Great for fans, good for mech fans, ok for others.
posted by samcar455 (CHATSWORTH, CA) Apr 19, 2006
Member since Mar 2006
gamers (92%) found this review helpful
A short review to explain what is new.
What's new: 1) You no longer have to buy parts. EVERY part is open for use. 2) You can make 5 mechs at once.(as opposed to 3) 3) The game focuses on arena, no campaign mode. 4) You can choose AI (editable) to play for you in battle. So as you can see there are a few new things.
Explanation of "What's New" 1) When you change your starting mech you have every part open to you. You no longer have to get money from missions and then buy your parts just to sell them later. You get to craft your mech to perfection. 2) Your team consists of 5 mechs that you edit individually. It is pretty cool because then you can make diverse mechs. Use one for a different type of enemy you face and another for another type. 3) There is no longer any campaign mode. You get story through a mail system. And the story is mostly stats of different teams and how they do in battles. The game focuses solely on arena battles. 4) One of the coolest new features is you can get the AI to fight for you. So if you cant seem to beat a mech, but in terms of stats you should be able to own him just throw on the AI and let it own him. You can also edit the AI to be able to handle different situations. You can change if it should stick to more of one weapon or change a lot. It is hard to explain, but there is a video that explains it quite well.
Graphics, Gameplay and etc. The graphics are about the same. Nothing new, nothing old. Although, there are no more beautiful cut scene graphics. For example in AC3 the opening scene had amazing graphics. Some of the best on the PS2. But this has none of those show stopping graphics. But they are still good. The gameplay is fast and fun. Just as good. Almost easier, because it keeps the height of your reticule with him. So if he jumps, the reticule will move with him.
Final Thoughts This is a great game for fans. It has what made the series great and some new things to make it hot and fresh.
Originally, Armored Core was more about completing interesting missions that tied into a storyline. Fighting other mechs was a side effect of going into missions and someone hiring a mech to stop you, or something along those lines. One on one combat was not particular important. As it turns out, one on one combat is what I dislike about the series and yet... formula front is all one on one combat. There's no separate missions exterminating things, quelling riots, stopping someone from destroying a target, etc. Judging from the other releases on other platforms, this is where the series has chosen to go for some reason. I do see high ratings on the new one on the xbox 360 so maybe that'll have some promise.