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: 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: Armored Core is back and looks better than ever in its first appearance on the PlayStation 2. Armored Core 2 not only features better looking graphics in general, but much more detailed mech emblems as well. If you're into making your own emblem for your mech, you'll enjoy the ability to use a USB mouse to make your own emblem without fighting the gamepad. As for the sound, the sound effects are pretty good and the music isn't half bad.
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: From Software nous offre le second volet d'un Armored Core quelque peu tombé dans l'oubli et qui devrait faire office de pionnier sur le nouveau support qu'il a choisi : la PS2. Un titre qui ne manquera pas de rappeler l'univers de Battletech, même si on semble être très loin d'un Mechwarrior sur PC.
Excerpt: Jetzt kommt ihr ins Spiel - als Söldner nehmt ihr von den verfeindeten Unternehmen Aufträge an, um zum Beispiel gegnerische Anlagen zu sabotieren und damit euer Brot zu verdienen. Denn nach einer ersten Bewährungsprobe seid ihr ein 'Raven', ein Krieger der neuen Zeit, ausgerüstet mit einem High-Tech-Mech, an dem sich so ziemlich alles verändern lässt, was das Herz begehrt ...