E3: Army of Two: The 40th Day & Need For Speed: Shift

Army of Two: The 40th Day
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Montreal
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PS3, 360, PSP

If you liked the first Army of Two, or thought that it had an interesting concept to it but needed a little bit of improvement, I think that Army of Two: The 40th Day might be for you. The main aspect that was even a slight issue from the first one was the AI when you are playing by yourself, although, you shouldn’t be since you can play online co-op. The AI is very much improved, and will be able to recognize what you are doing in order to help you during the co-op moves that you are given. One of the new co-op techniques at your disposal is the ability to mock surrender, which will make the enemies think that you are giving up, and prevent them from call for reinforcements, opening up a chance for your partner to aid in taking them out. The cover system is very fluid, as you can move up to any piece of cover and you will meld into it, although if you are running, instead of instantly sticking to the cover, you will continue through it as you should. I still haven’t had a chance to play through the first one yet, but I found the concept of it to be entertaining, although I felt that it needed a second human player to work best, similar to Resident Evil 5. I’m interested to see how many people get this game, though, as that will probably change my opinion on if I should buy it or not.

Need For Speed: Shift
Publisher: EA Games
Developer: Slightly Mad
Release Date: September 22, 2009
Platforms: PS3, 360, PSP, PC

As a Need For Speed fanatic, watching the Need For Speed series evolve throughout the years has been one heck of an experience, especially as the games have not exactly gotten better over the years. Taking the Need For Speed series in a completely new direction, Shift puts you inside the car, as you now play locked in the car as the driver. Slightly Mad has said that this game will now fall into the simulation genre instead of it’s classic arcade genre, and as of now, there is no announcements that this game will contain cops in any way, and this slightly disappoints me. None the less, with beautiful graphics, actual damage being done to cars, a dynamic moving camera as you are driving, a H.U.D. that, while it is on screen, moves as the rest of the screen and car moves; this game looks like it might still be okay. The single player mode will put you in the shoes of an up-and-coming driver to the racing nation as you work your way up the ranks. Depending on how you act while on the track, either by making clean passes or knocking people out of the way with your aluminum horn, you will earn points towards being that type of driver, which is an interesting system. I’ll admit, this game does not interest me as much as it could have, but I still want to see how good of reviews it gets in the end, because, being a racing game fan, this still gives me some sort of hope.

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