Armored Core for Answer review

While the title is alien, the game is all too familiar

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    New missions

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    Improved customization

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    Online co-op


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    Really just Armored Core 4.5

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    Won't attract casual players

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    Doesn't look quite next-gen

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Confusing title, but not as baffling a game. This feels very familiar to what’s gone before it. In fact, if you’ve got last year’s Armored Core 4 you’d be mistaken for thinking you’d put the wrong disc in your system. The only differences are the new missions, improved customization and the inclusion of online co-op play.

Still, that’s going to be no bad thing if you enjoy creating mechanical giants and stomping about with heat-seeking missiles. The escort and blow-stuff-up missions are fun, and, while the environments and explosions aren’t as pretty as one could expect, there’s an impressive amount of customization options available to let you personalize your mech exactly how you see fit.

Moving around in Armored Core feels spot on, but the game still does nothing to attract casual players. Unless you’re going to dedicate hours of your life to mech construction, there’s not much here for you.

Nov 18, 2008

More info

DescriptionOnly for true mech maniacs, this entry in the Armored Core franchise is incredibly insubstantial to be a real sequel.
Franchise nameArmored Core
UK franchise nameArmored Core
Platform"Xbox 360","PS3"
US censor rating"Teen","Teen"
UK censor rating"Rating Pending","Rating Pending"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)