Armored Core 4 Xbox 360


Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
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  1. 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.
  2. AceGamez
    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.
  3. Despite some boring missions, the customization and online fights were great fun, to say the least.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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”.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    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]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The gameplay itself is pretty useless left on its own, but coupled with the customization options, limitless potential awaits.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. With is short missions and cumbersome customizing options, Armored Core 4 isn't nearly as entertaining as it should be.
  18. 59
    Although Armored Core 4 delivers its usual, expansive customization options, it isn’t enough to overlook weak single-player missions and lackluster visuals.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Official Xbox Magazine
    Armored Core 4 might be uninspired and forgettable, but beggars can't be choosers. [May 2007, p.74]
  22. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Disappointingly average. [July 2007, p.92]
  23. Pelit (Finland)
    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]
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. X-ONE Magazine UK
    The customisation is dense, providing a far greater subjective feel and hte action and simulation comes thick and fast. [Issue 21, p.88]
  30. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Fighting giant robots on giant maps never felt so slow, boring and grey. [Sept 2007, p.79]
  31. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Rem
    Jul 11, 2013
    Armored Core 4 does painfully little to stray away from previous entries, and it just might be its greatest drawback. Once again you pilot aArmored 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
    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 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
    Short game but fun all the way through.