Armored Core: Nexus PlayStation 2

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
Buy On
  1. 90
    Whilst Nexus is most certainly an Armored Core game, and very good with it, a lot has changed on how the game fundamentally plays. Is it the best in the series? Well, it comes stunningly close. [JPN Import]
  2. For the people who have not played any of the games in the series up until this point, I would advise finding a copy of Armored Core 2 or 3 and play it first, as the difficulty in this one is not forgiving to anyone out of practice.
  3. With one disc that's got a nice plethora of new (new controls, new interface, new parts, etc.), and another disc that's got old made into new (not to mention those many unlockables to top that sweet cherry), you've really got one of the best and broadest Armored Core games on your hands that you could ever dream of.
  4. games(TM)
    80
    One of the finest mecha games ever made...The constant micro-management of you AC's mutually opposed abilities coupled with an increased efficiency at neutralising enemies is a cerebral, immersive and vibrantly unique gaming experience, which lifts the game above its past incarnations. [June 2004, p.116]
  5. Edge Magazine
    80
    As the standard bearer for mech-building and fighting, Armoured Core's depth is still as profound... The greater emphasis on overheat and a new tuning system will be to the taste of some veterans and not others, but the beauty of the machines will please all. [June 2004, p.110]
  6. Weekly Famitsu
    80
    8 / 8 / 9 / 7 - 32 gold [Vol 797; 26 Mar 2004]
  7. GMR Magazine
    80
    The addition of first-person-shooter-style controls is what takes Nexus to the next step. The series instantly goes from being niche to nice, now that turning your Core is simpler for the uninitiated. [Nov 2004, p.112]
  8. Yes, this is the best AC yet, but come on, how about a new approach that includes a sense of scale?
  9. From Software has taken an already complex and involving game and made it even richer by expanding the variety of customization options available, in addition to giving players an even larger array of aspects to concern themselves with when building and using their own giant robots.
  10. PSM Magazine
    75
    There's a steep learning curve, but once that's over, you'll love creating a personalized engine of destruction. [Nov 2004, p.94]
  11. 75
    Despite offering a lot of the same (eight games of it, nearly), the slight changes to the engine and all the content make it pretty exciting. There's just too much packed into one box. You must respect it.
  12. Play Magazine
    75
    I still find the control too slow and awkward, and this once again hampers my enjoyment of the game somewhat. [Oct 2004, p.75]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 16, 2015
    8
    Armored Core Nexus is unfairly criticized by the same things some critics praised Dark Souls for (a game that is also from the sameArmored Core Nexus is unfairly criticized by the same things some critics praised Dark Souls for (a game that is also from the same developer). Steep learning curve and difficult battles are nothing compared to the feeling of satisfaction of building and mastering your own mech. Full Review »
  2. Srth
    Dec 4, 2004
    9
    Great New Control That really helps in aerial combat a pity the game is kinda short wish it were longer and I suggest making a main Character Great New Control That really helps in aerial combat a pity the game is kinda short wish it were longer and I suggest making a main Character next Time with improved story line . Anyway, this game is Great. Full Review »