A short perspective from someone who loves the previous games.
14 November 2013
Summary: I want to start this review by saying that, I generally do not feel compelled to write reviews. Like...ever. However, after playing this game for a good couple of months, I felt the need to express my thoughts as Armored Core is my favorite game franchise ever. I have been playing AC since Armored Core 2 was released, and have all of the Armored Core games with the exception of Project Phantasma, Formula Front, and the mobile games.
Summary: I've been a fan of Armored Core since the game first came out on Playstation 1. With every iteration the game, I felt got better and better. With that said Armored Core V to me, was a big step backwards. What went wrong is the game went over a huge overhaul. The Mechs are smaller, they User Interface (UI) is significantly different and the way the story plays out or just figuring out how to go through the story is just a horrible user experience.
Summary: Graphics quality of a ps1 game. coupled with an un-intuitive user interface. I bought this game hoping to do some split screen fun like the original armored core games, There is no split screen multiplayer.
Summary: The previous A.C. games in the series are much better. But this time around in 4 they made it suck. Controls are way different (why!?), sighting and firing system doesn't do the job right, it just sucks. Nine Breaker and Last Raven are the best in the A.C. series.
Summary: Now please be aware this Armored Core is not the same as the old ones. I am a seasoned AC Vet from Playstation One's Armored Core all the way to Silent Line. I did play a little of AC4 but need to pick up a copy when I get a chance. Armored Core 5 even being very different from its predecessors did impress me in the online multiplayer end and in the overall look and feel of the game.
Summary: A fair warning about buying a game from bandai should always leave that impression that the words they say are going to sound a little... silly? But with that aside, the experience of the gameplay is excellent. It is NOT the type of game where you just pit them in a fight, it's a wide map that involves completing your mission with very few challenges. PvP holds that whole experience though.
Summary: I've been a big fan of AC games since AC Another Age in ps2. My favorite part has always been flying over enemies and raining down on them and fast movement. Well, developers clipped my wings and slowed me down in AC V. It's very frustrating getting around quick. Might as well have taken any kind of boos and out those silly mechs to walk. Also, no more shoulder powerful weapons to blast away heavy enemies.