posted by BeowulfEMT (LAGUNA HILLS, CA) Jan 27, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
First off, I loved the first game but this just feels like a shell of the original. The basic components are there and even some cool additions (in depth weapon customization including mixing and matching weapon parts) but the actual gameplay just feels off. Most of the time you're not even sure what you're doing. Other than following a dim green line and killing anyone you find along the way.
Occasionally you'll come across civilians that need saving which can lead to some cool game mechanics (choosing to subdue the enemy or blow them away) and when you successfully save one you get money and/or weapons.
Now for my biggest pet peeve of the game. Checkpoints. Especially on the harder difficulties these checkpoints can be extremely frustrating. Obviously being a coop game you can't have as many checkpoints as a game like Call of Duty but it does get kind of ridiculous. Any weapons you buy or upgrade are not saved unless you get to the next checkpoint which is just annoying. I don't want to buy the same weapon setup 3 or more times for because one teammate goes down.
Possibly the worst part of the checkpoint system is YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE CUT SCENES EVERY TIME. There is no skipping the 2003 quality graphics at anypoint. It's an easy fix the developers could patch in that would make the game much less frustrating.
Aiming can also give you a bit of a headache, especially blind firing. It is much easier to do when you're not playing split screen since you can really see what's going on. I have a 52" but it still feels cramped with vertical split screen. Often times you'll be forced to take on multiple heavies that almost require headshots which can get frustrating but not more than other war games.
Over all there is fun to be had with Army of Two:40th Day but it's all the little things that really take away from the final game. At least give it a rent.