Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. 75
    This is obviously a niche game, but it's a damn good niche game.
  2. If you're willing to overlook the clumsy controls and the dated look, then Silent Line might be worth your while, but otherwise, there are much better giant-robot games on the market.
  3. Game Informer
    The most interesting addition is the ability to create your own AI in Arena mode. [July 2003, p.107]
  4. Cheat Code Central
    Not all of the missions are more difficult than subsequent ones, but in general the game's level of difficulty does increase exponentially when amortized over the 30-plus missions.
  5. The effort in style and ideas are evident, but working on the same engine, and just building on it just doesn’t do the series justice. Give the game a face-lift please.
  6. 79
    If you loved "Armored Core 3," you're going to have a field day with this.
  7. A solid addition to the Armored Core series with its bevy of cool new options and upgrades, but it still only caters to those well-versed in the esoteric world of AC geekdom.
  8. 70
    Silent Line’s claim to fame is the new first-person view, which looks very cool but ups the practice requirements, too.
  9. Despite all these incremental improvements and new features not much has changed with the AC series. Silent Line: Armored Core looks and plays nearly the same as it did three years and two versions ago.
  10. The game's difficulty curve is totally thrown off balance. I can only assume the intent was to provide a greater challenge than player-friendly Armored Core 3, and not outright sadism.
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Silent Line has made me a partial believer; if they'd simplified the controls some, I'd be completely sold. [Aug 2003, p.113]
  12. 80
    If the whole Japanese-mech scene is yours, however, it's a good bet that the Armored Core series will appeal, and that the numerous customization options will offer you more than the typical "expansion kit" could ever hope for.
  13. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It has a bunch of new mech parts and a few new knickknakcs, but this is essentially "Armored Core 3" with different levels. [July 2003, p.95]
  14. PSM Magazine
    Mechanized simulation fans are going to go nuts with the freedom and myriad options that Silent Line offers its players. [Aug 2003, p.27]
  15. I'd most liken this title to Armored Core: Project Phantasma, as although most AC games have a small mystery going on in their backstory, this one is quite nasty, and well, like Phantasma.
  16. Newcomers tempted by the budget price will be put off for life right away by the horrendous controls and vertical learning curve, while fans of the series will struggle to spot the visual and gameplay differences between this and "Armored Core 3." [PSW]
  17. An acquired taste of mechanized action warfare that thrives on narrowcasting its offerings to the select few that buy every installment, Silent Line is ultimately more bark (i.e. rental worth) than bite (i.e. purchase consideration).
  18. GMR Magazine
    As solid as ever, but unlikely to win new converts, Silent Line: Armored Core preaches to the choir and no one else. [Aug 2003, p.71]
  19. The visuals, sound and overall presentation may have remained mostly unchanged, but the 32 additional missions, coupled with more than 200 new parts makes this a must for the hardcore fans.
  20. GameNow
    Not that the missions in this game aren't good - they're just hampered by a control scheme that needs to be more intuitive. [Aug 2003, p.36]
  21. The innumerable customization options are enjoyable enough, but the overly difficult game play and poor controls keep the game from being much fun for casual mech fans or anyone new to the series.

Awards & Rankings

#71 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. May 6, 2012
    the only thing i dislike about thins game is that the mechs turn too slow when your in battle. Other than that the game is great.
  2. AnonymousMC
    Jul 30, 2008
    This game is awesome, the ability to destroy an opponents weapons adds a new layer of strategy and the 800 ammo machine gun is a dream. AndThis game is awesome, the ability to destroy an opponents weapons adds a new layer of strategy and the 800 ammo machine gun is a dream. And although the dual stick controls in AC4 are nicer you can make the controls more responsive by setting the d-pad/left stick to turn and look, and the face buttons to move and strafe then setting the shoulders to perform the remaining functions. Full Review »
  3. BenE.
    Sep 9, 2004
    Love the whole series.