A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game clearly glorifies military combat and makes it seem possible that two well trained men can take on hundreds of enemies and live to talk about it. However, it also makes the player think about what he or she is doing by providing several moral choices that will change the flow of narrative. What's more, one of the loading screen messages asks players the provocative question: "Who are you when there are no consequences?"
Positive Role Models
Players are told their protagonists -- a pair of ex-Rangers who have created their own private military company -- are generally good guys, but they clearly take pleasure in killing their enemies, smiling and joking along the way. They also have to make some fairly major moral decisions that will determine whether innocents will live or die and have the option of killing or tying up certain enemies. Consequently, how "good" our heroes are is in large part up to the player.
Ease of Play
Fairly simple third-person shooter mechanics make getting into the swing of things pretty easy, and three levels of difficulty facilitate players of all skill levels. That said, the game slowly increases in challenge, culminating in a final chapter that will likely require multiple attempts, even for shooter veterans.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody firefights are relentless. Players use a wide range of weapons, including rifles, pistols, shotguns, and grenade launchers to kill more than 1,000 enemies over the course of the campaign. Victims typically gush blood when struck with bullets. Head shots will often result in enemies' skulls exploding, leaving naught but stumps. Players can also stab enemies with a bayonet and occasionally engage in hand-to-hand combat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One scene features a man looking greedily at a captive woman. Many players will believe that she is at risk of being raped. Also, there is a short, humorous discussion about bestiality.
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Spoken profanity includes damn, hell, "s--t," "f--k," and more. The cuss words aren't heard constantly, but players will encounter them in each chapter.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are discussions between the protagonists and other characters about drinking beer at the end of their ordeal.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Army of Two: The 40th Day is an extremely violent third-person shooter. It is filled with excessive blood and gore. Characters spurt blood and their heads often explode when struck by weapon fire. What's more, an array of profanity is peppered throughout each chapter. The player's characters -- Rangers turned private military contractors -- are presented as rough but essentially good men. They face difficult moral quandaries throughout the game that are left up to the player to resolve. Consequently, just how "good" they end up being and their reputation among civilians is in large part up to the player.
Is It Any Good?
The original Army of Two was a commercial success but received lukewarm reviews from the press, who criticized the game's artificial intelligence and middling co-operative mechanics. It seems Electronic Arts has taken these criticisms to heart, because the sequel is a fun, witty, Hollywood-style action adventure that outdoes its predecessor in almost every way. The co-op play in particular is terrific. Players must work together to provide covering fire and achieve flanking positions, and the creative level design -- one scene actually has players running across the face of a building that has toppled into another -- often lets each player forge his or her own path.
To top it all off it has an excellent blend of humor (the subjects of jokes between our two leading men range from Bruce Willis to bestiality) as well as some more sober narrative sequences in which the player must make hard moral decisions. Do you enlist the aid of a nearby boy to get a much needed sniper rifle lying nearby? Do you execute the man who led you safely through chaotic streets just because you were ordered? You might be surprised at how much this action game makes you think.
Online interaction: Players can play co-operatively or against each other online. Open voice chat is supported, which raises the potential for players to share personal information. It also means that players may be exposed to inappropriate language, ideas, and verbal abuse. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for pre-teens.
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