As a player of the first two entries in the series, I always had high hopes for the franchise. A third person action game with a sense of humor and some great co-op thrown in? Sold. Unfortunately the original entry had its share of issues, and some of the co-op features felt a bit forced. From my limited time with its sequel, 40th Day, it seemed they ironed out some of those kinks, but all of the sudden the game took itself too seriously. With The Devil's Cartel the team at Visceral Games seem to be trying to find a place somewhere in the middle, and if they manage to hit that balance Army of Two fans might finally get the game they've been waiting for. Take a look at the newest trailer and see what you think.
If you're a bit underwhelmed, I understand. I think originally I was too. Now, that's not to say it doesn't have its highlights, but some of the jokes fell a bit flat for my taste and the big climatic moment was running from a truck. Not exactly Raiders of the Lost Ark there. Not all is bad though. The banter between Alpha & Bravo is promising, and I love the emphasis on working together as team, rewarding you with boatloads of points for handling things in a more strategic way. If the story is at least serviceable and the humor is there I might be picking this up, at least as a long term rental. For a closer look at the gameplay, check out the preview video below. Here's hoping the third times a charm.