Good graphics and weapons. I liked the weapons available to shoot and had fun shooting from different points such as flying and moving sideways. The enemies in the game were cool looking and seem very realistic. For example, the missions involving naval ships were fun.
Somewhat difficult game play in order to advance from one chapter to the next. I found myself trying to kill a fly at times. For example, I had to kill white glint. White glint was difficult to shoot because it moved faster than a fly from place to place.
Overall the game was good fun but not long enough.
I found this game absolutely enjoyable .. heres the breakdown.
The bad .. - A lot of stats to manage as you are switching parts. Unlock system almost seems random ( youll have played the game 2 - 3 times through before you have all the parts for some of the standard mech schematics. buildings dont look to great up close.
the good .. - AC's ( mechs) look GREAT. There are EXTREME customization options. the battles are fast, fierce, and pretty. You can save tons of schematics so you can re-make a mech with the press of a button (so you can have specific setups for different missions. Multiplayer includes co-op and pvp ( splitscreen , online , and lan )
the single player is a little short , but there are multiple paths so you will want to play it through many times, and you keep all your cash,parts, and schematics . so you will blast through the levels easier every time ( and work closer to having all the parts available each time ) . I find myself spending as much time setting up a mech ( you really wouldnt believe how far you can customize them ) as I spend actually fighting. A failed level just means you need to go back to the garage and remake your mech a bit .. so even losing feels like winning.
I have never seen a game with such a relatively short storyline that seemed like a must-own before. I highly suggest renting/buying this if you experience great satisfaction in the process of setting up your maachine before you take it into battle. If you dont have a head for numbers you may have a hard time ( math is almost a must when deciding between weapon A 436dmg , 1600ammo and weapon B. 912dmg, 850 ammo .. and there are many other stats to consider ). dont expect to jump right in to this game and have an awesome mech. also in pvp there is no bracket or skill level .. so you may be pitted against joe gamer who has every part in the game and a mech 10x as strong as yours when you first enter pvp.. and in co-op you may get bob noob who dies in 12 sec
Whenever I get the chance to suggest titles to my fellow gamers, I often mention the Armored Core series. This recommendation always came with at least a minor amount of guilt, as all of the titles up to this point had their share of problems. 4 Answer (like most of the tag lines from Japan seems to be a bit lost in translation) however, has been by a large margin the most enjoyable entry.
The prime point of examination for an Armored Core game would have to be the parts, and this title has the most to tinker with to date. Beyond quantity, the quality is spot on - as the balance between parts has obviously gone through some extensive balancing - and has also seen an online update for balancing which bodes well for the future of the game.
Speaking of balance and updates, the online multiplayer looks to be a well implemented facet of the game. Both ranked and custom matches are in place, though the match making can put you up against someone well above or below your own level. Connectivity has been good in my few matches, and the extremely fast paced movement of the game - miraculously - translated fully without lag.
At the time of this writing, I am only about 30% through the game, and highly impressed with the structure. Upon starting a new game you will chose a faction to be associated with, which has a connection to the parts that will be unlocked as you play through the game. Beyond that, each act of the game allows you to play through... I would say 5 of the 8 available levels, until it progresses you to the next act. These leaving the door wide open for 4 play throughs based on that alone.
Besides the story, there are also "Collared" matches (arena). I've gone through the first 21 opponents, and the differences in AI in correlation with the AC's build - makes it very fun to play through. More credits to be earned, more parts to be unlocked.
As a long time fan of the series, this under the radar release was an absolutely perfect pre-holiday buy.