Army of Two: The 40th Day Xbox 360

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 79 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
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  1. Although it was mostly a bore, the combat was ‘stupid’ enough for two players to take pleasure from watching the train-wreck.
  2. With so many great co-op experiences available to gamers, it’s tough to recommend The 40th Day. Lacking a cohesive story, solid controls, key multiplayer features, and polish, this sequel fails to close the gap of mediocrity running through its core game design.
  3. To quote some great song titles when suggesting Army of Two: The 40th Day, all I can say is that "One is the loneliest number", and "It's takes two, baby."
  4. 60
    Take away the armored masks and you'd have a hard time telling Army of Two: The 40th Day from a glut of other third-person shooters. It's not bad enough to be especially memorable, and it's not good enough that people will talk about it for very long.
  5. There's little doubt that anyone who fell in love with the first game's slender charms will be enthused by the prospect of more of the same delivered with a higher degree of HD polish. With its A-list production still held back by B-list ambition, though, there's ultimately not enough of substance to lure players away from the multitude of other co-op gaming experiences for more than a few days.
  6. 60
    But as a whole, while The 40th Day has its moments, it just isn't consistent enough to keep my attention.
  7. The game itself is mostly forgettable, but the fluttery feeling you’ll get when the two of you bump virtual chests isn’t.
  8. At the end of the day…the 40th Day, Army of Two offers enough fun and action and cinematic set pieces to earn a solid recommendation as a rental.
  9. games(TM)
    60
    Ultimately it's a dull, dated experience that needed to change a lot more than it actually did. [Feb 2010, p.116]
  10. Edge Magazine
    70
    As adequate an expression of the genre as it is, it somehow can't quite conjure those high notes of enthusiasm - akin to the way in which a whiteboard diagram of demographics and key features fails to inspire heart palpitations. [Feb 2010, p.84]
  11. A solid, entertaining third-person shooter, best played with a friend, but it's not quite the big advancement over the original it could have been. It's a more cohesive game, thanks to its location and more believable main characters, but the AI still disappoints at times and the new morality system misses far more than it hits. It's also incredibly short, and without a top-tier multiplayer component to turn to, your fun will likely be over very quickly.
  12. The original was obnoxious and insensitive but this new shooter lacks even that much personality.
  13. Army of Two: The 40th Day doesn’t hide that it's all about the cooperative game mode. But for a purely cooperative game, it is quite low on content. The other game modes might be decent, but have been done better by other games many times before. Army of Two: The 40th Day could have been the ultimate cooperative game, but failed because it wanted to be everything else as well.
  14. When you take all of the flaws and advancements with the game, The 40th Day really just balances out to be equal to if not slightly behind where the first one started.
  15. 70
    If the thought of you and a friend going Chuck Norris on the bad guys sounds like a fun time, you might find pleasure in bunkering down with this game for a few hours.
  16. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    Straight shooter maybe doesn’t excel in visuals but its main appeal lies in great online cooperation. Yes, it is strictly a corridor game but it does not mean it isn’t fun. [Issue#187]
  17. The 40th Day is just far too inexcusably frustrating to heartily recommend, but if what you're looking for is a hefty serving of disposable, bombastic fare, then this will be right up your street.
  18. X-ONE Magazine UK
    70
    If your idea of a good time is pissing ammo from your blinged-up gun while relentlessly high-fiving with your free hand, you're in luck. [Issue#55, p.88]
  19. Although the Agro system underpins the overall co-op gameplay sufficiently, the lack of imagination prevents the game from pushing forwards the co-op experience. Instead there's more satisfaction gained by the subtlety that EA Montreal has brought to the series; something we never imagined ourselves to say about the antics of Rios and Salem.
  20. To play The 40th Day in single player exposes a multitude of flaws the core game has, with AI mistakes particularly running rampant throughout. Co-op does a lot to mask these annoyances, but it is still not enough to push the game into the realm of a ‘must buy.’
  21. The new morality system isn't as effective as we had hoped. There are times when you'll make a choice, such as killing a precious white tiger or calling upon a young boy to help you in a firefight. No matter what your decision, they usually end up costing you.
  22. Many of the issues with the original title have been addressed, but the brevity and lack of replayability make this co-op third person shooter a strictly-for-hire title.
  23. Army of Two: The 40th Day is an enjoyable game, but the co-op action shooter misses a strong story. Nonetheless, the game is definitely fun to play with a good friend.
