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  • Summary: Agetec delivers the popular Armored Core series to the PSP. In this special edition for US gamers, Agetec has completely revamped the title with added features from its Japanese counterpart. Armored Core: Formula Front - Special Edition has everything the fans love from the Armored Core series plus more, such as, artificial intelligence (AI) designing and wireless head-to-head action. [Agetec] Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. I won’t lie and say there aren’t some playability and accessibility problems to be found here, however with everything this game does so remarkably right there’s no doubt in my mind that Armored Core: Formula Front Extreme Battle is one of the best reasons to own a PSP right now.
  2. Fans of mech titles, and specifically the building simulation aspect of mech titles, should rejoice, as this is an amazing and full-featured game.
  3. Simulation fans will enjoy Formula Front's extremely in-depth mech-customization system, but the steep learning curve and lack of any real action will probably turn off everyone else.
  4. 70
    These diminutive mechs pack a strong punch.
  5. 65
    The game's strengths are still in building unique Armored Cores, but there's still quite a long learning curve there. The battlefield action still feels forced and tedious, which is unfortunate.
  6. 65
    The wireless multi-player modes are appreciated, but we would have loved to been able to get online with this bad boy, Armored Core has yet to see an true online mode and it seriously would benefit from one.
  7. It's so stiff and sluggish that you'll often find yourself wondering if the buttons on your PSP are shorting out. [Nov 2005, p.180]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Josh
    Apr 8, 2009
    8
    I think that this was a very good game, despite some issues that I had with it. Now, I am one of those guys that are addicted to these games (I got hooked on AC3), and i can see what people mean when it has accessibility issues, but I started playing when I was 9-10, so if you keep at it, anyone can figure it out. Although, I do miss the missions. Expand
  2. SteveB.
    Dec 18, 2005
    7
    Impressive presentation and customisations but very thin gameplay. Everything feels sluggis and the control feels right a times and very poor at others depending wich mech you are using and wich one you are fighting. The music often overlaps itself wich kinda sucks. I am amazed at how many titles could have been great but are just average or even bellow average because of some obviously fun gameplay elements that were underdeveloped. Rent first as this game is a bit weird. Its a cross between a simulator , a mech building kit and a 1 on 1 action shooter and not neccessarly the best representation of all those types of gameplay. Expand