Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
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  1. Weekly Famitsu
    7 / 7 / 8 / 7 - 29 [Oct 2004]
  2. The only real complaint is that after more than a half dozen iterations, it’s about time that From Software stopped resting on its laurels with the game engine and upgrade the quality of the models with some visual panache.
  3. There's a lot to play with here and the core of the game is strong, but if you're looking for a nice jumping off point into the Armored Core series, this is definitely not the game to start with.
  4. Technically solid throughout, the game provides a severe test for those dedicated enough to see it through.
  5. 63
    Sure the new single player experience is a nice change of pace, but there isn’t anything revolutionary added to the franchise that will make you ponder ‘why did I miss out on this one?’
  6. For better or for worse, Nine Breaker is a pure arena combat game with absolutely no frills.
  7. Game Informer
    If you want to play something that feels like an expansion pack without an original game at its core, Nine Breaker is the perfect choice. [Sept 2005, p.102]
  8. PSM Magazine
    If, on the other hand, you truly do prefer meticulous tweaking, clunky controls, and no story to interfere with your mech combat, here you go. [Oct 2005, p.88]
  9. This latest AC continues to cater for hardcore fans, as casual gamers will be turned off by the absence of a story and online multiplayer support.
  10. For those who already know what they are doing and what all the weird numbers signify this might be a ripping good time. Those who may be younger in age or looking for some sort of PS2 equivalent to MechAssault are going to be sorely disappointed.
  11. 55
    Nine Breaker does not offer fresh content, nor does it deliver anything to accommodate new players. It's just kind of there.
  12. A catch-22 kind of game. If you're new to the series then you're going to be left out in the dark as there is nothing but the most basic of online assistance, and if you already know how to play the game, you've already played this one since it's not altogether different from Armored Core: Nexus.
  13. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Its cold, sterile presentation and crazy list of components for the armored core itself make it, in reality, a game for veteran AC gearheads. [Nov 2005, p.101]
  14. Removing features from a sequel and replacing them with nothing of note is certainly an flamboyantly avant garde way to approach a franchise soon to enter its tenth year, but it doesn't exactly do wonders for your value for money.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JackH.
    Sep 16, 2005
    This game honestly sucks, it's like Nexus in all aspects, save that this has no purpose, no objective, it's just training for This game honestly sucks, it's like Nexus in all aspects, save that this has no purpose, no objective, it's just training for nothing and repetitive 1 on 1 fights. Sorry guys. Full Review »