Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. A brilliant game. It combines the classic sci-fi cliché of giant robot battles with the obsessive tinkering of real world mechanics. Anyone who enjoys computers, cars, or other machinery will get a kick out of the customization aspect (from body parts to paint jobs) and mecha enthusiasts, will, well... love blowing the crap out of everything.
  2. It looks nicer, it plays faster, and with its lower barrier to entry, Armored Core 4 should appeal to more than just the series' faithful gearheads.
  3. Despite some boring missions, the customization and online fights were great fun, to say the least.
  4. 75
    With a revamped mission structure, online play, and brand new control scheme Armored Core 4 is a must own for fans of the series like myself. While there are a few glaring problems the core experience is still enjoyable.
  5. 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.
  6. The learning curve is steep, the controls take effort to master, and the single-player game is ultimately there to prepare you for head-to-head matches. It’s a very specific game experience that rewards trial and error and fails to appeal to a broad audience in the process.
  7. By shipping this game with a boring, restrictive campaign mode, even Armored Core series diehards will have to reconsider this game. Because half the fun is in building, painting and showing off your schematics, Armored Core 4 is for the fans of the AC franchise and/or Xbox Live, and no one else.
  8. A mediocre, fast paced mecha action that pretty much targets the marginal audience really getting their kicks from tuning massive combat robots. For average player, clinical storytelling without drama and hooks, nonexistant tutorial to the world and the game, and especially to the overwhelmingly complex robot modification will quickly dull the interest. The core of the game in combat and in the garage is solid, but that’s sadly it. [Mar 2008]
  9. A very enjoyable action romp, which also contains plenty of accessible customisation and strategy, and has a feel about it that screams hardcore, without demanding players trade in their social life for Achievement points and a monitor-kissed, pale skin tone.
  10. The customisation is dense, providing a far greater subjective feel and hte action and simulation comes thick and fast. [Issue 21, p.88]
  11. The short missions, limited battle area, and muted visuals may turn some people off, but most will be satisfied with the swift, intuitive gameplay, the online versus, and the simple fact that they are controlling a giant mechanized robot.
  12. Targeted towards fans and hardcore gamers, Armored Core 4 does well what it sets out to do, yet may leave casual gamers looking for something else.
  13. 70
    Many changes have been made in efforts of attracting new fans, and the result is a game that is not only less intimidating than previous entries in the franchise, but more fun as well. Unfortunately, some elements of the game feel unfinished, particularly the graphics and the lean multiplayer component.
  14. With is short missions and cumbersome customizing options, Armored Core 4 isn't nearly as entertaining as it should be.
  15. Unless you’re a rabid series fan (do they still exist?) who will appreciate a graphical upgrade and a few gameplay tweaks, you’ll find this to be “just another Armored Core game”.
  16. The gameplay itself is pretty useless left on its own, but coupled with the customization options, limitless potential awaits.
  17. A decent game that could have a lot more with better variety of missions, more attention to graphic details, and so on. What this game does succeed at is the amount of customization for your Mech that you will pilot.
  18. Even with graphics that fall below the expectations of the current generation of hardware, Armored Core 4 is a fun way to make machines to the dirty work.
  19. Multiplayer is what’s really going to get the fans riled. After fine-tuning your ideal mech in single player, you can bring it online and face off against anywhere from one to seven opponents. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of match variety outside of deathmatch and team deathmatch, and there’s no respawning so matches don’t last much longer than five minutes tops.
  20. Armored Core 4 might be uninspired and forgettable, but beggars can't be choosers. [May 2007, p.74]
  21. It's simple and frankly quite fun, but it's just a bit too short for a $60 game, and it can easily be finished in a day.
  22. Series veterans will love the endless customisation, four-on-four multiplayer battles and blindingly fast combat, but even the most loyal fan will wonder why Armored Core 4 couldn’t have been so much more than it is.
  23. After the first few missions, you’ll have some strong challenge—and the need to reequip your mech to match the adversaries you’ll face. It just feels shallow, though, like there wasn’t much creativity poured into it.
  24. Don't get me wrong, I love building my weapons up from scratch, but I'd have sacrificed the depth of customisation for better, more open-ended gameplay.
  25. Ultimately, this series is going to have to evolve into a more accessible, playable, solo-friendly experience if it ever wants to be known as anything other than a niche curiosity.
  26. The entire production feels unforced, with a overly complex storyline and repetitive meaningless missions. I wanted to love my sweet Armored Core action, but I have been denied.
  27. 59
    Although Armored Core 4 delivers its usual, expansive customization options, it isn’t enough to overlook weak single-player missions and lackluster visuals.
  28. Fighting giant robots on giant maps never felt so slow, boring and grey. [Sept 2007, p.79]
  29. Disappointingly average. [July 2007, p.92]
  30. The controls are great once you get them customized properly*fire buttons on L1 and R1), with nimble movement and crazy bursts of speed seldom seen outside of anime, but this dexterity is wasted on short missions, bare-bones multiplayer, and the same ol' gameplay AC has been recycling for years. [Apr 2007, p.85]
  31. 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.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Rem
    Jul 11, 2013
    6
    Armored Core 4 does painfully little to stray away from previous entries, and it just might be its greatest drawback. Once again you pilot a mech of sorts and take along on missions that come in a variety of ways to complete. The scale is improved this time around, and the graphics are pretty and reflections are gorgeous to look at. With a bare bones story to move missions along, you'll be doing pretty much the same thing the whole game. I like that if it presented more features, but sadly there is only a standard multiplayer. Customization is better here, but that doesn't say much to this game. Playing the previous entries will warrant a familiar experience which makes this game look unoriginal at best. Full Review »
  2. GarrettG
    Dec 30, 2009
    10
    The game is much better than the previous one . you are allowed to use your boost for a great amount of time. the addition of the quick boost is insane adding much movement to your AC. I was always a fan of armored core and now i'm a bigger one Full Review »
  3. Patrickw
    Oct 10, 2009
    9
    Short game but fun all the way through.