Army of Two: The 40th Day Updated Hands-On

We check out a new locale in EA Montreal's upcoming co-op shooter.

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One of the publishers absent from the show floor at this year’s Tokyo Game Show is EA, but while EA may not be setting up shop next to the latest slew of tactical mech role-playing games and horse racing sims, its games aren’t entirely out of the picture. EA held an event here in Tokyo to show off its upcoming crop of games, giving us the chance to see--among other things--a new level from Army of Two: The 40th Day, EA Montreal’s upcoming co-op shooter set in disaster-ridden Shanghai.

What's New: The level we saw was just a brief snippet from this third-person shooter. It took place toward the beginning of the game, as gruff protagonists Salem and Rios make their way onto a rooftop with a view of Shanghai skyscrapers burning and falling apart in the distant background. What set this level apart was its focus on close-quarters combat: the rooftop section was a dense maze of air conditioning units, ventilation shafts, fences, and metal stairways. This design highlighted the new cover system, which will automatically snap your character onto nearby surfaces if you’re in the crouch position. It was a nice feature in this area, where we were basically combat-rolling from one AC unit to the next in a heated firefight.

What's Different: We also got to see one of the new heavy-class enemies, which are minibosses equipped with ultraprotective armor that require far more effort to take down than normal grunts. They’re interspersed throughout the campaign as a means of pulling players together and drawing their attention on one enemy instead of letting you get too far apart in the environment. The trick is that each of these heavies has a specific weakness that has to be exploited. One we’d seen previously was a grenadier whom you have to shoot in the grenade satchel to blow up since the rest of his body is thickly armored, but this new guy we saw had a weak spot in his face, since apparently he’s not fond of using bulletproof visors on his helmets like the other guy. Since he’s so powerful, it pays to have both teammates go after him at once, but two streams of gunfire to the dome had him down fairly quickly.

What's The Same: While a lot of the focus on the gameplay has been on making the cooperative elements more natural and “organic” as EA Montreal is fond of calling them, there are still some lasting traces of the original Army of Two. Specifically, you can earn cash in the game and use it toward customizing your own completely ridiculous gun. We outfitted an assault rifle with a kitchen knife strapped to the barrel, fixed a small-sized riot shield onto it, and painted the entire thing in a heart pattern--and instantly had the most adorable/terrifying gun in all of Shanghai.

What Impression The Game Made This Time: Army of Two: The 40th Day seems to be coming along nicely. The controls feel good, and the new co-op elements are well thought-out. We also really liked stabbing mercenaries with a gun that had pink hearts on it--but that might just be us. At any rate, you can expect to see The 40th Day released on January 12.

Discussion

22 comments
termadoyle
termadoyle

looks just like a map pack for the first game. I'll pass.

IUltimateOneI
IUltimateOneI

The first one wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really that amazing. Wasn't bad, but wasn't great. This is probably because I bought the game way after it originally came out, so it stands no chance against modern games that I have grown accustom to. However, this new one looks very impressive, much better than the first. Graphics are up to date, Audio is amazing, and GamePlay looks much more better, more and better weapons, customization, and just a better feel overall. I am hoping that it'll be another Gears of War, since Gears isn't for PS3 [but we have Uncharted 2 ;) ], but it's doubtful. Either way, I'm sure it'll be very fun, and that's what I want in a game.

vwolf2
vwolf2

It's adorable and terrifying...it's adorifying, lol. But seriously this game looks like it's gonna be awesome, can't wait.

jpaden018
jpaden018

I enjoyed the first one, sense i have a roommate that will play alot of co-op games with me and i like co-op over single player, so it would be hard not to like army of two. Cant wait for the second!

DualDarkscout
DualDarkscout

I never played the first one, but I think I might get this. The customization stuff sounds cool too .

Gamesmasterx
Gamesmasterx

Heart shaped camo? Ok... Still, it's starting to look good enough to buy. I found the 1st one lacked replayability since it unlocked everything automatically if you win in hard.

WhittyOne
WhittyOne

If you have played the first game, you will definitely want to try this out. But if you haven't play the first one then you will still want to check this one out.sounds like a great step forward.

bagehi
bagehi

Developers seem to increasingly be skipping these shows. Not sure what to think about that. This game looks like it has a lot of promise. I will undoubtedly spend many hours with this game, as I did the previous.

Celser
Celser

this new army of two is gona be great,the frist was good

red-ray
red-ray

First one was not that good, seems this one's got better

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

This game seems very different from the first. I'm glad its not a remake. Bravo!

siarhei
siarhei

Sounds like an interesting game. I skipped in the 1st but the 2nd one might get my vote =)

thorughfire
thorughfire

the first game was pretty good,Short but good.Definently 1 of the best co-op games ive ever played.Yes it was rather poor and short but it was definently worth buying.I knew I was gonna buy this ever since I heard of a sequel,It can only get better.

Hakud0ushi
Hakud0ushi

Great co-op game. I'll give it a shot, no doubt.

Mike0193
Mike0193

Can't wait to see how this game turns out, it had good potential but the first one was lame, it was a co-op game with barely any co-op elements. Really hope this turns out good, as it sounds like it would.

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

Not giving my hopes up for this one - too many other games that are better worth my money coming out between now and 2010. Well worth a rent at the least like M0wen10 said

DFen
DFen

yea also heard the first one wasnt that great, would probably rent the second one though see how it goes

M0wen10
M0wen10

The first one was fairly poor, but this one seems a big improvement and well worth a rent

olle1990
olle1990

first one was boring but this on looks really good