Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. Mar 28, 2013
    74
    The game sticks too close to its inspiration at times, but it still offers a meaty campaign loaded with non-stop action. If you enjoy Gears, you will enjoy this.
  2. Apr 1, 2013
    72
    Sometimes despite itself, AoT3 proves that a fun co-op experience can go a long away in masking flaws.
  3. Apr 21, 2013
    60
    The Devil's Cartel could have been a better game in almost every aspect. Rarely exceeds the best arguments of the previous games and if this limits the pretensions to take the lead of the franchise, it does not mean that it is a bad game.
  4. Apr 3, 2013
    60
    Comfortably familiar game-play contrasts against badly written and possibly fan-upsetting story. A bit too buggy and repetitive and loses much of its charm when playing without a human partner. Sadly, the best parts by far are the mask-painting tool and the possibility to play it with a friend.
  5. Apr 1, 2013
    40
    We'd have hoped that if a third iteration in the series was done, it was with the overall goal of surpassing the quality of the two average previous games. But the Devil's Cartel ends-up being a sub-par TPS, bugged, limited, uninspired and even lazy in its game design.
  6. Apr 8, 2013
    50
    A splendidly colourful game with a confused tone and too many bugs, Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel will at best briefly amuse then disappear from memory.
  7. 60
    A game that seems more than satisfied with being entirely average in all respects. Does make for decent co-op fun, though.
  8. Mar 30, 2013
    50
    The elements that made its predecessors interesting have been all but destroyed, making Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel a functional shooter but little more.
  9. Apr 10, 2013
    85
    Provides co-op fun in its purest form. But the game not only scores with its fantastic co-op mode, but also with the variety of playable weapons, the sound and its thrilling atmosphere. The only minor disappointment comes from its visual realization, which appears a little bit antiquated. Nevertheless this is another superb entry in the Army of Two franchise.
  10. Mar 29, 2013
    50
    The humour has been drained and long-time fans might feel aggrieved by the decision to sideline Salem and Rios in favor of these lame characters. If you absolutely must experience the mediocrity first hand, Army of Two: Devil’s Cartel is still probably best played with a friend... but friends don't let friends play tedious mediocre games.
  11. Apr 8, 2013
    70
    Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel is a worthy addition to the Army of Two franchise. Third person shooter fans will feel right at home here and as a fan of the series I enjoyed the story. There are some issues with the game and it lacks replay ability other than to unlock more gear or playing on higher difficulty settings. The Devil's Cartel is a solid shooter with some key differences from most other shooters on the market.
  12. Apr 1, 2013
    64
    There are many reasons for Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel not being a really impressive game. The total absence of an interesting plot and lack of charismatic characters hinders any chance to provide a context for the gameplay. Coop will be our major motivation to give this adventure an opportunity, as the solo campaign won't be of any interest for anybody.
  13. Apr 15, 2013
    50
    A decent action game that entertains for the moment. There are mechanics that encourage cooperation, but other than that there's not much to praise as characters, level design and AI (amongst others) are sub par.
  14. Mar 28, 2013
    73
    Intense shooting gets your adrenaline going. Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel just is solid and fun. Don't expect surprises or originality.
  15. Apr 8, 2013
    75
    While I like my shooters, and I enjoyed playing The Devil’s Cartel for what it was, there is nothing there to set it apart from all the others on the market. It’s violent, fast paced, looks fine, and plays okay. But you can’t hi-five in the game anymore. Maybe that’s because when they finished making it EA decided there wasn’t any reason for a hi-five.
  16. Not every game (or player) needs a riveting story, sometimes some fun gameplay is all it (and the player) needs. Unfortunately nobody told Visceral en EA that. The Devil's Cartel is nothing more than “Duck, Shoot and Reload”, until the end of times. [May 2013, p.80]
  17. May 27, 2013
    44
    A humdrum shooter that runs on unabashed machismo and is completely devoid of imagination. [Issue#231, p.68]
  18. 50
    A game that could’ve been so much more, and barely does enough to justify its existence.
