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I will outright admit that I'm not a seasoned Armored Core player. I dabbled a bit with the PSP iterations of AC, and despite finding those quite entertaining, they never really initiated me into the world of mechs. So here I hoped that maybe, just maybe, Armored Core V would be that entry point for me to finally understand the awesomeness behind these giant, hulking pieces of heavily weaponized metal. Boy was I wrong. Not to confuse that last statement with my enjoyment of the game. On the contrary, Armored Core V can be a very fun game, but From Software pulls no punches with the barrier of entry for this game. Aside from the initial mission, which somewhat lets you familiarize yourself with your mech, or AC, you don't get much guidance afterwards. It all starts with a login screen. Armored Core V surprisingly has more in common with a MMO than your standard console game. Once your profile is all set up, you can then join an existing online team, consisting of up to 20 other players that are in your region, or start your own. Whether you know the people on your team or not, doesn't really make a difference; your goal is all the same: territory domination. The game is then similarly set up like the game of RISK.
I may not know every Armored Core fan, but I at least know where the franchise's appeal starts and ends for the laymen. Namco Bandai has cranked out 19 Armored Core games since 1997, and the series hasn't exactly ever hit a high point from outside its most dedicated fans. Still, with Dark Souls under its belt, From Software has an opportunity to buck this trend with Armored Core V. To this end, they've created a game that straddles the line between "streamlined for new audiences" and "more of the same for the fans." When you first boot up AC V, you'll be asked to join an online team (or create your own) for which to contribute your efforts. Don't stress over the choice you make here, because you've always got the option to realign your allegiances. And while you may never play with the other members on your team, it's comforting to know you're not playing the game alone. In creating your own team you can set a color scheme, create a new emblem, and even choose how new members can join. Within your team you can trade parts, which is Armored Core heaven for long-time fans of the series.
When two meticulously tweaked mechs meet in combat, the results can be explosively fun. The battle for position might see one bouncing between buildings five stories in the air, while the other jets along the ground to acquire line of sight. They deploy reconnaissance aids and radar jammers to win the information war and then use long-barreled cannons and energy blasts to win the physical fight. Leaving your enemy a smoking ruin can be very satisfying, but in Armored Core V, this kind of satisfaction is all too rare. To learn the tactics needed to succeed on the battlefield, you need to spend a lot of time running missions through the drab, somber environments. AC aficionados may have the tactics down, but to unlock the parts needed to build a worthy mech, you need to slog through a lot of mind-numbingly easy missions. When the challenge comes later on, or when you jump into competitive multiplayer, you can find the kind of combat that delivers on the promise of purpose-built battle bots dueling to the death. But even if you are well prepared for a fight, Armored Core V still spends too much time making you work toward the good stuff. At least many of the missions are short. The prevalent Order missions often don't last longer than a minute.
Long before From Software was torturing gamers with Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, the Japanese developer was keeping mech fans busy with a steady stream of Armored Core titles. Armored Core V is the newest installment of the series, and while From Software has continued its tradition of melding online and offline play in unique ways, the mech-exploding action has a few glaring issues. While AC V offers a functional offline mode, playing it that way would be like going solo in an MMO. Apart from a short gameplay tutorial, your first task is to sign up with an online team or create a new one. Each team accommodates up to 20 players, and everything you do in the game – from playing through story missions to competing for territory in Conquest battles – earns your squad Team Points to unlock new missions. The world map displays which teams control the dozens of territories and functions as a chatroom for your team. From Software has added systems for trading parts, money, and mechs with your fellow members. These aspects instill an impressive sense of camaraderie with your team, and my attempts to play offline were significantly less fun. Mech games are known for their customization options, and AC V is no different.
Namco Bandai is teaming up with developer From Software to bring the next entry in the mech series westward. In addition to the screenshots and concept art Nacmo released for the upcoming Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 title, Andriasang has translated some juicy details regarding the game's new online mode that producer Toshifumi Nabeshima revealed to Famitsu. Players still create their own mech and take on missions, but now the action is team-based. Each team groups up to five mechanized players together. While four players tackle the ground operations (a.k.a. stealing the other team's territory), one player hangs back to oversee the action and relay tactical orders based on what he or she sees unfold in the the special battle screen only commanders can view. When you're done viewing the new gallery, check out more details about the new mode at Andriasang.
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