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FISTBUMPS AHOY! New Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Trailer Is Brotacular

Matt Gardner
Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, EA Games, TPS games, Trailers, Visceral Games

FISTBUMPS AHOY! New Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Trailer Is Brotacular

As someone who really didn't mind the fratastic boneheaded lunacy of the first two Army of Two games (hey, at least they knew exactly what they were, right?), I've been missing that bro-verloaded absence of seriousness in what I've seen of the third game thus far.

But this trailer features a little dash of Salem and Rios...and...AND...there's even a cheeky little fistbump in there.

Although vexingly it looks like it's in a cutscene.

Seriously, Visceral, what's a man supposed to do if he can't wildly air guitar after mowing down a horde of faceless-yet-evil mercs?

Anyway, this trailer, along with the Michael Bay-esque explosion fest from a week ago, have actually made us turn up our interest meter from zero, to not-zero. Next time EA, don't lead with skaters talking about the game. Just show us the goddamn game! Also plenty of crunchy guitar. We like crunchy guitars.

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JonLester  Mar. 7, 2013 at 13:21


Erm, what? Why do we get to see Alpha and Bravo's faces?

The whole point of not giving them names is to let us read ourselves into the protagonists, letting us put ourselves behind the masks and making the customisation feel more relevant and personal. Something we'll now struggle to do, because Alpha and Bravo are now fleshed out enough to be their own characters, yet not enough to have have freaking names.

This is just a personal pet hate, but I can't stand it when flight sims and other genres do this. If you want to make characters, make characters. Fine. But if you want to create proxies with callsigns instead of names, keep the characterisation to a subtle minimum and let us fill in the blanks, dammit! (see also Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, Strike Suit Zero for examples of this done badly - and the Halo series for examples of this done right).

It would have been easy to crop their faces out of shot or just let them keep their masks on. That way, Alpha and Bravo could still have their own voice and identity, but it could still be us under the faceplate.

Nonsensical rant over.

Last edited by JonLester, Mar. 7, 2013 at 13:40


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