Army of Two: Devil's Cartel will reel back 'frat-boy' tones

Visceral Games says upcoming co-op shooter has toned down some tendencies from past games, but will still be over-the-top.

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel will "reel in" some of the "frat-boy-esque" tendencies of the first two games but will still retain an arcade feel, Visceral Games told Eurogamer.

"The previous Army of Two games had a real frat-boy-esque tone to them," designer Greg Rizzer said. "We've kind of reeled that in a little bit, but we certainly wanted to still be over-the-top."

Rizzer added that gamers should not take The Devil's Cartel too seriously. At the end of the day, games are meant to be fun, he said.

"Especially in the market today where every shooter is claiming to be the most realistic, one of the things that's starting to slip away is games are meant to be fun," Rizzer said. "Even if it's a game that's violent in content, we still as gamers need to be able to appreciate a Michael Bay-esque type of experience. And using all this new technology we have, why not?"

The Devil's Cartel is due out March 26 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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33 comments
LoganWesker
LoganWesker

stop with these lame ass games..how about that?

anigmha
anigmha

Can I high-five and buttslap my buddy? Can we play rock-paper-scissors? Can we pull out our air guitar and rock out? If the answer to these are no, then you did not retain enough "frat-boy-esque" elements to the game. I will still buy it and play it with my best friend, but that's because we love this franchise so much and will support it in hopes for another sequel. Just make sure the next game embraces the bromance of the first game.

brxricano
brxricano

Bitch did you just mention Michael Bay in an attempt to make the game sound GOOD? oh man....stop talking before you bury this game pre-release.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Is it me, or on the opposite - the majority of shooters these days are over-the-top Michael Bayesque marine-saves-the-world stuff? Sounds like this game just became even more derivative.

1234ritchie
1234ritchie

He makes a good point about "realistic" shooters saturating the market. Hopefully this will be a nice change of pace.

Wasn't a huge fan of the previous games however so not holding my breath.

snakefantasy10
snakefantasy10

If someone is willing to buy this game on launch day please tell me why?

To me it seems more of the same crap just in a different location

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

BLUE YOU MY BOY! *fistbump*

Mister_Zurkon
Mister_Zurkon

So you are getting rid of literally the only thing that made your game stand out?

I think they weren't silly enough, both of them got really preachy and pretentious at the end.

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

Looks lame just add this game into the pile of bland shooters that are crapped out every year

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

i like the chemistry of Salem and Rios from the first two games. I hope Visceral won't change that. And THIS is the game where you can put crazy, over the top set pieces. I would be mad if Visceral won't put crazy set pieces they put on Dead Space 2 (those on DS3 are awful and uninspired) on Army of Two: Devil's Cartel

GasparNolasco
GasparNolasco

I loved playing the first two games co-op with friends, I think the frat boy thing is kinda part of it's silly charm... I hope EA is not planning on turning this into another generic military shooter, because the mood was kinda the only thing this series had going for me.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

always had a blast playing this series co-op with my mates so will probably pick this up as long as the reviews are fairly decent

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

Everyone has to be right about the lack of advertising for this game. I've never heard of it until this article.

Gekko135
Gekko135

Reel back 'frat-boy' tones.... and increase stereotypes.

For reference, see Call of Juarez: The Cartel and Prototype 2.

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

From what little I saw of the gameplay it looks good. It's also being developed by Visceral this time around so it'll probably be a solid game. I just wish they were advertising it more. It's like EA doesn't expect it to sell(who can blame them) and they're just making the game for fun.

hella_epic
hella_epic

I'm concerned about the complete lack of advertising or marketing for the game. I really enjoyed the first Army of Two but the hype for this game is almost non-existent no trailers or gameplay footage, are they taking this game out just for the heck of it? I completely forgot that this game existed until i saw this article. SAD. 

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Can't wait. I want to customize my mask and weapons already.

lemmy2
lemmy2

I really enjoy the Army of Two series. And I agree that sometimes it feels like games are startig to take themselves too seriously. It is about having fun. That's why I had an issue with GTA 4, I felt it was trying to be too realistic and it lost some of it's fun. The previous games were more cartoony and I loved them for it.

GuillermoX
GuillermoX

I find it hilarious that people were bothered by professional mercenaries having potty mouths.  Kill all you want, just don't say 'shit' while you do it :P

green_scorpion
green_scorpion

Too late, I already consider the franchise too childish to bother with.  Also, Michael Bay sucks, why would you want to make a game that is similar to his garbage movies?  Oh right, its for the mindless masses.

salvucci91
salvucci91

The perfect balance of humor and action: the Bad Company series. Even the music in there was great.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

The lack of media buzz and overall PR marketing over this game gives the whole thing a really bad first impression. Especially since they subtitled it '' The Devil's Cartel''. Last game we got with ''Cartel'' in its name was the last Call of Juarez, and turned out to be totally horrible. You don't want to associate a bad name to your game, but hey

dogfather76
dogfather76

I might get it eventually, but am not nearly excited about it as I am the other releases scheduled for the year.  I guess if this is the third one in the series though, it must have a good track record.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

I like this series, I'll probably jump on this one.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

This game is almost destined to fail again. The buzz is so low for it.

unreal101
unreal101

Reel it back all you want, it's still a frat-bro game at its core. It's literally no more than the combination of Modern Warfare and Gears of War, soooo... good luck with that.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

@Mister_Zurkon It's still all built about co-op right? Isn't that what makes it different from most shooters?

gf61
gf61

@lemmy2 For me it was more a drama than a game. That's what tv is for. Go here listen to this group curse then go there listen to that group curse. Earlier GTA's each mission had it's own spin to it.

lemmy2
lemmy2

@salvucci91 except that Bad Company 2 was a linear bore. The first Bad Company was great, the second one....not so much. But hey it was still better than any COD or Battlefield 3 campaign.