3 A good game that suffers from Assassin's Creed SyndromeRockNRollFanatic | 10/03/2008 | See all RockNRollFanatic's reviews (3)Ok first I would like to make two points. First I have actually completed this game (twice in fact) and secondly I am NOT out to slate it (as I imagine my 3 star review might ruffle some feathers among the blinkered idiots who often review games before ripping open the cellophane).The idea behind army of two is phenomenal. It is great to see developers thinking outside the box. For this I salute them and I hope they follow on from this title. The game itself is a solid 3rd person shooter with good graphics and co-op elements similar to split screen splinter cell. The story is intereting and involving and the banter between the main characters is amusing. In short for the first playthrough I can see why many people would give it 5 stars.However this game suffers from 'Assassin's Creed Syndrome' - ie: 'Good but could have been so much more'. Firstly the level of co-operation needed between the characters is minimal. Apart from helping each other onto the odd ledge you can basically ignore your partner for the whole game. Where was the forklift driving and the rappelling as shown in the video? The step jump and ripping car doors off for shields was about the limit of it. As far as vehicles was concerned a couple of mediocre efforts at chases in a hovercraft was all that was on offer.Apart from the severely limited opportunitiesfor co-operation the other biggest let down (and this is NOT unique to Army of Two, it seems to be standard nowadays) and that is that it's so damn short! Every game these days (cod 4, MGS series etc etc) are great games but are over in the twinkling of an eye. This MASSIVELY hampers the replay value of army of two. I have played it twice with a friend online and apart from a period when it would keep losing our connectino it worked fine and was very enjoyable. However after completing it twice I am in no rush to go back to it any time soon.Overall I was left with a slight sense of dissappointment - I had been very much looking forward to this game as I love co-op, but Army of Two left me slightly frustrated as I know it is a good release for PS3 but it has the potential to be mindblowingly good. I hope they spend more time on the sequel as they are really on to something here. A longer less linear game with more emphasis on co-operative moves would surely rank Army of Two 2 (or should that be Army of Four???) among the greatest releases ever. This is why I have ranked it as 3 stars, as a game it is more like 4 but everyone who plays it must surely feel the untapped potential out there. Thanks for reading.