This game was very entertaining and I have played Armored Core since 2:Another Age.
The improvements to the overall system are very nice. One addition that I liked was certain parts that had their own pre-set abilities when combined.
For instance the White Glint set-up has increased speed and there is also a Kojima build. These are nice additions. Along with this, are the new cut scene features and the new parts as with any armored core.
This is definitely a must play for those who like mech games at high speed and high action.
One note however, is that the initial control scheme is very complicated to any previous player and I also find it inferior to previous Armored Core 4 styles.
if your someone who pays attention to details and takes time to do things right, then this is a wonderful game for you. however. if ur someone who just throws a bunch of stuff together, thinking that everything is gonna fall into place then ur gonna have a hard time.
basiclly, u gotta be smart about what u do in this game in order for u to get the most out of it.
I got into AC on the first game when it was released, and have played every one since. It was great, new, inventive, a really fun game. Over the course of the series (what is this the 5th? 6th?) the game has failed to change and it is now a boring and dull revamp of the same game. The graphics are surely better, but graphics can not carry a game, I certainly wouldn't play a game about filing TPS reports just because the graphics were super life-like.
Instead of moving the storyline more to the forefront while keeping the best parts of the mission based choice trees, they have stuck with the same boring mission selection from a list, play it, beat it, get paid....yawn. The cut scenes are gorgeous but offer only a brief glimpse into the actual story. If they had used Ace Combat 6 as a rough guideline, expanding the missions to allow for a few choices all within the greater story (much like a real war has many fronts) they might have made something playable. Instead, we get a whitewashed version of every AC game before it.