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Army of Two is a third person shooter video game developed by Electronic Arts, released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, focusing on two mercenaries fighting through war, political turmoil, and a conspiracy from 1993 to 2009.


Focusing on cooperative strategies, Army of Two's main feature is the necessity to use coordinated teamwork to accomplish the game's goals. While the game is meant to be played with another human as a partner, a "Partner Artificial Intelligence" (PAI) is also included and programmed to follow the player's strategies. Dependence on a partner (whether human or PAI) is so pronounced that most objectives are impossible to complete without it.


The PS3 version of Army of Two is one of the first games for the console which will be region-locked for online play. EA claims that the region-locking is to prevent network lag caused by players from multiple regions, and to prevent the Asian region console owners from playing the US and European version of the game, as the Asian version has been censored to meet certain requirements (notably, the shooting of already dead bodies in the game).


Somalia (1993)

The story begins in 1993 in Somalia when Elliot Salem and Tyson Rios (the protagonists of the game) are in the U.S. 75th Ranger Regiment. They are tasked to work with Phillip Clyde, private military contractor with the Security and Strategy Corporation (SSC), tasked with carrying out the assassination of powerful local warlord Abdullahi Mo'Alim. Clyde's overly condescending attitude and behaviour disgust Salem and Rios. Clyde makes Salem and Rios pull off the assassination themselves and clear out the extraction point without his assistance. After this mission, Philip Clyde invites Lieutenant Colonel Richard Dalton (CO for Salem and Rios's Ranger squad) to join the company for a desk job. He agrees, asking to bring Salem and Rios with him as contractors, and in the following year, the three enter the private sector. Salem and Rios begin work as mercenaries.


Afghanistan (2001)

Salem and Rios are now working for Security and Strategy Corporation. After the 9/11 attack they are sent to Afghanistan to kill an Al-Qaeda terrorist named Mohammed Al-Habiib who seized a missile facility with Soviet M-11 missiles. They also need to blow up these missiles, destroy a chemical weapon stockpile, and find and rescue Brian Hicks, another SSC contractor who failed the same mission. They find and destroy the missiles then find themselves in an area filled with noxious gas. Salem comments on how poorly they are equipped for missions and Rios sees conspiracy in this. They find Brian beaten and poisoned in his cell and carry him to a safe area. They get back into the elevator and fight Mohammed over a missile station. After the fight Rios asks S3kshun8, his hacker contact to unlock a door to the chemical weapon stockpile. They blow it up and finish the mission.


Iraq (2003)

2 years later, Salem and Rios are sent to Iraq. Their objective there is to rescue former squad mate Lt. Col Eisenhower, whose U.S. Army base was under siege by the terrorist leader Ali Youssef. They secure Eisenhower, but before the chopper arrives they are ambushed. Eisenhower bids them farewell before the chopper takes off, but it suddenly explodes in mid-air. Ali Youssef makes a radio transmission claiming responsibility for blowing up the chopper. Rios suspects a conspiracy behind Eisenhower's death, thinking he was singled out – Salem dismisses this, saying he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just before entering Ali Youssef's oil facility, Rios asks S3kshun8 to investigate the ambushes and try to find their source. Salem and Rios eventually reach Ali Youssef, and kill him at his helipad.


Aircraft Carrier, South China Sea (2008)

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Constellation, has been seized by the "Abu-Sayaff" terrorist organization. Returning from an unspecified mission after Iraq, Salem and Rios are redirected by SSC and tasked with liberating the aircraft carrier from terrorist control. They parachute onto the deck and meet up with Philip Clyde. They clear the deck of hostiles and disable the remaining jets to prevent escape. Salem notes that the crew left behind one life boat, which could be useful. Salem and Rios soon stumble upon Clyde and a Terrorist collaborating by a computer. Clyde flees, but Rios retrieves his USB flash drive. He sends the information on the drive to S3kshun8 for analysis, and refuses to tell Alice what's happening until he hears back from him. S3kshun8 tells Rios that Clyde was responsible for leaking U.S. Troop positions to Terrorists. Salem and Rios then stumble upon the Captain. He tells them that there are stolen nuclear warheads on board, the engine room is booby trapped, and they are on a collision course for the city of Manila on the Philippine island of Luzon. Salem and Rios sink the ship and escape using the lifeboat they had discovered earlier.


Li-Jiang River, China (2008)

After the Aircraft Carrier mission, Salem and Rios agree to quit from the company. On a special mission for their arms dealer Cha-Min Soo, they inadvertently make contact with Alice, and decide to pull off one last mission, because Salem needs the money. They are told to execute a head terrorist within "Abu-Sayaff" by detonating a bridge as his car crosses. They complete their objective, but find themselves under attack by the Chinese Military and wanted for murder. It is revealed that the U.S. Senator for Alaska, Richard Whitehorse, campaigning hard against a bill to privatize the military, was the one crossing the bridge. They assume Stockwell set them up, and agree to go public with the evidence they pulled off Clyde. Alice is kidnapped, however, so they head to Miami to save her and confront Stockwell. Cha-Min Soo lends them a large cargo plane and a pilot to take them there.


