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. 85
    A disaster movie in a game package, Army of Two: The 40th Day capitalizes on its co-op play to deliver an awesome action experience that's incredibly fun to play. Co-op moments feel more natural.
  2. The 40th Day has the same shallow appeal as a summer blockbuster. It provides brash, satisfying action when you're in the mood for something loud and fun.
  3. A solid, not groundbreaking, action experience for its fans. If you like to shoot stuff, and your friend does too, you've got a winner.
  4. EA listened to a lot of gamers' complaints about the first Army of Two and delivered a much better effort under almost every respect. This game is a fun coop experience which has its moments even when played on your own. In this case, by the way, you may notice IA unsolved problems and that you are actually roaming one single setting, even if it's very well done.
  5. Army of Two: The 40th Day offers a very attractive package for shooter fans, particularly those looking for an experience that is first and foremost centered around a co-op mentality.
  6. 88
    It has evolved, and although maybe regular fans of the genre would wait for more new features, it is true it contributes with enough of them to catch our attention, entertain and make us enjoy.
  7. Games Master UK
    Army of Two: The 40th Day has taken past criticism on the chin. Salem and Rios have evolved from disagreeable meatheads into entertaining anti-heroes while the setting is now much more befitting to the gameplay. If you're looking for an intense but concentrated gaming experience, we think the masked mercs deliver. [Jan 2010, p.68]
  8. 75
    Even though I think they ultimately contributed to the Army of Two's inconsistent tone, which moves from "flippant" to "serious business about how messed up people can get," the morality moments are what I'll remember most about The 40th Day. Not the solid cooperative play, nor the snazzy graphics where buildings fall apart, nor even the little flaws that still annoy me at times; but whether or not I chose to look the other way when that one guy closes the door in that one place.
  9. 75
    This is a beefed-up version of the original game, and still stands as one of the most impressive co-op shooters available. If you have a friend to play with this is one of the best experiences you can have with this type of game. But if you intend to fly solo this is definitely not the game for you. The campaign is short, the helper AI seriously has some faults and the game just wasn't designed to be played alone.
  10. Despite the new (and better) A.I., a good level design and customization possibilities, Army of Two: The 40th Day falls short on some of its expectations. The moral system isn't well implemented, controls feel often clumsy and graphics are not up to the standard. It's still a game to consider if you like action games and cooperative, but not a must have. It's a shame, especially considering the fact that some more care for details could've made it a very good game.
  11. Tactical, spectacular and atmospheric: The 40th Day is the awesome sequel for the Army of Two series. The game offers a great co-op experience and genuine gameplay with its aggro and cover mechanics.
  12. Overall, The 40th Day, which is an awful name by the way, is actually a great game. Is it as much of an improvement over the original as we might’ve hoped? Not really, but there is a ton more content including a hefty arsenal of weaponry for you to pimp out and an expanded multiplayer that makes this game well worth playing.
  13. Army of Two: The 40th Day is not going to win anyone's GOTY award. But where pure fun and entertainment are concerned--especially with a friend on your team--it doesn't get better than splashing around in this bloody giggle pool.
  14. 77
    Co-op at its best. Army of Two: The 40th Day is great co-op game. Unfortunately, the game fails at other aspects, therefore it hasn’t become an absolute must-have title.
  15. Army of Two: The 40th Day is dumb, goofy fun, but sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered.
  16. Official Xbox Magazine
    While we can't ding EA for extra content, we wish that content had come in the form of more co-op! [Feb 2010, p.80]
  17. The feature-rich, action-packed gameplay—co-op and solo—is a blast, but it’s the explosive presentation, that literally sees Shanghai falling to flaming pieces all around you, that steals the show and will have you watching your—and your buddy’s—back.
  18. Pelit (Finland)
    Tries very hard to be edgy and gritty but much of that effort ends up feeling forced. After the destructive spectacle of the first couple of levels is over, the game sort of winds down and you're left with five hours of rather forgettable scenes and mediocre action. Fortunately, Army of Two does have a saving grace and that's the co-operative play. [Jan 2010]
  19. The 40th Day outshines the original Army of Two in just about every way, and kicks the franchise into a higher gear.
  20. Army of Two: The 40th Day is a fun experience, with some really awesome set pieces -- the zoo level in particular -- and if you have a buddy handy, I'd recommend it.
  21. The interaction between the two main characters extends beyond the trivial buddy moves from the first game and becomes an integral part of the journey. Marry that to some satisfyingly chunky gunplay and the odd spectacular, building-levelling explosion and you have an action game that is far more fun than it has any right to be.
  22. Fun but short, and lacking enemies more substantial than guys with grenade launchers. The series definitely still has quite a bit of potential to live up to, but if you have a friend to partner up with, it’s definitely worth taking a couple trips to witness the destruction of Shanghai.
