i've played all armored cores while i was growing up. so i know a quite a bit about the controls and how things work in the game. handleing controls are a big factor in this game i even adapted to using my right index finger to move the right stick on the controller on desprete occasions. but all together i really do love this game and i had it with me for about 2 months at one poing and pretty much only played this.
The story was alright in game but i wasnt expecting much from the story because this game is sorta a Armored Core 4.5 . at any rate what really made it for me was the customizations you can do on your AC which really made it a win for me. all together... the game is great! just takes time to break your hands into the controllers which you would have to pick up fast cause it will get really difficult throughout the game as any other game out there.
A good entry in the series. It improves on AC4 in every way, though the core of the game is the same.
Mechs are endlessly customizable. The controls are difficult to master, but quite responsive. The music is pretty good in this installment as well. Once you get the hang of the controls, gameplay is entertaining, and there is a decent amount of variation in enemies and environment.
Graphics are thoroughly mediocre and nothing to write home about.
Unfortunately, the story still borders on nonsense. I'm not sure how much of this is due to translation, but the story frequently just throws characters at you that you've never seen before and expects you to care about them, and much of the dialogue is stilted.
I'm also still waiting on this series to deliver better storyline missions. Most are simple search and destroy, and none will take more than a few minutes if you know what you're doing. I'd much prefer having half the number of missions you're given in this game, if only they were longer, with reload/checkpoints, and a more open and diverse world. The giant arms fort battles are a nice touch, but they're also sometimes marked by crippling slowdown, at least in my experience on the ps3.
Overall if you're a fan of the series this is a good to great game. If not your mileage may vary significantly.