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|A.P.I Review:||ARMORED CORE|
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|Game Type:||Shoot-em-up||Memory Card|
|Review Date:||July 1998||Standard Joypad|
Setting the Scene
With high-tech sci-fi movies like Armageddon in the theatres, why not carry the mood over to the Playstation. Let's take a look at one of the latest Mech Warrior games, Armored Core.
Armored Core is a Mech Warrior arcade style action game.
The graphics for Armored Core aren't too bad. The opening CG FMV is pretty cool. The opening intro shows the complete construction of a kick ass Mech Robot, it definitely gives you a feel for what to expect while playing the game. The game proceeds through several different areas from city streets, to underground bunkers, to oil rig type platforms. The scenes are adequate for the gameplay but aren't worth getting too excited over. Everything has a rather grainy look it, kind of like looking through a screen door. The Mech's and the enemy robots are a little blocky but the texture mapping is colorful and varied enough to be pleasant. The graphics merely serve their purpose in getting the Mech's moving around the screen. I should also mention that the frame rate stays at a pretty reasonable clip in the two-player split screen mode.
Sounds and Effects
The sounds and effects aren't bad either, but like the graphics, it does nothing to raise the bar. The guns sound like guns and when you blow up an enemy Mech you know it. I did think that the Mech's movements and the hover jets sounded pretty exceptional though. It reminded me a lot of the Terminator movie when, after getting repeatedly whacked all that was left of Arnold was his metal frame.
I found Armored Core fairly difficult to get into. In the beginning the controls were hard to get used to. The hover jets and full 360 degree views make things a bit disorienting for a while. However, you do eventually get used to things if you play enough and the game becomes a little bit more exciting. Slight learning curve here. You have the choice of playing either the standard VS mode or SCENARIO mode. In the Scenario mode you are a mercenary Mech performing the missions you choose. There are extensive pre-mission write-ups that brief you on your mission, but after a few missions, I tended to just zip through this part. The basic idea is that you get paid to kill the enemy or protect others. Be careful though, the more damage you obtain in a fight, the less your overall paycheck will be. This may not sound like a big deal but you can't buy new parts for your Mech without money. It's your typical double-whammy. You can upgrade everything from guns to legs to arms to cores. If you win enough money you can make yourself a pretty kick ass robot! This is a neat function that lets you customize your Mech for the mission at hand. The best way to use your totally upgraded Mech is in a good old fashioned two-player brawl with a "friend". Stalking a buddy and putting a well placed missile right where it belongs just has that basic satisfying element to it.
Value for Money
Armored Core is a pretty decent game. After the initial disorientation the controls become fairly familiar. The game also allows you some neat alternatives with the ability to build your own Mech and choose your own mission. I did find the game becoming a bit boring after a while though. I guess if you really aren't into Mech games, that's what happens. All in all Armored Core is a decent buy for the average gamer and a really fun buy for the Mech lover.
my opinion of this game wasn't a very good one. Don't get me wrong, it's
not a bad game, but it lacked the ability to really keep me interested
I don't think this is a great game for the non-Mech Warrior lover. It is difficult to learn and the graphics don't blow you away by any means. Therefore, if you don't already love games of this genre, you probably still won't after playing this game.