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  • Summary: In the distant future, massive urban development and pollution have critically damaged the planet. There is widespread fear that the end of the world is approaching. The League corporations, a military superpower, control the planet's infrastructure and have forced most of the world's population to live in huge aerial communities, called Cradles, to avoid the contamination. The ORCA, a rebel resistance still residing on the surface of the polluted planet, have amassed a formidable arsenal and are mobilizing to attack The League's bases to put an end to their iron grip on the planet. As a mercenary armed with cutting-edge military robot technology, choose your side and defeat the other factions by harnessing the power of the deadliest and most gigantic weapons ever created by mankind. For the first time in the series, cut your way inside colossal mobile battle stations and destroy them from their very core. Identify and exploit the weaknesses of 10 uniquely designed GIANT mobile battle stations to defeat them. Cooperate online with a friend in more than 30 missions or face up to 7 other players online in more than 80 different battlefields. Find the right combination of weapons and armor that will help you take down colossal enemies. With more than 130 new parts and 400 parts total, enhance your mech to take on increasingly deadlier mobile battle stations. Create the perfect mech design to defeat a powerful enemy and share it with your friends online. [Ubisoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. The bare-bones presentation and limited versus matches leave some definite room for improvement. With a greater focus on co-op and story, the next Armored Core could be the first must-own mech title.
  2. Armored Core: For Answer has it hits and misses.
  3. Armored Core for Answer fixes a lot of the problems that existed in Armored Core 4. Significantly more fun missions, graphical improvements, a fantastic sense of scale, and an enormous amount of customization really help the title. However, the impossible-to-understand story detracts value from the single-player experience, so the only reason for you to return is to build your mech, which is something that's going to overwhelm most players.
  4. Although the franchise needs clearer improvements, for Answer is a title that will captivate fans of the mechs. The incorporation of a cooperative mode brings a nice add-on, and the customization continues being one of great the attractiveness of the Armored Core series.
  5. Basically, play it for the multiplayer, or don’t play it at all.
  6. The cut scenes are gorgeous, the mech design is cool, the overall art style is kind of awesome… but the game itself isn’t really worth it.
  7. We accept that there’s some who’ll like this. You know who you are and you know you’re not the majority. Listen up majority, it is you to whom we speak.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. AshRaul
    Dec 28, 2008
    this game is FUN. i understand the story is extreamly hard to grasp, but the story is made for fanatics, everything past that is fun for almost everyone, the flying the customization, the co-op. there are difficult parts in the game, but heck, if the game was too easy that would be a downside too. Expand
  2. John
    Oct 11, 2008
    Insanely fun, possibly the best entry in the series. Huge selection of parts and weapons to choose from you can get lost in for hours.
  3. samtanklin
    Dec 17, 2008
    If you like mech games with an emphasis on customization AND action, this is the title to buy. From has implemented a Regulations system that will allow them to further balance the game in the future (they're working on a future regulation now), and the title has Online, LAN, and Split-screen co-op, team battle, deathmatch and duel modes. If you're an Armored Core fan, you've probably already bought this, if you're a fan of the mech action genre, you should definitely pick it up. It's actually easier to get into by newcomers to the series as well, but with more customization for the mech geeks among us. Collapse
  4. BrandonT.
    Sep 20, 2008
    This is the game all Armored core fans such as myself have been waiting for! In other words "the game that should have been". In this installment the took all the negitive feedback from armored core 4 and worked endlessly to fix it. No more infinite ammo and EN, warping, shadow hitting. While there is slight lag its nothing to go to thier front step with a pitchfork. More customization whch equall more originality. More leves and a certain multiplayer level which will make you happy. (While its not EXACTLY what we asked but i think they got our 'we want a space level' mail. With all these improvments you'de be crazy enough to NOT like it. Expand
  5. EdmundC.
    Sep 21, 2008
    Armored Core fans rejoice! The latest installment of this long running and most excellent series is here, and it
  6. Sep 4, 2013
    Though the aggregate score doesn't reflect it the game is a significant improvement over the disappointing Armored Core 4 with slightly better control, weapons sound effects that pack more of a punch, a great sense of scale and for the most part more interesting missions. The customization menus are also streamlined a bit better making that aspect of the game less of a headache without sacrificing complexity for those who want to dig deeper.

    There are still frustrating missions as From Software is known for producing difficult games, but on the whole they don't feel as unbalanced as those in AC4 which were either incredibly short and easy or controller-throwing difficult. The graphics aren't perfect but the destructible environments are a lot of fun and the mechs themselves still look great.

    Those looking for a good story should look elsewhere as you'll have a hard time caring about the confusing tale of corporate warfare, but story is something that the series has rarely focused on.

    While I would still limit my recommendation to fans of the series, For Answer is much more playable and polished than AC4 and a worthy addition to the franchise.
  7. ErikB.
    Oct 6, 2008
    This game is not much of an improvement from the last. Awful mech game. Mech Warrior what armored core is trying to be.

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