gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Devil's Cartel is by far the best Army of Two game there is. It's improved in almost every way from the previous two games, and I have to say that I had a ton of fun playing the co-op campaign with a friend. It's a polished experience with lots of customization and explosions.
The campaign features over 40 missions, some longer than others, and you mostly play with a either live or NPC co-op partner. Sometimes it's Army of Four when the other dudes join in to spice up the variety. It was like a non-stop Michael Bay film, like Bad Boys but with way cooler than Will Smith protagonists. The variety is decent too, whether it's gunz blazin (95% of the time), or a chopper scene, or a getaway car chase manning a machine gun turret as you escape.
AI programming has improved, meaning it's much easier to command your NPC if you're playing solo. They are much smarter than before also. You can tag stuff, tell him to shoot or come near you, and use his Overkill mode when the meter is full. If you both decide to press the Overkill button, it's chaos with the most crazy exploding fire insta kill bullets. That's the coolest part of the gameplay.
Otherwise, it's still a bit strategic if you want it to be, offering more points for backstabs, flanks, co-op tag team kills, etc. So it's best to work as a team with 1 person guns blazing and the other to flank with silencers and killer assassination close encounter finishers.
Expect lots of action, hilarious one liners from over-the-top cliché tatted up military types. I actually thought the dialogue was pretty good and made me laugh at times like the guy saying "shoot the red barrels man!! Don't you know red barrels always explode in video games?" I also loved the huge variety of gear to wear, masks (which you can also custom design like CoD's emblem), guns, and tattoos. I would absolutely check this game out if you can get a friend to play it with, it's worth the time.
posted by Tayot84 (MOUNTAIN HOME, ID) Mar 27, 2013
Member since May 2011
gamers (90%) found this review helpful
The game feels like it has been downsized, and not in a good way. The game has a good combination of teamwork and senseless shooting in large areas battlefields and narrow areas. Customization of masks and guns lets you leave your mark. Gun customization has made an in between of the first game's simple upgrade system and the second's super customization. The new aggro system doesn't use on screen indicators, and instead relies on players intuition to tell who is being the biggest threat. Money is now earned on how well you do a mission and increases for special flanking moves. Add on a cover destruction system coupled with a new overkill boost that litterely lets you overkill and you get a summary of the pros of this game.
The cons... well they are something I thought I would never see in an Army of Two game.
First, the story is while entertaining with new players, it's rather messed up for fans of the prior games. What you should know is that anything you have done in the prior games wont effect this one. The story ends with a lot loose ends, but not in a good way. The game disregards everything that happens in the earlier games and seems to create these new themes that never existed.
Salem was never as heartless as the game makes him to be, and I don't ever recall a thing between him and Alice.
The game is also short, even though the campaign is technically long, and that crazy system is due to the game having only the campaign to play. No multiplayer, no bonus modes, no exploration, just replays and a shooting spree mission. I don't know if EA plans to add more to the game later on, but right now lasting appeal is not a strong point for this game.
Lastly, all stealth is gone. Remember how you could clear half or a whole room of enemies before grabbing a human sheild and wasting away baddies with a minigun. Well now you can't do any of those I just mentioned, along with makeshift sheilds.
posted by prototype888 (HENDERSON, NV) Mar 29, 2013
Member since Sep 2011
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
This game is nice one of my favorite this year. I feel that if you like 2 player game have a buddy over and go at it well this is the game. Reminds me of when people invited there friends over to play games and not just online. Almost forgot due the the world of internet, how much fun it was to have your friend right next to you. I say this get a friend, girlfriend whatever and just kill some cartel.Graphics are nice, Gameply is nice reminds me of why i started playing games in the first place. Get this one its good.