  19. What you’re left with is Max Payne 3 if it was stripped of half its budget, created by Michael Bay and forced into a co-operative experience. Fans might get a kick out of the fire and limb filled explosions, and the cameos from older characters in the series, but make no mistake, it will be short-lived. [June 2013, p78]
  20. Sometimes ugly, often stupid and always unoriginal, but it still does 'shooting men with guns' well enough to be fun. [June 2013, p.100]
  21. 45
    The Devil's Cartel takes what made the original Army of Two intriguing and replaces it with quick and simple gameplay that doesn't require much skill. Together with a weak script, this shallow experience is only for the most devoted of fans and trophy hunters desperate for another Platinum.
  22. The very definition of a mindless shooter, EA Montreal’s latest — the third in the middling Army of Two series — is a stripped down, by-the-book, bereft-of-imagination bang-bang that left me less satisfied than a parched man served a salt lick and an empty glass.
  23. Apr 1, 2013
    59
    It’s generic to the core and wholly uninteresting, as the AI isn’t anywhere near good enough, the developers didn’t do enough with the co-op concept (a huge disappointment), and we don’t even get a drop-in, drop-out feature.
  24. Apr 12, 2013
    55
    Well, Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel is a little bit of a letdown. Long loading times, invisible walls, dumb AI and a lot of graphical glitches takes away from the experience. Thus, it's not as good as the previous games in the series, which doesn't mean it isn't a fun shooter. Especially when playing with a friend - and let's face it, that is the way you should play Army of TWO - the game might just be worth your while.
  25. Apr 12, 2013
    45
    Scaling itself back for a more "pure" co-op experience just doesn't work for this franchise that benefited so greatly from borderline parody. For that reason alone, The Devil's Cartel is an awkward one to recommend.
  26. Apr 1, 2013
    73
    Surprisingly fun, this Army of Two is likely to go unnoticed because of all the games launched these weeks. However, it delivers what it promises: loads of fun.
  27. Apr 3, 2013
    65
    This is is obviously not the best co-op game to buy. However it must be said that the second part of the is much better and funnier then the first part. But still: the graphics are ugly and there are too many bugs and shortcomings to be a strong game.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Mar 30, 2013
    10
    great game, graphics, destructible areas, awesome design 4 lvls, like a methlab n grow warehouse, realistic explosions decent campaign lenght 8hours, i'd give it 8,5 but since some are giving it low, i think it deeserves a lil high, most important this game is fun Full Review »
  2. Mar 28, 2013
    1
    EA is at it again. This game requires that you sign in to Origin before you are allowed to play it. If you have lousy internet you will not be able to play this mediocre title, so maybe that's actually a good thing (unless you already paid for the damn thing). Gameplay is always linear; AI is watered down, even on the hardest difficulty. The only way to enjoy this game is with a friend and while you both are intoxicated. Otherwise the game is unchallenging, unimagintive, and the repetitive. Oh and did I mention the story was written by a 12 year old. Skip this one and invest the money you save on a worthier title. Full Review »
  3. Mar 26, 2013
    4
    Decent story, great graphics and excellent gameplay make Army of two The Devil's Cartel a experience that you don't want to miss. The customization aspect is better than ever with a lot of weapons and masks that you can personalize any way you want. The story is simple our new protagonists Alpha and Bravo are in a fictitious city in Mexico named La Puerta the objective remove The Cartels from the city. The story can sometimes become bland and boring but the new characters can definitely be enjoyable and welcomed, sadly the game can get repetitive at times but it never becomes a game breaking issue. The co-op is excellent by taking different paths and covering your friend from a top building to just decide to rescue or leave someone it just adds more replayability to the game. In conclusion Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel is a great game that delivers a fun and interesting experience at times if your not a fan of the franchise or just not love that much third person shooter games you should wait for a price drop. Full Review »