Miami, Florida, USA (2009)

Miami, Florida is a hurricane zone. U.S. Air Force air defenses pick up the radar trace of Cha-Min Soo's aircraft and send up two F-15's to investigate. The two operatives notice the F-15's and then find that Clyde has murdered their pilot. They engage him in battle, but are interrupted when the U.S. Air Force shoots down the plane (due to the unresponsive dead pilot and sight of gunfire exiting the rear of the plane). Salem and Rios survive, and assume Clyde to be dead. They enter the Miami airport, where they are forced to engage SSC Operatives. S3kshun8 informs them of Alice's location, and they head on to rescue her. In the meantime, Cha-Min Soo radios them, furious that his plane up was destroyed. They tell him it was Clyde's fault, and Cha-Min Soo decides he will pay them to kill him. Rios tries to tell Cha-Min Soo that Clyde already died, but Salem stops him, thinking it will be easy money. Alice reveals to them that it was in fact Dalton who was the mastermind behind the plot, and he plans to kill Stockwell. If he succeeds, the bill to privatize the military will pass, and he will be even more powerful. Alice says they need to save Stockwell, as he is the only one who can clear their names. They make it to SSC HQ, where Cha-Min Soo tells them he hacked their helmet cameras, so he can see Clyde die with his own eyes. Salem and Rios are un-easy, as Soo will obviously discover their lie. They eventually get to the information department of the SSC Head-quarters, and acquire all the evidence necessary to clear their names. Ironically (and lucky for them), Clyde is revealed to have survived the crash. Salem roundhouse kicks Clyde through a window, presumably killing him. They then head to the roof where Dalton is attempting to escape in a helicopter. Rios uses a Stinger missile to destroy the helicopter and kill Dalton.


In the epilogue, Stockwell is revealed (on the news) to have turned himself in and served 3 months in jail. Salem and Rios call Alice and tell her that they have started their own PMC, named Trans World Operations (T.W.O.), and invite her to join them.




Tyson Rios: SSC operative, Salem's partner, former U.S. Army Ranger. Raised in a tough neighborhood in Brooklyn, Rios learned how to use his brains as well as his size and strength to his advantage. He is a level-headed natural leader who tempers Salem's arrogance and impatience with his intuition and caution. Rios has a shaved head and a web of nasty scar tissue on the right side of his clean-shaven face, a souvenir from an explosion he narrowly survived. He prefers plain body armor and metal armored facemasks.


Elliot Salem: SSC operative, Rios' partner, former U.S. Army Ranger. A "gang-banger" originally from Yonkers, NY from but resides in Louisiana, Salem is a morally-flexible and hot-headed gambler, party animal, and spendthrift who likes to take risks and get into trouble. Salem has his body covered in bright tattoos and likes to wear customized body armor and armored facemasks detailed in various designs and patterns.


Mr. May: SSC weapons expert. He runs the training seminar level at the beginning of the game.

Alice Murray: SSC mission coordinator for Rios and Salem throughout the game. She uses the input from their helmet cams and spy satellite data to keep them up to date. Alice has a green vine pattern tattoo that winds across her entire body.


Ernest Stockwell: SSC's CEO, he gradually loses influence with his clients (and eventually, operational control of his company) to Richard Dalton. Stockwell turns himself in at the end of the game for his involvement in Dalton's plot, serving 3 months in prison.


Phillip "Smiley" Clyde: A solo SSC operative who originally recruits Dalton. An amoral and sado-masochistic thug, he prefers to kill with his bare hands; Rios and Salem are creeped out by him and dislike him intensely. He is discovered to be leaking U.S. Troop positions to terrorist organizations, under orders from Dalton. Clyde is killed at the end of the Miami level.


Richard Dalton: A colonel in the U.S. Army Rangers, and the CO for Salem and Rios's squad. After Phillip Clyde offered him a position with SSC, Dalton only accepted if he could bring Salem and Rios with him. He is later discovered to be leaking U.S. Troop positions to terrorists, so that SSC Operatives look better by comparison. He sets up Salem and Rios to assassinate an anti-PMC U.S. Senator, but is killed in the final cutscene in Miami. In the alternate ending, he acts as the final boss.


S3kshun8: An expert hacker who helps override electronic locks and provides information to the protagonists. He speaks in 'leet', and Rios is forced to translate his confusing instructions into common English for Salem.


Troy Green: An American arms dealer who specializes in Secondary Weapons.


Mr. Obayana: A Sierra-Leonean arms dealer who specializes in Primary Weapons.


Victor Roshankov: A Ukrainian arms dealer who specializes in Gear; he provides Salem with his custom body armor and face masks. He later becomes a stockholder in Trans-World Operations.


Cha-Min Soo: A powerful South Korean arms dealer that Rios and Salem use to get Special Weapons.He is later a major stockholder in Trans-World Operations, Rios and Salem's PMC.


US Senator Alex Richter: A politician in SSCs pocket who supports a bill that would privatize the US military. Richter believes that privatizing the US military would be safer and cheaper than relying on a standing military.


US Senator Richard Whitehorse: The senior senator from Alaska, he opposes Richter's bill. Whitehorse believes that the Private Military Corporations profit from war and may drag the U.S. into unnecessary conflicts to serve their own ends.

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Number of Players:  1-2
Publisher:  EA Games
Developer:  EA Montreal
Console:  Xbox 360
Genre:  Shooter
Release Date:  March 06, 2008
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review by . February 18, 2009
i highly recommend it for any novice shooter out there! the tutorial in the very beginning gives you the oppertunity to learn the MANY different options you have in battle and in your environment as oppossed to trying to figure it out in the middle of your first battle. you can also swap weapons with your partner, praise them, or let them know theyre a fucking idiot.    the weapons are pretty freakin awesome too. i dont know too much about guns, but you have 3 types, primary …
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