by, 03-05-2008 at 09:58 PM (605 Views)
I'm really enjoying my time with this game so far. I think people are overlooking the politics of this game. When was the last time when you played a game with a political agenda? It brings to a wide audience what Eisenhower talked about with the Military Industrial Complex, and how the private sector of our nations armed forces through groups like Blackwater Worldwide have decimated the credibility and lessened the importance of our nations soldiers. This is a serious topic about the way our leaders conduct modern warfare. This **** goes on in real life.
So the game is alot of fun so far. I really like the implimentation of the aggro meter, and I have to give this game credit for trying some new things in a crowded genre. It looks and sounds great, I love the premise, yes the aiming is a little...off, but you get used to it. The Co-op is almost lag free (On PS3 at least), and the real way to play the game.
Like Gears of War before it, Army of Two is a above average game made fantastic by its co-op aspect. No game focuses on the use of two players like this one. It's not just two guys running through a level instead of one. The game focuses on using your team-mate (or AI) to his best usage. Put him in the right point, let him unleash some Aggro, go around the bend, and flank those Afghani's. It's satasfying, and it works very well.
Lastly, big props to EA for holding this game back. For those of you who don't know, this game went Gold and was about to ship to retailers back in November. However when the reviews came back in, and they saw that with just a little more time in the oven, they could have a really great franchise in the works instead of another glitchy dissapointment (Kane & Lynch). EA has been doing alot to change up their image, and this game is a great step in the right direction, and kudos for using such contraversal and ballsy subject matter. It's not perfect, but it's a great start to a franchise and I think the sequel could be something really special.
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