Summary: This entry in the Armored Core series has a power to grip you and make you want to succeed, all while optimizing your own AC for both missions and your own playstyle. Why did I say that? For starters, this is one of those games that, no matter your equipment (we'll assume you're reasonably equipped), you can complete every single mission in the game.
Summary: Disc looked a little iffy (hence the non-perfect score), but it worked just fine. Great fast-paced combat with lots of customization. Switching around regulations is great as you can play with different builds. Haven't tried multiplayer, but I remember it being crazy fun. Recommended to anyone that likes giant robots and blowing things up. It's a challenging game, in a fun way.
Summary: The game is pretty good, but I do have a few issues with it, namely how it handles. default controls for this game are atrocious, there is no easy way to put it. And even after re-mapping pretty much everything, it still takes some getting used to. Once you get used to your new controls, the game handles much better, and it can become satisfying to pilot your NEXT.
Summary: Though the aggregate score doesn't reflect it the game is a significant improvement over the disappointing Armored Core 4 with slightly better control, weapons sound effects that pack more of a punch, a great sense of scale and for the most part more interesting missions. The customization menus are also streamlined a bit better making that aspect of the game less of a headache without sacrificing complexity for those who want to dig deeper.
Summary: The graphics were a huge let down. Sure it's an older game but it seems like the programers put most of the emphasis on the sim aspect of the game. If you're into moding your vehicle to the T this is the game for you. There are SO many different options to change your gear it's like a hobby all in it's own. The game play is ok lots of shoot em up stuff with Atari style graphics, very angular and blocky.
Summary: I love Armored Core. Have since I was a kid. It is one of the best mech games made. The only issue with these modern ones are simply that there are at times to much going on at once, which cause huge frame rate drops. Now, this game doesnt drop as bad as Armored Core 4, but it is nearly unplayable at times. It can be beaten though, and multiplayer is epic. Grant it, you will lose since the Asians have this game mastered hands down. They are gods at this game.
Summary: Armored Core offers a real mecha gaming experience: Highly customizable mechs, worthy opposing mechs, and a flowing control. With few similar game out there, this is recommended for fan of the genre.
Summary: ACFA was the first AC game I played since AC2, back around the launch of the PS2. It was fascinating to see how the series had grown, unfortunately I can't really compare it to more relevant entries in the series. The combat was generally fun. There were some missions that were controller snappingly frustrating, especially on my first play through when all I had was a pretty basic machine.