I've been playing the Armored Core series for quite some time, and although I've enjoyed them for the most part, there have been some rather obvious flaws in them, such as the confusing weapon names and the uselessness of the boosting features. This game however tweaked those problems to near perfection.
The best thing about this release of the game was by far it's speed and action. Unlike the other games, where I found it best to just make a tank and just concentrate on firepower, this game actually helps, if not encourages, ACs that use speed. With the right set up, the Overboost feature can last 10-20 seconds, if not more, and it is even possible to be permanently airborn. Additionally, they have made such features like the Quickboost much simpler to use, and also more effective. I absolutely love just flying above my enemies, dashing back and forth, dodging their attacks, and constantly pounding them with my machine guns.
One other lovely feature is the auto-aim that they've tweaked a bit. If you're locked on your opponent and they start reaching the edge of the screen, it will turn your AC to help you stay locked on. It's a bit confusing at first, but users will catch on fast. Additionally, you will remain locked on when you attempt to use your laser blades, which makes them way more useful and fun to use.
The only downside to this game, as small as it may be, is the somewhat short storyline and lack of difficulty in the Arena. The game seems to end quickly, and the alternate storylines are basically the same matches, with a few new ones in between. And once you find a good set up, the Arena is rather simple.
Overall, I would say this game is a big improvement upon the older versions, and any Armored Core fan should definitely try this game out. Even if you aren't a fan of Armored Core, try it out. The ratings that sites give this title can't be trusted. Give it a try yourself and make your own judgment on it.
posted by BulletMtrx (HUNTSVILLE, AL) Sep 28, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
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Im an orginal armored core 4 fan and Id like to say that game was awesome, but armored core for answers brings an entirely new game. Everything you knew and liked about AC4 is basically multiplied by 2 in terms of gameplay and diversity. Storyline mode in pretty easy but very tedious and boring. If you arnt a decent player youll be spending long hours some missions as for parts, there are 120 new parts added along with the orginal armored core 4 stuff. But trust me, youll want to get those new parts. Parts are unlocked through single player modes so you have no choice but to immerse yourself into them. also it is encouraged if you want to have the best parts you get S ranks on all your missions. If you arnt a patient gamer dont rent this game and if you arnt a competitive player this game is definitely not for you. Youll be spending alot of time putting together effective mech designs and completing difficult missions. This game can be a real downer to when it comes to multiplayer. From my experience you have to bring the very best parts,designs and attack strategies in order to win any online ranked or player matches. Multiplayer is so competitive that youll rarely see a player messing around in battles. The gameplay has a feverish fast paced mood at times and is purely do or die. You cannont sit still for a second while fighting against somebody in a player match. You will either get bladed or missiled to death in seconds. If you are a brand new armored core player it is recommended that you play Armored Core 4 first to get the basics of everything down or else youll typically grow very fustrated. Once you get the general idea and experience youll be able to handle mostly whatever the new version throws at you. Be the best or die like the rest. Just be prepared.....
First and foremost I beat this game on hard, including becoming arena champion, in less than 5 hours. This is partly due to certain missions disappearing after others are completed, but it is mostly due to the overall shortness of the game. For fans of the AC series this game is a nice way to get back behind the wheel, head, whatever of a "NEXT." As a standalone game however this does not stand out as exceptional or memorable in any way, the game just isn't great. With titles like Gears of War and Halo making millions and getting all the media attention it isn't hard to see why the Armored Core franchise hasn't been able to compete.
Overall not a bad game, just to short, I'm shipping it back on the same day I got it with all but the multiplayer achievements. Worth renting if you like this sort of game just dont expect much.
Sort of spoiler/ stratagy for arena Another good point is that all you need to defeat the arena is a pair of chainguns on your shoulders.