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Armored Core 4 review

Gigawatt death-mechs toting planet-scouring artillery? Check. Decent gameplay? Erm...

Pros

  • Crazy-deep mech building
  • A few creative missions
  • Four-on-four online play

Cons

  • Ultra-short single-player
  • Graphics rarely impress
  • Countless little flaws

Like Paris Hilton without a camera nearby or C3-PO without plucky sidekick R2-D2, Armored Core 4 is a fantastic giant mech construction sim left incomplete because it just can't find its reason for living- a decent action game. There are a gazillion destructive weapons to bolt onto your rig: bazookas, plasma cannons, sniper guns, energy swords, guided missiles... and even more standard parts, ranging from various heads and legs to missile-jamming ECM generators. You have to monitor each part’s weight and energy consumption, and even counter-balance your mech so that it isn't lopsided. Did we mention the custom paint-jobs?

More Info

GenreShooter
DescriptionA fantastic giant robot construction kit that just can't find a decent action game to make it complete.
Franchise nameArmored Core
UK franchise nameArmored Core
PlatformXbox 360, PS3
US censor ratingTeen
Release date20 March 2007 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)