Summary: I have been following the Armored Core series since the first game came out on the Playstation. I through at least a hundred or so hours into the game and enjoyed it. After the first installment, only Nexus and Armored Core 3 were playable to me, until 5 came out. I felt the controls, parts and play style of this game are beautifully executed. It was challenging, but not too challenging and the mercenary system is interesting.
Summary: I would only recommend this if you're planning to play the game with your friends :p ...the Co-Op is pretty neat. No interference when communicating and all that. Do not get it if you're going solo.
Summary: This most recent installment in the series does two major things in my opinion. it calls back to many stylistic points of the old, pre-AC4 series, yet takes a lot of bold risks in new areas and design ideas. some of them good, some of them bad, but none of them truly ruining the fun. This game gets a bad rap by many fans in my opinion because it is Very different from previous titles even if it calls back a little more to the originals in style.
Summary: A couple of months ago I got the itch to play a mech game. I wanted to hop into a mech, loaded for bear and go blow stuff up. I thought about Mechwarrior 4 and Steel Battalion. Of course I don't have a gaming PC or an original Xbox, so those were out of the question. I had played the demo for Armored Core 4 and didn't like it much. I spent time reading every review I could on every mech game for this current generation of consoles.
Summary: Pros: simple controls gratifying explosions innovative co-op and online play replay ability almost infinite outstanding graphics and mech design cons: Always online hiring a mercenary can be tedious new parts are hard to find when they become available The newest installment of the armored core series is loads of fun to play both with friends and as a mercenary. The story is kind of silly but the explosions and mech customization is quite outstanding.
Armored core 5 review; from someone who never played the series.
T. R. Davis, Amazon
25 March 2012
Summary: I've been playing giant robot games in various forms for years. I cut my teeth on battletech (and I still have the Phoenix Hawk LAM). First of all, for you guys that jumped in for an hour and gave up on it, I don't really blame you. It has the complexity level of a FASA game (pen and paper mechwarrior) component side and the randomness of a japanese produced game on the interface side. My recommendation- keep playing, keep pressing start.
Summary: Word of warning, in order to get the most out of this game, you must play online. Sure, you can run through the story and other missions solo, but even those allow for 2 player co-op over PSN or Xbox LIVE. The persistent world is a nice touch, and the team system is awesome. My one gripe with the title, and the reason it isn't a 5 star game, is the overall lack of story and single player content when compared to previous titles.