan of characters is hilarious. The main villian is an insult and the plot twist is pantomime at best.
Alpha and bravo are two of the worst protangonists in recent video game history with horrendous dialogue, almost minimal backstory and no character or appeal what so ever. The characters mutter macho nonsense and try to sound like they have conviction within the story but come off as caricatures.
The controls are questionable but getting acquainted didn't over stretch my frustration. The new over kill system is a fun alternative to the aggro system of the previous titles with its boombastic and highly destructive results this is one direction I felt gave the game a much needed strength and it becomes a delight to blast away with over kill mode activated especially in co-op with a buddy.
The setting becomes higly repetitive and the bright colours and under used mexican backdrop soon wears thin and reveals that the developer didn't care much for the interesting locale but rather the sad and violent history it bears.
The signature weapon customisation system is scalled back massively. I didn't count the weapons but my memory tells me there were more avaliable in the first game. The customisation is weak with minimal upgrades and no real way to make a weapon your own. The colour/skin options for weapons is expanded but this is a missed oppurtunity to of added such an upgrade to the impressive and fun upgrade system of Army of Two: The 40th day.
Overall it is a fair game but not the best of the series and can leave veterans of the series with a high dose of resentment that this franchise of dumb, no questions just bullets is nothing more than a poorly written and executed attempt to cash in on the fanbase. There is fun to be had all be it very limited.