Army of Two released
Army of Two, commonly abbreviated by players as Ao2 or AoT, is a video game developed by Electronic Arts, released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 4, 2008 in North America.
Army of Two is a third person shooter game focusing on the fictional story of two private military contractors (characterized as mercenaries) "fighting through war, political turmoil, and a conspiracy so vast it threatens the entire world" in a timeline spanning from 1993 to 2009.
Focusing on cooperative strategies, Army of Two's highlighting 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 your partner, a "Partner Artificial Intelligence"(PAI) is also included and programmed to follow the player's strategies in suit. Dependence on your 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 also the first game for the console known to be region-locked. 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). Nonetheless this move has received criticisms from certain parties. Players of the Asian version of the game later found that the mentioned censorship does not exist, which was proven by a poor quality long distance youtube video of shooting a dead body that indicates that EA had either backed down on or lied about the censorship.