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The armored core series has a substantial fan base and having played some of the earlier ps2 offerings i expected much from the 3rd generation graphics on the ps3, i was sorely disappointed.
The series in the past has been a solid mech battle system, a rarity in games released in the EU and US and the past installments have been exciting and challenging with good graphics for their consoles and a great system for building and upgrading your mech to make it a big bad killing machine.
Armored core 4 falls down in its game play and combat system, it was like they spent so much time offering you millions of customisable parts to build your mech, in hundreds of colours and hundreds more styles that they forgot to make the actual game any good. The controls are clunky and despite this being a 3rd generation console game it doesn't quite look like one, and seems to have more the graphics of a ps2 game.
The plot is completely indecipherable even for a Japanese game which are famous for complex plot lines, and the missions are repetitive, predictable and boring, spend your money on something else.
A new next-gen mech title from the creators of Armored Core.