  23. While the gameplay and level design is improved and it's a good looking game, the unsatisfying narrative, boring characters, and overly gimmicky morality system combine with forgettable multiplayer and strange mechanics decisions to deliver a sequel that succeeds more than its forebear, but fails to be more than a pretty good third person shooter during a lean time for the sub-genre.
  24. Let’s applaud the development team over at EA Montréal. They’ve made many changes and added new things to please fans as well as the non-believers without destroying the essence of what makes an Army of Two game. Still, the game could do some things better, but, so long as improvements are being made, the Army of Two franchise will be around for another go.
  25. While slowdown plagues the game throughout, the action never stops and Rios and Salem will continually battle amidst the crumbling cityscapes of Shanghai as they battle with their own morality and try to save helpless civilians along the way.
  26. Army of Two: The 40th Day is a missed great game, mainly due to the extremely short play experience, while the whole game appears as very solid and improved in many areas. If you liked the first game, this sequel will surely win your hearts, even if for a short time.
  27. Overall, Army of Two: The 40th Day is certainly an upgrade over its predecessor.
  28. The same game I've played over and over again, just in Shanghai. Technically sound, but too generic to be considered elite among shooters.
  29. This is a truly stunning sequel to a very unique game. While most of the issues from the first offering have been addressed, it’s the additions in this game that really drives it over the top.
  30. 90
    TFD is so much fun to play with others that, at the end of the day, small problems or critiques with design choices won't matter. And, by all means, this is how TFD is meant to be played.
  31. 80
    Anyone who found themselves enjoying the original, or any pair of gamers who fancy another fairly entertaining co-op shooter to get them through the first half of 2010, will find themselves suitably smitten by EA Montreal's competent return to the franchise: it's far more than an ersatz Gears of War, but is hardly an essential purchase.
  32. The action in Army of Two: The 40th Day, whilst it can drag its heels somewhat to begin with, it soon picks up, and to avoid repetition on multiple playthroughs there's always different weapons and attachments to experiment with to give different results.
  33. Army of Two: The 40th Day is a huge improvement over its predecessor and EA Montreal should be commended for the work they’ve done. Unfortunately the praise will be short lived as you’re constantly bombarded with bugs and minor annoyances that are with you from start to finish. Not enough to break the game, but enough to hamper the experience. The 40th Day is a fun co-op shooter with a great cover mechanic, but it’s as frustrating as it is fun. So just be warned.
  34. A constant barrage of bullets and bloodshed from beginning to end, and the perfect excuse for a fist-bumping night of big explosions and even bigger guns.
  35. It may not be the most compelling shooter, but it can be an entertaining adventure with a dedicated friend.
  36. Much more playable than the original game, with some welcome additions to keep your guns blazing.
  37. While it’s not pushing the boat and the game’s selling point of a ‘moral choices’ system isn’t half as deep as it wishes it was, it’s still an enjoyable 8-hour romp that improves upon the original in every department
  38. If you have anyone to play it with, either online or at home then Army of Two: The 40th Day is a great purchase but if you only play single player you won't get the most out of it.
  39. It may be strange to say, but part of me wants to live in the Shanghai portrayed in Army of Two: The 40th Day. Not the world crumbling around you part, or the millions of civilians dying part either, more so the absolute black or white dividing line between good and evil, without even the slightest shade of gray.
  40. Overall, Army of Two The 40th Day is a much more polished experience than the first game and greater care was exercised in trying to address the concerns everyone had from the original title.
  41. Bigger, better and meaner, Army of Two: The 40th Day represents an overall improvement from its previous installment. It’s a spectacular urban guerrilla simulation, with good textures, complex scenarios, solid framerate, and… a lot of humour!
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 130
  2. Negative: 18 out of 130
  1. Apr 16, 2011
    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. Apr 15, 2017
    Le premier était calamiteux, le second Army est un peu mieux. En coop, c'est peut-être intéressant mais en solo si l'IA se comporte mieuxLe premier était calamiteux, le second Army est un peu mieux. En coop, c'est peut-être intéressant mais en solo si l'IA se comporte mieux qu'auparavant, ce n'est pas toujours grandiose. L'interface a également fait quelque progrès alors que la réalisation se situe désormais dans le haut du panier ; la VF est comme d'habitude chez EA, excellente.

    Des prises de décisions ont été ajoutées, soit, mais quelle pitié d'en voir les conséquences aussi rapidement dans une petite séquence minable en flash 3 couleurs ! Finalement Army reste fidèle à lui-même en ce qui concerne son caractère très générique : il voudrait être un Gears mais il ne fait que péter plus haut que son cul et se vautre dans la caricature.
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  3. Jul 31, 2016
    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 »