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Armored Core Formula Front: Extreme Battle
23 September 2006
Excerpt: Build an unstoppable warrior to annihilate the competition, then pop him in your pocket! For the first time ever in the history of the much-loved series, Armored Core is heading to a handheld format with the release of Armored Core: Formula Front – Extreme Battle. Thanks to the PSP's raw processing power, all of the extreme action and fearsome weaponry that the series is famous for has been faithfully recreated and packed onto a single UMD.
Excerpt: Armored Core: Formula Front is a giant robot action game, but it’s not your typical giant robot action game. In Armored Core the combat is almost secondary to robot design and customization, which means that you’ll either really enjoy this game or it will bore you quickly. It all depends on the type of giant robot guy (or gal) you are.
Excerpt: If you want to see really good graphics on your PSP, look no further. Armored Core: Formula Front Extreme Battle is beautiful, looking like a smaller version of a PS2 game on a wide screen. You will be treated to various views and even post-processing special effects while watching replays. In the A.I. mode, you don't have any direct control over your AC's actions, but you instead can use just as many controls to change your view in various ways.
Excerpt: Armored Core is a tricky series: Gamers typically love it or hate it. Stat-hounds and customization freaks really dig the hardcore gearhead approach to battle bots, while the rest of us stick to more action-oriented titles for our big mech enjoyment. Nonetheless, the first Armored Core game is out for the PSP. Armored Core: Formula Front-- Extreme Battle is a fan-targeted title, geared towards current fans of the Armored Core series and fairly inaccessible for newcomers.
Pros: ups: Nice Graphics and Wi Fi multiplayer.
Cons: downs: Stale gameplay, inaccesible for newbies.
Excerpt: I love customizing things to fit my taste. I really do. I also like being able to take my creations and pit them against my friends’. Perhaps because of this, the Armored Core series has always appealed to me. In fact, the idea that Armored Core was going to be on the PSP was reason enough for me to buy one. I was disappointed to find out that you couldn’t control your creations yourself until AgeTec announced that they were adding control to the player.
Excerpt: The Armored Core series has had a rusty life the last few years. Despite a cult following, the mech customization video game has lost its touch time and time again. With the PSP version, Armored Core: Formula Front, this trend continues. Formula Front isn't as bad as the recent PS2 outing, Nine Breaker (reviewed and scored a 5.3 by our very own Matt Evangelista), but arguably so.
Summary: Simulation fans will enjoy Formula Front's extremely in-depth mech-customization system, but the steep learning curve and lack of any real action will probably turn off everyone else.
Pros: Hundreds of parts and parameters to tweak and customize your own giant fighting robot, Great graphics with highly detailed mechs, Sophisticated AI can be customized to fit any situation, You can pit your customized mechs against your friends' in wireless head-to-head matches
Cons: Steep learning curve for people who aren't familiar with the series, Manual controls are sluggish and difficult to use, Lengthy and frequent load times
Summary: Armored Core: Formula Front is a solid game that runs smoothly, and despite taking a while to get into can provide a few thrills. A game which is likely to keep series fans happy, but unlikely to generate new ones.