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  • Summary: It's been 20 years since the Earth Government and the Corporations battled for supremacy. The majority of humanity lives beneath the surface of the planet, relatively safe from the continuing struggle. A new and mysterious entity has entered the picutre, however, snapping up all theIt's been 20 years since the Earth Government and the Corporations battled for supremacy. The majority of humanity lives beneath the surface of the planet, relatively safe from the continuing struggle. A new and mysterious entity has entered the picutre, however, snapping up all the available Ravens for intense missions that only their custom-built Armored Core Units can handle. As a Raven, you know there's always another mission waiting for you - does it really matter who, or what, hires you? For all the new parts and weapons out there for you to earn in battle - we didn't think so. But just the same, keep your back covered, Raven. [Agetec] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
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  1. A very entertaining mech combat title with lots of options and missions to keep you going for many a night.
  2. 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.
  3. May not be the easiest game to learn but taking the challenge will pay great dividends.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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. Expand
  2. John-MichaelL.
    Feb 21, 2003
    10
    Spectacular! The best Mech Game on the market. A title everyone should own. BUY IT NOW!!!!
  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.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Sep 10, 2002
    9
    For fans of the series, it's great.
  5. BuffWhite
    Jun 15, 2003
    9
    AC only gets better and better. there are always gonna be a few little quirks, but overall, the gameplay, sound, graphics, and customizationAC only gets better and better. there are always gonna be a few little quirks, but overall, the gameplay, sound, graphics, and customization features rule over all else. Collapse
  6. MikeN.
    Nov 11, 2002
    9
    This is really good. Although some options are useless, like consorts, I used them twice. I really like the option of keeping multiple This is really good. Although some options are useless, like consorts, I used them twice. I really like the option of keeping multiple AC's in your garage. It really opened up creativity for the creation of my AC's. Expand
  7. Poenix
    Dec 1, 2002
    7
    What are they scared of with this game, actually breaking from the mold and making a game that meets the standards for graphics these days? I What are they scared of with this game, actually breaking from the mold and making a game that meets the standards for graphics these days? I found it to look just like the old ACs; however the storyline and the parts were new and refreshing. I just wish they would revamp the graphics and give us something new. Expand

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