Excerpt: Armored Core 2 is very similar to the Gundam Wing game series, yet it has a lot of different touches that make it superior to the Gundam Games. The main story is that you\'re a pilot of a giant fighting robot thing and you do jobs for a company.
Excerpt: Unlike Brad I missed out on the last four Armored Core titles, with the exception of an hour sampling the original for the Playstation years ago. Like its precursor, Armored Core 2: Another Age feels like a game I can pick up, play for perhaps half an hour, and put away for a long length of time.
Excerpt: More than 200 customizable parts featuring new Interior and Extension parts, all new arenas with over 45 menacing AC’s (Armored Cores, the robot battle suits you pilot), more than 35 single player missions and over a dozen VS battle stages
Pros: Giant robots, big guns, explosions, great graphics.
Cons: Bad voice acting, hard to follow story, VS mode not very fun without playing the single player game first
Excerpt: Man, I really wanted to like this title. The minute I loaded the disc, I marveled at the stunningly clear introduction movie and drooled over the countless customizations for Armored Cores. I was even impressed by the mock e-mail system used to give characters life and progress story details. Suffice it say, the game had me the second I hit the start button. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm didn't last very long after playing for an extended period of time.
Excerpt: The true sequel to the great PSone mech game, AC2 allows players to built their own mechs and participate in mercenary missions for the Ravens. With over thirty missions and a full, detailed Arena mode, AC2 manages to encompass everything from the original game and the pseudo-sequels.
Pros: Excellent graphics, High detail of ACs, Lots of options
Cons: Poor control scheme - no analog support, Enemy and mission difficulty may be difficult at times
Excerpt: Mecha, mobile suits and big freaking robots—you gotta love 'em. Who in their right mind wouldn't want to strap into a 10-ton metal monster and lay waste to an evil empire of their choosing? Until the day the armed forces can offer enrollment in a Valkyrie squadron, or advanced-yet-confused aliens drop off the latest Uniframe hybrid on someone's doorstep, such things will be forever out of reach in real life. However, all is not lost.
Excerpt: In the past few years, we have seen many various mech-based games pass us by in the gaming industry. Some notable faces include MechWarrior; a PC-based Action/Strategy Simulation which placed various robotic mechs in war-based situations, and Sega's Virtual On which attempted to take the whole mech-based action to another level, allowing robots to fight it out in various arenas.
Excerpt: I have always been a fan of mech combat games. The cockpit style of fighting used in the Mech Warrior series for the PC will always hold a special place in my heart. There is a reason why console mech games cannot adopt the blessed cockpit view, and that is control. You simply don't have enough buttons on a standard console controller to provide a realistic mech cockpit simulation.
Excerpt: And boy, is it pretty. While not anywhere near the top of the crop, AC2 has some nice graphics. The second the game booted up the training mission (which takes place in a see-through tunnel that allows you to see a gorgeously rendered city) I was impressed. As my first real experience with PS2, I wasn't TOO impressed, but it wasn't ugly as I thought it was going to be. Some of the weapon effects are really nice too, as well as that of the lighting.
Excerpt: Two hundred years into the future and 70 years after the last Armored Core, From Software's Armored Core 2 picks up where the previous sequels left off: a world in ruin, humankind struggling to survive, and order on the brink of chaos. In this release, you'll assume the role of a Raven, a highly skilled mercenary for hire. Your tool of the trade: a ten-ton mech kitted out with a wide variety of rifles, missiles, radar units, explosives, and other destructive devices.