Summary: There are many theories on why mech games died out. The question I have is "why are they coming back now?" Perhaps these two issues are tied closer together than some may think. It’s a matter of innovation, I believe. With new concepts made possible through improved network and graphical ability, the once tired mech genre stands a chance to fight again with games like Hawken , MechWarrior Online , and Armored Core V .
Excerpt: Playing Armored Core V, the latest in From Software’s cultish series of rock ‘em, sock ‘em giant AC (mecha) simulators, was something of an emotional journey. After the dust cleared, our therapist (a former Nintendo gameplay counselor, now in private practice) helped us identify four distinct phases: confusion, excitement, disillusionment, and acceptance. Series veterans will mostly sidestep that first one, but a little confusion is pretty much inevitable for everyone.
Pros: Assembling badass mecha, Raiding with comrades in arms, Impractical machine combat
Cons: Wishing friends were online, Being in-game rich with nothing to buy, The PS3 version’s framerate
Summary: Armored Core V is big, explosive and full of good ideas. Too bad the game is nearly incomprehensible. Thankfully the game's strong online component and roughly one hundred levels make up for some of the learning curve problems, but don't go into this game looking for an easy ride! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Conclusion: Giant robots. Everyone loves them. From the anime-inspired Gundams to the more realistic military mechs, no one can resist them. When you mention mech games on consoles, one series comes to everyone’s mind: Armored Core. Developed by From Software, AC’s claim to fame are its highly customizable mechs. After going through three console generations and four publishers, From Software is back with Armored Core V.
Excerpt: It's a dark and gritty future. Governments have fallen and you work for - and answer to - corporations now. You're a mercenary Armored Core pilot scratching out a living in the crumbling ruins of civilization, whether it be in devastated cities, abandoned factories or inhospitable wastelands, and you'll need to seek out and destroy your sworn enemies. And who are they? ...Why, whoever the company tells you they are, of course.
Excerpt: When you boot up Armored Core V you'll be asked to create or join a team. These are essential to the game's multiplayer, and unless you've got a group of friends already ready to go you're better off joining another, already active team. There is a campaign for Armored Core V following a rebellion against an oppressive totalitarian government, but it's not really what you came for.
Summary: Armored Core V is a satisfying if familiar game for the mech-fighter inclined, but it’s so pervasively confusing that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone but the most seasoned fanatic. Its vague story and reliance on action to engage players doesn’t cut it in today’s videogame landscape, and though its wealth of side missions are fun, the game still feels old all-around.
Pros: Beautiful cinematics, Fun, abundant side missions
Conclusion: I wish it was easier for me to recommend Armored Core V. I think it is a pretty decent game that fans of the genre should definitely check out, but for most gamers this is probably not a game worth the full retail price. The technical issues, obtuse game design, and low population really hurt Armored Core. That being said, the ideas are very good and the gameplay is solid.
Excerpt: When I owned a PlayStation 2 many years ago I really enjoyed playing Armoured Core 4 and was ecstatic when I found out that Armoured Core V was hitting the shelves. I was even happier when I was asked to review it and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I spent a lot of time on Armoured Core 4 and, although a lot of time was spent on customising my mech, there is plenty of action and strategy involved.
Excerpt: I will outright admit that I'm not a seasoned Armored Core player. I dabbled a bit with the PSP iterations of AC , and despite finding those quite entertaining, they never really initiated me into the world of mechs. So here I hoped that maybe, just maybe, Armored Core V would be that entry point for me to finally understand the awesomeness behind these giant, hulking pieces of heavily weaponized metal. Boy was I wrong.