  24. Players looking for a captivating story will be sorely disappointed. There were some honest efforts to integrate an interesting narrative through comic-book inspired cut-scenes. The results, sadly, brought about nothing more than an unclear storyline with a weak and confusing moral structure.
  25. Army of Two: The 40th Day has improved, although it feels a little rushed as a number of glitches become unavoidable. The design also feels a little lazy with little all around variation.
  26. Pass on this title and save your money for the better games coming out this year. There will be no lack of them.
  27. The real saving grace though for The 40th day is the multiplayer options.
  28. It's a technically competent shooter with co-operative play. For some, that's plenty. But if you're more discerning about your shooters, you'll probably get bored of this one before you've seen the end credits.
  29. Army of Two: The 40th Day is a significant improvement on the first title, developing some of the original’s best techniques and features further. Unfortunately, the lack of anything particularly unique within the gameplay is disappointing, and isn’t helped by the poor EA servers – a crucial factor for a co-operative title.
  30. Yet these [moral choice] moments, and not the dull firefights, are the most memorable things about The 40th Day. They stir the mind and wake players, if only briefly, from what otherwise is a banal, trigger-happy, brain-deadening experience.
  31. Rios and Salem certainly don't lack charisma, but this saga won't fulfill all of its potential until it stops gathering ideas from other games.
  32. It has some issues that at this point in a generation are pretty much unforgivable, but if you are willing to look past them, you’ll find there’s a decent cooperative shooter there.
  33. Army of Two: The 40th Day is a wild mix of brilliant thoughts, violent firefights, stolen ideas, and lazy design.
  34. An all out co-op shooter that does exactly what it says on the tin. What it sets out to achieve it succeeds with style, even if these ambitions are firmly rooted in B-movie territory. Whilst this stunted ambition and some minor gameplay niggles hold it back from being truly great, this is a full throttle, adrenalin fuelled, macho-fest which is dumb, fun and full of guns.
  35. If you enjoyed the no nonsense co-op shooter action of the original game than Army of Two: The 40th Day with its enhancements and extra polish maybe a worthwhile addition to your games collection.
  36. While Army of Two: The 40th Day is presented well, the reasonably impressive imagery is propped up on a bristling pillar of small problems, oversights, and clumsiness. The biggest problem though remains that as a co-op game - in a world which is paying more and more attention to that buddy mechanic - it’s often easier to get enjoyment out of the single player.
  37. 60
    The potential is there for a third game to capitalise on the series’ positive features, but until that day, the 40th Day stands as a perfectly competent but ultimately disposable title.
  38. Army of Two: The 40th Day is a big disappointment in so many ways. The first game had it's flaws, but was a good game for it's time. These days we expect more from a game, and this just doesn't cut it. An all to short campaign still feels repetitive, an multi player-component that lacks a distinctive feel. But worst of all is the controls, which will give you headache for a very long time. A swing and a miss, EA Montreal.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Apr 16, 2011
    3
    If you played the first AOT, you will most likely HATE this version! It truly seems as if this one should have been the first one. It playsIf you played the first AOT, you will most likely HATE this version! It truly seems as if this one should have been the first one. It plays more like an arcade whereas the first one was more true to life. The enemies are all darkly clothed and most of the backgrounds in this game are dark, so, you have a hard time even seeing what you should be shooting at. The graphics are so much less realistic, at least in single player mode (I haven't done multiplayer yet). Then, there are the endless staircases... why have you waste time on traversing staircases if nothing surprising ever happens? Plus, you can't skip the storyline cutaways... a complaint I have about the first one, too. Very disappointed in this game. Full Review »
  2. Jul 31, 2016
    10
    To me , this game is very underrated . I enjoyed all 3 of the entries in this series but this is the one that I enjoyed most . Me and myTo me , this game is very underrated . I enjoyed all 3 of the entries in this series but this is the one that I enjoyed most . Me and my cousin spent hours on this game during the school holidays of 2010 . As unbelievable as it may sound , we are still playing this game together when we plug the 360 in . This game has minor flaws such as glitches and the dialogue sound is too soft but this does not remove the fun that lives within . Full Review »
  3. Feb 6, 2015
    8
    The second part of the series, brought many new and imaginative ideas into it. The graphics are much improved. The other plus tips, good colorThe second part of the series, brought many new and imaginative ideas into it. The graphics are much improved. The other plus tips, good color to the game. I think it is a pretty good game. Full Review »