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  • Summary: Armored Core 4 reinvigorates the brand by offering an all-new storyline, new environments, and online capability. The 10th anniversary of the acclaimed franchise is punctuated with a leap to next-generation platforms. Multiplayer functionality allows up to eight players to battle online. Join one of six factions specializing in different aspects of battle. 30 missions played out in detailed futuristic 3D environments. Fly through canyons and rip through cities battling multiple enemies. Deploy "Quick Boost" and "Over Boost" features for precise explosive movement and precision control of AC units. Engage "Primal Armor" the all-new defense shield that adjusts its strength according to specific battle conditions. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. If you are thinking about the content of the game while you are working, it’s an addictive game and definitely recommended to those who have enjoyed the franchise up to this point.
  2. Customisation options make this the best AC yet, but it's not very user-friendly. [July 2007, p.76]
  3. The game remains true to the series in catering more toward the hardcore element despite good attempts at making the game accessible; Armored Core 4 easily offers up the hottest mech-on-mech action yet in this next generation.
  4. 68
    There is nothing next-gen about the title in the least; only slightly improved graphics.
  5. The mission structure is broken, and the missions can be very short. The online, while fun, is incomplete. And the visuals leave something to be desired.
  6. Fast, truly accessible missions and slower, more strategic battles for sim nuts, plus online arena play. [July 2007, p.113]
  7. 40
    AC4 feels like a house that's been added onto so often that it's a maze of twisting passages, oddly shaped rooms, and doors that go nowhere. There may be something worthwhile hidden within, but it's not worth the effort to find it. Time to tear it all down and start over.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 19, 2014
    Once upon a time I purchased Armored Core 4Answer. I loved it. But like most games I play I trade them in after I play them to death. Then one day I decided to purchase Armored Core 5: Verdict Day. They took out the ability to fly, the weapons and missiles all felt the same, buildings could no longer be destroyed, reverse leg joints had virtually zero difference with regular joint legs, they removed much of the automated targeting so it no longer felt like you were piloting an AC, it felt like a FPS with a robot on the screen, and WORST of all the feel of the game was felt like a video game.

    I traded in AC:V the next day and decided to try out the precursor to Armored Core 4Answer: AC:4
    I was NOT disappointed.
    I fell in love with this game from the moment I pressed start. The customization of my AC is unmatched. Each piece you purchase feels like a tangible piece of equipment. The feel of the game, and I'm not just talking about controls, just....everything is SO spot on. This game is probably the most underrated piece of software to ever exist, mostly because it is just one in a large series of AC games, and it's so painfully better than every other variation, especially the ones that followed it. It just FEELS perfect, and customizable to the extreme. I believe they tried to balance combat to a ridiculous extent as time went on, but any game with such beautiful freedom is going to be able to be broken, it's kinda part of the fun. They just needed to beef up some of the tankier class weaponry rather than nerf speed, and I realize I'm talking about the subsequent games as well, but I guess it doesn't really matter considering there is no longer online support for this game, at least not that I'm aware of. If you're going to get any AC game, SKIP 5, maybe pick up AC4A, but definitely try this one out. Once you understand the mechanics, it feels absolutely amazing to be able to craft any armored core you want. And those MISSILES! BEST MECHANICS FOR MISSILES in a video game EVER! They launch in clusters, rapid fire, vertical launch, target seeking, cluster missiles! It's almost unbelievable. It makes every other video game to ever contain a missile seem like the programmers were drooling idiots. 10/10 What more can I say.
  2. BrianD.
    Sep 2, 2007
    The Armored core franchise has been going up hill since Armored Core 2. Once again From Software and Sega have outdone themselves offering more control, variety, and action. The learning curve of the game really shows how far you can push their revamped system. Also, this game has plenty of replay value. whether you like to play simulated missions or head to head with friends, this is a great game for anyone. Also it is one of the first well done ps3 games currently out. Expand
  3. volrath77
    Jun 12, 2007
    Definitely one of the best AC in the series.
  4. Aug 17, 2012
    This is hands-down the best Armored Core game to date, including V and For Answer. This is a rich detailed futuristic simulator that is fun even for the western audience. From Software did a great job developing this game. Expand

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