For those not familiar with the series, let me sum it up quickly;
Armored Core takes place in a bleak future where mercenaries pilot giant robots for corporations that run the world. The bulk of the game involves you customizing your ten ton killing machine with hundreds of different parts, weapons, radar systems and paint jobs. There are an endless amount of combinations and one person's play style can be completely different from the next. Most missions involve you killing other pilots, giant fortresses or escorting allies.
The graphics are gorgeous. Full-scale battles look rightfully epic, with missile clusters whizzing by and dust kicked up by your giant robot. It's easily the best looking Armored Core game to date. The presentation overall is very slick, though the menu system will take some time to adjust to due to the plethora of options.
The Achilles heel of the game, however, is the clunky control system and steep learning curve. Every button on the controller is used and necessary to your survival. You need to keep your targets locked on, dodge their attacks, use boosts and fire weapons to stay alive. Don't expect the AI to take it easy on you, either. The drones and mindless robots are mostly stationary are easy to mow down but the AI pilots of the enemy Armored Cores are merciless and agile. They will soar past you over and over again, bombarding you from all sides. If you don't know how to keep up you will most likely never hit them before they turn your robot into a really expensive paper weight.
Overall, this game is really for Armored Core fanatics and fans of giant robots. If you can handle the difficulty and the controls, give it a shot.
Good: +Graphics +Customization is endless +Giant robots!
Bad: -Controls are tough to adjust to -Difficulty is steep
The game lacks a lot of the things i found enjoyable in previous games, specifically the game feels cramped and, unless I am mistaken, you can't change the controls of the game. The controls are fine once you get used to them though.