Army of Two

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Solid shooter with impressive co-op mechanics.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 20 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The protagonists' main focus is killing for money. However, as the story unfolds, you see these characters eventually develop a conscience.


Players kill enemies with an array of firearms, including machine guns, shotguns, and grenades. Expect to see plenty of blood.


The F-word and s**t appear regularly in the dialogue. Online options pave the way for potentially more foul language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a gritty and violent co-op military shooter. Players use the standard array of firearms and grenades to kill opponents, often with bloody results. Characters blur the line a bit between good and bad. They're mercenaries who mostly care about money, but ultimately prove to have somewhat of a conscience. Between the dialogue and online capabilities, brace for pretty strong language.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byMatt W. August 5, 2017
This game is awesome there is no gore and the blood looks fake like what a 2 year old would draw the only concern I have is there is some cursing but nothing th... Continue reading
Adult Written byPaladin357 August 4, 2012

Extremely fun, but make sure you have two players.

Army of Two is a fun game with an interresting story, but just enough problems to keep it from a five star rating. The few nit pick p... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bylewiswoodhall May 30, 2015
Strong Bloody Violence. Strong Language.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySubmarine Bullet April 6, 2012

Army of Two

This game is great.It's perfect for people who love coop.There is violence (shooting enemies in the head, stomping peoples heads into the ground at some po... Continue reading

What's it about?

Electronic Arts delivers its take on the buddy system with the cooperative shooter ARMY OF TWO. Players control both Salem and Rios, mercenaries in a world where private contractors dominate the United States' military efforts. The duo works for the SSC, a contractor who deploys them on missions to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other global flashpoints.

Central to Army of Two's action is the cooperative play. You don't move as one soldier but as two. You and your partner must work as a cohesive unit to navigate each environment and complete the objectives. The directional pad hosts three commands: Advance, Regroup, and Hold Position. Pressing once sends your partner into a defensive stance. Press twice, and he turns more aggressive. Tied in to this is Aggro, an aggression meter measuring which character enemies are most focused on. If you cause a major battlefield ruckus, your Aggro soars and you turn red. If it shifts to your partner, you become nearly invisible, allowing you to covertly flank enemies and kill them quickly. If you or your partner are injured, either character can drag the other to safety and heal.

Is it any good?

While team mechanics are intuitive, the game's potential is wasted on an average campaign and erratic artificial intelligence (AI). Although enemy intelligence is rather impressive -- they flank, use cover, and work vigorously to flush you out into the open -- unfortunately, when the computer controls your partner (versus another person when playing multiplayer), he's often inconsistent. He seemed best-suited for holding position and boosting Aggro while you quietly picked apart enemies. Otherwise, he'll lunge into combat exposed. Firefights are sometimes intense during campaign mode, but levels lack punch, often fizzling out in the end.

As you complete objectives, you'll earn cash to spend on Army of Two's spectacular customizable arsenal. But the ability to upgrade in the heat of battle feels a touch unrealistic. Multiplayer salvages the game somewhat, since you can rely on a human partner instead of one controlled, in part, by the computer. Modes are unique, focusing more on accumulating money than kills. Co-op fans will enjoy the unique experience, but the campaign and inconsistent AI hampers what could have been a phenomenal title.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about games implementing cooperative play. How much fun is it to play co-operatively as opposed to playing solo? Do you wish more games had this option? Since most of the environments are based in modern-day hotspots, discussions on current events and war may emerge.

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