Rather than something new (Im really yearning for mechs that are a bit easier to control) its just the same thing again. Fans of the original will love it, but its not really reaching out to a new audience at all. Im not seeing a lot of innovation.
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.
I just wish the series would commit to more than gradual improvement. At this pace, it looks like I'll be able to give an unqualified thumbs-up round about "Armored Core 5" -- say, four or five years from now.
One of the best PS2 mech titles in the market today, one that stand head-and-shoulders above better-publicized competitors like TDK Mediactives Robotech: Battlecry and Bandais Gundam: Federation Vs. Zeon."