Armored Core 3 PlayStation 2


Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. The game's unspectacular presentation and its dated design do interfere with its success, though.
  2. A specialized game that fulfills the obsessive compulsive need for options in us all.
  3. Game Informer
    Outside of a few peripheral additions, AC3 plays exactly like its predecessors. [Sept 2002, p.80]
  4. Cheat Code Central
    May not be the easiest game to learn but taking the challenge will pay great dividends.
  5. There’s more of everything that you’ve come to expect from the series, but nothing revolutionary.
  6. 82
    The game hasn't changed drastically since its leap to the PS2, but two years of minor tweaking has made this the most accessible title of the franchise.
  7. The tough control won't convert the blasphemers and the look needs a facelift, but the action, longevity, depth and style still make this the Liege Lord of mech games on the Playstation and Playstation 2.
  8. A solid and entertaining mech game with an unprecedented customization system that mech-fanatics will totally get off on.
  9. A very entertaining mech combat title with lots of options and missions to keep you going for many a night.
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Fans of the series won't be disappointed, unless they're expecting online play - it isn't in it. [Oct 2002, p.179]
  11. 80
    While it's very much an evolution of the preceding Armored Core games, it's certainly an improvement, and there's enough new here that players of the older games won't feel ripped off.

Awards & Rankings

#36 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#96 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Dec 10, 2014
    Excellent game. I've spent hundreds of hours with my Mechs powering through waves of enemy MTs and Ravens. I loved the story and was able toExcellent game. I've spent hundreds of hours with my Mechs powering through waves of enemy MTs and Ravens. I loved the story and was able to keep up with what was going on perfectly. Once the campaign was over (or during), it was time to clear the arena, which was also a ton of fun, and gave you people to look up to. I thought Ace and BB were so cool, and it actually felt great to be at the top of the ladder. I played many hours of multi-player with friends and had over 200 wins with my top core. If you wanted, you could put some time into your color scheme and emblem to add a bit of flair to your core, which I did as well. I even had a rebuild of the core that won the AC3 tournament in Tips and Tricks Magazine, which performed well. Would recommend this game to anyone that is a fan of faster paced mech combat. Full Review »
  2. MelvinC.
    Sep 29, 2003
    This game is one of the best. i hope they make a vr type.
  3. ShadowRaven
    Jul 31, 2003
    This game is cool! It combines stratergy with brute strength to boost it to it's deserved level of superiority.