Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. 40
    No story whatsoever, crazy learning curve and no fun to be found whatsoever.
  2. Mar 30, 2012
    40
    Armored Core V is what people have come to expect of mech-combat games: it's fun, pretty, and provides overall smooth gameplay; however it's nothing groundbreaking and is so impossibly confusing that only hardcore fans will truly enjoy it.
  3. Mar 26, 2012
    35
    Even once I worked past the game's convoluted, tutorial-free systems and understood how to build a mech, I found myself in a constant state of despondency. I just can't get myself to care about the customization and persistent world when everything surrounding it so poorly designed and not the least bit fun. I mean, at least give me loot. Give me something!
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Mar 21, 2012
    10
    Obviously, the game has its faults. FROM Software has been known to make some frustrating games. That being said, it was almost the fact that I have had such an amazing time with Dark Souls that I bought this game, and I am very happy that I did. While it has a steep learning curve, I found that playing with my friends, unlocking equipment and making my AC better has been a real blast, and has definitely scratched my Chromehounds itch. I like the slower pace; back to the roots of the series.

    If you want some amazingly fun giant mech multiplayer, be sure to get this title -- don't get it for its singleplayer. Learning, while frustrating at times, is so rewarding. Be sure to give this one a chance, you won't regret it.
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  2. Apr 3, 2012
    9
    This game is amazing and a "10" *IF* you are the following player:

    1) Love Mech "Simulators," endless tweaking and customization for your
    vehicle, and love a trial-and-error kind of game-play.

    2) Enjoy playing a game without any hand-holding. Love experimenting with how things work and what things do without being told with simple, clear step-by-step tutorials.

    3) Interested in playing against human opponents in a massive online battlefield, and continuously re-adjusting your strategy and mech-builds to stay competitive.

    If any of the listed items interests you, definitely give Armored Core V a shot. It's essentially the spiritual successor to "Chromehounds," meaning the game is all about online combat, making adjustments to your mech so its a better war machine for next time, and coordination with your clan/team to achieve the objective. For those who have friends (or are willing to make new ones) this game offers limitless possibilities to gameplay. Working as a team and changing your strategy on the fly is one of the joys this game has to offer, with several interesting player-vs-player mechanics. The game also as a long "scenario-driven" setting that keeps players coming back day after day as their clan/team struggles to defend terrorities or conquer new lands, making each battle you win/loss actually matter.

    But this game is also unforgiving, often frustrating, and not very helpful in teaching players what they did wrong when they die. Like any good "simulation" game, this game is all about the numbers. How you build your mech will directly impact how you will perform on the battlefield, and not understanding what each stat does can be extremely frustrating.

    Finally, there is NO real single player in this game. There's a collecting of "story" missions available to play that poorly tell the background story of the war that's going on, but it's more of an after-thought than an actual campaign. Likewise, the Story is difficult, and often you should recruit human "mercs" to assist you when you complete it. If you enjoy playing alone, this is not the game for you.

    The best review quote I've read that describes this game is, "It's Forza for Mech Lovers." This game is as much a simulation as it is a game. But also, Armored Core V was made by the developers of "Dark Souls," which makes it relentless and unforgiving. You will die in this game. A lot.

    If all of those things sound pretty good to you, this game is easily a 10. If you're more interested in a casual game that you can enjoy at your own pace (and without other players all trying to kill you) this game is more like a 6.
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  3. Mar 21, 2012
    7
    Good game, have some mistakes, for example it's same like the other Armored Core games, but that's okay, I believe that can be better, this Armored Core is good, for play if you dno't have other game. Full Review »