by Metro 3D Inc.
Developed by FromSoftware
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released - Out Now
Price : £39.99
very idea of one organisation or entity having total control over
what we all do is a pretty horrible thought to contemplate. In Armored
Core, at the beginning of the game, that is the exact situation
you are in. Every aspect of life is controlled by the aptly titled,
Controller. The Controller is an entity who rules the world. Under
the Controller life has become stagnant and uninspiring. There are
those who seek to end this influence of the Controller. These corporations,
as they are called, have emerged and battled each other but even
these battles against each other have been manipulated by the Controller.
However, there are indications that chaos is beginning to emerge
and that the Controller won't have complete control for much longer.
explain Armored Core in as brief a fashion as possible would be
to say that it's a Mech (or AC which stands for Armored Core of
course) combat game. The game begins with you setting up a pilot
profile and choosing a difficulty level (either Normal or Hard).
Then it's off to see if you can pass a mission that will determine
if you're allowed to become a Raven and progress with the game.
The mission is very easy of course but from here on in things get
more difficult and much more enjoyable.
of the key features of Armored Core 3 is that you can customise
your AC in quite a few ways. If you don't like the colour of your
AC you can change the colours of any part that you so desire. You
can add additional items to your HUD (heads up display) if you so
wish that will give you extra details about your enemies. You can
even change the colour of your HUD to suit yourself. Completing
missions allows you to earn credits and buy improved AC parts that
will give you greater capabilities. It also adds a whole heap of
replayability because the game will be different according to what
modifications you make to your AC. In many ways it's a Mech RPG
and a rather good one at that.
responsiveness of the controls in Armored Core 3 is dependent on
the quality of your AC. Upgrading the parts on your AC will lead
to an AC that is more responsive and easier to move around. What
can't be improve though is the manner in which you have to press
the L2 and R2 buttons to move your aim up and down. This doesn't
feel natural at first but with practice it isn't a problem. In contrast
though using the L1 and R1 to strafe left and right was a brilliant
move and is very useful in battles where you are under heave fire
and need to manoeuvre quickly.
game has around 50 missions for you to complete. It's a nice touch
that you get to have a choice when selecting missions and that the
reward for completing the desired mission is shown before hand.
You can choose to hire extra ACs, if you wish, to give you a hand
in a mission but these come at a price. After completing a mission
the price of the ammunition and repairs is taken out of your reward
money. In addition to these missions you can also challenge opponents,
who are graded in the same manner as you so you can get a good idea
of how tough they will be, to arena battles which will enable you
test any upgrades that you may have carried out. There is also a
mode where you can test your AC with either shooting or combat testing
and again this is useful to gauge the effectiveness of your AC.
In all honesty the game's plot isn't the best we've ever seen but
you're not going to be too disappointed because you play games like
Armored Core 3 for the battles and the game does not disappoint.
There is even a 4-player versus mode for when you want to take on
Armored Core is a bit of a mixture. The Acs actually look quite
good. Some of the environments look a little too angular for my
liking though and the textures can be bland in places. These are
only minor quibbles though and pleasingly the framerate is pretty
solid throughout the game. You can even run the game in 60Hz mode
if you wish, which is always a welcome option.
is impressive about Armored Core 3 is its support for deaf gamers.
Every piece of information and speech appears in clear and easy
to read text. You don't even have to enable subtitles, in fact there
isn't a subtitle option, and everything is subtitled by default.
Even when taking part in a hectic battle you'll see the comments
of your enemies shown in text. Text provision is very comprehensive
throughout the game and FromSoftware get a massive thumbs up from
us for making sure deaf gamers can enjoy their title as well as
have to be honest and say mech games aren't usually my favourite
type of game but Armored Core 3 has impressed me. It's text provision
is superb but my opinion of the game hasn't been swayed by this.
I think it's the ability to customise your AC and create an AC that
you feel comfortable with. The missions are quite easy to begin
with but soon become more interesting and it's important that you
customise your AC in order to be able to adjust to the increased
difficulty. The game's story could have been a lot better but make
no mistake this is a very enjoyable mech (or should that be AC)
Game Rating: 8.3/10
the story in Armored Core isn't up to much the rest of the game
is very impressive. Mech fans shouldn't pass up what has to be one
of the best titles in the genre.
It's very comprehensive in it's support for deaf gamers. Great stuff