Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel
|Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel|
|Series||Army of Two|
|Release date(s)||NA March 26, 2013
|Mode(s)||Single-player, co-op, multiplayer|
|Distribution||Optical disc, download|
Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel is a third-person shooter video game developed by the Montreal branch of Visceral Games and released on March 26, 2013 by Electronic Arts for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is the third game in the Army of Two series, following 2008's Army of Two and 2010's Army of Two: The 40th Day. The game takes place in Mexico and pits T.W.O. against a ruthless drug cartel known as La Guadaña (Spanish for "the Scythe"). It is the first game in the series to run on the Frostbite 2 game engine where as the previous two ran on Unreal Engine 3. The demo for the game was released on March 13, 2013. It was the last game developed by Visceral Montreal.
Where as the last two games focused around characters, Salem and Rios, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel will focus around two new T.W.O. operatives named Alpha and Bravo. It is speculated that the reasoning behind the unidentified names is to give the player the feeling that it is them fighting through the missions.
Returning from the first game is the Overkill mode, which makes both players invincible for a short period of time. However, features such as back to back, playing rock, paper and scissors with your partner, and other co-op interactions have been removed in favor of a more fast-paced gameplay. Competitive multiplayer from the second game will not be returning to focus on a richer co-op experience.
It has been noted that the game will feature more customization options compared to the previous games in the series. The Devil's Cartel will feature a mask creator which allows players to completely customize their masks, thus giving their TWO operative its own persona. Customers can pre-order the Overkill Edition which comes with bonus weapons, masks, outfits, and missions that are not available with the standard version of the game.
Shortly after being recruited into T.W.O. (Tactical Worldwide Operations), Alpha and Bravo join Salem and Rios in a rescue operation to save multiple hostages in a cartel compound. During the operation, only one hostage, a girl named Fiona, is found. Salem attempts to leave, believing that if he stays, he will die. Alpha, Bravo and Rios are successful in saving Fiona, but Salem presumably dies. Five years later, T.W.O. is hired by Mayor Cordova, a Mexican politician seeking to bring down the La Guadaña and kill its leader, Estaban Bautista. The T.W.O. operatives, Alpha and Bravo believe nothing will go wrong, until the convoy's movement is interrupted by La Guadaña and Alpha and Bravo survive with some other operatives, but Cordova escapes.
Alpha and Bravo push their way past the Cartel's forces to City Hall for extraction. At City Hall, a man named Mason arrives and drives them out of the city but is killed when the cartel ambush them on the road, forcing Alpha and Bravo to proceed to meet Mason's contact. Mason's contact is revealed to be Fiona, who aids the team in bringing down La Guadaña. Fiona gives Alpha and Bravo intelligence that Cordova fled to a local church that is serving as a La Guadaña compound.
Alpha and Bravo fight through a resort to encounter El Diablo, La Guadaña's top Lieutenant, learning that El Diablo killed a large number of T.W.O. operatives and that El Diablo also captured Cordova. Alpha, Bravo and Fiona temporarily rescue Cordova while surviving T.W.O. operatives die trying to protect the mayor. However, during the extraction, Alpha, Bravo and Cordova are then captured and tortured by the cartels in a room. At this point, El Diablo reveals his true identity as Salem, revealing part of his betrayal was because Alpha, Bravo and Rios did not check if he was still alive, and considers that they simply left him. Salem kills Cordova and leaves, then Alpha and Bravo escape the room. Alpha manages to radio T.W.O. of Salem's betrayal and request for extraction. Rios is among the T.W.O. operatives responding to Alpha's transmission and wants Salem captured alive, but Alpha and Bravo disagree. Fiona tells the team that Salem and Bautista are hiding at a hacienda. Alpha and Bravo lead a T.W.O. strike force with assistance from Mexican Special Forces to raid the hacienda. During the raid, Fiona pursues Bautista, but is captured and relocated to a quarry. Alpha and Bravo are extracted by Rios via helicopter to rescue Fiona.
Alpha and Bravo successfully regroup with Fiona, who successfully kills Bautista. However, Salem re-appears and implies to Rios why he betrayed T.W.O. then kills Fiona right in front of everybody. Rios charges at Salem, Salem shoots Rios in the abdomen and flips him down a story before escaping. Rios changed his mind about capturing Salem, he wants him dead. Alpha and Bravo corner and destroy an armored vehicle piloted by Salem, successfully capturing him alive. Rios, Alpha and Bravo are airlifted home, promising to oversee Fiona's burial and carry out an extended vacation. Meanwhile, Salem etches the name Alice on his prison cell wall.
In the post-credits epilogue, Salem is seen smiling when an armored guard and an unidentified visitor approach him.
EA announced that fans who pre-order the game would be allowed to play with B.o.B and Big Boi. The hip hop artists have collaborated on the game's official theme song "Double or Nothing", produced by SoFLY and Nius and Oddfellow, and appear in game as T.W.O. operatives Charles ‘Chuy’ Rendall (Big Boi) and Anthony ‘Baker’ Barnes (B.o.B), sent to take down the cartels in Mexico.
Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel received mixed reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version 56.25% and 58/100 and the Xbox 360 version 54.24% and 54/100.
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