Excerpt: There are two things that the Japenese love in gaming. A decent RPG and a decent mech combat game. Any one of the two genres get released and you can immediately guarantee that it will hit the number one spot, as was the case with Armored Core V earlier this year. There is also a nice hardcore following of mech games here too but for the most part, unless you already love the genre, chances are most people will not give it a second look.
Conclusion: Fans of the old Armored Core V games will love it and I personally suggest that if you gave up on the series long ago that you give this one a try. The challenge which the game offers is a welcomed change to the easy to play missions that similar games usually offer.
Conclusion: The other achievements are challenging but obtainable given practice and persistence. Fun Factor & Replay Value: 5 / 5 Thanks to a lively online community, this game looks to be fun and populated for years to come. If you've been looking for a mech fighting home since Chromehounds got shut down, this just might be the place for you.
Run 'n' gun in mechanized suit; primarily for existing fans.
Common Sense Media
4 June 2012
Summary: Parents need to know Armored Core V is a third-person shooter based heavily on combat. As a human mercenary-for-hire, you climb into a customizable 'mech suit called an "Armored Core" and must run and gun through huge maps to destroy enemies. There is no blood or gore but you can inflict a lot of damage with all the weapons in the game. There is loud gunfire, explosions, and destructible environments.
Conclusion: If you really love mech games, specifically Armored Core games, and love fiddling around with all the bits then it could be worth it, but for most gamers this is just poorly executed, albeit with plenty of promise.
Conclusion: Armored Core V is certainly a deep game, but it’s also one that is let down by an underwhelming solo experience and an overly demanding online mode. If you look past the repetitive gameplay structure and focus on building a squad of likeminded allies then you will be rewarded, given enough time, but getting to that point might be too much of an ask for most.
Summary: Armored Core V would probably be interesting just because it fills a niche for mecha fans that few other active games can, but it’s actually a good game regardless. It will require some trial and error (or study online) to figure out how to play properly, but is definitely worth the effort!