Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. 64
    Fans will be happy to see some of the battle and garage tweaks that make positive changes in the gameplay, but the uninteresting missions will dampen any excitement. Sadly, those want to check this out for the first time are getting the tiny end of the stick. Too much time will be spent researching and banging your head against the wall with a ridiculous amount of trial and error for a treat that's not nearly worth the effort.
  2. If you've played the previous games in the series, you'll be right at home here, but you won't find much of anything new or different.
  3. Last Raven is your last chance to experience the world of Armored Core on the PS2. Even if the MSRP weren't $29.99, you'd have a ridiculously hard time trying to find a more complete mobile suit package. The gameplay (battles), pre-gameplay (customization), flashy graphics, and adrenaline-filled soundtrack are some of the best this series has had to offer.
  4. The story is old hat, the telling of it is pretty lame but overall it serves as a good enough excuse to get into a giant robot and blow things up.
  5. 60
    If you're willing to devote serious time and effort to a harsh and unforgiving series that jealously guards its goodies from the uninitiated, there's a chance you could pick up Lost Raven and eventually get into it.
  6. 80
    Last Raven is the seventh and last Armmored Core title for the PS2, and it's definitely the best of the bunch. [July 2006, p.78]
  7. More importantly, let's hope the next-gen will bring about better graphics, which honestly shouldn't be in the state they are.
  8. 30
    When a game about giant robots flying, shooting, and fighting with each other makes it this hard and unpleasant to actually do any of those things, it's time for change.
  9. Really, this is just more of the same from Agetec – they found a formula that works and they stuck with it. It’s still fun, and there are a few minor improvements here and there, but it’s tough to shake a sense of having seen and done it all before.
  10. Armored Core: Last Raven isn't a broken game, and it's actually one of the better titles in the series - it's just that this series has been tragically underwhelming for years now.
  11. 40
    The presentation is weak, the gameplay flawed, and the reliance on insanely in-depth customization will likely end up annoying most gamers.
  12. 70
    While the addition of a few tweaks and online play will certainly thrill hardcores; anyone interested in taking the plunge for the first time will find themselves overwhelmed with menus and confusing customization options.
  13. The Armored Core developers are celebrating the series' 10th birthday by giving you the same mech game they've pumped out since the beginning. [Jun 2006, p.92]
  14. This is the Dynasty Warriors of mech games, and much like how that franchise is solidly enjoyable, so goes Armored Core.
  15. Unless players are willing to put several hours into a complicated control scheme, only to enjoy average playability at the end, they should probably look elsewhere.
  16. 65
    Overall, it's the same old song and dance that players have had for years now, so if you're into this extensive mech type of game, then you'll probably want to pick it up. However, most people will find themselves overwhelmed and bored quite quickly and while there have been improvements in small areas of the gameplay, the biggest flaws still exist.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. JamesS
    Jan 6, 2010
    How can people find this game so hard to play, that's just ridiculous. How can 1UP expect people to take their reviews seriously if they can't grasp the bare basics of this great game? Full Review »
  2. TreyW
    Nov 12, 2008
    Superb title. If your a true AC fan than you will love this game. The controls actually take skill to use (imagine that) but once you get used to it, its one of the best games ever. Armored Core is hands down the best mech game out there. Ive been playing since Armored Core: Project Phantasm. If you want a good mech game than you have come to the right place. Awesome combat with alot of deep customization make this game worth the money. Buy it now! Full Review »
  3. BenH.
    Apr 6, 2007
    Although it is a long and difficult game, there is a lot has to offer. The customization is very detailed making it possible to get exacty what your looking for, for the task at hand.It might be hard to channel all the information into a fun game but once you get the hang of it, it'll be fun. Full Review »