Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Everything that surrounds the gameplay is strongly polished, but when you're battling, everything beyond your bot will be visually disappointing.
  2. May not be the easiest game to learn but taking the challenge will pay great dividends.
  3. Rather than something new (I’m really yearning for mechs that are a bit easier to control) it’s just the same thing again. Fans of the original will love it, but it’s not really reaching out to a new audience at all. I’m not seeing a lot of innovation.
  4. Fans of the series won't be disappointed, unless they're expecting online play - it isn't in it. [Oct 2002, p.179]
  5. The sense of scale is also slightly lacking, with cars and tanks actually looking like teeny tiny cars and tanks instead of making your mech look huge.
  6. 60
    It keeps most of the basic gameplay elements intact, but a little bit of polish (along with a few additional features) could have made this a spectacular title, rather than a merely solid one.
  7. Outside of a few peripheral additions, AC3 plays exactly like its predecessors. [Sept 2002, p.80]
  8. A solid and entertaining mech game with an unprecedented customization system that mech-fanatics will totally get off on.
  9. 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.
  10. The series that once had me completely addicted has now become so stale that it barely even registers as enjoyment.
  11. 70
    This isn’t a reinvention of Agetec’s half-arcade/half-hardcore mech battlin’ series, it’s just another step…and a rather small one at that.
  12. The game's unspectacular presentation and its dated design do interfere with its success, though.
  13. 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.
  14. A specialized game that fulfills the obsessive compulsive need for options in us all.
  15. There’s more of everything that you’ve come to expect from the series, but nothing revolutionary.
  16. A very entertaining mech combat title with lots of options and missions to keep you going for many a night.
  17. 73
    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.
  18. 70
    The Armored Core franchise will never be something for the casual gamer. It simply requires more thought and creativity than most people want to employ for a videogame.
  19. The best Armored Core yet. [Oct 2002, p.142]
  20. It's very similar to its predecessors in both strengths and weaknesses. [Oct 2002, p.30]
  21. One of the best PS2 mech titles in the market today, one that stand head-and-shoulders above better-publicized competitors like TDK Mediactive’s “Robotech: Battlecry” and Bandai’s “Gundam: Federation Vs. Zeon."
  22. With no improvement of note this one is for hard (armored) core fans only.
  23. 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.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Dec 10, 2014
    10
    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
    10
    This game is one of the best. i hope they make a vr type.
  3. ShadowRaven
    Jul 31, 2003
    10
    This game is cool! It combines stratergy with brute strength to boost it to it's deserved level of superiority.