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Japan Review Check: Naruto, 7th Dragon

A quick look at the highlights among the games coming out in Japan this coming week, courtesy the review pages of Famitsu magazine: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm (10/10/10/9, 39 out of 40 points): The CyberConnect2-developed Naruto: Ultimate Ninja fighting games always score massive points in Famitsu's reviews, and this latest one — which actually came out in the US and Europe a few weeks before the Japan debut — is no exception. "Thanks to new battle system features like chain attacks, Awakenings, and ring-outs, there's a lot more of a tactical aspect here," wrote editor Atsuhiro Fujiwara. "The sense of speed is exceptional, and I like the expanded character lineup as well. Load times are an occasional concern with story mode, but in terms of showing off the plot and keeping...

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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel review: hollow point

This is supposed to be strategic. At first, it seemed like Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel might build on the cooperatively tuned conceits of the prior two games. No matter what, you're always working in a team, third-person shooting your way through hordes of enemies as you build up "aggro," which can be triggered for Overkill. Overkill grants brief invincibility, increased damage, and a magazine that never runs dry. The wrinkle: You need to draw attention from enemies to build up aggro, which puts you in more danger. This is supposed to be strategic. The idea goes something like this: One member of your two-person team draws fire, while the other sneaks around to flank a position, or whatever other play you decide to call. In reality, the one play is just about all there is,...

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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel launch trailer features explosions, brutal slaughter and mayhem

EA has released a launch trailer for The Devil's Cartel, the third game in the Army of Two series, giving players a taste of what to expect when the game releases next week. The Devil's Cartel stars a pair of Trans World Operations soldiers code-named Alpha and Bravo, as they fight the violence of a ruthless Mexican drug cartel with more violence. EA says that this installment is meant to have a less over-the-top and more grounded tone to it than its predecessors, a claim that Polygon found dubious the last time we saw it in action. Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel comes out for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 26.

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Army of Two rap video invites players to go 'Double or Nothing'

Rappers Big Boi and B.o.B. have released a music video promoting EA's upcoming co-op shooter Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. We first learned about this promo video back in December when Polygon's own Phil Kollar got some hands-on time with The Devil's Cartel, discussing EA's efforts to give the post-slaughter-fistpounding shooter a less over-the-top atmosphere. Whether this music video aids or hinders that effort remains to be seen. Big Boi and B.o.B. will also appear as the voices of two in-game operatives that star in a bonus mission available to those who preorder the game from GameStop.

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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel demo coming March 12, new trailer shows new masked villain

A playable demo for co-op action game Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel will be available on PlayStation Network and the Xbox Live Marketplace on March 12, Electronic Arts announced today. The demo sends series protagonists Alpha and Bravo through a delicate and hostile hostage situation, following them through a hidden drug lab to the rooftops on a mission to save a kidnapped politician. The pair must infiltrate the stronghold of the Cartel holding him for ransom, take down waves of cartel minions and reach their target. During the demo, the pair will split up: one to the skies to provide cover from above in a helicopter, and another headlong into battle against the Cartel on foot. The latest trailer for the title, posted above, introduces the pair's latest enemy, a mysterious masked...

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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel voice cast describes the acting process behind each character

The latest video for Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel looks into the acting process that is involved in bringing the characters of the game to life. With interviews from the voice actors, the video offers a behind-the-scenes look at how each scene is acted out, as well as how the actors must work with the technology behind these motion capture performances. Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel launches on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 26.

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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel trailer shows what operatives do when stuck in Mexico

Only two options remain, according to a trailer released today for Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel: Alpha and Bravo, the game's protagonists. You can watch the trailer above to see how the duo responds to being the last two T.W.O. operatives alive in the middle of a Mexican drug war. Visceral Games' co-op shooter is locked and loaded for a March 26 release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Metal Gear: Solid Peace Walker on the PS Vita,The Walking Dead Survival Instinct available for pre-order as PlayStation Store updates

BioShock Infinite, The Walking Dead Survival Instinct and several other titles are available for pre-order from the PlayStation Store, and general consumers and PlayStation Plus Members can get huge discounts on titles across PS3 and PS Vita, the PlayStation Blog announced today BioShock Infinite, Tiger Woods PGA Tour '14, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel and MLB The Show '13 can be pre-orderd for $59.99. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct and Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist Of Dusk are available for $49.99. The BioShock Infinite Bundle for $79.99 includes a free theme, The Industrial Revolution Gear Pack and the original BioShock game. Blog also announced that Metal Gear: Solid Peace Walker will be available for purchase on the PS Vita Store. Bundles available for purchase feature D...

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Sony offers $10 PSN credit for every $50 spent in March

A number of major 2013 games are launching in March, and Sony is sweetening the release schedule with a cash back offer: For every $50 you spend in the PlayStation Store next month, you'll get $10 back in PlayStation Network credit. The offer is valid to PSN users in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and although Sony's advertising it as taking place in the month of March, it has already begun. PlayStation Store purchases from today, Feb. 26, through April 1 will count toward the promotion. That also applies to renewing an annual PlayStation Plus subscription for $49.99: According to Pierre Gravereau, senior manager of digital distribution, you won't need to spend the extra penny to get $10 back. And there doesn't appear to be a limit to the amount of cash back you can accumulate. So if...

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Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Games of EA 2013

With Good Cop, Bad Cop we plan to change that, clarifying what's good about a game — something previews are known for — and also what's bad. The structure of the series is itself a game of sorts and the rules are simple. For each video game, one player takes the role of Good Cop, while another takes the role of Bad Cop. One defends what they played, while another volleys ideally astute and razor sharp criticisms. Does it work? You should let us know in the comments. For the first episode, Russ Frushtick and I talk about Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, Real Racing 3 and SimCity.

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 03/26/2013
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Visceral Games
    • Score 5.0
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 03/26/2013
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Visceral Games
    • Score 5.0
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