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12:00 PM on 04.02.2013

Jimquisition: Bullshit In Sheep's Clothing

Join Jim as he celebrates the 100th episode of Jimquisition ... and complains about EA. Again. Companies (mostly EA) have started to learn they can get away with pulling their familiar stunts by giving them a new coat of pai...

Jim Sterling


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Review: Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel  photo
Review: Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel
by Jim Sterling

Army of Two has never been an especially bad series, it's just never been an especially good one. Providing simplified cooperative shooting action, as dumb and dirty as can be, the series has clearly found a fanbase for its particular brand of not very particular action. It's one of those series with a rudimentary purpose, and it fulfills that purpose without going the extra distance. Nothing acutely wrong with that, it simply is what it is. 

That said, having had its third crack at the whip, Army of Two would do well to evolve or at the very least refine itself. There's only so much mileage in any idea, and when your idea is this spartan, there's not much gas in the tank at the best of times. Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel is EA Montreal's second sequel, yet it bears all the missteps of a first attempt, and retreads old ground in a less than forgivable way. 

There's nothing wrong with a game like Army of Two, fundamentally. There's plenty wrong with this iteration of it.

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New releases: BioShock Infinite finally arrives photo
New releases: BioShock Infinite finally arrives
by Fraser Brown

This week, I welcome Monday with open arms, inviting it into my living room, and even introducing it to my parents. Strictly speaking, it's really Tuesday I want to embrace, because that's when BioShock Infinite launches. But since I'll undoubtedly be staying up all night to play it the moment it unlocks, it will still be Monday in my deluded, sleep-deprived mind.

Jim's got a lot to say about the latest instalment of Irrational's franchise, almost all of it good. Will it be the nigh perfect game many of us were hoping for? We'll find out soon enough. I've already let friends and family know I'll be "indisposed" for the next few days. Yeah, I'm pretty excited.

But BioShock Infinite isn't all we've got to look forward to this week. 3DS owners can rejoice, for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon also drops this week, and Chris had a spooktacular time reviewing it. It's really starting to be difficult to not splash out on a 3DS -- damn my limited funds! Inexplicably, another Army of Two title is also coming out; Pokémon fans get another game to add to their likely gigantic collection, this time in the form of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity; and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 launches with lots of golf clubs and a philanderer. 

What are you splashing out on this week?

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4:30 PM on 03.06.2013

Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel demo available March 12

The Tactical Worldwide Operations group is setting forth on their new mission later this month, fighting against a ruthless drug cartel. Judging from the new trailer released today, there may be an enemy within as well. Scin...

Conrad Zimmerman

7:45 PM on 02.28.2013

New Army of Two trailer gives you the finger

So, I haven't really been super interested in Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. That is until this new trailer that focuses a lot more on the story. I think part of the reason is that the story presented here looks like it'll...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



'Dude-bro' takes a back seat in The Devil's Cartel photo
'Dude-bro' takes a back seat in The Devil's Cartel
by Keith Swiader

"We really pimped out the whole gun customization this time around."

That's what Greg Rizzer, producer of Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel first told me as I sat down to get hands-on time with Visceral Games' latest entry in the series. 

Yes, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel continues the series' tradition and includes a legion of gun attachments and customization options. Everything from your weapon's stock, barrel, scope, magazine size and color are customizable, with more options included than ever before for the series. And yes, even the shield attachment returns, though such an attachment will have varying effects on your character's movement and turning speed.

The series' main characters, however, Elliott Salem and Tyson Rios, are not returning to The Devil's Cartel -- in playable form, anyway -- and are instead replaced by Alpha and Bravo. That's because the latest installment is a reboot of the series, and given the nature of the game's plot, this omission was for the better.

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1:45 PM on 01.25.2013

Get $20 Amazon credit for pre-ordering Dead Space 3, more

Are you planning to buy SimCity (physical copy), Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, or Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel before launch? Amazon is throwing in a $20 credit on all four titles, which I don't need to tell you is strongly wort...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 01.16.2013

Army of Two 'Overkill trailer' features a lot of shooting

In case you needed reminding of what you're going to be doing in the upcoming Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, then this trailer makes it totally clear. You're going to be shooting lot of bullets at various bad guys (for som...

Alasdair Duncan

9:00 PM on 12.07.2012

Big Boi and B.O.B. to appear in the new Army of Two

Hip hop fans are in for a treat if they pre-order Visceral Games upcoming Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel. Rappers B.O.B. and Outkast's Big Boi will not only be performing the theme song for EA's co-op shooter, entitled "Dou...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 PM on 11.01.2012

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel coming out on March 26

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel releases on March 26, 2013 in North America, and March 29, 2013 in Europe. Folks that pre-order the game will be upgraded to the "Overkill Edition," which will include early access to three "Ov...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



gamescom: Overkill in the new Army of Two is ridiculous  photo
gamescom: Overkill in the new Army of Two is ridiculous
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

One of the abilities the two new protagonists of Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel get is called Overkill. After filling up the Overkill meter from in-game actions such as killing others, a player can activate it to slow things down, recover health, and blow up EVERYTHING. Overkill gives a explosive effect to your bullets, and nothing stands a chance against your rampage when it's activated.

Each player gets there own Overkill meter, but only one person needs to activate it to turn on the ability for both players to use it. A good tactic is for one player to activate theirs, and then have the other player turn their's on after the first one runs out. Both players can activate Overkill at the same time too, which gives an overall bigger impact from the ability.

Generally, it will take players in the final game a while to fill up the Overkill meter, making it precious resource. For the press demo though, it was filling up constantly so we could see the feature as much as needed, something that I was more than happy to abuse. It was pretty cool seeing the environment get shredded, and see limbs get ripped off bodies in my attacks. 

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9:40 AM on 08.14.2012

gamescom: First look at Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel

EA just showed off live gameplay footage of Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel here at gamescom. The live demo focused on the new pair of heroes working together to take out enemies, much like the past games. Eventually th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:46 AM on 08.02.2012

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel announced for 2013

[Update: Destructoid has been told Carlos Ferro is voicing Alpha. THAT IS A THING WE KNOW!] The Army of Two series hasn't exactly set the world on fire, but Electronic Arts clearly must be making some bank off it. Army of Two...

Jim Sterling

2:00 AM on 04.26.2012

Layoffs and reorganization continue at Electronic Arts

It looks like EA's "restructuring" just keeps on going. Up to 50 staff at EA Montreal may lose their jobs. EA confirmed this, but said that many of the staff will be moved to other projects and only a "small number" will leav...

Fraser Brown

9:00 AM on 12.01.2011

Rumor: Army of Two sequel is Army of Four

Whoever spilled the beans to Kotaku yesterday is spilling some more. The latest EA rumor concerns another Army of Two sequel, one that hopes to up the ante with four-player co-op as opposed to the traditional two.  Army ...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 05.25.2011

Live show: Mash Tactics plays Army of Two the 40th Day

Today on Mash tactics we will be playing Army of Tutu! Er, Army of Two Two? The second Army of Two? Anyway, you can join us on Justin.Tv/Destructoid and we can figure this out together. [Join us for Mash Tactics every weekday...

Pico Mause