(PS3, Xbox 360)
It’s easy to dismiss this sequel to Army of Two as adolescent fluff. With its musclebound mercenary anti-heroes, rampant gun fetishisation and forced cynicism, it could almost be a teen-baiting 1980s action movie. But sometimes you just want a little mindless co-op action, and in that regard The 40th Day works just fine. The thin plot starts with hired guns Salem and Rios trying to escape a firebombed Shanghai and barely proceeds beyond that. On their way out, they become embroiled in a number of smaller crises, from helping a doctor in a crumbling hospital to inching through an enemy-controlled zoo. It’s like a Harold and Kumar movie, if Harold and Kumar went around wrecking people.
As with the first game, The 40th Day is all based around co-operative play and, while it’s fun enough using the AI partner, this game shines with a second player. From providing covering fire to huddling behind a single bulletproof shield, it’s a blast. Sadly, the lacking story and repetitive missions underwhem. Even a brilliantly unsettling ending isn’t enough to raise this above the ranks of the merely good.
Available now in stores.